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Trump's Next Target: Auto Imports

They may be labeled a security threat

(Newser) - Having tangled with China on trade and angered US allies with steel tariffs, President Trump is primed for his next fight: autos. Trump's latest plan is to consider slapping tariffs on imported autos and auto parts—a move he says would aid American workers but that could inflate car... More »

Automakers: New Tariffs Could Force Job Cuts

GM, others say proposed tax would come at a steep cost

(Newser) - General Motors joined a growing list of automakers and manufacturers warning against the White House’s proposal to place tariffs of up to 25% on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts, report PBS and the New York Times . In a filing with the Commerce Department, GM said that the tax... More »

China, Japan Slam Trump Move on Auto Tariffs

Beijing will 'firmly defend' its rights

(Newser) - On Thursday, China and Japan both condemned the Trump administration's decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States. China's Commerce Ministry said Beijing would "firmly defend" its rights and interests against what it called... More »

Keyless Ignitions Blamed for At Least 28 Deaths

They died from carbon monoxide after leaving engines on

(Newser) - "After 75 years of driving, my father thought that when he took the key with him when he left the car, the car would be off," says Doug Schaub. His father, Fred, was among at least 28 people identified by the New York Times as having died from... More »

Ford Is Killing Off All But 2 Car Models

Farewell to Taurus, Fiesta

(Newser) - Some 110 years after the first Model T rolled off the line, Ford has decided to start phasing out car sales. The company announced Wednesday that it "will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America." In a financial release , Ford said that it... More »

EPA Prepares to Gut Obama's Signature Move on Autos

Chief Scott Pruitt plans to weaken fuel efficiency standards set to go in place

(Newser) - The EPA is preparing to make a big move as early as next week to weaken landmark fuel-efficiency goals put in place by the Obama administration, reports the New York Times . The Obama-era rules would have required cars and SUVs to hit 55mpg by 2025, but Trump and EPA chief... More »

Ford Ousts Top Exec for 'Inappropriate Behavior'

Raj Nair was investigated after complaint

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. has ousted one of its top executives over allegations of inappropriate behavior. North America President Raj Nair is leaving the company effective immediately, Ford said in a statement. His replacement has not yet been named. Ford officials would not specify what behavior led to Nair's departure.... More »

As Cartoons Played, Monkeys Forced to Breathe Diesel Fumes

Other experiments involved humans

(Newser) - Could carmakers replace cable companies in the battle for the title of Most Reviled Industry? This news out of Germany could certainly help. The BBC reports German carmakers funded research that involved having humans and monkeys inhale diesel exhaust fumes to gauge the health impact. The research was done at... More »

The Best SUV, Car, and Truck of the Year

Volvo XC60, Honda Accord, and Lincoln Navigator take the honors at Detroit auto show

(Newser) - The annual Detroit auto show is underway, and a marquee moment is out of the way: The 2018 honorees for best car, SUV, and truck of the year in North America have been named, reports the Detroit Free Press . The winners, and other trends and developments from the show:
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Toyota's New Joint Venture With Mazda: $1.6B US Factory

The move could create up to 4K jobs

(Newser) - Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda said Friday they plan to spend $1.6 billion to set up a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the US—a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs. The plant will have an annual production capacity of about 300,000 vehicles and will... More »

Volkswagen Has Been Kicked Out of No. 1 Auto Sales Spot

Renault-Nissan is the new king of the cars

(Newser) - Results are in for the first six months of worldwide car sales, and Volkswagen has been, as CNNMoney notes, "dethroned." The German carmaker came in with about 5,155,600 vehicles sold in the first half of the year, followed by Toyota at 5,129,000. But it... More »

Volvo's Electric Announcement Is an Industry First

Would be first carmaker to phase out cars powered by combustion engines

(Newser) - The heart of the auto industry keeps expanding outward from Detroit, the BBC notes: first west to Silicon Valley, thanks to Tesla, and now east to China, thanks to a major move from Volvo. The Swedish carmaker, owned by the Chinese firm Geely, is poised to become the world's... More »

5 Best, 5 Worst New Car Brands in America

Kia comes out on top for second year running

(Newser) - If it's time to look for a new car, we have good news for you: According to JD Power's 2017 US Initial Quality Study, new-vehicle quality is at its best-ever level. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed JD Power's scores for 32 car brands, which were based on problems... More »

10 Cars That Sit Longest on Dealer Lots

Fiat 500L gets the unwanted distinction

(Newser) - Some cars fly off dealers' lots and some, well, linger. Using data from Kelley Blue Book, 24/7 Wall St looked at which cars sat the longest at dealerships before selling in 2016. The worst performers, along with the average number of days the models hung around:
  1. Fiat 500L, 174.6
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Trump: 'The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad'

President was talking about trade, and auto sales in particular

(Newser) - One of President Trump's comments during a meeting with EU leaders Thursday isn't going over well in Germany. "The Germans are bad, very bad," the president said, as quoted by Der Spiegel . It came during a trade discussion, with Trump's reference being about auto sales.... More »

Ford's New CEO: Guy Who Helped Turn Around Michigan Football

Mark Fields is out, Jim Hackett is in

(Newser) - Mark Fields' tenure as Ford Motor CEO is coming to an end after just three years, during which the company's shares plunged 40%. The New York Times details various bumps in his road: recent safety recalls, the discarded plan to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico, Q1... More »

Ford to Slash Up to 20K Jobs: Report

Company aims to become 'as lean and efficient as possible'

(Newser) - Ford is expected to lay off a large chunk of its workforce as part of a plan to cut costs by $3 billion, various media outlets are reporting. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the cuts, which could be revealed as early as this week, will affect 10% of... More »

Sticker Shock May Explain Slumping Auto Sales

Bloomberg points to a $50K minivan, though others say industry is still fine

(Newser) - The latest auto sales figures have triggered a flurry of negative headlines of the-boom-is-over variety. Sales fell 4.7% in April, which is the fourth straight month of declines and the first time we've had such a streak since 2009, reports the AP . Barring an unexpected surge, the US... More »

Tesla Is Now the Most Valuable US Automaker

Investors aren't put off by lack of profits

(Newser) - Tesla sent a jolt through the auto industry Monday by becoming the most valuable American automaker, overtaking General Motors, which sold more than 100 times as many cars last year. GM also made a profit of around $9 billion in 2016, while Tesla—which has had only two profitable quarters... More »

Obama's Tougher Gas Mileage Rules May Be Going Away

EPA will re-examine standards put in place at 11th hour

(Newser) - President Trump on Wednesday is making a move seen as good news for the auto industry and bad news for environmental advocates. In a visit to Detroit, the president will direct the EPA to re-examine fuel efficiency standards put in place by the Obama administration just before Trump took office,... More »

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