This week marks the close of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the opening of the show here in Washington, DC. Following up on record-breaking 2015 auto sales as well as big debuts at both the Consumers Electronics Show and in Detroit, there’s been a lot of automotive coverage…not all of it good, unfortunately. For example, this piece in the Detroit News contains a whole host of errors common to coverage of the automotive industry—errors that this blog post is meant to help navigate. Read more >
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December 16, 2015 12:39 PM EDT
The EPA released two reports today detailing automakers’ compliance with global warming emissions standards and the technology improvements being deployed to meet these standards. Despite much public consternation from manufacturers about the difficulty in meeting these standards, manufacturers are more than one year ahead of schedule. Read more >
November 10, 2015 3:38 PM EDT
Whether it’s the Volkswagen debacle (which continues to get worse), the massive Takata airbag recall involving just about every car company on the planet, or the GM ignition switch scandal, automakers have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. So it was no surprise when the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives recently held a hearing on draft legislation regarding vehicles and roadway safety. After all, Congress should hold deceitful automakers accountable for their actions, and they should help ensure access to safe, clean vehicles.
It was a surprise, though, to see hidden provisions that would award fuel economy credits for safety technologies. If you are asking yourself, “What in the world does safety have to do with fuel economy?” you are not alone …
October 13, 2015 3:54 PM EDT
Last year, we released our semi-regular report card on the auto industry, the Automaker Rankings, where Volkswagen tied for 3rd place behind Hyundai-Kia and Honda. However, the astounding news this month around VW’s diesel vehicles is not only a black eye on the company—it also calls into question just how “green” the VW fleet truly is. We’ve received a lot of questions about the impact this scandal has on their environmental performance, so I’d like to take the opportunity to address some of those questions. Read more >
September 1, 2015 11:38 AM EDT
Governor Brown’s goal of cutting oil use by up to 50 percent, and the subsequent legislative effort through SB350 to codify that goal in California law, has raised the rancor of the oil industry. It’s not surprising an industry might get defensive when lawmakers want to slash the amount of product they sell – nor is it surprising that an industry with a history of deception would not let the facts stand in the way of their response. Despite their “consumer-friendly” ads, the oil industry is really working against the public interest to protect their stranglehold over our transportation choices.
But the fact of the matter is that California, and the rest of the nation, can cut its oil use in half. Read more >