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Automakers hit hard by global semiconductor chip shortage

General Motors extended production cuts in North America on Wednesday due to a worldwide semiconductor chip shortage. Adding to the bad news, it was learned that chip-maker Renesas Electronics may be down for months due to a fire last week.

GM pulls out of Trump lawsuit to ban California emissions rules

In a letter to 11 environmental groups on Monday, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced that the company is pulling out of the Trump administration's lawsuit to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.

Trump plans on finalizing new fuel-efficiency rules next year

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California.

Three automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California

Washington - Three major automakers are siding with the Trump administration in its bid to bar California from setting its own fuel-efficiency rules or zero-emission requirements for vehicles, the companies said in a filing with a U.S. appeals court late on Monday.

Trump launches full-scale attack on California emissions rule

Sacramento - The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on California’s authority to set its own automotive emissions standards in a battle over mileage rules, as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation against five automakers.

Trump's rollback of auto pollution rules hits a dead end

The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more companies from joining the other side.

The real cost of Trump's rollback of clean car standards

The Trump administration’s push to freeze existing federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards will cost consumers up to $400 billion through 2050 and raise GHG emissions 10 percent.

Automakers defy Trump and strike emissions deal with California

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage standards and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, setting a national standard, a longtime auto industry goal.

EVs will be successful when automakers can call them profitable

Major automakers are still dependent on the profits made from high-margin conventional cars, even as they change their focus to electric vehicles. The big question surrounding the success of EVs for automakers is when will they become profitable?

Automaker shares fall sharply after being hit by Trump tariffs

Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler cut profit forecasts and their shares fell sharply on Wednesday, in a clear sign the global trade war is hurting the world’s largest car makers.

Massive data breach exposes huge trove of automakers' secrets

Windsor - A security researcher this month managed to find a treasure trove of corporate secrets from Ford Motor Company, along with five other global automakers (including GM and FCA) and numerous other companies, that were left exposed by an apparent data leak.

Keyless ignitions prove to be a deadly convenience

A report from the New York Times found that dozens of people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide after failing to shut off the keyless ignition on their vehicles.

Pruitt, Chao to go to California to negotiate emission standards

President Trump has reportedly tapped Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to negotiate fuel economy standards with California.

EPA plans to trash Obama-era tailpipe pollution standards

The Trump administration has decided to loosen Obama-era limits on exhaust from cars made from 2022 to 2025. A draft declaration is under review at the Office of Management and Budget, and it must be made official by the end of the week.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech going nowhere

The technology that gives driverless vehicles the ability to see around corners and other "super powers" won't be on the first autonomous vehicles to hit the roads in the next few years.

Op-Ed: Trump is forcing his own politics and demands on automakers

President Trump's relentless push to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States is throwing the automotive industry into the political arena, a move that may not prove to be good for the industry.

Review of EPA fuel standards sets up battle with California

Sacramento - Automakers are hailing President Trump's call on Wednesday to have the EPA review and possibly rollback the nation's fuel efficiency standards. Should that happen, there is going to be a huge battle, and the lines have already been drawn.

U.S. automakers want Trump to lower vehicle emission standards

The CEOs of 18 major automakers and their U.S. units are banking on Donald Trump's commitment to jobs in the automotive sector and have sent him a letter urging him to reconsider greenhouse gas standards instituted during the Obama administration.

Report: Fiat Chrysler company offered merger to GM

Detroit - The largest U.S. automaker refused to even consider an offer to merge with Fiat Chrysler earlier this year, according to published reports.

Op-Ed: China drives global new car sales

Beijing - Once upon a time, if a car company was serious about making money selling its vehicles, it had to look at the North American market. These days, it’s more important to sell in China.

Ontario provincial governments look to liquidate GM holdings

When General Motors emerged from bankruptcy in 2010, the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments found themselves among the largest shareholders in one of the biggest automakers in the world and, currently, the governments want to liquidate.

Recovery in swing: US auto sales driven by pickup trucks in May

Impressive May sales gains seen from all three US automakers were driven in large part by demand in pickup trucks, indicating a greater economic recovery - particularly in construction.

Fiat to close for 8 days, savings up to $1.25 million a day

Mirafiori - Italian carmaker Fiat plans to shut down operations this summer for eight days in an attempt to save money. As a result, the company's 5,400 employees at its Mirafiori, Italy headquarters will see some unexpected time off work.

GM And Chrysler Line Up At The Pump

March was tagged as a critical month in the nation’s economic recovery because General Motors and Chrysler were due to report back on their finances after receipt of federal funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Let the Automakers Go Bankrupt. It Might Save Us Money

The deadline is now for General Motors and Chrysler to present their reorganization plans to the government so they can keep the billions loaned to them in December, but it doesn't look like they can meet them. Experts are saying, 'Let them go bankrupt'.

Op-Ed: Selective Outrage - GOP Saves Wall Street; Blue Collar Workers Stranded

After two weeks of posturing and pontificating, Republicans in the Senate balked at providing Detroit automakers the assistance they indicated is needed to stay afloat in the first quarter of next year.

Op-Ed: Big Three Land $15-Billion Bailout, With Strings Attached

With the agreement of the White House and the Democrats, a deal has been more or less made. Ford says it might need the money in future. Chrysler and General Motors say they need it now. So does the rest of the country, but what the hell?

Detroit Gets Lifeline: $15B for Auto Makers

Just one week after being tarred and feathered on Capitol Hill, the CEO’s of the nation’s three large automobile manufacturers appear to have convinced Congressional leaders of their need for federal aid to stay afloat.

Canada’s Automakers To Lose $1.7 Billion In 2008

Canada’s auto manufacturing sector is expected lose money for the third consecutive year in 2008, with losses ballooning to $1.7 billion this year, according to the Canadian Conference Board.

Op-Ed: Needed A Bailout Plan For Automakers To Boost Green Cars’ Production

At this time of economic crisis, the European Parliament must provide the auto industry with funds which it could use in research and manufacturing of clean cars which would help EU satisfy its 2020 emissions goals.

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