The landmark Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement got signed today and it could mean the end of the most restrictive tariff in the American auto industry. But it’s only the start of a difficult and secretive process.
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Volkswagen is crushing it in auto sales around the world, but their lineup just isn't deep enough for total domination of the US market. A statement by VW's Light Commercial Vehicle boss suggests that might change, possibly bringing Amaroks, Transporters, and(/or?) Caddys here.
Badges are the weirdest things ever, you can go full old-GM with them and don't distinguish them at all apart from changing badges or you can do what VW does and make a single platform that can be changed enough to compete in many segments and price brackets. A third option, taken by these two is just not making any…
Today we learned that for the past 50 years, the United States government has been stifling the American pickup market with the Chicken Tax. What would you give to get a proper small truck?
Quick, what do potato starch, dextrin, brandy, and a smallish pickup truck have in common? The makings of an amazing weekend in Vegas? The contents of Godzilla's stomach after a really weird bender? Close. Those are the things slapped with a 25% tariff known as the Chicken Tax, and it's killing innovation in the truck…