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May 3, 2016
Letter
Global Automakers sent the attached letter to Vermont House Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick Brennan opposing an amendment to Vermont's transportation appropriation bill that would increase the state's current registration fees for electric and hybrid vehicles. Currently, electric vehicle and hybrid registration fees are $70 for one-year registration and $129 for two years. Under the new proposal, included by the Senate, electric vehicle registration fees would climb to $114 for one-year and $210 for two-year registration, while hybrid fees would increase to $94 for one-year and $...
April 27, 2016
Agency Comments
On January 25th, Global Automakers, Auto Alliance, and Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association submitted joint comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on the proposed Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Clear and Reasonable Warning Labels regulation. The comments raise a few new concerns with changes since the proposal and reiterate previous requests for additional flexiblity and clarity.  Details can be found in the full text of the attached comments. 
April 20, 2016
Blog
Early in my automotive career, I moved from the East coast to the Detroit area.  Naturally, I understood immediately the impact of the industry on the region.  But our industry’s growth and expansion beyond the midwest – and its creation of new automotive communities -- did not hit home for me until I began at Global Automakers. I was surprised to learn how significant the social and economic benefits of international automakers’ investments are on local communities throughout the South.  As I visited places like West Point, GA and Montgomery, AL and Smyrna, TN it really became clear. I’ve...
April 18, 2016
Letter
On April 18, Global Automakers submitted the attached letter to the Louisiana House Commerce Committee in opposition to House Bill 923, relative to motor vehicle franchises.
April 14, 2016
Testimony
Statement of John Bozzella, Association of Global Automakers' President and CEO, before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Oversight Hearing of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held on April 14, 2016. Executive Summary of John Bozzella's Testimony Global Automakers members are improving the safety of vehicles on the road today and revolutionizing vehicle travel in the future. As outlined in the Proactive Safety Principles, automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working...
April 13, 2016
Blog
In Detroit this past January we applauded Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx's announcement when he said the agency is going to do "everything we can to advance safe, smart and sustainable transportation innovations like vehicle automation." This is a positive first step, and a necessary one given the rapid pace of innovation. But more needs to be done. The federal government needs to move expeditiously to stake a claim in the automated vehicle space. Why? In the absence of clear federal action, states are running in many different directions trying to regulate this burgeoning...
April 8, 2016
Blog
If you have ever met me, you know that I am both a proud New Yorker and a car guy. Learning that Governor Cuomo and the State legislators included a $2,000 per vehicle rebate program for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in the States’ FY 2016-17 budget was gratifying. My state stepped up. In a recent Buffalo News story, I was quoted saying “It’s about helping to spur and develop the market.” Automakers are making significant investments in ZEVs, such as battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. But that is only part of the equation in building a sustainable green car market. It...
April 6, 2016
Bulletin
Global Automakers and the Alliance filed a joint comment on the California Air Resources Board's (CARB or ARB) 15-day notice of changes to the proposed regulation for onbaord diagnostics (OBD) on April 6, 2016.
April 4, 2016
Press Release
Statement by the Association of Global Automakers WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 4, 2016 – “The inclusion of a rebate program for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and support for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the New York SFY 2016-17 budget is a step in the right direction.   “Automakers continue to make significant investments in the development and production of alternative fuel vehicles, but that is only part of the equation to building a green car market in the state.  We are encouraged by Governor Cuomo and legislator’s efforts to build a sustainable marketplace for clean...
April 1, 2016
Legal Briefs
On Friday, April 1, Global Automakers submitted joint comments with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in the Florida Supreme Court urging the state to adopt the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert testimony. In 2013, the Florida Legislature revised §§90.702 and 90.704, Florida Statutes, to formally adopt the Daubert standard. However, the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee’s “Three Year Cycle Report” has recommended that the Florida Supreme Court not adopt the Daubert standard, arguing that rules concerning the admissibility of expert testimony are...
April 1, 2016
Letter
Global Automakers submitted a letter to California Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation, in support of AB 1710. This bill was introduced by Assemblyman Ian Calderon and aims to bring key state regulators - most notably, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) – together, working collaboratively to develop and implement a comprehensive program to support and grow the state’s ZEV market. The full letter is attached.
April 1, 2016
Agency Comments
On Friday, April 1, Global Automakers submitted joint comments with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers addressing a portion of the EPA’s Heavy Duty Greenhouse Gas Rule that would prohibit the modification of certified light duty vehicles for use solely for competition or off-road activities. The treatment of competition vehicles in the Heavy Duty GHG Rule was first raised by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in supplemental comments SEMA submitted in December 2015. The EPA subsequently published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) to re-open the comment period for...
March 31, 2016
Testimony
On March 29th, Global Automakers testified in Rhode Island before the House Committee on Corporations in opposition to HB 7711 relative to telematics. HB 7711 has a companion bill in the Senate that was introduced by the Senate Majority Leader. Attached is Global Automakers testimony.
March 30, 2016
Legal Briefs
On March 30, Global Automakers joined an industry coalition in filing an amici curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Cuozzo v. Lee. The matter concerns the inter partes review process, whereby the Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) initiates a relatively quick and cost-effective method to eliminate bad patents. Specifically, the lawsuit challenges the PTO’s use of the broadest reasonable construction of a challenged patent claim when determining its validity, and the statutory bar on appeals of decisions to institute inter partes review. The industry brief urges the U.S....
March 23, 2016
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted comments to EPA on the risk assessment for chlorinated paraffins on March 23, 2016 that addressed issues, such as: EPA’s Current Approach to Negotiated or Voluntary Chemical Management Raises Concerns EPA Should Engage with Downstream Users and Delay Action until It Has Provided an Engagement Process for Downstream Users EPA Actions Must be Supported by Sound Science and a Comprehensive Peer Review Process EPA Should Provide a Five-Year Phase-Out and Transition Period and Differentiate between Uses   .
March 23, 2016
Blog
Right now in New York, two major events are happening. North America’s most-attended auto show is set to kick off at the Javits Center in New York City, with automakers unveiling some of the sleekest, smartest and greenest electrified vehicles ever produced. Meanwhile, a few hours up the Hudson River, the New York State legislature is preparing a budget to unveil. These two things have more in common than you might think. In 2013, Governor Cuomo committed New York to putting hundreds of thousands of clean cars on the road in just a few short years by signing the Memorandum of Understanding...
March 22, 2016
Testimony
Global Automakers testified before the California Senate Committees on Judiciary and Transportation and Housing at an informal Joint Hearing entitled "Telematics 101: How Much Your Car Knows About You." Global Automakers provided the committees with information regarding telematics as well as automobile data collection and privacy protection. Attached is Global Automakers' testimony.
March 21, 2016
Blog
In terms of human history, the car is a recent invention. So why have many started referring to the auto industry as an ‘old’ industry?  Will the combination of new smartphone capabilities, popular ridesharing technologies, and a trend toward increasingly crowded urban living really lead to “the end of car culture?” That notion couldn’t be further from the truth.   The auto industry is on the cusp of what could be revolutionary change. ‘Traditional’ car companies are invigorated by new technologies, and thriving as they work to develop and advance these technologies in ways that meet and...
March 18, 2016
Blog
Last year Alabama-made vehicles were exported to 76 countries around the world. Today, Alabama is the third leading auto-exporting state, trailing only Michigan and South Carolina. This fact may come as a surprise to some. But it highlights how the U.S. auto industry has changed.   This point is important as Congress considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Over the years, International car companies have put down roots all across the U.S., employing hundreds of thousands of Americans and building strong communities. For the record, Global Automakers supports the President’s...
March 17, 2016
Press Release
“Today major automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) joined together to announce a  commitment to make automatic emergency braking (AEB) a standard feature on virtually all new passenger vehicles starting no later than September 1, 2022. “Over half of new vehicle models today offer AEB as standard or optional equipment.  This technology brings consumers improved safety benefits that should help significantly lessen crashes and we expect will provide incentives for insurance companies to reduce premiums.  “...
March 15, 2016
Testimony
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) urges Congress to consider a flexible, holistic view on automated vehicle regulation in a statement to the record regarding the Senate hearing entitled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars.” The attached statement was submitted on behalf of John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers.  Advancements in connected and automated vehicle technology present significant opportunities for enhancing mobility, saving lives, improving transportation efficiency, and reducing fuel consumption. These groundbreaking technologies are...
March 15, 2016
Agency Comments
Global Automakers has submitted comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) published December 29, 2015. In the NPRM, the DOE proposes that importers of certain products subject to an energy conservation standard provide, prior to importation, a certification of admissibility to the DOE. While Global Automakers believes the statutory authority cited by the DOE does not cover the auto industry, there is ambiguity because a table included in the proposed rule suggests these requirements may apply to a large number of motor vehicle parts as well...
March 4, 2016
Agency Comments
On March 4, Global Automakers submitted the attached comments concerning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposed rule on confidential business information (CBI). The comments support NHTSA’s proposals to defer action on CBI requests and to allow for electronic submission of CBI requests. The comments also recommend additional actions NHTSA could take to further reduce the burdens associated with submitting CBI.
March 4, 2016
Agency Comments
On March 4, 2016, Global Automakers filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its workshop on automotive distribution practices and the impact of state dealer franchise on competition and consumers.
March 3, 2016
Letter
On Thursday, March 3, the Maryland House Energy and Transportation Committee held a hearing on a number of transportation related bills, including two bills that addressed recalls within the state's franchise law - House Bill 982 and House Bill 525. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to hear the Senate companion versions of these bills on March 10th.

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