Global Automakers

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August 10, 2017
Blog
Each year, a collection of auto executives, auto journalists, regulators, elected officials, stakeholders, researchers, and the usual suspects (a term I use affectionately) heads north to Traverse City, Michigan to mull the state of the industry.  This year, I participated on a panel called, “Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where does Policy go now? And, will the Market Follow?”. Believe it or not, peace may have broken out.  Let’s take a look at the key takeaways from the panel: The panel was aligned on the need to move forward together to get fuel economy and greenhouse gas...
July 31, 2017
Blog
Since we met for this discussion last August much has changed -- a Federal review of new standards for 2022-2025 was closed and then reopened, a California review of its standards was completed and the process begun for new regulations out to 2030, all while industry sales appear to be coming off their record pace. And, let’s not forget there was also an election. Yet, some things have stayed the same:  industry innovation is booming, and with low gas prices at the pump, customers continue to favor larger light trucks over passenger cars and electric-drive vehicles. But today, we are...
July 27, 2017
Press Release
Washington, DC, July 27, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella released the following statement after Congressional leaders announced they are no longer looking to the border adjustment tax as part of a tax reform plan. “Today's announcement on eliminating the harmful border adjustment tax is an encouraging step forward in reforming our country's complex tax code. The Association of Global Automakers is pleased to see tax reform moving forward in a meaningful way and keeping American jobs at the forefront of this effort.” ### The Association of Global...
July 27, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 27, 2017 – “Today’s unanimous bipartisan approval of the SELF DRIVE Act in the House Energy and Commerce Committee is a critical step towards saving lives on America’s roadways.  We commend the Committee for establishing a clear nationwide pathway to the deployment of these vehicles while putting safety first.  We will continue to work with policymakers to help ensure the benefits of automated technology can be realized as soon as possible.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original...
July 25, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board, noting additional areas for consideration for Electrify America's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. Global Automakers is supportive of the work done to date to develop this plan but requests that future iterations of the plan include hydrogen infrastructure to support fuel cell electric vehicles. Ensuring adequate funding for both charging and hydrogen infrastructure will help support a holistic approach to the ongoing efforts to support low-carbon, light-duty transportation.
July 21, 2017
Blog
Today’s U.S. automotive industry is a critical driver for the U.S. economy, supporting millions of direct and indirect jobs across the country. International automakers powered much of this comeback, investing more than $63 billion in the United States since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect. Trade and economic integration enabled by NAFTA supports U.S. auto production, employment and global competitiveness. During the campaign, candidate Trump promised to renegotiate the NAFTA.  As President, he signaled the start of this process with the release of a 17-page list of...
July 19, 2017
Agency Comments
Global Automakers submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its request for comments on "Alternative Method for Calculating Off-cycle Credits Under the Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Program: Applications from BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Hyundai Motor Group." Global Automakers requested that EPA approve the applications for off-cycle technology credits. Global Automakers and our members have consistently supported the goals of long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and the development of advanced, innovative technologies. To this end, the off-cycle credit...
July 17, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 17, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers, President and CEO, John Bozzella released the following statement after the Administration released its negotiating objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Today’s U.S. automotive industry is a critical driver for the U.S. economy, supporting millions of direct and indirect jobs across the country. Global Automakers supports the modernization of NAFTA and is reviewing the objectives the Administration released today ahead of the upcoming negotiations. Trade and economic integration enabled by NAFTA...
July 14, 2017
Blog
A bicoastal conversation has been taking place this week around the future of self-driving vehicles and how to regulate this emerging technology. On the West Coast, I participated on a panel discussion at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco. On the East Coast, Congress is working on developing policies to accelerate the deployment of self-driving technologies and promote safety. Whether you are in Silicon Valley or in the ‘Swamp’ – there is a clear need for one set of running rules to support widespread introduction of automated vehicles. Global Automakers has joined the...
July 3, 2017
Letter
In a letter to Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, Global Automakers expressed opposition to California's vehicular air pollution bill -  AB 1184 - unless the bill is amended. Global Automakers has several concerns with the bill, most significant is the bill's focus only on plug-in electric vehicles. Meeting the significant numbers of ZEV sales required in California will be a big challenge. Dedicated funding sources play a key part in creating and supporting markets and Global Automakers recognizes AB 1184’s attempt to provide that funding, but money alone will not...
July 3, 2017
Blog
Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of summer driving season. While more drivers hit the road, safety remains a top priority for the Association and our members.  Self-driving vehicle technologies are getting a lot of attention these days for their promise to reduce highway fatalities.   Last week I testified before Congress on proposed self-driving vehicle legislation.  Everyone is anxious to see what is next for this emerging technology, but we need to recognize that there is still a lot of policy work that needs to be done before we see mass deployment in the marketplace.   Let’s...
June 30, 2017
Testimony
In his testimony to Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Global Automakers Vice President of Trade and Competitiveness Paul D. Ryan stressed that economic integration enabled by NAFTA reduces costs, expands vehicle production and vehicle choice for American consumers, and supports U.S. auto exports. "In short, NAFTA has enabled the U.S. auto industry to become more globally competitive than ever,” said Ryan. Download the testimony here.  
June 29, 2017
Blog
When events occur in clusters, I sometimes wonder:  coincidence or conspiracy? Wednesday morning, Fox and Friends invited me to join them for a segment on some of the best buys for American-made vehicles on the market, as peak summer driving season begins.  We brought seven vehicles, from sedans to sport utilities, all made in America, by Americans, working for international nameplates.   Two of those vehicles carried the badges of Korean companies, Hyundai and Kia, who have opened plants in the U.S., and a country whose President Moon Jae-in is visiting shortly for meetings with President...
June 26, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers provided written testimony for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing entitled “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation" on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
June 14, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted the attached statement for the record for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing titled “Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles." Global Automakers continues to support a consistent national approach to automated vehicle (AV) policy that clarifies the respective roles of federal, state and local governments. Preempting state laws and regulations that prescribe AV design and performance standards will spur the pace of development, testing, and commercialization of this emerging technology. We commend Chairman Thune, Ranking...
June 12, 2017
Agency Comments
The Association of Global Automakers submitted the attached comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) regarding the upcoming negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) . The NAFTA has been a success both for the country and the auto industry. It has fostered economic integration throughout the region and enhanced our global competitiveness. Global Automakers supports modernizing the NAFTA in a way that ensures NAFTA’s continued success in the future.
June 9, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted a letter in opposition to SB 276 to the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 276 establishes standardized methods and appeals procedures for the calculation of fair and reasonable compensation for parts and labor used in warranty services. Global Automakers strongly opposes the legislation, as detailed in seven points in the letter. In a June 8 hearing, the Judiciary Committee did not vote on the bill and the legislation was held for further study.
May 24, 2017
Blog
It is unfortunately all too often the case that in their rush to regulate some new issue, well-meaning politicians end up doing more harm than good. This is certainly the case with automated or self-driving vehicles. In their valiant quests to position themselves at the forefront of automated vehicle (AV) technology, a number of states are instead becoming the least tech-friendly by enacting a multitude of convoluted and counter-productive laws and regulations. Thankfully, Wisconsin is not one of them. Governor Scott Walker has taken the Badger state on "the road best traveled" by signing...
May 18, 2017
Press Release
Time to bring NAFTA into 21st CenturyStatement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers  WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 18, 2017 – “Global Automakers believes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a success both for the country and the auto industry. While it has fostered economic integration throughout the region and enhanced our economic competitiveness, we recognize the need to modernize this agreement to address technological changes to better meet new market demands. We support the Administration’s effort to update NAFTA and we look forward to working...
May 17, 2017
Blog
This week, there has been a lot of talk about our country’s ‘infrastructure’.  Much of the conversation is about building and improving our roads, waterways and airports using traditional materials such as concrete, steel and asphalt. However, I want to go a step further and talk about the “smart” use of infrastructure. The reality is that technology – in the form of spectrum, sensors, and algorithms – will be the raw materials for a revolution to provide a safer, more efficient, and more sustainable way of life. Back when I worked for New York City Mayor David Dinkins I helped negotiate a...
May 15, 2017
Press Release
Washington, DC, May 15, 2017 – Auto industry veteran Steve Gehring has joined the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) as its Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation.  Under this newly created position, Gehring will lead the Association’s efforts on auto safety, connected and self-driving vehicle policies.  “With the auto industry in the midst of a technological evolution, we are thrilled to have a proven leader like Steve join our team,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers.  “Mobility is changing and Steve’s extensive background in...
May 4, 2017
Press Release
Automakers Commends Governor Larry Hogan over Backing of EVs Tax Credit Program Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) applauds the passage of the Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2017 that boosts the state investment in its’ electric vehicle (EV) excise tax credit program. “Governor Hogan demonstrated his environmental leadership today by extending and increasing Maryland’s EV excise tax credit program and increasing charging station rebates,” said John Bozzella President and CEO for Global Automakers. “These types of state consumer incentive...
May 4, 2017
Press Release
Global Automakers Welcomes Lauren O’Toole Boland as New Communications Manager WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 4, 2017 – The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is pleased to announce that Lauren O’Toole Boland has joined the Association as communications manager. She will support the integration of Global Automakers communications across multiple channels to advance the Associations policy objectives.  Boland has spent her professional career in political communications. Prior to joining the Global Automakers, Boland served as communications director for two members of Congress and...
April 28, 2017
Letter
The Association of Global Automakers submitted a letter to the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate expressing opposition to HB 1449 which would impose a new fee on electric-drive vehicles.
April 28, 2017
Testimony
Global Automakers submitted opposition testimony on Alabama SB 379 which would authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles on public and private roads at certain testing sites and would require the testing and approval of autonomous technology prior to operation. Municipalities and counties would be authorized to impose restrictive requirements for the testing of autonomous vehicles. Global Automakers strongly encourages Alabama to identify and remove barriers to automated vehicle advancement before establishing new laws. States must tread very carefully in this area, because they may...

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