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.
October 21, 2015
Automakers continue moving forward on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity protections with today's announcement of the sector's Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) board of directors. ISAC board officers include Chair Tom Stricker of Toyota, Vice Chair Jeff Massimilla of GM, Secretary Steven Center of Honda and Treasurer Keith Moss of Ford. “Our ISAC work will be another essential layer of cyber protections,” said Stricker. “It will act as a central hub for gathering intelligence that allows us to analyze, share and track cyber threats and spot potential weaknesses in...
October 21, 2015
Statement of John Bozzella, Association of Global Automakers' President and CEO, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the legislative hearing entitled "Examining Ways to Improve Vehicle and Roadway Safety" held on October 21, 2015. Executive Summary of John Bozzella's testimony: - Global Automakers appreciates the Subcommittee’s commitment to improving recall completion rates and exploring innovative ways to address new and emerging challenges associated with the development of advanced safety and connected vehicle...
October 7, 2015
The Auto Alliance and Global Automakers today released the initial results of research designed to understand why roughly 25 percent of the owners of recalled vehicles never complete the free repair. An extensive survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies illuminates a variety of factors that play into how consumers respond to recall notices and suggests potential opportunities for increasing consumer participation. “Nationwide, 93 percent of those who had heard about a safety recall on their vehicle learned about it from the automaker and new vehicle dealer communications,” said Mitch...
October 5, 2015
The Association of Global Automakers applauds the Administration's announcement today that negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have concluded and a deal has been reached. 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 support American jobs. This agreement covers approximately 40 percent of the global economy...
October 1, 2015
Global Automakers submitted joint comments with the Alliance of Automobiles Manufacturers on EPA's heavy-duty greenhouse gas rule to address proposed amendments to light-duty vehicle provisions.
September 29, 2015
Testimony provided by Julia Rege, Association of Global Automakers' director of Environment & Energy at the September 25, 2015 California Air Resources Board (ARB) public hearing to consider technical status and proposed revisions to on-board diagnostic system requirements and associated enforcement provisions for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty vehicles and engines (OBD II).
September 28, 2015
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Haake as director and assistant general counsel. Haake will provide legal advice and guidance to the Association on a broad range of environmental, energy, safety, and other automotive industry matters. “Charles is an accomplished legal expert and we're excited about the contributions he will bring to Global Automakers as the organization continues to grow and evolve,” said Ellen Gleberman, vice president and general counsel of Global Automakers. Before joining Global Automakers, Haake...
September 25, 2015
Statement of John Bozzella, Association of Global Automakers' president and CEO, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the legislative hearing on the "VIN Database and Auto Whistleblower Bills” held on September 25, 2015.
September 21, 2015
On September 21, 2015, Global Automakers, Auto Alliance, and MEMA provided joint comments on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's (OEHHA's) second set of amendments to the proposed Prop 65 Lead Agency Website regulation. The comments addressed the need for additional response time when submitting information, concerns about the website information overwhelming consumers, the need for stronger trade secrets, and the need to clarify terminology used in the rule. Please see attached comments for further details. Global Automakers and Auto Alliance also jointly...
September 18, 2015
Global Automakers jointly submitted comments with the Auto Alliance on the California Air Resources Board's proposed regulations to require collecting fuel economy-related data through the on-board diagnostic (OBD) system. The associations raised concerns about how consumer privacy is protected and the need to include specified practices for the collection of the data. The associations suggested regulatory language to address some of our concerns but also recognized that despite the inclusion of the recommended language, concerns remain with how third parties may access and use this...
September 18, 2015
Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance submitted joint comments in general support of the California Air Resources Board's (ARB) proposed regulations to amend and update the traditional, technical elements of the on-board diagnostic (OBD) requirements. In addition, the two associations offered recommended changes and additions to address feasibility.
September 11, 2015
“Our members continue to strive toward the goal of zero traffic fatalities and are forging ahead in the development of new active safety technologies. Today’s unveiling of the expanded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research center highlights the increasing availability of crash avoidance technologies in new vehicles. “Automakers already offer advanced safety features like frontal crash prevention on a wide range of vehicles. Today, 60 percent of new vehicle models include frontal crash prevention as standard or optional equipment. We appreciate the leadership of NHTSA...
September 10, 2015
On September 10, 2015, Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance sent the attached letters to Congressional leadership expressing the auto industry's support for legislative efforts to reduce abusive patent litigation and urging the careful consideration of proposed changes in post-grant review proceedings as S.1137, the PATENT Act, and H.R.9, the Innovation Act, are prepared for floor consideration by the Senate and House.
September 10, 2015
Global Automakers and Industry Stakeholders Commit to Set of Principles and Goals to Guide Testing in the 5.9GHz Band
Global Automakers reiterated its support of efforts to identify and test spectrum sharing solutions to determine if the 5.9GHz band can be safely shared with unlicensed users. To demonstrate its willingness to work with all stakeholders to find the best path forward, the Association and other industry groups sent a joint letter to the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Commerce and the Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission proposing a set of principles and goals to guide testing in the 5.9GHz band that is dedicated to advanced vehicle safety technologies. ...
August 24, 2015
On August 17, Global Automakers sent a letter to California Senate President Kevin de Leon identifying concerns with the bill he authored, SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The Association noted that SB 350, which requires the state to reduce petroleum use by 50% by the year 2030, does not provide the State, its citizens, or the automobile industry with the flexibility needed to meet this mandate. The legislaton has already cleared the Senate and is expected to be voted on by September 11.
August 12, 2015
John Bozzella, President & CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, participated in the panel discussion at the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar, "Shaping Regulations for Fuel Economy and the Consumer, in August 2015. In addition to the panel discussion, Bozzella also provided a presentation, "The Intersection of Regulations, Technology and the Consumer."
August 5, 2015
Global Automakers and Auto Alliance Joint Comments to EPA on Proposed Nanoscale Materials Rulemaking
Global Automakers submitted joint comments with the Auto Alliance on EPA's proposed rulemaking on nanoscale materials, originally released on April 6, 2015. The comment period was extended to August 5, 2015. The comments addressed the following concerns: EPA should reconsider the extent to which its authority under section 8(a) of TSCA authorizes it to require reporting of information on nanoscale forms of macroscale materials. The Auto Alliance and Global Automakers support EPA’s proposal to exclude nanoscale materials in articles from the scope of the rule. The proposal appropriately...
July 31, 2015
Global Automakers provided a letter of support to CALSTART a national clean transportation organization, on its Cleaner, Green Grant application, called Charge to Work NYC. CALSTART’s grant includes workplace charging efforts, ride and drive events and incentives for all PEVs sold through the program. In line with our intent to build good will in New York and find ways to support ZEVs, Global Automakers submitted the letter of support.
July 30, 2015
Connected cars could revolutionize highway safety by saving thousands of lives per year. Keeping the 5.9GHz spectrum band free from interference is a critical component to delivering the benefits of this groundbreaking technology. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing, “Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy,” to examine several options for satisfying the growing spectrum demand, including potential sharing of the 5.9GHz spectrum band. As the debate over the demand for spectrum continues, here are five important things to...
July 14, 2015
On July 14, Global Automakers sent Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee Co-Chairs McGee and Straus a letter of opposition for H 2977 and S 1841 in advance of a July 15 public hearing. The bills create certain requirements for testing automated vehicles in the state, and directs the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to create safety and performance standards by which the general public may operate automated vehicles. Global Automakers suggested in the letter that, to encourage automated vehicle technology in Massachusetts, the state should first evaluate the extent to which...
July 6, 2015
Global Automakers and the Alliance jointly submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), supporting General Motor's, Ford's and Fiat-Chrysler's requests for off-cycle credits under the model years 2012-2016 light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) standards.
June 29, 2015
The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) and its members commend President Obama for his leadership on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Today’s renewal of TPA affirms the United States’ leadership in today’s global economy by encouraging the nation to engage in free and open market opportunities. Open trade and investment policies have encouraged international automakers to build and expand their manufacturing, research, design, sales and finance operations in America,” said John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO. “Enactment of TPA and prospects of additional...
June 26, 2015
On June 26, 2015, Global Automakers and the Auto Alliance submitted joint comments on EPA's proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on LCPFAC chemicals. The comments make the following points: EPA should exclude articles, EPA should use standard procedures for identifying chemicals, EPA should exempt replacement parts, and EPA should exempt ongoing uses For more details, the full text of the comments is attached.
June 25, 2015
Statement by John Bozzella, Global Automakers President and CEO “Today’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on “Vehicle to Vehicle and Connected Roadways of the Future” is an important one. “Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies will allow cars to communicate with each other and with the surrounding infrastructure – leading to fewer crashes, less traffic congestion and greater fuel savings for consumers. “I commend the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for acknowledging the enormous potential these connected car...