Under Retaliatory Pressure from Trump, Toyota Backs California Emissions Standards Revocation

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Not a good look as Manufacturers that did not back the Administration received an antitrust inquiry from the DOJ.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 1, 2019


    Under Trump Administration pressure, Toyota entered into this legal action that will impact how emissions standards are applied with their own carefully worded release.
    GM, Toyota and members of the Automotive Alliance believe it is a far safer bet to back the White House in order to avoid Trump Administration retaliation.

    Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, and Honda already struck a deal to side with California and abide by its tougher rules, publicly opposing Mr. Trump.

    From the NY Times: "White House Pressed Car Makers to Join Its Fight Over California Emissions Rules" story, after California filed its suit fighting the administration’s revocation of its emissions authority, the Department of Justice (DOJ) opened antitrust inquiries into Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, and Honda that has previously joined with California. The administration also sent a letter to the state threatening to withhold federal highway funds if it did not revoke its own emissions standards.

    The following is the one paragraph with the most pressure as Toyota already meets the emissions standards in all 50-states lead by California and has product plans in place to meet the final 2025 metric without changing product cadence laid out to date. “Needing to encourage consumers to trade in older, less efficient vehicles for newer vehicles that have higher fuel economy…” It has been pointed out tens of thousands of times including by Toyota themselves that a Toyota hybrid saves consumers thousands of dollars over the life of the vehicle along with a vast reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions vs the non-hybrid counterpart.
    I singled out Toyota because GM, Ford, FCA, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Kia, and VW did not create a release on the matter. Toyota and the rest of the OEMs have a tough enough time to keep their heads above water without this kind of political BS!
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

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  3. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    I am sad that some car companies aren't taking the high road.
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Neil:

    Given Toyota is a Japanese auto manufacturer, they had little choice but to take this route.

  5. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    That didn't stop Honda.
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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Trollbait
    Honda is not a part of the Auto Alliance and was probably hoping to glide under the radar. They got hit with the Antitrust Inquiry by this admins DOJ just like Ford. :(


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