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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Automobile industry calls for balanced outcome in EU-Japan FTA

As the EU and Japan get closer to entering into a comprehensive free trade agreement, though it seems that it is being presented as a finished project despite there being a lot of loose ends to tie up, ACEA has drawn attention to some particular aspects important to the motor industry, according to this press release. The removal of tariffs on imports into the EU from Japan (currently 10 per cent on cars, and up to 22 per cent on commercial vehicles) must be balanced by a reduction in non-tariff barriers in the opposite direction, says ACEA. While opening the Japanese market to EU dairy products promises benefits to European producers, in the automotive sector - the other area in which the free trade agreement will be important - the benefits are likely to flow the other way. By drawing attention to the fact that under a free trade agreement with South Korea that has been in operation for nearly six years there are still outstanding problems with non-tariff barriers, the organisation emphasises the importance of having procedures to deal with disputes as well as encouraging collaboration in regulatory matters.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Germany: new emissions testing body mooted

According to Reuters, the German government is considering setting up a new body to test for vehicle emissions. There has been something of a loss of faith in the existing system, and replacing the old body will help to restore consumer confidence, the government hopes.

US: Congress argues about legislation on autonomous cars

Members of Congress have differed over legislation on autonomous cars - but, this being the US, the arguments go beyond the rules themselves: it's a matter of who should be doing the legislating, states or the Federal authorities. Democrats argue that it's NHTSA that should be making the rules, while Republicans have a different take. The prospect of cars that stop working at state borders is not one that will help the prospects for the industry.

Read more, if you want to, from Reuters here.

US: New dealer protection law in Florida

Automotive News reports the enactment of a new law in Florida to give dealers (enhanced, presumably) protection in two important areas - the frequency with which manufacturers can require them to upgrade their premises, and the application of sales-effectiveness criteria, both matters of great importance to dealers against which they would be hard-pressed to find any protection in UK law.

US: Dealers take action against second Tesla store in Virginia

According to Automotive News the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has received consent from a judge to proceed with an appeal in its attempt to block Tesla from opening a second store in the state. The appeal is against Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb's decision to allow Tesla to open the second outlet, and the judge (Judge Gregory Rupe) decided that the VADA has standing to bring the appeal.

Three Bosch managers targeted as German diesel probe expands

Automotive News reports (from Bloomberg) that a German investigation in Stuttgart has focussed on three employees of Robert Bosch who are considered to have been involved in the development of cheat software for VW group. All are managers in the company. Bosch is also being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. German authorities in Braunschweig are also carrying out investigations into that the car manufacturer has done.

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McLaren CEO says post-Brexit UK must try to influence EU car rules

Automotive News Europe reports remarks from McLaren Automotive's Mike Flewitt about the importance of retaining the benefits of having uniform technical legislation for vehicles after the UK leaves the European Union. Failure to do so might lead to having to comply with two sets of rules - exactly the sort of problem that we solved by joining the European Community, especially with the completion of the single market in 1992.

Special rules on emissions for low-volume manufacturers, of which the UK has more than other EU countries (perhaps more than all of them put together), are seen as a particular issue. Will the "rump" EU be as keen to give McLaren and similar companies a good deal after we have gone? That's a rhetorical question.

He also elaborated on steps that the company is taking to mitigate the effects of immigration controls, boosting its graduate recruitment scheme.

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