Eric Kulisch

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Automakers question Calif. zero-emission mandate as feds reassess mpg rules

Automakers are again challenging California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, saying it undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy.

DMVs find a way to boost recall repair rates

Recall compliance rates quadrupled this year in Vermont and nearly doubled in the District of Columbia after they started listing unrepaired defects on residents' annual vehicle inspection reports, a study commissioned by...

On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.

Mayors, industry press Congress to keep EV rebate in final tax bill

Electric vehicle and clean-energy proponents are urging Congress to preserve a consumer tax credit they insist is critical to mass adoption of the technology.

Pending Toyota site selection becomes political banter in Ala. race for U.S. Senate

The pending Toyota-Mazda plant site selection decision is becoming part of the mud-slinging political banter in the race for Alabama's open Senate seat.

Recall process still waiting for repair

Three years after massive recalls engulfed the auto industry, the process for finding vehicle owners and completing the necessary repairs remains disjointed at best, with few reforms to protect the public when the next major...

Auto sector escapes big hits in Senate tax bill

UPDATED: 12/5/17 10:58 am ET - adds excise tax detail

The auto industry fared better, on balance, in the tax bill that narrowly passed the Senate on Saturday than in the earlier House version. Now the industry will try to hold onto those gains.

Automakers can begin applications for Takata restitution

Automakers that installed faulty Takata airbags can now apply for compensation, the special master in charge of managing the $850 million restitution fund said Monday.

Proposed recall database would aid notifications

Two lobbying groups representing major automakers are working to develop a unified industry database that would make it easier for states and other entities to collaborate on recalls.

Senators search for path to bring self-driving legislation to a vote

The Senate sponsors of legislation governing self-driving cars are searching for an expedited way to get a floor vote after momentum on the bill stalled in recent weeks.

Vengeance is a factor in post-NAFTA planning

Trump administration officials may believe leaving NAFTA is better for the economy than staying in, but it's not clear they've thought through all the knock-on effects.

Senate asks Uber why hack of 57 million users' info wasn't disclosed

Congress wants answers from Uber about why it failed to disclose a massive data breach in October 2016 until last week and how information on 57 million accounts may have been compromised.

NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill

NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories.

NAFTA defence strategies face political pitfalls

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.

Dealership lobbyist named NHTSA's top lawyer

The White House appointed Jonathan Morrison, a former lobbyist with ties to auto dealerships, as chief counsel of NHTSA.

FCA under pressure to recall Chrysler Pacificas for potential stalling problem

The Center for Auto Safety is asking NHTSA to open an investigation and recall the Chrysler Pacifica, which the group says represents an "unreasonable risk" because of a stalling problem.

NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.

Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA

Amid rising fears that President Donald Trump may fulfill his campaign threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, the business community is looking to stretch out the renegotiation process.

Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA

Amid rising fears that President Donald Trump may fulfill his campaign threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, the business community is looking to stretch out the renegotiation process.

Auto suppliers should press U.S. Congress to defend NAFTA, experts say

Automotive supply chains that have evolved over 23 years under duty-free shipping rules that encourage cross-border investment are in jeopardy from a Trump administration focused on economic nationalism and reducing the...

Auto suppliers should press Congress to defend NAFTA, experts say

Automotive supply chains that have evolved over 23 years under duty-free shipping rules that encourage cross-border investment are in jeopardy from a Trump administration focused on economic nationalism and reducing the...

Infiniti crossovers recalled for potential electric problem

Nissan is recalling Infiniti vehicles in Canada because an electrical problem could cause airbags to deploy.

Infiniti crossovers recalled for potential electric problem

Nissan is recalling Infiniti vehicles because an electrical problem could cause airbags to deploy.

Auto industry mobilizes to keep EV tax credit alive

Lobbyists quickly huddled after the unveiling of House Republicans' tax plan to figure out how to save the tax credit, which the industry views as critical to promoting commercial adoption of EV technology.

Ford, VW pressured by green groups to defend CAFE standards

UPDATED: 10/25/17 3:43 pm ET - adds Ford statement

A coalition of environmental groups launched a campaign to persuade automakers -- Ford and VW in particular -- to live by their commitments for meeting emissions and fuel economy targets.

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