Public Policy Agenda

This annual statement of principles and policy positions guides the Association’s advocacy efforts on current and developing issues at the federal and state levels.

Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a success story for the automotive sector. NAFTA gave international automakers incentives to invest billions of dollars in the United States and facilitated the development of a fully integrated and seamless market between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. 

American workers built 1 million more vehicles in 2016 than they made the year before NAFTA went into effect. Modernizing NAFTA will help all automakers producing vehicles in the United States compete successfully against producers in other regions.

Clean, Efficient Vehicles

Automakers now offer consumers cars and trucks that are more fuel efficient and cleaner than ever before. Our members are investing heavily in electric-drive vehicles, increasing car buyers’ options at various price points. 

Our members support a single national program that harmonizes fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions regulations, and that supports consumer choice and provides the proper incentives to spur market acceptance of advance technologies.

Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and automated vehicles represent a giant technology leap that can save lives, enhance mobility, and reduce fuel consumption. The private sector is investing heavily to bring these vehicles to our roadways. 

Federal and state regulation must spur, not block, innovation. Our member companies support federal leadership and solutions that allow the industry to achieve economies of scale and bring the lifesaving benefits of connected and automated vehicles to consumers as quickly as possible.