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U.S. weighing ending truck tariff

  • The U.S. might end a 50-year tariff on pickup trucks with the measure seen contributing to higher prices for consumers.
  • Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY.OB), and Honda (HMC) already avoid the tariff by building trucks on U.S. soil, but other automakers have tread somewhat lightly in the U.S. in the truck segment.
  • The Big Three (GM, F, FIATY.PK) have built up so much brand loyalty for their popular truck models that ending the tariff probably won't hurt the trio, and could actually help them raise sales if other markets like Japan are opened up as a counter-measure.
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  • Obamitall
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    Here come the Koreans and the Chinese with truck exports.
    5 Aug 2013, 07:50 AM Reply Like
  • layzredfox
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    Don't forget the Indian's. Tata was thinking about bringing trucks to the U.S. before 2008 struck the auto industry.
    5 Aug 2013, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • m122369
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    I'm not sure about Chinese. Americans seem to like quality as well as cheap. I'm not sure China is up to the task.
    5 Aug 2013, 08:56 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    As long as Ford, GM, and Fiatchrysler are allowed to freely export their cars and trucks to Japan and Korea and the rest of Asia without tarriffs, there should be no major problem with the Asians importing their trucks to the US. The current environment in Japan and Korea though essentially prohibits importing ANY US-built products.

     

    US Truck buyers are very discerning, and don't change brands easily without a fight. Toyota experimented with a popular compact truck in the early '90s, when inexpensive compact trucks were all the rage among youthful buyers, but since then that market has imploded and collapsed on itself.

     

    The Asians might start to bring lightweight, fuel efficient compact trucks back to the US, which might spur that market back to life, resulting in the Big Three bringing them back online as well. It may be a very good thing.
    5 Aug 2013, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • bibol11
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    I doubt that we freely can export our vehicles to Asia freely. They have many trade barriers on all our products. I remember reading about these non tarriff barriers in the seventies. Koreans in the 2000's.
    6 Aug 2013, 11:30 PM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts
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    'The Big Three (GM, F, FIATY.PK) have built up so much brand loyalty for their popular truck models that ending the tariff probably won't hurt the trio'.

     

    No company is immune from competition. Remember how the Japanese took market share in the 70s from the big three?

     

    Dont be uninformed fools. Japan purposely puts 'environmental' regulations in place that tax any car/engine over a certain size. That is why, among other things, that when you go to Japan, you dont see American cars being driven.

     

    The Japanese and other automakers will continue to get access to the North American market in exchange for kickbacks to American politicians, and American companies will continue to get cheated out of foreign markets. As is the case now, we will continue to move toward a retail, consumption-only economy, made possible by an expanding fed reserve balance sheet.

     

    These trade agreements are a joke. If we did the same to the Japanese that they do to us, it would take 30 days or less for us to expand our opportunities overseas and start bringing back manufacturing jobs to North America.
    5 Aug 2013, 09:51 AM Reply Like
  • bchloupek
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    Can we please get the VW truck in the states now?
    5 Aug 2013, 10:52 AM Reply Like
  • layzredfox
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    How about a Unimog??
    5 Aug 2013, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • Viper740
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    "The Big Three (GM, F, FIATY.PK) have built up so much brand loyalty for their popular truck models that ending the tariff probably won't hurt the trio, and could actually help them raise sales if other markets like Japan are opened up as a counter-measure."

     

    This will *not* happen.

     

    Speaking as someone who lives in Japan, the Japanese will never open up their auto market to Americans or Europeans. The Japanese domestic auto market is 95% Japanese cars. It's the most closed auto market in the entire world, and they will never let it change.

     

    Thus, ending the truck tariff is a dumb idea.
    5 Aug 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • bguerra324
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    Don't do it Ford!!!
    5 Aug 2013, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • Insurance Bull
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    End the tariffs and let the markets decide. If a business can't get customers to buy the product they deserve to shut down... Or get puffed back up with taxpayer dollars. Either way, let the markets decide.
    5 Aug 2013, 04:34 PM Reply Like
  • ittybittymonkey
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    I wish VW made a pickup truck. I would by one right now.
    5 Aug 2013, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • bchloupek
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    http://bit.ly/19KQR4Z

     

    Check it out....I'd love them to bring a TDI version to the states...but it doesn't appear likely.
    6 Aug 2013, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • ittybittymonkey
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    thank you BCHLOUPEK! that is awesome news. You have given me a reason to be bullish on our planet's prospects...

     

    -itty
    7 Aug 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
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