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Recent authored articles

Startup supplier worries about CAFE rollback

Tula Technology CEO Scott Bailey is convinced the CAFE rules played a major role in GM's 2012 decision to invest in Tula, become a development partner and license its technology.

Meet Thor, the more humanlike crash-test dummy

Thor replicates humans more accurately than today's Hybrid 3 dummies and can capture much more information, enabling engineers to better understand how the body interacts with the vehicle in a crash.

Trump mpg proposal faces legal thicket

Waves of opponents are lining up legal arguments for an all-out assault to kill the Trump administration's proposed rule.

The evolution of crash testing

Crash-test labs are working to raise their engineering capabilities to meet new testing standards from global regulators.

Automakers urged to 'make a deal' with California

Margo Oge, former EPA official in the Obama administration, says automakers have an opportunity to work with California and shape a de facto national emissions program.

NHTSA restarts effort to upgrade NCAP

NHTSA will gather comments at a public meeting next month on how to improve a program that helps consumers make decisions on new-vehicle purchases by providing information on the safety of vehicles.

Automakers can't risk big mpg retreat

With California and other states mobilizing in the courts to fight the new proposal on public-health grounds, automakers can't risk too much of a pullback.

Maryland dealership upends sales model

Officials at Priority 1 Automotive Group say they're confident the no-haggle system, paired with a new digital storefront and a laser focus on customer satisfaction, will boost results.

NHTSA's King: No more 'super-secret' deals

NHTSA chief Heidi King says the Trump administration's proposal to curtain the government's fuel-economy program is the result of a more transparent, consumer-driven policy that will put innovative technology in the hands of...

White House proposes weaker auto emissions rules, overriding California

UPDATED: 8/2/18 11:21 am ET - adds comments

The Trump administration proposed capping federal fuel efficiency requirements for passenger vehicles at the 2020 model year level of 35 mpg, instead of letting them continue to rise through 2025 to about 50 mpg as planned...

New vehicle emissions proposal starts process for final rule

The EPA and NHTSA released their joint notice of proposed rulemaking Thursday for the 2021-25 model year emissions standards. Here's what happens next.

GM taps former Trump aide to head lobbying efforts

UPDATED: 8/1/18 12:21 pm ET - new story

Everett Eissenstat, a top White House finance and trade adviser, has joined General Motors as senior vice president for global public policy.

Extending tariff aid to auto sector would cost $7.6 billion, study says

Automobile, motorcycle and parts manufacturers would be eligible for more than $7 billion in government aid to soften the blow of escalating tariffs from President Donald Trump's trade war if the administration followed the...

U.S.-EU avoid 'third rail' in tariff talks

Trade experts say vested interests on both sides benefit sufficiently from the status quo and aren't ready to give up their protection from foreign competition.

Veteran auto journalist, reviewer Warren Brown dies

UPDATED: 8/14/18 10:33 am ET - corrected

Warren Brown, who wrote an influential automotive column for The Washington Post, died Thursday at a hospital in Manassas, Va., from kidney failure, according to friends. He was 70.

The trouble with tariffs: We won't innovate

If a key aim of the Trump import tariffs is to make America the global hot spot for auto innovation, industry leaders say the administration is going about it in a strange way.

An EU trade deal the U.S. could refuse

Anxious to avoid an all-out automotive trade war with the U.S., European Union officials and German automakers are ready to deal.

Auto industry tells Commerce Dept. to ditch tariff proposal

UPDATED: 7/19/18 3:42 pm ET - adds written testimony

A wide spectrum of auto interests, armed with the latest impact studies, warned at a Commerce Department hearing Thursday that raising auto tariffs would severely harm the industry and consumers.

Auto industry to tell U.S. Commerce Dept. to ditch tariff proposal

UPDATED: 7/19/18 6:29 am ET - adds written testimony

A wide spectrum of auto interests, armed with the latest impact studies, will warn at a Commerce Department hearing Thursday that raising auto tariffs would severely harm the industry and consumers.

Automakers unite to oppose tariffs but worry administration has mind made up

The auto industry plans a full-court press this week to inform the U.S.

Automakers unite to oppose tariffs but worry administration has mind made up

UPDATED: 7/19/18 7:25 am ET - corrected

The auto industry plans a full-court press this week to inform Congress about how the Trump administration is unfairly exploring possible light-vehicle tariffs, and whether the White House is abusing its trade authority.

Self-driving bill critics oppose maneuver to clear Senate

Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars.

Automakers likely to spread out tariff costs, analysts predict

Automakers with domestic plants will seek to minimize the impact of potential U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts by spreading the extra costs across their entire U.S.

Alison Cohen

Initiated transition to a negotiation-free business model; helped increase net profit more than 200 percent over three years

Some dealers struggling to comply with used-vehicle rule, FTC says

Just 14 of 94 dealerships inspected by the Federal Trade Commission and local partners in 20 cities from April through June had proper buyers guides displayed on all used vehicles' windshields.


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