NAFTA replacement USMCA could make Mexico-built cars more expensive

1 Oct
FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plantAn 11th-hour agreement Sunday night between the U.S. and Canada sealed a new trade deal between the three primary North American economies that could increase the cost of building cars in Mexico. The new deal—the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement—replaces the Clinton-era NAFTA. While much of the new USMCA trade deal is focused on...

US, Mexico reportedly strike deal on new NAFTA agreement

27 Aug
Ford Kentucky Truck PlantRepresentatives from the U.S. and Mexico tentatively struck a deal Monday to revise key portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, possibly bringing to an end monthslong barbs between the two countries about fair trade and escalating tariff threats. The New York Times and The Washington Post reported the agreement, and the White House...

US, foreign automakers spar over Trump’s NAFTA rework

21 Aug
First 2018 Nissan Leaf produced at assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, Dec 2017Talks between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are expected to resume Tuesday on President Donald Trump's efforts to rework the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the three countries. No matter what U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo work out Tuesday, if anything, they face...

Trump imposes hefty import duties on imported steel, aluminum used to build cars in U.S.

31 May
Cadillac CT6 uses advanced aluminum and steel structure to save 198 poundsThe U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that it won't exempt major U.S. trading partners from duties as high as 25 percent on the raw materials imported to the U.S. used to build new cars. The new protectionist import tariffs announced Thursday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on imported steel and aluminum go into effect at midnight. After...

US considers tariff on imported cars

24 May
Workers assemble a Fiat 500 in Toluca, MexicoIn a move that analysts say is designed to put pressure on Mexico as NAFTA talks ramp up, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into car imports to determine if a protectionist measure such as an import duty should be invoked. "There is evidence suggesting that, for decades...

U.S. NAFTA demands “not viable” according to Mexican Economy Minister

2 Dec
Workers assemble a Fiat 500 in Toluca, MexicoThe Trump administration’s proposal to require 50 percent of the value of vehicles to be produced in the U.S. remains a hotly contested sticking point in ongoing NAFTA negotiations. Mexico’s Economy Minister, Idelfonso Guajardo, underscored that point in front of reporters on Wednesday, after emerging from several meetings with...

As NAFTA battle lines are drawn, repercussions loom on dealership lots

20 Oct
FCA's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plantNAFTA negotiations have reached an impasse in several key areas, chief among them a series of regulations surrounding the automotive sector. While Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland referred to a “series of unconventional proposals” and Mexican Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo said, “we all have our...

The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

14 Aug
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SLAs NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on virtually every dashboard in the past decade-plus. At...