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Automakers burned as U.S.-China spat flares

Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality last week as the United States delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports,

3 states receive high scores for policies promoting EV purchases

California, Connecticut and Maryland have demonstrated the greatest commitment toward developing an electric vehicle market among states that mandate automakers hit sales targets for zero-emission vehicles, according to a...

Economic boom from self-driving cars will dwarf job dislocation, report says

Concerns about self-driving cars displacing workers are overblown and should be balanced against overwhelming potential advantages in the transportation segment, a new report says.

Some Hyundai, Kia vehicles should be probed for noncrash fires, safety advocate says

UPDATED: 6/12/18 9:50 pm ET - adds Kia response

The Center for Auto Safety has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate certain Kia and Hyundai vehicles built in the United States for potential noncrash fire risk.

Auto tariff threat grows more ominous

There is little national security basis for the Trump administration's threatened tariffs on imported autos and parts, but they can't be dismissed as political theater or a negotiating ploy.

Automakers push 9 states to follow Calif. commitment to ZEVs

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has written nine governors whose states follow California's ZEV program asking for tangible steps to help increase sales, including more investments in EV charging infrastructure,...

Metal tariffs leave industry facing thicket of red tape

After losing the fight to forestall U.S.

Study sees escalating damage from Trump auto tariffs

First-order negative effects of tariffs on the auto industry and the broader economy would be modest, but the damage increases if trading partners retaliate with restrictions on U.S. exports.

Study sees escalating damage from Trump auto tariffs

First-order negative effects of tariffs on the auto industry and the broader economy would be modest, but the damage increases if trading partners retaliate with restrictions on U.S. exports.

House panel threatens subpoena for access to VW report

An influential congressman threatened to subpoena Larry Thompson, the independent monitor appointed by the Justice Department to oversee Volkswagen AG's internal reform effort

Iran clash adds to growing political risk for automakers

Global suppliers and even U.S. automakers will need to be extra careful about who they do business with to avoid getting tripped up by legal problems.

Japanese auto supplier pleads guilty to U.S. antitrust violations

Japanese supplier Maruyasu Industries will pay a $12 million fine after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges related to price fixing, bid rigging and distribution of steel tubes.

East Coast states to coordinate deployment of EV charging hubs

A dozen states on the Eastern Seaboard have signed on to a strategy for building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure to make fuel access easier and encourage people to buy electric cars.

Political window opens for high-grade fuel standard

Automakers and others sense an opportunity to create a national high-octane standard that satisfies Big Oil, agribusiness, regulators and the auto industry.

Trump reiterates desire for more U.S. car exports before CAFE meeting

UPDATED: 5/11/18 4:05 pm ET - adds details

President Trump pressed automakers to build more vehicles in America and launched a fresh attack on NAFTA, which has benefited the companies, while auto executives urged him to work with California to keep nationwide vehicle...

Conventional fuel providers say EV incentives put them at disadvantage

Representatives for the oil, biofuel and fuel retail industries told a House panel that state and federal governments are giving the EV market preferential treatment -- at their expense.

Vehicle design contributes to pedestrian death toll, study says

Front-crash prevention systems, better headlights and SUV design improvements are ways automakers can contribute to reducing pedestrian deaths, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said.

Barra: GM supports modernizing CAFE standards

GM CEO Mary Barra says the automaker supports updated federal fuel efficiency standards, but that does not undercut GM's commitment to reducing emissions.

NHTSA raises alarm over open Takata recalls on Ford Ranger, Mazda B-series trucks

UPDATED: 5/7/18 5:05 pm ET - corrected

NHTSA, worried that too many model year 2006 Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series pickups with defective Takata airbags remain on the road, pleaded with owners to schedule a free repair.

Auto execs seeking to contain CAFE chaos

Changes outlined in a draft proposal may be more than automakers bargained for when they requested a rewrite of 2022-25 model year emissions targets.

Should all recalls trigger free loaners for owners?

Two Senate Democrats say consumers should be entitled to free loaners or rental cars on any type of safety recall, not just ones with high-risk parts or the rare "do not drive" order.

Trump aide's departure clouds CAFE outlook

The departure this month of a little-known White House bureaucrat could affect the pace, if not the substance, of administration deliberations over a new set of emissions and fuel-efficiency rules.

Pruitt defends decision to ease fuel economy standards

The EPA's proposal to reset fuel economy standards for model year 2022-25 vehicles will be heavily motivated by consumer demand, administrator Scott Pruitt told a House panel Thursday.

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...

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