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January 11, 2018
Agency Comments
On Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufactuers submitted joint comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its proposed rule, Reporting Requirements for Toxic Substances Control Act Mercury Inventory. The two associations comments on the following main points: There is a need for increased clarity regarding who must report. While, it is our understanding that based on the proposed regulatory language that automobiles (and many automobile parts) containing mercury-added components would not have...
January 11, 2018
Press Release
Washington, DC, January 11th, 2018 – The Association of Global Automakers released the following statement following the release of the EPA’s reports on fuel economy trends and GHG performance: “Today's reports show the paramount role of consumers in determining fuel economy, given shifting preferences toward trucks and an atmosphere of low gas prices. Our companies are innovating and bringing new fuel-efficient technologies to the market that increase value for consumers, but it is clear that the challenge ahead grows as the stringency of the greenhouse gas and fuel economy targets...
January 10, 2018
Letter
Global Automakers submitted testimony on AB 635 to the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection which was scheduled for a hearing. AB 635 contains several troubling provisions concerning warranty reimbursement for motor vehicle dealers. Specifically, the bill seeks to amend the definition of “qualifying nonwarranty repairs,” add a provision that would prevent manufacturers from charging back a dealer, and prohibit manufacturers from recovering their compliance costs. Global Automakers opposes these changes as they would increase consumer costs and only serve to benefit the dealers...
January 10, 2018
Letter
Global Automakers submitted a letter of support on New York SB 4807 which was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation. SB 4807 seeks to remove the statutory requirement that a driver must keep a hand on the steering wheel at all times. Global Automakers appreciates the state of New York taking a proactive posture towards addressing autonomous vehicle technologies. When considering whether to pursue automated vehicle legislation, we strongly encourage states to first ask “Is this legislation necessary for the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles...
January 9, 2018
Letter
Global Automakers submitted a letter California Assembly Transportation Committee  expressing opposition to  AB 87.  The bill would amend Section 38750 of the Vehicle Code to include a requirement that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) include, at a minimum, certain regulations as it relates to the application for the testing of automated vehicles (AVs) on the road without the presence of a human driver.  Global Automakers views the bill as being duplicative of requirements in the proposed DMV regulations.  Global Automakers’ testimony also highlighted a number of more...
January 4, 2018
Press Release
The Association of Global Automakers released the following statement in response to AB 1745:     “Automakers are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicle fleet and have made huge investments in green technologies. More than 35 models of battery, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are available to consumers today, and more are introduced each year. While we are still evaluating this proposal, California has laid out another ambitious goal that will unfortunately be unachievable unless the state substantially increases and maintains public investment in...
December 15, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) in response to their request for comment on considering lead-acid batteries (LABs) as a Priority Product in the California Safer Consumer Products Workplan.  The comments' main points included: Our concern about the State of California's rationale in pursuing the potential listing of LABs as a Priority Product. While California has experienced issues with the recycling of these batteries in the past, the targeting of the entire automotive battery supply chain for the...
December 12, 2017
Bulletin
John Bozzella, President and CEO, Association of Global Automakers, Inc. written testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing on December 12, 2017 entitled “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor Vehicles"
December 11, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers jointly submitted a letter, with the Auto Alliance, to the Calfiornia Air Resources Board in support of the fscal year 2017-2018 funding plan that designates money for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). In this letter, the two associations state: "We support and share California’s goal of expanding the market share for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology.  The CVRP is critical to meeting this goal, and we support the proposed funding plan."
December 5, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted testimony on SB 537 to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs. SB 537 contains several troubling provisions concerning warranty reimbursement for motor vehicle dealers. Specifically, the bill seeks to amend the definition of “qualifying nonwarranty repairs,” add a provision that would prevent manufacturers from charging back a dealer, and prohibit manufacturers from recovering their compliance costs. Global Automakers opposes these changes as they would increase consumer costs and only serve to benefit the dealers. 
December 5, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted testimony to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Professional Licensure's hearing HB 1898, which addresses recall and franchise issues. Global Automakers' testimony centered on the recall framework agreement with the Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE) Board of Directors addressing compensation for used vehicle recalls. Global Automakers will remove opposition to the recall provisions once the bill is amended to comply with the recall framework agreement. Global Automakers also requested that the facility modification provisions be amended to reduce the...
November 20, 2017
Agency Comments
On November 20, 2017, Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to the California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors and Management on the Draft ISO Board Vision Paper. The joint comments focus on the trend in both the market and in the regulatory environment toward greater electrification – hydrogen and grid-powered – of the vehicle fleet. Vehicle electrification will not happen in isolation, and dedicated efforts to create consumer awareness, provide consumer incentives, and develop hydrogen and electric grid infrastructure are critical to supporting and...
November 8, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers is requesting that the California Air Resources Board commit the full allocation of 15%, or $64 million, from the VW Appendix D Settlement Funds toward hydrogen refueling and electric charging infrastructure. California has done much to support electric-drive vehicles to date and has led the country with its commitment to grow the market for BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs by implementing programs that promote investment in infrastructure projects. Global Automakers believes, however, that more must be done, and that the state needs to continue its initial establishment of a strong...
November 6, 2017
Testimony
The Association of Global Automakers' Manager of Environment and Energy, Amandine Muskus, provided remarks at the California Department of Toxic Substance Control's (DTSC) public workshop on lead-acid batteries. Global Automakers shared four major considerations that DTSC should consider in evaluating these batteries: Lead-acid batteries have a long-proven safety record in numerous applications that go beyond just motor vehicle use; Lead-acid batteries are meticulously managed through a robust regulatory framework; Lead-acid batteries do not have economically and technically feasible...
November 3, 2017
Agency Comments
The Safety Spectrum Coalition, a group of automakers, highway safety advocates, and intelligent transportation organizations, submitted comments in response to the Department of Transportation's regulatory review urging the Department to maintain and prioritize the V2V NPRM on its regulatory agenda.
November 1, 2017
Blog
You’ve no doubt noticed that we are in the middle of an intense, important and uncertain series of talks the U.S. hopes will improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  As a 23 year old agreement, updating the accord makes sense.  Discarding what works does not. The truth is the U.S. auto industry is in the midst of one of the most remarkable economic comebacks in history. Right now, thirteen U.S. auto manufacturers, hundreds of parts suppliers, thousands of dealers and uncounted other businesses are thriving. American workers and businesses are winning with NAFTA.  Altogether...
October 23, 2017
Press Release
  WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 23RD, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce that Isabel Villa-Garcia has joined the Association as State Government Affairs Manager. Villa-Garcia 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.   “Isabel brings a wealth of public policy experiences to the State Government Affairs team,” said Damon Porter, Director of State Government...
October 20, 2017
Presentation
Global Automakers' Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation Steve Gehring spoke at NHTSA's Public Workshop "Automated Driving Systems: Voluntary Safety Assessments" on October 20.  His remarks follow.   Good morning, my name is Steve Gehring, Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation at the Association of Global Automakers, a trade association representing the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufactures, original equipment suppliers, and technology providers. Our members are making significant investments and progress in the research and...
October 12, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to NHTSA on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) penalties on October 10, 2017. In this comment, the Alliance and Global Automakers request that NHTSA exercise its authority under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 to reduce the initial adjustment of the CAFE penalty. Such action is necessary to address factors unique to the CAFE program and is appropriate given the substantial negative economic impacts of the full adjustment and that the social costs of the statutory adjustment outweigh...
October 6, 2017
Press Release
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 6, 2017 – "The rise in highway fatalities is disheartening news, but a review of the facts and analysis points to a path forward. We are on the verge of taking a quantum leap in road safety with the deployment of driver assists, connected vehicles, and automated technologies that will help address and mitigate the main causes of fatalities, human error and impairment. The new figures underscore the importance and urgency of Congressional action on AV legislation to spur innovation and save lives...
October 5, 2017
Press Release
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 5, 2017 – "Recent announcements by auto manufacturers prove beyond any doubt that they are investing heavily in bringing electric-drive vehicles to market. The Mid-Term Evaluation of U.S. regulations on vehicle emissions needs to be placed in that larger and more important context. If consumers embrace the products, the resultant emissions reductions will be larger, occur more rapidly, and outlast any regulatory targets or government mandates. "But our success in achieving emissions reductions in the...
October 5, 2017
Agency Comments
The Association of Global Automakers, Inc. (Global Automakers) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the “Request for Comment on Reconsideration of the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022–2025 Light-Duty Vehicles; Request for Comment on Model Year 2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards” [82 FR 39551, August 21, 2017]. Global Automakers' member companies are global leaders in the design, manufacture and sale of environmentally-friendly vehicles, and...
October 4, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers shared an industry perspective on the technology of automated and connected vehicles via testimony before the Ohio House Transportation & Public Safety Committee. Over the course of the next eight months the committee, under the leadership of Chairman Representative Doug Green, will be conducting informational hearings on this subject. Representative Green's goal is to educate policy makers in the Ohio General Assembly about: the potential benefits and challenges of the technology; how it may impact the state’s economy, public safety, and infrastructure; and the current...
October 4, 2017
Press Release
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers  WASHINGTON, DC, OCTOBER 4, 2017 – “Today's approval of the AV START Act by the Senate Commerce Committee is another step forward to helping reducing highway fatalities on our nation's roadways. We thank Chairman Thune, Senator Peters, Ranking Member Nelson, and the Committee for their leadership. We will continue to work with Congress on refining the legislation in order to have an effective AV bill reach the President's desk for his signature."
September 29, 2017
Press Release
The Association of Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced S. 1885, The American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies Act (AV START Act). “The remaining frontier in the area of auto safety will be crossed with automated vehicles and systems which can mitigate the 90 percent of auto fatalities attributable to driver impairment and error.  We commend Chairman Thune and Senator Peters for their bipartisan leadership in creating a...

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