February 29, 2016
The Alliance for American Innovation (AAI) submitted a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership and staff on February 29, 2016 on reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act. 151 trades, including the Association of Global Automakers, sign on to the letter. The letter requests "timely and comprehensive negotiations on a conference product to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)."
February 24, 2016
On February 24, 2016, Global Automakers testified during a Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation hearing that included H3085, An Act Promoting Electric Vehicle Adoption. Attached is Global Automakers' written testimony. Also attached is the “suggested language” for inclusion in the ZEV Commission final report regarding market disparities, which was sent to the ZEV Commission in December 2015. Both documents were submitted to the Joint Committee during testimony.
February 3, 2016
Statement by Paul D. Ryan, Vice President of Trade and Competitiveness, Global Automakers “Today’s formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, is an encouraging step forward for our nation’s competitiveness. The TPP deal will provide U.S. businesses with new opportunities for growth and consumers with more competitive choices. “Open trade and investment policies have encouraged international automakers to build and expand their U.S. operations, increasing their production in the U.S. by 2.4 million vehicles over the past decade. These automakers...
January 30, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) supports the introduction of the Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE) program, as announced by Rhode Island Energy Commissioner Marion Gold at the 2016 Northeast International Auto Show. “We are encouraged by the broad showing of support for the DRIVE program from Rhode Island’s leaders, and applaud Governor Gina Raimondo, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, in addition to Commissioner Gold, on their efforts,” said John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers. “We know that...
January 28, 2016
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) provided statements emphasizing the importance of balanced and collaborative policy decisions related to automated vehicles (AVs) at the California DMV Autonomous Vehicle Workshop today. “Our members are making significant investments in improving the safety and fuel efficiency of vehicles through ongoing development of automated vehicle technologies,” said John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers. “Policy decisions on such transformative technology, especially while in the developmental stages, should be a shared effort...
January 26, 2016
On January 26, 2016, Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance submitted a letter to California Air Resources Board (ARB) stating concerns with the 1 mg/mile measurement standard for 2025 based on ARB staff's presentation at the October 22, 2015 board hearing. The letter addresses the following: Feasibility and readiness to measure PM at 1 mg/mi Current data not being representative of the future fleet The need to consider and incorporate PM index of fuel Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance have held meetings with ARB staff on this issue and look forward to continued collaboration....
January 25, 2016
On January 25th, Global Automakers, Auto Alliance, and Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) submitted joint comments to California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on the proposed Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Clear and Reasonable Warning Labels regulation. The comments requested OEHHA to address the following issues: Provide more flexibility for label transmission methods Clarify label formatting Adjust label content Amend definitions to account for various vehicle types Make special allowances for aftermarket, replacement, and service parts or include...
January 22, 2016
Global Automakers filed the attached statement with the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on January 22, 2015. The statement was submitted as part of USITC's investigation into the likely economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on the U.S. economy.
January 21, 2016
CAR Vehicle Lightweighting Study Provides Good Insight on Automakers’ Efforts to Increase GHG/Fuel Economy
“Automakers are increasingly using lightweight materials to help meet greenhouse gas (GHG) and fuel economy standards without having to sacrifice the safety and performance of their vehicles. Studies like the one released today by the Center for Automotive Research provide useful insight into the barriers and challenges associated with reducing vehicle mass. "The study cautions that broad assumptions about fleet lightweighting should not be applied at the vehicle level because each vehicle has its own unique characteristics. This and the other findings identified in the report are important...
January 20, 2016
On January 21, 2016, Global Automakers submitted the attached statement for the record with regard to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to examine the status of innovative technologies within the automotive industry.
January 19, 2016
“The automobile industry is driving an unprecedented wave of innovation as automakers pioneer groundbreaking technologies that make cars and trucks ever safer. Computing systems help enable many of these automotive technologies, making cybersecurity a top priority – just like it is in any other industry sector using computer systems. Automakers are proactively and collaboratively addressing potential cybersecurity challenges so the industry can continue producing ever safer vehicles that incorporate modern and robust security protections. “Building on industry-led initiatives such as the...
January 15, 2016
Automakers and NHTSA Announce Industry Collaboration to Advance Mutual Goal of Improving Highway Safety
Major automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today unveiled a voluntary set of “Proactive Safety Principles” that will set forth the framework for enhancing automotive safety and quality across the industry. “Highway safety is a shared and collaborative responsibility and the Principles are a reaffirmation of our combined commitment to Americans traveling on our roadways,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO for Global Automakers. “The industry remains dedicated to producing vehicles with cutting-edge technologies and ensuring that any potential safety issue can be...
January 14, 2016
Global Automakers provided testimony to California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in Sacramento, California on the revised proposed regulation for Proposition 65 (or "Prop 65") Clear and Reasonable Warning Labels on January 13, 2015. Testimony included stating the need for: Clarity in design, placement, and content of the vehicle labels; Replacement parts being excluded from labeling; De minimus levels for chemicals; and Three-year lead time. Details can be found in the full text of the attached testmony.
January 14, 2016
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO, Global Automakers “Global Automakers welcomes the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement to develop a nationwide approach to automated vehicles and its commitment to the rapid deployment of this transformative technology. “Our members’ continue to make substantial investments in automated vehicle research and development. This technology promises to bring significant benefits for improving personal mobility, vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, emissions and highway congestion. We are pleased the Agency has announced a plan to develop a...
January 13, 2016
President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address Recognizes Impacts of Manufacturing, Trade on U.S. Economy
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO “The Association of Global Automakers welcomes President Obama’s continued focus on a strong trade policy agenda and the future of U.S. manufacturing in last night’s State of the Union address. We agree with the President that increased investment in these areas will result in greater competition, more jobs, and a stronger national economy. “In 2015, the auto industry had its best year ever. Vehicle sales reached nearly 17.5 million. The related surge in manufacturing and jobs allowed our members to employ over 97,000 at 27...
January 13, 2016
On January 12th, the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers submitted a joint letter to the U.S. International Trade Commision in response to Docket No. 337-TA-3109, a complaint filed on December 28, 2015 entitled "Certain Computing or Graphic Systems, Components Thereof, and Vehicles Containing Same." The full lettter is attached.
January 7, 2016
Capitol Hill Veteran David Thomas Joins Association as New Federal Affairs Director The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce several staff updates designed to enhance the organization’s advocacy efforts in Washington and in the states. David Thomas has joined the Association as Director of Federal Government Affairs. In this position, he will serve as the Association’s senior contact for members of Congress and Administration officials. “David is a widely respected top Hill staffer and seasoned political operative,” said John Bozzella, president and...
December 16, 2015
EPA Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Reports Highlight Automotive Innovation and Consumer Preferences
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO “Automakers are continuing to innovate and bring new fuel economy technologies to the market. However, even though today’s cars and trucks are more fuel efficient than ever before, reports released today from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that the overall fuel economy of the new vehicle fleet has remained flat and regulatory flexibilities remain essential. “The EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report shows purchase decisions are influenced by a number of factors, such as historically low gas prices and consumer demand...
December 8, 2015
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) believes it is important that a measured approach be taken when modifying the National Highway Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) consumer information program. The agency has proposed a number of significant changes to the current New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). These changes include new testing requirements for certain crashes not previously addressed by NHTSA as well as an alternative rating scheme. Global Automakers hopes that changes made to NCAP are done through a thoughtful, data-driven process that leads to real world safety...
December 7, 2015
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce that David Garriepy has joined the Association as State Government Affairs Manager. In this position, Garriepy will play a major role in expanding and enhancing Global Automakers’ state advocacy network by working with legislators, governors and their staffs on legislative activities that impact the Association and its member companies. “David brings public policy experience to our growing State Government Affairs team,” said Damon Porter, Director of State Affairs for Global Automakers. “He will be an invaluable...
November 25, 2015
On November 25th, Global Automakers submitted comments to Nevada Board of Agriculture on the proposed fuel regulation, which would require a minimum of 87 Octane in the state, exempting the northwest region of the state. The comments support the proposal and address the need for the 87 Octane throughout the state. Details can be found in the attached letter.
November 18, 2015
On November 18th, Global Automakers submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the TSCA Work Plan Initial Assessments for the flame retardant clusters. Topics covered by the comments included: The need for predictability for alternative uses The need to distinguish between exposure from articles and the chemicals themselves The need to exempt replacement parts Ongoing uses of the flame retardants included in the Initial Assessments Details can be found in the comments attached.
November 10, 2015
Global Automakers submitted comments to California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on the Draft Stage 1 Alternatives Analysis (AA) Guidance. The comments addressed the need for clearer guidance and predictability for those subject to AA requirements. Details can be found in the attached comment letter.
November 5, 2015
“The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) welcomes the public release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text. We are reviewing the details of this agreement and look forward to working with the Administration and Congress as the process moves forward. “Open trade and investment policies have encouraged international automakers to invest billions of dollars in the United States, creating a stronger domestic manufacturing base and stimulating economic growth. If approved by Congress, the Trans-Pacific Partnership will provide new opportunities to increase exports and...
October 22, 2015
On October 22, 2015, Global Automakers provided testimony to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) at the board hearing in Diamond Bar, California. Among the topics covered by ARB, Julia Rege of Global Automakers testified on the following: Zero Emission Vehicle Market Enabling Actions Advanced Clean Cars Program Midterm Review Mobile Source Strategy Discussion Draft Clean Vehicle Rebate Program Particulate Matter Measurement Feasilibity The full text of the testimonies are attached.