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Changing federal pollution standards will create confusion

It's unclear how much auto business will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies that will be able to sell more oil and gasoline.

California, other states set to challenge Trump over relaxed emissions rules

Democratic leaders in three states warned again Friday they are ready to challenge the Trump administration in court, alleging abuse of power, if it moves ahead with plans to weaken tailpipe emission standards, and they criticized the auto industry for welching on a national agreement to roughly double fuel economy targets.

Will automakers bear outsize burden for tackling climate change?

It's unclear how much automakers will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies.

CAFE hearing schedule draws protest

Critics are accusing the Trump administration of trying to hasten the review of proposed fuel economy rules toward a predetermined outcome.

Court challenge to CAFE review looms

Plaintiffs fighting the Trump administration's decision to cap vehicle fuel economy at 2020 model year levels question whether the EPA properly followed administrative law when it reopened the Obama administration's January 2017 decision.

East Coast ports plan for stormy future

As the frequency and intensity of storms increase, automakers and transport providers are taking extra precautions to ensure continuity of operations and prevent damage to finished vehicles.

Vehicle hauling giant United Road Services names new CEO

United Road Services, one of the largest vehicle trucking companies in North America, said President Mark Anderson will succeed CEO Kathleen McCann, effective Jan. 1.

Congress resists reining in Trump on trade

According to news bombshells last week, "resistance" inside the White House is working to thwart President Trump's most dangerous instincts on trade and other matters. Will Congress act to block his instincts on steel and aluminum tariffs, and potentially on autos and auto parts?

Senators call Trump trade policies haphazard, harmful

Senators, including many Republicans, openly expressed skepticism about President Trump's trade policies, saying cascading tariff actions are so scattershot, tactical and unilateral that they are hurting American workers without forcing countries with unfair trade practices to change behavior.

Industry awaits clarity on costs of trade deal

The agreement on a NAFTA refresh eases some of the tensions between the U.S. and Mexico, but it doesn't end the uncertainty surrounding automotive supply chains in North America.

Industry awaits clarity on costs of trade deal

The agreement on a NAFTA refresh eases some of the tensions between the U.S. and Mexico, but it doesn't end the uncertainty surrounding automotive supply chains in North America.

Trump vows to scrap NAFTA, threatens Canada after reaching deal with Mexico

UPDATED: 8/27/18 3:00 pm ET

The preliminary agreement reached between the U.S. and Mexico on NAFTA provides a framework to rebalance manufacturing in North America, resolving key differences over the cross-border movement of finished vehicles and auto parts. Meanwhile, President Trump threatened to slap tariffs on Canadian auto exports in the absence of a deal.

Trump administration hacks away at the case for fuel economy

To many observers, the only big winner from looser restrictions is Big Oil.

EPA staff concerns may fuel critics of rollback proposal

A document detailing EPA staff concerns provides fodder for legal challenges to the Trump administration's proposal to roll back federal fuel economy standards.

Startup supplier worries about CAFE rollback

Tula Technology CEO Scott Bailey is convinced the CAFE rules played a major role in GM's 2012 decision to invest in Tula, become a development partner and license its technology.

Meet Thor, the more humanlike crash-test dummy

Thor replicates humans more accurately than today's Hybrid 3 dummies and can capture much more information, enabling engineers to better understand how the body interacts with the vehicle in a crash.

Trump mpg proposal faces legal thicket

Waves of opponents are lining up legal arguments for an all-out assault to kill the Trump administration's proposed rule.

The evolution of crash testing

Crash-test labs are working to raise their engineering capabilities to meet new testing standards from global regulators.

Automakers urged to 'make a deal' with California

Margo Oge, former EPA official in the Obama administration, says automakers have an opportunity to work with California and shape a de facto national emissions program.

NHTSA restarts effort to upgrade NCAP

NHTSA will gather comments at a public meeting next month on how to improve a program that helps consumers make decisions on new-vehicle purchases by providing information on the safety of vehicles.

Automakers can't risk big mpg retreat

With California and other states mobilizing in the courts to fight the new proposal on public-health grounds, automakers can't risk too much of a pullback.

Maryland dealership upends sales model

Officials at Priority 1 Automotive Group say they're confident the no-haggle system, paired with a new digital storefront and a laser focus on customer satisfaction, will boost results.

NHTSA's King: No more 'super-secret' deals

NHTSA chief Heidi King says the Trump administration's proposal to curtain the government's fuel-economy program is the result of a more transparent, consumer-driven policy that will put innovative technology in the hands of more drivers.

White House proposes weaker auto emissions rules, overriding California

UPDATED: 8/2/18 11:21 am ET - adds comments

The Trump administration proposed capping federal fuel efficiency requirements for passenger vehicles at the 2020 model year level of 35 mpg, instead of letting them continue to rise through 2025 to about 50 mpg as planned under the Obama administration. The move, widely anticipated, was quickly criticized by environmentalists.

New vehicle emissions proposal starts process for final rule

The EPA and NHTSA released their joint notice of proposed rulemaking Thursday for the 2021-25 model year emissions standards. Here's what happens next.


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