QOTD: What Will the Biden Years Hold for Autos?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

In about two hours, Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. What does this mean for the auto industry?

Before the election, I asked which candidate would be better for autos. Now that we have the new president ready to go after an, um, contentious couple of months, I am curious — what do you think a Biden admin means for the automakers?

Personally, I expect a return to the Obama-era fuel-economy standards (or something similar), and some policy goals that try to steer us to a greener world. Beyond that, I don’t know what to expect.

What say you?

Reminder: Keep it civil and keep the political discussions relevant to the topic at hand.

Now, discuss.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 23, 2021

    @4onthefloor--Trump never said "go to the Capitol peacefully." He said go to the Capitol. There is nothing peaceful about Trump. Glad he is gone and hopefully he will disappear into reality tv along with the Kardashians.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jan 25, 2021

      @Old_WRX tRump started claiming that the only way he could loose was with a rigged election. That started months before the election. The only conspiracy theory in question were one's he initiated.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 24, 2021

    @Lou_BC--Agree. Some of the commenters on this article have reverted to calling me and others lyers. What Trump did was indefensible and dangerous and agree that many of Trump supporters said they were doing what Trump wanted them to do. Trump has already been Impeached by Congress it is the Senate that will convict or not convict Trump. If Trump is convicted by the Senate then he would not be allowed to run for public office. 2/3rds vote is needed in the Senate to convict Trump. Trump's words “Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we’re going to have to fight much harder. … “We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them, because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.” Those rioters took those words of Trump's as a command. Any President regardless of party or regardless of cause that would say that is inciting a riot. Even if this was a Green initiative, Black Lives Matter, or any other cause it is still wrong.

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    • Old_WRX Old_WRX on Jan 25, 2021

      slavuta, Poor people in Portland and Seattle. They are really f!_!cked. It's interesting that they are turning on Biden so soon. Maybe, the plan is to oust him and install his VP. You have to remember that if it disagrees with the left it's "lies" or "conspiracy theory." Personally I don't care for either side right now. Call me crazy, but I'd really like a little bit of sanity instead of this bizarre mess.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jan 24, 2021

    @Old_WRX--I was a Republican for years and left the party. I am now a Democrat but as you stated neither party represents most of us. I would like to see third parties that were more representative of those of us that are moderates. The only way to get big money out of politics is to have public funding of elections but unfortunately both Republicans and Democrats for the most part are being feed by the big money and do not want to give it up.

    • Old_WRX Old_WRX on Jan 24, 2021

      Jeff S, "big money and do not want to give it up." So much for draining the swamp:-)

  • GoNavy99 GoNavy99 on Jan 27, 2021

    What could this thread be other than a bunch of butthurt voters upset that their guy didn’t win? I get it – it will be an apocalypse for the things you love and (apparently) your entire way of life at the hands of your sworn enemy, who may or may not actually just be your next door neighbor.