California sues EPA over Trump’s emissions rollback

8 Apr
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]The battle between California and the federal government escalated last week. The state filed a lawsuit against the NHTSA and the EPA over the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel efficiency and emissions regulations at 2020 levels. The proposal would also end California's ability to set stricter standards. Reuters reported on the...

Government shutdown prompts NHTSA to pause car defect investigations

9 Jan
NHTSA Logo LargeAs the U.S. government shutdown continues to drag on, the NHTSA said Tuesday that it will not investigate car defects until federal funding is restored. The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday the agency does not invoke a backup plan without annual appropriations from a government budget. Employees will remain furloughed until funding is restored...

China to temporarily cut on tariffs for US-made cars

17 Dec
Ford Mustang in ChinaChina confirmed it will cut tariffs on American-built cars as part of a ceasefire temporary agreement in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. The country's Ministry of Finance said Friday that the temporary reductions will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. China will slice the tariff from its current level of 40 percent to the 15 percent it...

Trump: China will cut tariffs on cars exported from US

3 Dec
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump announced via Twitter Monday that China has agreed to cut tariffs it imposes on American-made vehicles exported into the Asian country. The tariff reduction appears part of an agreement to halt any new taxes in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Reuters reported. The president said in his tweet, "China has agreed to reduce...

Volvo asks US government for tariff exemption for China-built XC60 crossover SUV

17 Sep
2019 Volvo XC60Volvo is the latest automaker to ask the U.S. government for an exemption from steep tariffs on Chinese-made SUVs, Reuters reported Friday. Buick asked trade officials in July for an exemption from a 25-percent tariff on its China-made Envision SUV earlier this year, although Volvo's interest in seeking relief from the measure is far greater. In...

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...

Poll: Fewer than a third of new-car shoppers agree with Trump’s emissions rollback

24 Aug
Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]Fewer than one-third of new-car shoppers agree with the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel-economy targets for the next five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by Autolist. Just 29 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said that they agreed with the president's plan to freeze emissions and efficiency levels from 2020 to 2026...

Ohio senator wants to give car shoppers $3,500 to buy American-made cars

15 Aug
GM Lordstown OhioA bill proposed this week in the U.S. Senate aims to give car buyers $3,500 to buy American-made cars, including models from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and others, the latest thrust in escalating threats between lawmakers and the auto industry. Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown proposed the legislation this week and said the measure...

Trump escalates trade war talks, threatens 20 percent tariffs on imported cars

22 Jun
Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump didn't back down Friday on the rising war of words with the European Union when he announced that he would consider a 20 percent tariff on cars imported from Europe. Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the European Union, if these Tariffs and Barriers are not...

President Trump’s infrastructure plan includes more tolls, more state control for roads

12 Feb
Interstate TravelTaking the family on a long road trip could cost drivers more if a proposal unveiled Monday is adopted by Congress. The Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which seeks to address the nation's crumbling roadways and other aged infrastructure. The 55-page proposal is only a broad-brush overview of the president's...