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Trump's aim to forge ahead with auto tariffs could lead to higher car prices, international retaliation
Trump's aim to forge ahead with auto tariffs could lead to higher car prices, international retaliation

President Donald Trump's threat to levy a 20-25 percent tariff on cars imported to the U.S. if a trade deal with the European Union isn't reached next week could result in a dramatic increase in new-car pricing and may lead to international retaliation. EU officials, including European Commission...Read More»

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai union says Trump's tariff plan could hurt Alabama plant

Despite employing nearly 3,000 people at its Alabama production plant, Korean auto giant Hyundai’s home-based labor union claims that restructuring to account for President Trump’s proposed tariffs could lead to the closure of the factory. MORE: BMW to raise prices on US-built SUVs in...Read More»

2019 BMW X5
BMW to raise prices on US-built SUVs in response to tariffs imposed after Trump threats

Following an announcement from BMW Group that it will be ramping up production in China to serve its largest market, the German automaker also confirmed Monday that it will raise prices on U.S.-built crossover SUVs in response to President Trump’s proposed foreign-built vehicle tariffs. MORE...Read More»

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Trump escalates trade war talks, threatens 20 percent tariffs on imported cars

President Donald Trump didn't back down Friday on the rising war of words with the European Union when he announced that he would consider a 20 percent tariff on cars imported from Europe. Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. and it great companies and workers by the...Read More»

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Trump imposes hefty import duties on imported steel, aluminum used to build cars in U.S.

The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that it won't exempt major U.S. trading partners from duties as high as 25 percent on the raw materials imported to the U.S. used to build new cars. The new protectionist import tariffs announced Thursday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on imported steel...Read More»

2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
Japan leader rebukes Trump's putative new-car import tariffs

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday spoke out against rumors that the Trump administration will consider tariffs as high as 25 percent on new cars shipped to the U.S. from abroad. "It's hard for Japan to understand and we cannot accept it," Abe reportedly told the Japanese parliament...Read More»

Workers assemble a Fiat 500 in Toluca, Mexico
US considers tariff on imported cars

In a move that analysts say is designed to put pressure on Mexico as NAFTA talks ramp up, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into car imports to determine if a protectionist measure such as an import duty should be invoked...Read More»

2018 Toyota Prius
Proposal to roll back fuel economy standards could reach White House next week

The U.S. Department of Transportation could make its proposal to soften new car fuel economy standards public by the end of the month, two officials briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The Transportation Department's proposal, which Reuters says could reach President Donald Trump's desk next week...Read More»

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California, 16 other states sue Trump administration over EPA's weakened car emissions targets

California and more than a dozen states on Tuesday filed suit against the EPA over administrator Scott Pruitt's proposal to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas standards that include new car fuel-economy standards. The suit, filed by California's attorney general in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...Read More»

Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois
Trump delays tariffs on imported steel, aluminum for some US allies

Mere hours before temporary exemptions for certain U.S. allies were set to expire, the Trump administration Monday postponed new, wide-reaching import tariffs on aluminum and steel used in new cars. The temporary tariff exemptions were set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. At that time, the...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
Trump administration could treat imported cars differently than domestics

While President Trump pushes to retool Obama-era fuel economy rules, the White House may also be working on a protectionist measure that could impose even stricter emissions standards on cars imported to the U.S. According to The Wall Street Journal, two U.S. automotive executives suggested that...Read More»

Factory worker assembles a Jeep in Belvidere, Illinois
Automakers respond to Trump's proposed steel, aluminum import tariff increases

Last week, President Donald Trump announced a plan to place tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Some car companies that assemble vehicles in the U.S. have responded negatively to the proposal—which sent automaker stocks tumbling on its own. Trump’s plan would impose a 25 percent...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
Trump hints that trade war with Europe could raise taxes on imported cars

As threats of a trade war between the U.S. and Europe escalate, President Donald Trump on Saturday said in a Tweet that his administration could increase taxes on cars imported from Europe to the U.S. Currently, the U.S. levies a 2.5 percent tariff on most cars imported from Europe. That's...Read More»

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ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too

U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the...Read More»

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
What if the EPA dialed back emissions rules, but only on trucks?

Back in March, Donald Trump authorized a review of current U.S. emissions regulations. Those regulations cover vehicles through the 2025 model year and were hastily finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in the days leading up to Trump's inauguration. The review alarmed environmental...Read More»

2016 Nissan Altima 2.5SL
The LCD screen on your dashboard is likely to take center stage in NAFTA negotiations

As NAFTA negotiations begin this week, tensions are high over the anticipated showdown between the Trump administration and the automotive industry. Likely to be at the very epicenter of Trump’s vision of incentivizing American manufacturing jobs are the LCD screens that have sprouted on...Read More»

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Automakers push for brokered fuel-economy deal

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated a position by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which is a lobbyist for automakers. The AAM supports increased fuel economy regulations, but added that the changes should be agreed upon after a mid-term review of the regulations...Read More»

US Air Force airmen install a fence along the US-Mexico border east of San Luis, AZ
Automakers rally to kill proposed border tax

During the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump made a lot of promises to voters--chief among them, vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to penalize companies that manufactured goods for the American market outside the U.S. This hasn't been a great week...Read More»

Elon Musk
Elon Musk is ready to ditch Donald Trump over Paris Agreement pull-out

Today at 3pm Eastern Time, Donald Trump will announce whether he intends to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement or stay the course on climate change. While breaking the Agreement would undoubtedly please some of Trump's base, it wouldn't endear him to one of the highest-profile members...Read More»

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