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    Fed proposes new fuel economy standard: 54.5 mpg by 2025
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    The U.S. Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have announced new fuel economy standards for model year 2017-2025 vehicles that will require cars and light trucks to yield a combined 54.5 mpg, as was proposed back in July. According to the government, ...

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    Report: Texas senator proposes end to federal auto loans
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    Back in 2007 Congress, created the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing federal loan program to allow the government to loan up to $25 billion to car manufacturers. The federal loans were created to help provide the money necessary to retool factories and build more fuel-efficient vehicles, ...

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    Report: New trade agreement may mean more domestics sold in South Korea
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    In 2010, domestic automakers shipped about 7,500 vehicles to Korea, representing less than one percent of its auto market. To add insult to injury, well over half a million Korean cars were sold here. But that could all change, according to Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who told The Detroit News that a ...

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    Senate reaches deal to avert government shutdown, preserves auto funds
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    The U.S. Senate approved a stop-gap funding measure to stave off a looming government shut down on Monday. At the same time, lawmakers have also managed to keep from cutting a special fund designed to help automakers retool their manufacturing centers for more fuel-efficient models. The Detroit ...

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    Report: 14 female U.S. senators call on Saudi Arabia to lift female driving ban
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    The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is a tenuous one. For better or worse, it usually involves the American government siding with the Saudi royal family – arguably at the expense of the people over which the latter rule. But this time, the roles have changed, with ...

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    Video: Weiner stands up for Car Talk during congressional hearings on NPR funding
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    U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner has had more than his fair share of rants during his time in the House of Representatives. And let's face it, the man seems to really enjoy grandstanding and shouting – or perhaps he just suffers from voice immodulation. At a recent hearing concerning the ...

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    Report: Fund oversight panel says jury still out on auto bailouts
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    The Congressional Oversight Panel charged with overseeing America's $700 billion federal bailout fund admits that it still isn't sure if the measure will save the auto industry in the long run, The Detroit News is reporting. As you'll recall, the $700 billion was divvied up between banks, ...

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    Automakers, suppliers drawing up 'conflict mineral' strategy?
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    It's a problem that's not just confined to the diamond trade or a Kanye West song. Conflict Minerals are utilized in many industries and applications, including the automotive industry. The term "conflict" is applied to a mineral mined in nations where the mining is done under the condition of ...

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    Report: Bill aimed at giving auto dealers more credit is signed into law
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    The federal government is keeping up its effort to stimulate the economy, while the economy is keeping up its resistance to those efforts. The latest effort to prod spending comes in a bill that, among other things, increases the federal guarantee for small dealer floorplan loans from the Small ...

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    Report: Senate pushes distracted driving issue back to the states
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    If you were waiting for the federal government to lay down the law on distracted driving, we've got bad news for you. New bipartisan legislation from Congress has effectively put the issue back into the hands of individual states. That means that instead of a single, nationwide ban on cell phone ...

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    Report: U.S. safety bill could triple cost of automotive black boxes to $5,000
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    When word first came down that Congress was looking to mandate that all new vehicles to be sold with Event Data Recorders, we knew that the added tech was going to be pricey. According to Automotive News, if legislators have their way, the new automotive black boxes will need to be both fire ...

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    SEMA lists pro-auto hobby lawmakers in your state
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    Look at any legislation related to cars, and it seems pretty obvious that lawmakers hate automobiles. While it seems odd that people who get driven around Washington D.C. gridlock in full-size SUVs are railing against the same kind of vehicles, there's also a contingent of legislators on the state ...

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    Toyota president Lentz updates feds on recall and safety progress
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    Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota in North America has taken some time to update Congress on the company's progress as the company sallies forth through a mountain of recalls. Lentz says that around 3.5 million fixes have been executed so far, including 1.67 million ...

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    Report: Toyota had 'attack plan' to discredit congressional testimony witnesses
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    Hypocrisy is again the order of the day as Congress continues to look into the actions of Toyota following a report earlier this year claiming that a fault had been found that could trigger unintended acceleration. Using polling data to help craft a message to manipulate public opinion is ...

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    Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in peril over Toyota recalls?
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    After Dave Chappelle threw himself overboard the USS Hollywood, he did an interview in which he said, "When a person tells you something's... just business, that means some ice-cold [stuff] might be about" to happen. We can imagine that Toyota, doing everything it can to make its case better in ...

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    Mr. Toyoda comes to Washington
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    The second day of Congressional hearings on the "Response by Toyota and NHTSA to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration" has been underway since 11 am this morning, with an animated NHTSA Secretary Ray LaHood juking and jiving around Congress' questions. But the big showing today is Toyota ...

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    Watch the Congressional Toyota Recall hearings live
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    If morbid curiosity and political grand-standing is your think, C-SPAN is streaming the Congressional hearings on the Toyota Recall live on its site. The official title is "Response by Toyota and NHTSA to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration" and the cast of characters include Ray LaHood, ...

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    AP: Lawmakers investigating Toyota have previous ties to the automaker
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    It looks like the Toyota recall mess is going to keep getting messier. Today we're hearing that there might be some, let's say, inappropriate ties between the Japanese automaker and the lawmakers that have been investigating its recent round of recalls. The Associated Press reports that the group ...

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    REPORT: January's Detroit Auto Show to be loaded up with political VIPs
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    After General Motors and Chrysler required a combined $80 billion in government assistance to keep their doors open, many speculated that Uncle Sam would want to keep a hand in the carmaking cookie jar. While it is debatable how much control (a lot) the White House and Congress have over the ...

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    Senators mulling a nationwide ban on texting while driving
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    Last time we checked in with the issue of texting while driving, the NHTSA practically claimed it was gagged by Congress. Fast forward a week -- after the New York Times report and the results of a Virginia Tech study -- and now a group of Democratic senators is proposing a nationwide ban on ...

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