EU Nations Extend Electric Car Rebates, Consider New Ones

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While Europe has been the land of small diesels for decades, air quality concerns and consideration of fossil fuels’ impact on global warming has led EU nations to offer incentives to purchasers of electric vehicles. In recent weeks, the UK and Germany have announced further steps in that direction. Continue reading this entry

Top 2016 Litigation Issues Facing the Auto Supply Chain

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Nobody likes a fight. Well, almost nobody. Trial lawyers, boxers, and MMA fighters might be the only ones. But, in business, the occasional fight is pretty much inevitable. What fights do we foresee for those in the auto industry in 2016? Well, we see the potential for some in the supply chain in one form or another. Specifically, the automotive industry is expected to see more force majeure events, product recalls, and warranty issues. It’ll be vital for the automotive supply chain to be ready for these and other issues, including continued volume fluctuation and the necessity for international dispute resolution. Continue reading this entry

2016 Automotive M&A Outlook

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The automotive industry experienced extraordinarily high levels of deal activity in 2015. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the sector are expected to remain strong in 2016, but deal volume and frequency may slightly taper off. Below is a summary of four key factors, taken from our recently published white paper on the subject, affecting automotive M&A activity, including increasing interest rates and international activity. Continue reading this entry

“Proactive Safety Principles” Agreement Reached with NHTSA

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all of the major automakers doing business in the United States have agreed on a Statement of Proactive Safety Principles that are intended to reaffirm the agency and industry’s commitment to work collaboratively to further improve vehicle safety. Described by NHTSA as “historic,” the Statement of Principles was announced during the Detroit Auto Show on January 15, 2016. Continue reading this entry

Government Proposes $3.9 Billion for Autonomous Cars

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You get a billion! You get a billion! You get a billion! And, you get a billion! The Federal Government went full Oprah on everyone at the North American International Auto Show recently, throwing around a few billion dollars for autonomous cars. Continue reading this entry