Trade

HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the U.S. still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions....
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HANS GREIMEL

French automakers beat U.S. rivals back to Iran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Sanctions have barely been eased on Iran and the Detroit 3 are being beaten back to the market by French rivals. This is not surprising as the United States still keeps businesses and individuals shackled by stricter trade restrictions....
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Ford's Hinrichs: Toyota, Japanese unfairly aided by currency manipulation

Feb. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford's Americas unit, took Japan and specifically Toyota to task for benefiting unfairly from currency manipulation....
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Ford's Hinrichs: Toyota, Japanese unfairly aided by currency manipulation

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford's Americas unit, took Japan and specifically Toyota to task today for benefiting unfairly from currency manipulation....
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Mexico surpassing Japan as No. 2 exporter of light vehicles to U.S.

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2014
Japan has ranked among the top two auto exporters to the United States since the 1970s, shipping Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific. But the Asian nation is poised to be eclipsed this year by Mexico, which as recently as 1990 sent fewer than a quarter of a million vehicles across its northern border....
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Renault eyes return to Iran when sanctions are lifted

Jan. 23, 2014 13:38 CET
Renault could re-enter Iran once trade sanctions against the country are eliminated as the auto market is poised to grow by at least 50 percent, CEO Carlos Ghosn said....
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Fowlerville Ford settled FTC complaint rather than pay 'prohibitive' court fees

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Fowlerville Ford today said it agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegedly deceptive ads because “the cost of appealing” the FTC's conclusions “would have been prohibitive.”...
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HANS GREIMEL

In Korea, free trade still not balanced trade

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Import car sales in South Korea rocketed 20 percent higher in 2013 to an all-time high. Proof that the United States free-trade pact is finally paying off for Detroit? Think again....
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U.S. automakers call for currency rule in Pacific trade pact

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
American automakers on Thursday pushed for rules against currency manipulation to be included in an ambitious trade pact being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries....
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U.S. still concerned about Russian car levy

11:05 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2013
The United States said on Friday it still has concerns about a recycling fee Russia imposes on cars even though the country recently extended the levy to cover domestic as well as imported vehicles....
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EU launches WTO dispute against Brazil to challenge car taxes

Dec. 19, 2013 12:08 CET
The EU launched a case against Brazil at the World Trade Organization to challenge Brazil's taxes on imports ranging from cars to computers....
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China decides not to renew tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
China's commerce ministry has decided not to renew punitive tariffs imposed on vehicles exported from the United States after the tariffs expired on November 14....
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Automakers call for backup in quest to align EU, U.S. safety standards

Dec. 18, 2013 06:01 CET
Which is safer, a car sold in the Europe or the United States? Automakers see little or no difference, but they have struggled to win over regulators, who are wary of an industry push to make safety standards interchangeable across the Atlantic through a free-trade deal....
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Automakers call for backup in quest to align U.S., EU safety standards

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2013
Which is safer, a car sold in the United States or in Europe? Automakers see little or no difference, but they have struggled to win over regulators, who are wary of an industry push to make safety standards interchangeable across the Atlantic through a free-trade deal....
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Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

Nov. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Organizers say an Iranian auto industry conference scheduled for next weekend is attracting a lot of attention after last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran....
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Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Sasan Ghorbani says the Iranian auto industry conference he's organizing in Tehran next weekend is suddenly a hotter ticket than he'd expected. Visas will be made available upon arrival to meet a surge in demand after the last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran, said Ghorbani, head of the Islamic Republic's auto-parts manufacturers association....
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BMW eyes $550 million prize in EU trade deal

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW says it would save $550 million in duties every year if the United States and Europe got rid of their import tariffs on cars and trucks....
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BMW eyes a $550 million prize in EU trade deal

4:39 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2013
To understand why automakers are gung-ho about free trade talks between the United States and Europe, consider this number: $550 million....
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Tariff talks lead to auto trade fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
With the White House seeking to finalize a trade treaty deal by year end, Japanese automakers and the Detroit 3 are embroiled in a good old-fashioned trade war....
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AFTER THE FALL

When trade barriers fall, automakers act

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2013
Former GM exec Lou Hughes and others reflect on the challenges of building industries in recently opened markets...
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EU steps up dispute with Russia over car-recycling fees

Oct. 10, 2013 13:08 CET
The EU asked the World Trade Organization to rule on the legality of a recycling fee imposed by Russia on imported cars, stepping up a trade dispute between the two....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clear the barriers to free trade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The so-called chicken tax and other similar tariffs have outlived their original purpose....
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EDITORIAL

Free-trade talks: This is no time to chicken out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2013
There's an ironic twist in Ford's attempts to avoid the "chicken tax," the notorious 25 percent tariff on imported light trucks. That tariff, imposed in 1963 in retaliation for a German tariff on American chicken, was intended to protect domestic automakers such as Ford from imported pickups. Now Ford is the importer that's getting squeezed....
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BUILDING BLOCS, BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Trade talks could usher in a new era for automakers worldwide

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
An auto industry without borders. That is the dream in C-suites from Detroit to Munich to Tokyo, now that the political stars appear aligned for free-trade treaties that could knock down some of the walls dividing the three capitals of the global auto market....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Yen is only part of the trade story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
As long as Japan remains a captive market for Japanese automakers, the playing field will never be "level" as you describe in "Stop crying about the 'weak' yen" (autonews.com, Aug. 15)....
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