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Self-driving bill critics oppose maneuver to clear Senate

Safety and consumer advocates are urging senators to reject a parliamentary maneuver to secure passage for stalled legislation governing self-driving cars.

Automakers likely to spread out tariff costs, analysts predict

Automakers with domestic plants will seek to minimize the impact of potential U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts by spreading the extra costs across their entire U.S.

Alison Cohen

Initiated transition to a negotiation-free business model; helped increase net profit more than 200 percent over three years

Some dealers struggling to comply with used-vehicle rule, FTC says

Just 14 of 94 dealerships inspected by the Federal Trade Commission and local partners in 20 cities from April through June had proper buyers guides displayed on all used vehicles' windshields.

Hopes fade for Senate action on self-driving bill

Senate backers are exploring ways to bring the AV START Act to a vote, but prospects are dim as the Senate calendar fills up with other Republican priorities.

EPA's Pruitt leaves uncertainty in his wake

Environmental groups and California are lining up to fight former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's revised auto emissions rules, prolonging the uncertainty for automakers and suppliers that have staked billions of dollars on...

EPA's Pruitt resigns amid swirl of scandals

Embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who led the charge to scale back Obama-era fuel economy standards for light vehicles, resigned following months of damaging revelations about his conduct in office and allegations of...

Lawsuit challenges Trump's authority on steel, auto tariffs

A trade association argues that Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act is unconstitutional because it allows the president unlimited ability to restrict trade on national security grounds and Congress can't delegate...

Lawsuit challenges Trump's authority on steel, auto tariffs

A trade association argues that Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act is unconstitutional because it allows the president unlimited ability to restrict trade on national security grounds and Congress can't delegate...

NAFTA fight simmers on back burner

Observers now expect the NAFTA talks to limp along or be punted to next year, although the possibility remains that Trump will move to withdraw from NAFTA altogether.

NAFTA fight simmers on back burner

Observers now expect the NAFTA talks to limp along or be punted to next year, although the possibility remains that Trump will move to withdraw from NAFTA altogether.

Industry lobbying fails to budge Trump

It's becoming increasingly clear to automotive interests that traditional lobbying efforts against tariffs on autos and auto parts are ineffective with President Donald Trump.

Industry lobbying fails to budge Trump

It's becoming increasingly clear to automotive interests that traditional lobbying efforts against tariffs on autos and auto parts are ineffective with President Donald Trump.

GM warns auto tariffs could force downsizing, jeopardize investments

UPDATED: 6/29/18 3:31 pm ET - corrected

GM said it could shrink at home, jeopardizing its ability to invest in technologies such as autonomous and electric vehicles, if tariffs on imported autos and components are imposed.

Automakers push back against Trump tariff plans

UPDATED: 6/27/18 12:33 pm ET - adds links

The trade association representing international automakers operating in the United States said imposing tariffs on imports of vehicles and parts for national security reasons would harm the auto industry by raising prices,...

NHTSA launches review of Kia, Hyundai engine failures for noncollision fire risk

The review, confirmed in a letter to Sen. Bill Nelson, follows a petition from the Center for Auto Safety for federal safety regulators to investigate noncrash fire risks in Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

NHTSA nominee King passes Senate panel's review

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday recommended the nomination of Heidi King to be NHTSA administrator.

Businesses press Congress to check Trump tariff powers

A coalition of business groups, including those representing automakers and suppliers, sent a letter to lawmakers urging support for legislation that would require congressional approval of tariffs designated for national...

Automakers push back against Trump auto tariff plans

The trade association representing international automakers operating in the United States said imposing tariffs on imports of vehicles and parts for national security reasons would harm the auto industry by raising prices,...

Incentives end looms for top-selling EVs

By selling more plug-ins than their competitors, Tesla and GM are on the verge of crossing a threshold that will mean the end of $7,500 tax credits many of their customers have counted on, creating a considerable price...

Automakers push renewed talks to defuse trade tensions

President Donald Trump escalated the potential for a trade war between the U.S. and Europe on Friday by threatening 20 percent tariffs on auto imports from the European Union in response to retaliatory tariffs on $3.

Commerce secretary faces heat from GOP senators over auto, steel tariffs

Senators criticized Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for investigating possible trade action on auto imports along with the Trump administration's metals tariffs.

Colorado moves to adopt Calif. emissions standards

UPDATED: 6/20/18 1:01 pm ET - adds Colo. dealers' reaction

Colorado plans to join 12 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting California's low vehicle-emission standards, escalating the political and economic stakes for the auto industry.

GM, Honda endorse policy accord for EV infrastructure

General Motors, Honda and others endorsed principles meant to guide local, state and federal policymakers on how to develop energy infrastructure for electrified vehicles.

NHTSA orders end to sales of Autopilot Buddy, which disables Tesla safety feature

UPDATED: 6/19/18 4:05 pm ET - adds detail

NHTSA issued a cease-and-desist letter Tuesday to a company selling an aftermarket device that effectively disables a safety feature in Tesla's Autopilot semiautonomous driver assist system.


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