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Don't expect big shift in U.S. exports with Korea trade deal

Under a revised trade pact with the U.S., Korea will double the annual quota for U.S. light-vehicle imports to 50,000 per Detroit 3 automaker, recognize U.S.

Maryland sends recall reminders to 40,000 drivers

Under a new initiative, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has reminded 40,000 motorists that their vehicles have been recalled for safety defects and should be taken to a franchised dealership to be fixed at no...

Washington state tax incentive for EVs to expire

UPDATED: 4/16/18 9:42 pm ET -- corrected

Washington's electric vehicle sales tax exemption will expire at the end of May, earlier than expected, adding to headwinds faced by automakers.

A battle that goes beyond tariffs and trade policy

For all the hubbub about tariffs and trade wars, it's Washington's increasingly aggressive investment policy toward China that could pose the biggest challenge to the auto sector in both countries.

EPA details rationale for rewriting CAFE standards

The EPA formally published in the Federal Register its decision to overturn the Obama administration's vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

Senate Democrats vow to defend existing emissions standards

Senate Democrats said they will fight the EPA's effort to scale back fuel efficiency standards and criticized automakers for reneging on a commitment to build cleaner cars by pushing for the change.

California becomes an emissions battleground

How well the California waiver withstands federal fire could have big implications for the auto industry and for the administration's effort to relax emissions and fuel economy rules.

Stoking ZEV sales beyond California

Nine states have adopted California's clear-air rules mandating the sales of zero-emission vehicles, but they haven't come close to matching California's appetite for green cars.

EPA's Pruitt, automakers in lockstep over fuel economy standards

Flanked by trade association heads representing auto manufacturers and dealers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt defended Monday's decision to revise the Obama administration's fuel economy targets.

EPA orders revised CAFE targets, may revoke California's waiver

UPDATED: 4/3/18 7:03 am ET -- corrected

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that aggressive fuel efficiency and emissions limits set under the Obama administration for model years 2022-2025 are “not appropriate,” triggering a controversial new...

Service advisers not entitled to overtime pay, U.S. Supreme Court rules

UPDATED: 4/2/2018 12:29 pm ET -- adds NADA statement

The Supreme Court handed auto dealers a victory, ruling that service advisers are exempt from overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are considered salesmen engaged in servicing automobiles.

7 Northeast states team up to boost demand for ZEVs

Seven Northeast states agreed to help automakers boost consumer demand for electric vehicles, which has remained at ultra-low levels in the region despite government-mandated sales quotas designed to improve air quality.

Trump delivers for Detroit 3 with Korea deal

The agreement, which faces legislative review in both countries, addresses a big imbalance in the automobile trade between the U.S. and South Korea.

BMW store uses Genius program as career builder

Several employees, in their early 20s, have graduated from the program at BMW Portland to become salespeeople and service writers.

How a win on CAFE could be a black eye

Beyond uncertainty over federal fuel economy and emissions rules, an even bigger danger looms: damage to automakers' reputation as good corporate citizens.

Seven states team up to drive ZEV sales

UPDATED: 3/28/18 9:34 pm ET - corrected

Seven Northeast states agreed to help automakers boost sales of electric vehicles, which have remained at ultra-low levels in the region despite government-mandated sales quotas designed to improve air quality.

CAFE math gets trickier as industry innovates

Decisions about locking in or revising fuel economy and emissions standards will be made by policy chiefs at the EPA and NHTSA, but teams of technocrats are working behind the scenes to provide the scientific evidence for...

Moves on CAFE could just bring uncertainty

The Trump administration finally will tip its hand this week about how it intends to treat fuel efficiency rules in place for early next decade, but clear answers on potential changes likely will take several months.

Federal spending bill includes $100 million for AV research

The omnibus spending bill signed by President Trump includes $100 million for r&d and demonstration of autonomous vehicle technologies..

Auto industry creates capability for bulk searches of recalled vehicles

Businesses and governmental entities that regularly deal with large numbers of used vehicles have received a new tool that makes it much easier to identify cars and trucks with open recalls.

Safety groups say Congress has given self-driving companies too much leeway

With fierce global competition to capture the lead in the large burgeoning market for driverless vehicles, Congress appears willing to deliver conditions favorable to US-based businesses.

What else gets under dealers' skin?

Dealers are pushing back against automakers' facilities mandates as well as the hype over autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles.

Automakers get mixed grades on Takata recalls at Senate hearing

UPDATED: 3/20/18 5:23 pm ET - adds details

Automakers are doing a better job repairing vehicles with open recalls for defective Takata airbag inflators after slow initial responses, an independent monitor told Senators.

Fatal Uber crash provides ammo for opponents of Senate autonomous vehicle bill

Safety advocates urged the Senate to suspend consideration of legislation governing autonomous vehicles until regulators complete investigations into Sunday's fatal accident involving an Uber vehicle and the January crash in...

Incoming NADA chief: Stair-steps, vehicle affordability top concerns

In this Q&A, incoming NADA Chairman Wes Lutz discusses the battle against stair-step incentives and whether consumers really want autonomous vehicles.


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