Keith Nuthall


Keith writes about regulatory and other issues facing the European auto industry.

EU Raising Stake in Fuel-Cell, Hydrogen Technology 
The public-private partnership’s calls for proposals include projects ranging from mobile fuel-cell technology development to the rollout of refueling infrastructure.
Canada’s Auto Industry Wary of South Korea Trade Deal 
A Canadian union official says trade between the two countries currently is a ‟one-way” street favoring South Korea, and the pending trade agreement threatens to make a bad situation worse.
WTO Trade Deal Could Spur Globalization, Expert Says 
The agreement could encourage automakers to build assembly plants in developing countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia by removing complex import rules that impede the purchase of parts.
EU Members Strike Proposed Deal on 2020 CO2 Emissions Targets 
Critically, the agreement provides for the continued use of super-credits within the emissions measurement formula for green vehicles such as EVs and hybrids. These can bring down the average CO2 emissions level assessed for auto makers.
EU Sets New Limits on Government Green-Vehicle Aid
The Commision since 2008 has given EU countries more leeway to offer tax breaks, low-interest loans and grants for making and buying energy-efficient vehicles, but is concerned that member states are using these rights in conflicting ways.
Major Car Markets Drive WTO Case Against Argentine Auto-Import Restrictions 
The U.S., EU and Japan also charge that the country is asking importers to make certain commitments such as limiting their imports, balancing them with exports and making or increasing investment in local production facilities.
WTO Intervenes in U.S. Pushback Against China Tariffs
An analyst says the duties are meant to keep imports of “posh” Western vehicles at bay while China moves beyond small-car production and develops midsize and large cars.
EU Opposes Brazil, Argentina Auto Parts Protectionism
The European Union is protesting Brazil’s hike in taxation of foreign-made components and Argentina’s requirement that auto-parts importers file a sworn declaration, including production information, to the country’s customs authority.
Microtechnology Bonds Chrome to Plastic
The process could benefit the auto industry as it looks for ways to cut vehicle weight without compromising design quality.
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