Trade

Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Automotive Research....
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EDITORIAL

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity....
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Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks....
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French minister sees smoother return to Iran for Renault than PSA

July 30, 2015 12:47 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, previously the market leader in Iran, could find it more difficult to return to the country than rival Renault following a dispute over the carmaker's 2011 market exit, Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister, said after talks with Iranian leaders....
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PSA says anti-French backlash weighs on Iran talks

July 29, 2015 12:20 CET

PSA's talks on a manufacturing venture with Iran's biggest carmaker are being undermined by anti-French sentiment in the country, CEO Carlos Tavares said. Iranians are hostile because France took a tough line in talks to lift international sanctions against Iran....
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U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations....
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Wiping out U.S.-EU rules disparities would yield big savings

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Automakers are pushing governments to streamline safety regulations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade deal the U.S. and E.U. are negotiating. With the prospect of new regulations on autonomous driving technologies, the industry views the talks as a critical opportunity to bring harmony to disparate rules....
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Renault mulls Iran launch for Kwid crossover

July 20, 2015 17:28 CET

Renault may sell its new Indian-built Kwid crossover in Iran in a bid to freshen its model lineup as it prepares to return to the market following a deal to lift economic sanctions....
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Automakers vie for pole position in Iran

July 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Carmakers are racing for Iran following the country's breakthrough nuclear deal with Western powers - pitting past market leader PSA/Peugeot-Citroen against challengers including Volkswagen and Renault....
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Ghosn pledges to boost Nissan's Japan production

7:20 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn credited the Japanese government for bringing the yen to export-friendly levels and pledged to boost domestic production in the next two years....
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After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. The tariff also has had other effects, experts say, such as stifling pickup innovation and motivating Japanese automakers to build U.S. factories....
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How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market....
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Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker....
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Beijing angered by U.S. duties on Chinese tires

7:26 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

China's Commerce Ministry today blasted the U.S. for imposing duties on certain automobile and light truck tires imported from China, calling the move "unreasonable" and damaging to world trade....
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U.S. slaps duties on Chinese tires for cars, light trucks

5:33 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

The United States on Friday imposed duties on certain car and light truck tires imported from China after finding they were being dumped at below-market value and unfairly subsidized by Beijing....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Auto execs warn UK exit from EU would be 'bad for both'

June 12, 2015 09:33 CET

Multiple automotive bosses -- including the heads of four iconic British brands -- urged the UK to remain in the European Union in the interest of both sides during the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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Mexico auto boom a boon for U.S. suppliers

2:13 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Since 2012, carmakers have invested or promised nearly $23 billion in new production in Mexico. The result is a need for a more cohesive supply chain that extends farther down the tiered system....
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Toyota boosting Japan exports to reach sales goal

7:07 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Toyota, facing capacity constraints in North America, may boost exports from Japan for the first time in three years to meet its global sales target....
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German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU

May 29, 2015 10:42 CET

As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose....
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UK car output drops 3.8% in April on falling exports to China, Russia

May 28, 2015 11:03 CET

UK car production fell 3.8 percent in April as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports to China and Russia....
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Automakers' fears grow over possible UK exit from EU

May 21, 2015 06:01 CET

A UK exit from the EU will damage the country's automotive industry, the European automakers lobby group, ACEA, warned. The comments add to concerns expressed by automakers such as Ford, BMW and Nissan about the UK quitting the 28-nation economic and political union....
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Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened....
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HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: The president should have said 'Mexico'

11:23 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations?...
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Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said....
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