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September 25, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers sent Secretary Grumbles from the Maryland Department of the Environment a letter requesting that Maryland commit the full 15% allotment, or $22 million of $169 million, of Volkswagen Appendix D settlement funds for both electric charging and hydrogen infrastructure. Global Automakers made this recommendation, because "[i]ncreasing available infrastructure is critical to the state’s ability to advance electrification." Maryland is one of ten states that require increasing sales of zero emission vehicles (ZEV), including plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles...
September 25, 2017
Agency Comments
On September 25, 2017, Global Automakers and the Alliance jointly submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its request for comments regarding development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will accompany a rulemaking for MY 2022-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These comments supports view that the best way to reach the nation's environmental goals is through a harmonized and effective national regulatory program to increase fuel economy and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The National Highway Traffic Safety...
September 21, 2017
Blog
At the unveiling of the updated federal guidance for automated driving systems, guests (myself included) could walk through a tech pavilion where the products of brilliant computer, electrical and mechanical engineering were on display.   Elsewhere on that Michigan campus, hardware and systems undergo constant testing and refinement in vehicles under simulated real-world conditions.   And that’s an apt metaphor for the challenge we face in realizing the benefits of automated vehicles.  It’s evident that automakers and suppliers have the engineering capabilities to make driving safer than...
September 13, 2017
Letter
In a letter to California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Global Automakers shared its opposition to a provision in California Assembly Bill 134 and Senate Bill 119 that gives the Secretary of Labor the authority to arbitrarily determine which vehicles receive Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) funds. The provision creates an unpredictable standard that would be impossible to adhere to while creating uncertainty in an already challenging market.  The provision language presents several constitutional, legal, and enforceability concerns. Most importantly, the provision is counterproductive to...
September 12, 2017
Press Release
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 – “This is an important day for automotive safety. The federal automated vehicle guidance supports innovation and ensures that public safety is a priority as these new technologies are introduced into the marketplace.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind...
September 8, 2017
Blog
Now that the negotiations are under way for a more modern North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), I think it’s important we discuss the elephant in the room… jobs. When the negotiations opened, United States Trade Representative Lighthizer said, “that at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows resulting from NAFTA.”  Others have raised questions about both the veracity and the utility of that 700,000 figure, but my purpose is to point out that's emphatically not the case with respect to the auto industry. Here are the facts: Since NAFTA took effect in...
September 8, 2017
Agency Comments
On September 7, 2017, Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on its "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Amendments to Certain Sections of Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings to Proposition 65." In this letter, we specifically requested that: Modifications and clarifications be made to the Safe Harbor provisions for fully-assembled vehicles to ensure proper inclusion of pickup trucks and vans; and OEHHA address concerns about the Prop 65 safe harbor application to replacement parts.
September 6, 2017
Testimony
The Association of Global Automakers' Director of Environment and Energy, Julia Rege, testified at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing on the reconsideration of the Final Determination of the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas emission standards. Global Automakers shared three priorities related to the midterm review: Maintain One National Program and work toward better alignment, Provide the necessary flexibility to accommodate the transformative market shifts that the automotive industry is undergoing, and Recognize the need to look beyond 2025 to help inform the...
September 5, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, and House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Ranking Member Janice Schakowsky urging passage of H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, and expressing interest in working to refine legislation as it moves forward.
August 10, 2017
Blog
Each year, a collection of auto executives, auto journalists, regulators, elected officials, stakeholders, researchers, and the usual suspects (a term I use affectionately) heads north to Traverse City, Michigan to mull the state of the industry.  This year, I participated on a panel called, “Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where does Policy go now? And, will the Market Follow?”. Believe it or not, peace may have broken out.  Let’s take a look at the key takeaways from the panel: The panel was aligned on the need to move forward together to get fuel economy and greenhouse gas...
July 31, 2017
Blog
Since we met for this discussion last August much has changed -- a Federal review of new standards for 2022-2025 was closed and then reopened, a California review of its standards was completed and the process begun for new regulations out to 2030, all while industry sales appear to be coming off their record pace. And, let’s not forget there was also an election. Yet, some things have stayed the same:  industry innovation is booming, and with low gas prices at the pump, customers continue to favor larger light trucks over passenger cars and electric-drive vehicles. But today, we are...
July 27, 2017
Press Release
The Association of Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella released the following statement after Congressional leaders announced they are no longer looking to the border adjustment tax as part of a tax reform plan. “Today's announcement on eliminating the harmful border adjustment tax is an encouraging step forward in reforming our country's complex tax code. The Association of Global Automakers is pleased to see tax reform moving forward in a meaningful way and keeping American jobs at the forefront of this effort.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S....
July 27, 2017
Press Release
“Today’s unanimous bipartisan approval of the SELF DRIVE Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee is a critical step towards saving lives on America’s roadways.  We commend the Committee for establishing a clear nationwide pathway to the deployment of these vehicles while putting safety first.  We will continue to work with policymakers to help ensure the benefits of automated technology can be realized as soon as possible.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other...
July 25, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board, noting additional areas for consideration for Electrify America's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. Global Automakers is supportive of the work done to date to develop this plan but requests that future iterations of the plan include hydrogen infrastructure to support fuel cell electric vehicles. Ensuring adequate funding for both charging and hydrogen infrastructure will help support a holistic approach to the ongoing efforts to support low-carbon, light-duty transportation.
July 21, 2017
Blog
Today’s U.S. automotive industry is a critical driver for the U.S. economy, supporting millions of direct and indirect jobs across the country. International automakers powered much of this comeback, investing more than $63 billion in the United States since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect. Trade and economic integration enabled by NAFTA supports U.S. auto production, employment and global competitiveness. During the campaign, candidate Trump promised to renegotiate the NAFTA.  As President, he signaled the start of this process with the release of a 17-page list of...
July 19, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its request for comments on "Alternative Method for Calculating Off-cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Program: Applications from BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Hyundai Motor Group." Global Automakers requested that EPA approve the applications for off-cycle technology credits. Global Automakers and our members have consistently supported the goals of long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and the development of advanced, innovative technologies. To this end, the off-cycle credit...
July 17, 2017
Press Release
The Association of Global Automakers, President and CEO, John Bozzella released the following statement after the Administration released its negotiating objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Today’s U.S. automotive industry is a critical driver for the U.S. economy, supporting millions of direct and indirect jobs across the country. Global Automakers supports the modernization of NAFTA and is reviewing the objectives the Administration released today ahead of the upcoming negotiations. Trade and economic integration enabled by NAFTA supports U.S. auto production,...
July 14, 2017
Blog
A bicoastal conversation has been taking place this week around the future of self-driving vehicles and how to regulate this emerging technology. On the West Coast, I participated on a panel discussion at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco. On the East Coast, Congress is working on developing policies to accelerate the deployment of self-driving technologies and promote safety. Whether you are in Silicon Valley or in the ‘Swamp’ – there is a clear need for one set of running rules to support widespread introduction of automated vehicles. Global Automakers has joined the...
July 3, 2017
Letter
In a letter to Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, Global Automakers expressed opposition to California's vehicular air pollution bill -  AB 1184 - unless the bill is amended. Global Automakers has several concerns with the bill, most significant is the bill's focus only on plug-in electric vehicles. Meeting the significant numbers of ZEV sales required in California will be a big challenge. Dedicated funding sources play a key part in creating and supporting markets and Global Automakers recognizes AB 1184’s attempt to provide that funding, but money alone will not...
July 3, 2017
Blog
Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of summer driving season. While more drivers hit the road, safety remains a top priority for the Association and our members.  Self-driving vehicle technologies are getting a lot of attention these days for their promise to reduce highway fatalities.   Last week I testified before Congress on proposed self-driving vehicle legislation.  Everyone is anxious to see what is next for this emerging technology, but we need to recognize that there is still a lot of policy work that needs to be done before we see mass deployment in the marketplace.   Let’s...
June 30, 2017
Testimony
In his testimony to Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Global Automakers Vice President of Trade and Competitiveness Paul D. Ryan stressed that economic integration enabled by NAFTA reduces costs, expands vehicle production and vehicle choice for American consumers, and supports U.S. auto exports. "In short, NAFTA has enabled the U.S. auto industry to become more globally competitive than ever,” said Ryan. Download the testimony here.  
June 29, 2017
Blog
When events occur in clusters, I sometimes wonder:  coincidence or conspiracy? Wednesday morning, Fox and Friends invited me to join them for a segment on some of the best buys for American-made vehicles on the market, as peak summer driving season begins.  We brought seven vehicles, from sedans to sport utilities, all made in America, by Americans, working for international nameplates.   Two of those vehicles carried the badges of Korean companies, Hyundai and Kia, who have opened plants in the U.S., and a country whose President Moon Jae-in is visiting shortly for meetings with President...
June 26, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers provided written testimony for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing entitled “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation" on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
June 14, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted the attached statement for the record for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles." Global Automakers continues to support a consistent national approach to automated vehicle (AV) policy that clarifies the respective roles of federal, state and local governments. Preempting state laws and regulations that prescribe AV design and performance standards will spur the pace of development, testing, and commercialization of this emerging technology. We commend Chairman Thune, Ranking...
June 12, 2017
Agency Comments
The Association of Global Automakers submitted the attached comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) regarding the upcoming negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) . The NAFTA has been a success both for the country and the auto industry. It has fostered economic integration throughout the region and enhanced our global competitiveness. Global Automakers supports modernizing the NAFTA in a way that ensures NAFTA’s continued success in the future.

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