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China Joins the Club of Nations Planning Fossil Fuel Car Bans

As this blog has reported over the last few months, several countries have announced their intention to ban the sale of internal combustion-powered cars in the coming years.  But the latest to take this step—China—might be the most impactful of all in many ways.… Continue reading this entry

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

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As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’ manufacturing sector. One of the largest portions of that sector is the Automotive Industry. However, the Automotive Industry is … Continue reading this entry

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.  The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes.  However, Sec. 108, which focuses on patent infringement, is the portion that may have the largest effect on hurting domestic automotive companies … Continue reading this entry

New Administration Ramps up Enforcement Efforts

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The Trump administration has vowed to bring jobs back to the states. One of the methods it appears it’ll take advantage of is continued, aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws governing exports and international conduct.… Continue reading this entry

2017 Automotive Forecasts Unveiled During Detroit Auto Show Week

It is “Auto Show” week in Detroit, as the city hosts the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  This week includes press unveils of new and updated models, the latest mobility technologies at the AutoMobili-D pavilion, the charity preview featuring 17,000 auto industry players in tuxedos and long dresses and, of course, predictions for where … Continue reading this entry

NAFTA Under the New Trump Administration

The election of Mr. Trump as the President of the United States has created considerable uncertainty regarding the U.S. investment climate. Chief among these uncertainties is the status of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President-Elect Trump repeatedly attacked for leading to the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs. President-Elect Trump has vowed to renegotiate the … Continue reading this entry

Brexit: What’s Ahead? Let the Games Begin

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of Dashboard Insights blog posts on the implications of the June 23, 2016 voter referendum in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles reviewed: 1) developments leading up to the Brexit vote, likely competition law as well as procedural implications; 2) risks/uncertainties … Continue reading this entry

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”) (“Brexit”). Prior articles reviewed developments leading up to the Brexit vote, possible alternatives/outcomes, likely competition law and procedure … Continue reading this entry

Enjoy Your Holiday Weekend!

The Dashboard Insights team wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day. We’ll be back to our regular posting on Thursday, September 8. Thanks for your continued support of our blog!… Continue reading this entry

Brexit – Standards and Innovation: What’s Ahead?

This article is the second in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”).  The first blog post reviewed briefly developments leading to the Brexit vote, the negotiating process that is … Continue reading this entry

Brexit – What, When and Why?

This blog post is the first in an on-going series of blogs and articles by Dashboard Insights on the implications to the automotive industry of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”). This first blog will reprise briefly developments leading to the Brexit vote, the … Continue reading this entry

Querétaro, Mexico: The Secret Automotive Hub

I write this blog post from Querétaro, Mexico, a city of two million people that I have to admit I did not even know was here until two years ago when a local lawyer reached out to introduce himself and talk about the automotive industry. Not only are there two million people, but there is … Continue reading this entry

Be Fully Compliant, and Avoid Lawsuits!

Who could dislike the title of this post? It promises to solve all your compliance problems and keep your business out of litigation. Were it only that simple. Of course, it is not. But, when it comes to compliance, there are ways to avoid recurring issues such as high-risk countries, whistleblowers, joint ventures and commercial bribery. For … Continue reading this entry

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU, but as of June 8, 2016, it has the European Parliament’s legislative backing. The original iteration of the ITA was … Continue reading this entry

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of the report (which began in 1991), which is not quite as old as the 39-year old … Continue reading this entry

As Analysts Predict Slowdown In Sales Growth, Auto China 2016 Showcases Rise of SUVs in China

Many of the stories coming out of Auto China 2016 are showcasing the SUVs and luxury SUVs at the show. Highlights include SUVs and crossover SUVs concepts from VW (VW T-Prime Concept GTW), Infiniti (QX Sport Inspiration), Mazda (CX-4, only sold in China), Honda (Concept D), GM (Cadillac XT5), Ford (Everest SUV), and Mercedes (GLC … Continue reading this entry

Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) earlier this month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step forward,” the Article 29 group identified several areas in which it found the Privacy Shield to be unacceptable, including that … Continue reading this entry

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year. In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced its January 2016 projection of global economic growth from 3.4% to 3.2%, citing a variety of risk factors that … Continue reading this entry

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road safety. The 2015 statistics indicate the EU has a long way to go in reaching its road safety goals. … Continue reading this entry

China Auto Regulatory Trends 2016: New-Energy, Materials Restrictions, Recalls and Emissions Figure Prominently

China has launched or announced a significant number of regulatory initiatives in the automotive sector over the first months of 2016. I have selected a number of regulatory initiatives representing such trends, below, from my work on China compliance issues and discussions with relevant regulatory authorities.… Continue reading this entry

American Car Manufacturers Benefiting From Surge in European SUV Sales

After closing out 2015 with over 9 percent sales growth year over year, European auto sales have continued to rise in January and February. Western Europe car sales rose 14 percent in February, following a January passenger car sales increase of 6.2 percent. Once all the final numbers are tallied, February is expected to be … Continue reading this entry