Global Automakers

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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...
September 25, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers sent Secretary Grumbles from the Maryland Department of the Environment a letter requesting that Maryland commit the full 15% allotment, or $22 million of $169 million, of Volkswagen Appendix D settlement funds for both electric charging and hydrogen infrastructure. Global Automakers made this recommendation, because "[i]ncreasing available infrastructure is critical to the state’s ability to advance electrification." Maryland is one of ten states that require increasing sales of zero emission vehicles (ZEV), including plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles...
September 25, 2017
Agency Comments
On September 25, 2017, Global Automakers and the Alliance jointly submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its request for comments regarding development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will accompany a rulemaking for MY 2022-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. These comments supports view that the best way to reach the nation's environmental goals is through a harmonized and effective national regulatory program to increase fuel economy and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The National Highway Traffic Safety...
September 21, 2017
Blog
At the unveiling of the updated federal guidance for automated driving systems, guests (myself included) could walk through a tech pavilion where the products of brilliant computer, electrical and mechanical engineering were on display.   Elsewhere on that Michigan campus, hardware and systems undergo constant testing and refinement in vehicles under simulated real-world conditions.   And that’s an apt metaphor for the challenge we face in realizing the benefits of automated vehicles.  It’s evident that automakers and suppliers have the engineering capabilities to make driving safer than...
September 13, 2017
Letter
In a letter to California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Global Automakers shared its opposition to a provision in California Assembly Bill 134 and Senate Bill 119 that gives the Secretary of Labor the authority to arbitrarily determine which vehicles receive Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) funds. The provision creates an unpredictable standard that would be impossible to adhere to while creating uncertainty in an already challenging market.  The provision language presents several constitutional, legal, and enforceability concerns. Most importantly, the provision is counterproductive to...
September 12, 2017
Press Release
Statement by John Bozzella, President and CEO of Global Automakers WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 – “This is an important day for automotive safety. The federal automated vehicle guidance supports innovation and ensures that public safety is a priority as these new technologies are introduced into the marketplace.” ### The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S. operations of international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind...
September 8, 2017
Blog
Now that the negotiations are under way for a more modern North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), I think it’s important we discuss the elephant in the room… jobs. When the negotiations opened, United States Trade Representative Lighthizer said, “that at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows resulting from NAFTA.”  Others have raised questions about both the veracity and the utility of that 700,000 figure, but my purpose is to point out that's emphatically not the case with respect to the auto industry. Here are the facts: Since NAFTA took effect in...
September 8, 2017
Agency Comments
On September 7, 2017, Global Automakers and the Alliance submitted joint comments to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on its "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Amendments to Certain Sections of Article 6, Clear and Reasonable Warnings to Proposition 65." In this letter, we specifically requested that: Modifications and clarifications be made to the Safe Harbor provisions for fully-assembled vehicles to ensure proper inclusion of pickup trucks and vans; and OEHHA address concerns about the Prop 65 safe harbor application to replacement parts.
September 6, 2017
Testimony
The Association of Global Automakers' Director of Environment and Energy, Julia Rege, testified at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing on the reconsideration of the Final Determination of the model year 2022-2025 greenhouse gas emission standards. Global Automakers shared three priorities related to the midterm review: Maintain One National Program and work toward better alignment, Provide the necessary flexibility to accommodate the transformative market shifts that the automotive industry is undergoing, and Recognize the need to look beyond 2025 to help inform the...
September 5, 2017
Letter
Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, and House Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Ranking Member Janice Schakowsky urging passage of H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, and expressing interest in working to refine legislation as it moves forward.
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
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 Automakers represents the U.S....
July 27, 2017
Press Release
“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 equipment suppliers, and other...
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
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 supports U.S. auto production,...

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