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America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you
America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or...Read More»

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Study: Border tax could boost car prices by up to $17,000

As a businessman, it shouldn't be too surprising that much of Donald Trump's attention during his first two-and-a-half weeks in office has been focused on U.S. business policies--things like trade deficits, free-trade agreements, and, of course, border taxes. Although the details of such a tax plan...Read More»

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Toyota takes on Trump's border tax, asks dealers for backup

Donald Trump's protectionist policies have been lauded in some corners, but they've also sparked outcries and protests from private individuals, government officials, and more than a few companies. As we reported earlier this week, the auto industry is included in that mix. Ford execs have slammed...Read More»

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Trump's border tax faces more opposition--this time, from auto dealers

During his first week in office, Donald Trump made headlines over two border-boosting policies. Yesterday, the American International Automobile Dealers Association announced plans to fight one of the president's proposals tooth and nail. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order suspending...Read More»

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How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results

U.S. roads are in terrible shape. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated them a "D". Our bridges weren't too much better, earning a C+. The ASCE's next report card is due in 2017, and given the insufficient sums allocated to roadway maintenance, improvement, and expansion, it's...Read More»

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Bad Roads Cost U.S. Drivers More Than $500 A Year

America is great at many things, but one area where we could stand some improvement is our transportation infrastructure. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, our nation's crumbling highways and byways cost drivers more than $500 per year -- and the situation's likely to get worse...Read More»

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Oregon's OReGO Program Gives Drivers An Option: Pay Gas Tax Or Pay By The Mile

Our roads are in terrible shape, and we are largely to blame. Things wouldn't be so bad if our elected officials had occasionally increased the federal gas tax, which funds road repair and construction at the national, state, and local levels. Unfortunately, that tax hasn't been raised in 22 years...Read More»

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U.S. Senators Propose Gas Tax Increase. Will It Fix Our Crumbling Roads & Bridges?

America doesn't do a great job of maintaining its highways and byways. At least a third of our roads are substandard, and our crumbling bridges need $3.6 trillion of repairs. Part of the reason for those shortcomings is that the federal gas tax, which was designed to keep our infrastructure up to...Read More»

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Pay-Per-Mile Road Taxes Coming To A State Near You?

Driving a fuel-efficient car might be great for the environment and even better for your wallet, but state and federal projects funded by gasoline taxes are starting to feel the pinch. It's a classic conundrum: we expect a safe and well-maintained infrastructure that relies on a tax system that...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Shows How Tough It'll Be For China To Meet Green Car Goals

Tesla's acclaimed, all-electric Model S sedan will soon go on sale in China, and this week, the company announced how much it'll cost the country's green car fans: 734,000 yuan, or just over $121,000. In America, the same vehicle would run closer to $81,000. And that 50 percent premium helps...Read More»

Screencap from Tesla website, included in complaint to California DMV from dealers
California Dealers Accuse Tesla Of 'Misleading' Customers With Financing Promises

Honestly, Tesla can't catch a break. First, it had to make a fully electric car that didn't look like a doorstop or a computer mouse from 1997. No small task, that. Then, it had to find a few backers, which caused consternation in some corners. And then it had to jump perhaps the biggest hurdle of...Read More»

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Sales Tax, Gas Tax, Mileage Tax: How To Pay For America's Roads?

In Virginia, controversy is a-brewin' over Governor Bob McDonnell's plan to eliminate the state's gasoline tax. The funds generated from that tax have traditionally been earmarked for maintenance and construction of Virginia's roads. To replace gas tax revenue, McDonnell plans to do three things...Read More»

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U.S. Accuses China Of Illegal Auto & Parts Subsidies

China's auto industry is booming: car sales are strong, and the country's suppliers are doing bang-up business on the export front. But the U.S. claims that China has given its auto industry unfair advantages through heavy import tariffs, artificially devalued currency, and $1 billion in shady...Read More»

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Starting Today, China Slaps Tariffs On U.S.-Made Vehicles

Car shoppers in China got an unpleasant surprise this morning: the Chinese government announced plans to impose tariffs of up to 22% on all vehicles made in the U.S., starting today. U.S. auto manufacturers aren't especially happy about the news either -- not only because it makes their vehicles...Read More»

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UPDATE: Dealers Pocketing $7,500 Chevy Volt Tax Credit?

UPDATE: Several sources have reported that the practice described below appears to be confined to a few isolated incidents, if at all, and a General Motors spokesman called the NLPC 'confused.' The NLPC meanwhile in a follow-up cried foul on GM's claim that there's "high demand" for the Volt and...Read More»

Author and commentator Tom Friedman, of The New York Times
NY Times Columnist Wants To Raise Gas Taxes, Pay Down Deficit

Thomas Friedman, an op-ed columnist at The New York Times, often fancies himself an expert on the auto industry. He was a huge Toyota fan, lauding the company as the model for the entire industry, and openly contemptuous of pre-bankruptcy General Motors. He does, however, have interesting ideas...Read More»

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B-Series, B-Seeing You: Mazda Leaves U.S. Pickup Market

Don’t look for a 2010 Mazda B-Series; the nameplate has quietly slipped off Mazda’s U.S. roster this fall. The move leaves only a few compact pickups in the North American market. The 2010 Ford Ranger gets side airbags and electronic stability control, as we’ve reported, but it otherwise...Read More»

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Treasury Expands Auto Sales Incentives For Six States

On Thursday, the Treasury Department announced new rules that will help auto sales in six states; Alaska Deleware Hawaii Montana New Hampshire Oregon Drivers in these states likely felt left out of the U.S. Treasury's old program that incentivized new auto sales by making it easier to deduct state...Read More»

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