Automotive companies and fans look to Detroit as the 2018 North American International Auto Show takes place. This year’s show was marked by electrification investment announcements and the launch of several new vehicles and technologies expected to shake the global automotive industry. OEMs, mainly from the US, China and Germany, plan to invest US$90 billion in EVs. US automakers pledge to invest US$19 billion in vehicle electrification while Chinese and German automotive companies announced investment projects of US$21 billion and US$52 billion respectively.

Rules of origin have become everyday news as the sixth and penultimate negotiation round of NAFTA begins. While automakers in Mexico, the US and Canada push for regional content rules to remain unchanged, the US government pushes for an increase in regional content to 85 percent. Though being completely against it at one point, the Mexican and Canadian governments have shown will to discuss the topic. Political uncertainty stemming from this process has given way to speculation on the likelihood of an imminent end to NAFTA.

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Nissan Leaf 2012 2 by Kārlis Dambrāns. CC BY 2.0

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