New Cars, Trucks, and SUVs to Avoid for 2019

First Up 04/11/19

Grassley Doubts Auto-Tariff Report is 'Intellectually Honest'
Bloomberg reports that a U.S. government report that could lead to tariffs on automobiles is likely not being released by the White House because it lacks rigor and could deal a political setback for President Donald Trump, a top Republican senator said Wednesday. “I’m not sure this 232 study on autos by the Commerce Department was done in a very professional and intellectually honest – well I shouldn’t say intellectually honest – way,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley told reporters. “It may have some shortcomings. That’s why we haven’t seen it. It’s going to embarrass somebody. If you put it out it probably weakens the president’s political position.” The Iowa Republican said he was speaking based on a “gut feeling” that he’s developed based on comments he picked up “here or there.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross submitted his report on the national security implications of imports of vehicles and car parts to the president on Feb. 17, starting a 90-day period in which Trump has to make a determination what, if any, action to take. Regardless of the political implications for Trump, Grassley said the public should be informed about the contents of a report that was financed by taxpayer dollars. Read more here. 

Workers at Tenn. Volkswagen Plant Petition to Join UAW
Some workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have filed their third petition in five years to join the United Auto Workers, reports The Detroit News. UAW Local 42 President Steven Cochran told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the election petition was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board due to “pressure from the workers.” The petition said that at least 30 percent of 1,709 employees that make up the proposed election unit have turned over cards seeking representation. It asks for an election on April 29 and 30. Volkswagen factory officials say they “remain neutral on this topic.” Plant spokeswoman Amanda Plecas said the petition is being reviewed, and that it’s too soon to comment further. Read more here.  

Vintage Porsche Collection Damaged in Fatal N.C. Gas Explosion
One of the top collections of vintage Porsche cars in the world was severely damaged by a deadly gas-pipeline explosion in North Carolina, reports Automotive News. The Ingram Collection was connected to the building that exploded Wednesday in Durham, Spectrum News North Carolina reported. WDTV, an ABC affiliate in the area, said it reached owner Bob Ingram, who declined to comment. The station aired more than 3 minutes of overhead footage on its website that showed Porsches damaged by the blast. One person died and more than a dozen were injured. Porsche profiled Ingram Collection for its company newsroom site in July 2015, calling what was then an 80-vehicle lineup of its cars “a breathtaking review of automotive design history.” Read more here. 

Trump Wants to End $7,500 Electric Car Tax Credits
President Donald Trump has proposed ending tax credits to encourage the purchase of electric cars but a bipartisan group in Congress moved Wednesday to stop him, reports USA Today. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., instead proposed legislation that would expand the credits. "Today's legislation is something we can do now to reduce emissions and combat carbon pollution," said Stabenow, who has long pushed to protect the tax credits intended to encourage people to purchase vehicles powered by electricity or hydrogen fuel cells. "Our bill will (also) help create American jobs."  Under the current regulations, consumers purchasing eligible electric-powered vehicles can receive a tax credit of up to $7,500. The Trump administration has said getting rid of that credit could allow the U.S. Treasury to bring in another $2.5 billion. Read more here. 

New Cars, Trucks, and SUVs to Avoid for 2019
Today’s cars and trucks perform better, pack more innovative features, are safer, and generally come off the assembly line built better than ever. It’s tough to wind up being stuck with a bona fide lemon these days, with more owners complaining about quirky infotainment systems than major mechanical failures. But that doesn’t mean all new vehicles within a given model segment are created equal in terms of their performance, comfort, sophistication and – especially – their long-term reliability. Forbes sorted through and agonized over published reviews and ratings – as well as hands-on testing – to compile a short list of 10 cars, trucks, and crossovers from the 2019 model year that they would suggest friends and relatives steer clear of. The publication is featuring them in the accompanying slideshow and are suggesting higher-rated alternatives for each. Read more here. 

Smart Technology Sets the Pace for Accelerating Sales
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