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.

Automakers and suppliers are making significant investments in innovation in the United States that will improve safety, reduce emissions and support American jobs. The U.S. automotive industry is in the midst of major transformation - structural and cyclical. Unresolved trade deals, tariffs, and agency rulemakings mean further risk and uncertainty for the industry during this time of change.

IMPORTANCE OF FREE TRADE

Global Automakers supports trade policies that expand access to foreign markets and multiply opportunities for investment in the United States. We must strike the right balance between policies that increase investment at home and expand exports abroad.

  • A workable North American market is key. The United States, Mexico and Canada Agreement (USMCA), intended to replace NAFTA, brings increased cost and complexity to U.S. automakers seeking to comply with its highly detailed rules-of-origin requirements. Congress should consider the impact of these new rules on U.S. auto producers and consumers as they review the USMCA.
  • Tariffs are taxes. The steel and aluminum tariffs already in effect under Section 232, and the potential for additional automotive and auto part tariffs, will further increase costs and harm American consumers and workers. If these policies continue, jobs and investment will suffer.

 

CLEAN, EFFICIENT VEHICLES

Automakers are investing billions of dollars in vehicle fuel-saving technologies, such as electrification, to transition to a low-carbon transportation future. Regulatory certainty is essential to support this evolution and maintain America’s leadership role in automotive innovation.

  • A national, harmonized program will provide results. We support a unified national program that includes California and aligns fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations to achieve year-over-year improvements in efficiency.
  • Policies must support innovation. A national GHG and fuel economy program should include flexibility to promote innovation, encourage additional real-world GHG reductions, and support investment in the United States. Congress should support technology-neutral policies that help build a sustainable market for all electrics vehicles and incentivize consumer choice.

 

CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLES

Connected and automated vehicles represent a transformational technology leap that can save lives, enhance mobility, and reduce fuel consumption.

  • Regulation must spur, not block, innovation. We support federal leadership and solutions that allow the industry to bring the lifesaving benefits of connected and automated vehicles to consumers as quickly as possible.
  • Smart Investments in infrastructure can make our roads safer, faster, and cleaner. Our country must pursue infrastructure investments that support and leverage the significant benefits of vehicle automation, vehicle connectivity, and vehicle electrification. Smart infrastructure investments can support continued technological innovation in the United States and secure the country as a global leader in transportation.

 

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