Negotiator walkouts, proposals on rules of origin and tariffs to steel and aluminum dominated this week’s automotive news as the seventh NAFTA 2.0 round started on February 26. Canada presented its proposal on rules of origin. It focused on adding more components to the tracking list for regional content, but there is a possibility that it could limit vehicle imports to the region from non-NAFTA states. The US proposed to raise rules of origin on auto parts to between 72.5 and 85 percent. The top US negotiation for automotive rules of origin Jason Bernstein walked away from the negotiation table to meet with representatives of several US automakers, which halted negotiations. Meanwhile, Mexico’s Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo met US Secretary of Commerce Willbur Ross to discuss the region’s steelmaking industry. Mexico’s steelmakers expect the country to be exempted from the POTUS plan to impose tariffs to imports of steel and aluminum. The seventh negotiation round concluded without the return of Bernstein, so Mexican and Canadian negotiators will resume the discussion on rules of origin in another meeting.