The Truth About Cars » Free Trade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 14:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Union Leader Blasts Obama on Pacific Trade Talks http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/union-leader-blasts-obama-pacific-trade-talks/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/union-leader-blasts-obama-pacific-trade-talks/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153377 The head of the AFL-CIO in the United States is criticizing the current presidential administration for its pursuit of a trade zone in the Pacific that could open up Asian markets to America and vice versa, the Detroit News is reporting. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote the administration a letter saying that a free-trade agreement with […]

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The head of the AFL-CIO in the United States is criticizing the current presidential administration for its pursuit of a trade zone in the Pacific that could open up Asian markets to America and vice versa, the Detroit News is reporting. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote the administration a letter saying that a free-trade agreement with […]

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Honda Production Announcement Provides Best Indication For Imported Civic Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-production-announcement-provides-best-indication-imported-civic-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/honda-production-announcement-provides-best-indication-imported-civic-hatchback/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:47:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033665 On the heels of an announcement that Honda’s Alliston, Ontario plant will be the lead plant for the next generation Honda Civic, the same plant will also be responsible for building the next-generation CR-V for the European market. According to the CBC, as many as 40,000 CR-Vs could be exported to Europe. While the CR-V […]

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On the heels of an announcement that Honda’s Alliston, Ontario plant will be the lead plant for the next generation Honda Civic, the same plant will also be responsible for building the next-generation CR-V for the European market. According to the CBC, as many as 40,000 CR-Vs could be exported to Europe. While the CR-V […]

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Abe Administration Pushes Automakers, Nation Away From Kei Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/abe-administration-pushes-automakers-nation-away-from-kei-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/abe-administration-pushes-automakers-nation-away-from-kei-cars/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=841985 For ages, the kei car has been one of the darlings of the automotive world, owing to its tiny size and equally tiny engine (that also netted owners a smaller tax bill). Alas, Japan’s littlest cars may soon be put in a toy box destined for Goodwill as the nation’s government puts the pressure on […]

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For ages, the kei car has been one of the darlings of the automotive world, owing to its tiny size and equally tiny engine (that also netted owners a smaller tax bill). Alas, Japan’s littlest cars may soon be put in a toy box destined for Goodwill as the nation’s government puts the pressure on […]

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Analysis: Australia’s Free Trade Deals Are The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Its Auto Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/analysis-australias-free-trade-deals-are-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-its-auto-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/analysis-australias-free-trade-deals-are-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-its-auto-industry/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:35:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=790321 In the span of 24 hours, Australia inked two free trade agreements with both Japan and South Korea. Even though Holden, Ford and Toyota had already committed to ending auto manufacturing in Australia, it’s hard not to see the agreements as the last nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong auto industry. Although North […]

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In the span of 24 hours, Australia inked two free trade agreements with both Japan and South Korea. Even though Holden, Ford and Toyota had already committed to ending auto manufacturing in Australia, it’s hard not to see the agreements as the last nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong auto industry. Although North […]

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Hyundai, Kia See Weakest Annual Sales Growth in a Decade http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hyundai-kia-see-weakest-annual-sales-growth-in-a-decade/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hyundai-kia-see-weakest-annual-sales-growth-in-a-decade/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:59:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691178 2014 may only be a day old, but it’s already shaping up to be a rough year for Hyundai and Kia as they prepare to increase global sales by just 4 percent this year, the lowest and bleakest forecast for the Korean duo since 2003. Though the foreseen growth will be fueled by revamped models […]

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2014 may only be a day old, but it’s already shaping up to be a rough year for Hyundai and Kia as they prepare to increase global sales by just 4 percent this year, the lowest and bleakest forecast for the Korean duo since 2003. Though the foreseen growth will be fueled by revamped models […]

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Ford Pushes Congress For Vehicle Standards Harmonization http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/ford-pushes-congress-for-vehicle-standards-harmonization/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/ford-pushes-congress-for-vehicle-standards-harmonization/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:39:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484395 A U.S. House of Represenatives subcommittee meeting became a forum for Ford to advocate on behalf of harmonized vehicle standards, as the US and EU continue to discuss a possible free trade deal. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, said that harmonized standards would allow Ford to cut costs in areas like design, manufacturing and […]

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A U.S. House of Represenatives subcommittee meeting became a forum for Ford to advocate on behalf of harmonized vehicle standards, as the US and EU continue to discuss a possible free trade deal. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, said that harmonized standards would allow Ford to cut costs in areas like design, manufacturing and […]

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Why Detroit Is Chicken About Free Trade Agreements. And Why Korea Hates Them Too Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/why-detroit-is-chicken-about-free-trade-agreements-and-why-korea-hates-them-too-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/why-detroit-is-chicken-about-free-trade-agreements-and-why-korea-hates-them-too-now/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:19:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481627   It’s not just the UAW that is upset about free trade agreements. The Koreans are likewise. The offices of the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association were raided by investigators of the country’s Fair Trade Commission, the Financial Times reports. The agency alleges that BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Toyota Motor were involved in price […]

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  It’s not just the UAW that is upset about free trade agreements. The Koreans are likewise. The offices of the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association were raided by investigators of the country’s Fair Trade Commission, the Financial Times reports. The agency alleges that BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Toyota Motor were involved in price […]

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EU-US Free Trade Deal Begins, Completion Expected In 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/eu-us-free-trade-deal-begins-completion-expected-in-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/eu-us-free-trade-deal-begins-completion-expected-in-2015/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:18:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477370 The United States and the European Union will begin talks on a free-trade agreement, which may take as long as two years to complete. The deal is expected to be worth some $613 billion annually, and could have some interesting implications for the auto sector. The first and most obvious possibility is the end of […]

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The United States and the European Union will begin talks on a free-trade agreement, which may take as long as two years to complete. The deal is expected to be worth some $613 billion annually, and could have some interesting implications for the auto sector. The first and most obvious possibility is the end of […]

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Canadian Auto Workers Union Calls For “National Auto Policy” With Free-Trade Barriers, Government Intervention http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/canadian-auto-workers-union-calls-for-national-auto-policy-with-free-trade-barriers-government-intervention/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/canadian-auto-workers-union-calls-for-national-auto-policy-with-free-trade-barriers-government-intervention/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440695 “Community” is a nebulous buzzword here in liberal Canuckistan, with the term moving from a synonym for neighborhood, to describing everything from ethnic groups targeted by vote-hungry political parties, to an exercise in social engineering by Ivory Tower types, eager to ram pseudo-progressive initiatives through various legislative and judicial avenues. No wonder the CAW’s new “National Auto […]

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“Community” is a nebulous buzzword here in liberal Canuckistan, with the term moving from a synonym for neighborhood, to describing everything from ethnic groups targeted by vote-hungry political parties, to an exercise in social engineering by Ivory Tower types, eager to ram pseudo-progressive initiatives through various legislative and judicial avenues. No wonder the CAW’s new “National Auto […]

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Obama And Lee At Orion: Free Trade Sucks, But It Beats The Alternatives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/obama-and-lee-at-orion-free-trade-sucks-but-it-beats-the-alternatives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/obama-and-lee-at-orion-free-trade-sucks-but-it-beats-the-alternatives/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:45:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414868 In many ways it was a strange scene. The president of Korea, speaking in a US factory that builds the replacement to a car that was once imported from Korea. The president of the United States, speaking in a factory that can only competitively build subcompact cars because of a government-ordered “innovative labor practices” that […]

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In many ways it was a strange scene. The president of Korea, speaking in a US factory that builds the replacement to a car that was once imported from Korea. The president of the United States, speaking in a factory that can only competitively build subcompact cars because of a government-ordered “innovative labor practices” that […]

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Trade Peace Watch: US-Korean Trade Pact: Korea (And U.S. Customers) In Deep Kimchi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/trade-peace-watch-us-korean-trade-pact-korea-and-u-s-customers-in-deep-kimchi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/trade-peace-watch-us-korean-trade-pact-korea-and-u-s-customers-in-deep-kimchi/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 13:04:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375727 It looks like North Korea’s artillery barrage on a small South Korean island had one of those famous unintended consequences: South Korea, faced by a belligerent enemy, decided to let bygones be bygones. A shell-shocked South Korea and a proud America “completed a free-trade agreement that will eliminate most tariffs on exports and solidify one […]

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It looks like North Korea’s artillery barrage on a small South Korean island had one of those famous unintended consequences: South Korea, faced by a belligerent enemy, decided to let bygones be bygones. A shell-shocked South Korea and a proud America “completed a free-trade agreement that will eliminate most tariffs on exports and solidify one […]

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Cars Collide With Mad Cows: U.S. Korean Trade Pact Chokes On Aged Beef http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/cars-collide-with-mad-cows-u-s-korean-trade-pact-chokes-on-aged-beef/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/cars-collide-with-mad-cows-u-s-korean-trade-pact-chokes-on-aged-beef/#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:39:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=372428 The rest of the world is busy tearing down tariff borders by entering free trade agreements, such as the one between South Korea an the EU. Japan doesn’t want to stand on the sidelines and is in FTA negotiations with the EU. At the same time, the U.S. and Korea yesterday shitcanned their free trade […]

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The rest of the world is busy tearing down tariff borders by entering free trade agreements, such as the one between South Korea an the EU. Japan doesn’t want to stand on the sidelines and is in FTA negotiations with the EU. At the same time, the U.S. and Korea yesterday shitcanned their free trade […]

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Is South Korea The New Japan? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/is-south-korea-the-new-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/is-south-korea-the-new-japan/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2009 18:10:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335324 Reuters reports that Japanese manufacturers are running scared from Hyundai-Kia. A combination of a rising Yen and South Korea sealing more and more free trade agreements with other countries has helped Hyundai-Kia immensely. Of course, copying Toyota’s business model of building reliable cars at affordable prices has helped greatly, too. All this momentum from South […]

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Reuters reports that Japanese manufacturers are running scared from Hyundai-Kia. A combination of a rising Yen and South Korea sealing more and more free trade agreements with other countries has helped Hyundai-Kia immensely. Of course, copying Toyota’s business model of building reliable cars at affordable prices has helped greatly, too. All this momentum from South […]

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