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Volvo asks US government for tariff exemption for China-built XC60 crossover SUV
Volvo asks US government for tariff exemption for China-built XC60 crossover SUV

Volvo is the latest automaker to ask the U.S. government for an exemption from steep tariffs on Chinese-made SUVs, Reuters reported Friday. Buick asked trade officials in July for an exemption from a 25-percent tariff on its China-made Envision SUV earlier this year, although Volvo's interest in...Read More»

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US, Mexico reportedly strike deal on new NAFTA agreement

Representatives from the U.S. and Mexico tentatively struck a deal Monday to revise key portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, possibly bringing to an end monthslong barbs between the two countries about fair trade and escalating tariff threats. The New York Times and The Washington...Read More»

Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
Poll: Fewer than a third of new-car shoppers agree with Trump's emissions rollback

Fewer than one-third of new-car shoppers agree with the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel-economy targets for the next five years, according to a survey released Tuesday by Autolist. Just 29 percent of more than 1,000 respondents said that they agreed with the president's plan to freeze...Read More»

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Ohio senator wants to give car shoppers $3,500 to buy American-made cars

A bill proposed this week in the U.S. Senate aims to give car buyers $3,500 to buy American-made cars, including models from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, and others, the latest thrust in escalating threats between lawmakers and the auto industry. Democratic Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown...Read More»

Donald Trump
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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President Trump's infrastructure plan includes more tolls, more state control for roads

Taking the family on a long road trip could cost drivers more if a proposal unveiled Monday is adopted by Congress. The Trump administration released its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which seeks to address the nation's crumbling roadways and other aged infrastructure. The 55-page proposal is...Read More»

Google Street View Image, San Francsico, California
Pickups versus sedans: Google’s Street View can predict political leanings

A team at Stanford is using Google Street View images to successfully predict election results. Aside from the sheer vastness of information publicly available on Google, the big takeaway is that a preponderance of sedans indicates that a given area is likely to vote democratic, while pickup trucks...Read More»

2017 Toyota Corolla, test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016
California legislature to float plan for ditching gasoline by 2040

The California state legislature is set to consider a bill that calls for the ban of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicle sales by 2040. If successful, the bill would be the first of its kind in the United States, though it follows several similar proposals in Europe. China is currently the...Read More»

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California (via Flickr user richardmasoner)
Whose supporters are the rudest to other drivers: Trump's or Clinton's?

It's happened to all of us recently: you're driving along, trying not to think about the contentious upcoming election, when you notice a bumper sticker on the car in front of you, emblazoned with the name of your least favorite candidate. What do you do? If you're like most people, you choke down...Read More»

U.S. electoral vote predictions as of October 31, 2016 (via fivethirtyeight.com)
Whether we choose Clinton or Trump, cheap gas will stick around (for a while, anyway)

Tired of hearing about the U.S. presidential election? We bear tidings of great joy: 1. It'll all be over next Tuesday (hopefully). 2. Today is Halloween, which means candy, trick-or-treaters, and other spooky distractions from 24 hours' worth of contentious headlines. 3. According to many...Read More»

The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]
Dealers Gear Up To Fund GOP Presidential Candidates, But Will Tesla Supporters Lose Out?

It's no surprise that U.S. auto dealers and dealer networks skew heavily Republican. The GOP has built a reputation as being pro-business and anti-regulation -- stances that appeal to many in the business community. According to Auto News, though, the 2016 election cycle could be a confusing one...Read More»

Election 2012
Election 2012: Lies, Deceptions, And Dumb Things Said About Cars

Whew! It's finally over. Almost. When Election 2012 gets filed away in some extraterrestrial media-storage device, we hope the rest of the universe looks on us with a sense of pity--because this year's silly season has been sillier than usual. Especially when it comes to cars. At times, it seemed...Read More»

Zipcar's 'Zip to the Polls' promo for the 2012 election
Zipcar Lets Voters 'Zip To The Polls' For Half Price

In America, many voters are focused on tonight's presidential debate at Hofstra University. But some are already thinking ahead to November 6 and wondering, "How the heck am I going to get to the polls?" Zipcar could be the answer they're looking for. Zipcar has announced a one-day program called...Read More»

2012 Republican National Convention
GOP Platform Speaks Out Against Monitoring Of Cars, EPA Regs

Forget John Grisham and Stephen King: if you want some good beach reading this Labor Day weekend, break out a copy of the official Republican party platform, which was ratified yesterday in Tampa. (The Democratic platform may be equally entertaining, but unfortunately, it won't be available until...Read More»

General Motors Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
GM To Dems & GOP: No More Cars For Your Conventions

Since 1980, General Motors has provided cars to both Republicans and Democrats for their national conventions -- and it's done so free of charge. But according to a report in Detroit News, that policy has come to a screeching halt. Typically, GM has supplied the conventions with several hundred...Read More»

Attack ad against Jeff Brandes from the Committee to Protect Florida
Florida Attack Ad Uses 'Driverless Cars' To Scare Elderly Voters

'Tis the season for many things: late-summer road trips. Back-to-school shopping. And of course, iffy political attack ads. By now, we'd expected to see a number of commercials criticizing incumbents' support of the Detroit bailout begun by President Bush and continued under President Obama. But in...Read More»

Representative Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan: Former Wienermobile Driver, Future Vice President?

With November's presidential election drawing close, the tickets are now set, with President Obama and Vice President Biden set to take on Gov. Mitt Romney and newly named Vice President nominee, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. According to a report last year by National Public Radio, the...Read More»

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GM Nixes Support For Conservative Lobbying Group

Once upon a time, corporations seemed pretty adept at keeping their political activities quiet. But as reps from Lowe's, Kraft, and Chick-fil-A will quickly tell you, that ain't the case no more: thanks to the internet and today's 24-hour news cycle, corporate lobbying maneuvers are increasingly...Read More»

Mitt Romney
Automobile Magazine Explains... Mitt Romney?

As the glossies go, Automobile magazine has always strived to be a bit different and a bit less politically correct than the other keep-the-advertisers-happy-at-all-costs buff books. The latest issue, with its feature story on Mitt Romney and his auto industry executive father, George, is certainly...Read More»

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