US Government Shutdown Could Threaten New Vehicle Launches

As the shutdown of the United States government enters its 28th day without any signs of ending, automakers are becoming increasingly concerned the stalemate could delay the launch of upcoming vehicles.

Speaking at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit earlier this week, Ford’s president of global markets said “Every new vehicle has to get certified through the government” and “If that gets backed up, so do the launches.”

As Jim Farley explained, automakers are “all waiting in lines” as they need to get new vehicles approved by EPA to ensure they comply with the Clean Air Act. This issue has taken on renewed importance following Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal and FCA’s recent settlement over the use of defeat devices.

Farley said the problem isn’t critical yet as their recent unveilings – the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator – aren’t scheduled to hit the market until later this spring and summer. The government shutdown will hopefully be a distant memory by then but, if not, it could delay the launch of these critical models.

Of course, Ford isn’t the only automaker facing issues with the shutdown as GM spokesperson Pat Morrissey told Automotive News it is “among the automakers that are awaiting decisions in the certification process.” The 2019 Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder engine, that produces up to 400 hp (298 kW / 405 PS) and 1,000 lb-ft (1,354 Nm) of torque, is also awaiting approval. However, the Ram 2500 and 3500 with the 6.4-liter V8 petrol engine have already been certified.

While shut doesn’t appear to have an immediate impact on upcoming launches, that could change in the future as models can’t be approved by the EPA when their employees are furloughed.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Never mind those workers without a paycheck, we want our cars!!!

    • LJ

      The workers that will all get their backpay when the shutdown ends?

      Boohoo.

      • matrem

        That’s not guaranteed. And it doesn’t help contractors, who WONT.

        • brn

          Part of being a contractor is getting paid more for the uncertainty of having a job. Conceptually, I don’t care. Practically, I learn that many government IT contractors are getting paid in the 20’s per hour. That’s pathetic and I feel sorry for them.

        • LJ

          Nothing in life is guaranteed except for death and taxes, the latter of which pays them.

          The government is partially shutdown because the Democrats won’t support the border security they were for three years ago.

          They’re too busy reading Buzzfeed.

          • Jay

            That just isn’t true. The government is shut down because Donnie wants to blame the demecrats. They want to fund security but not a wall. The problem is that Donnie wants a wall and he lied about Mexico paying for it.

          • LJ

            It is true.

          • Jay

            You’re correct, what I said is true.

          • brn

            One can blame one team or the other. The truth is that government shutdowns (federal, state, local) are now a tool for in the “sport” of beating the other team. Both sides are to blame and it’s a sad state of politics.

          • Jay

            How are both sides to blame when Donnie didn’t get the money where he initially said he would?

          • brn

            Jay, I don’t understand your question.

            Both sides are to blame because they treat it like a football game. It’s about beating the other team. It’s not about doing what’s right for the country.

          • Jay

            What don’t you understand? Donnie said Mexico would pay for a wall, now he’s back pedaling and wants our tax dollars to fund it. Do you agree of disagree?

          • brn

            I see. You’re trying to pull me into the football game. I won’t do it.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Even if that were true, what did the government workers do to deserve their situation?
            Is it mostly because they are democrat supporters?…

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        No guarantee and thanks for your sympathy to Federal workers’ difficulties.
        A lot of people generally just expect those workers to continue regardless of their personal circumstances.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        So you can now pay bills with IOU’s?

  • Jay

    You mean The Donald. He said himself(Many, many, many times) Mexico would pay. They are helping him keep his promise. Allowing tax money to fund it means Mexico is not paying for it. Even the cost is and underestimate. So no need for our tax paid money or government workers to get involved, let him and Mexico work it out.

    • charlotteharry57

      They were saying on the national news this morning that a fence is technologically WAY behind the times. Surveillance can be done completely electronically and at a much lower up-front cost. The Donald needs to get with the times (Twitter excepted).

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    You’ve got to be joking.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Donnie wants a wall! Maybe Legos will be the answer.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      That was amusing until the Legos part.

  • LJ

    If the partial government has shown us anything, it’s that it’s expanded way beyond what it was ever intended to do.

    • brn

      I don’t think most, even the president and the legislature, truly understand the impact of a government shutdown. It’s costly in thousands of ways. It’s a massive security risk. Agencies that are still open are inefficient. Public safety is jeopardized. When agencies reopen, it can take months for them to come back up to speed.

      This shutdown has a multi-billion dollar impact and sets progress back several months, if not years. Contrary to public opinion, the government does quite a bit.

      Shutdowns have become a tool of politicians (not just our current president) in their game to beat the other guy. I wish the true impact of a shutdown were fully understood by everyone. If it were, most would do everything they can to prevent them.

      • LJ

        Most don’t know, but you do, right?

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Well he seems to have a better grasp of the situation than some.

          • LJ

            It’s just copy/pasted from news articles.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Where do you get your information? The President?

          • Da Only Skid

            The good ‘ole political debate. Face it. Neither party has done much of anything in the past 15-20 years, maybe before that. The politicians get paid for nothing, minus the prez because he has to make decisions and it’s kinda his azz if things go south. The other senators and congress-people do nothing but b-itch and moan. Everyone has an agenda. As for the car mfg’s, oh well. It’s called forecasting, maybe your timeline for EPA approval shouldn’t start Jan 1; October would be a good month.

            This isn’t the first govt shutdown and won’t be the last. And more than likely we all can do without these “new” vehicles for a while.

            Proper planning wins the gooses golden egg. No sympathy.

          • brn

            LJ, You could accuse me of copying from news articles if the news did a decent job of helping the public understand the true impacts. They don’t. It is so very much more than unemployed government workers.

      • ErnieB

        One more week if this and it’s estimated to cost more that the wall..

  • Patrick Bong

    LOL. You think it’s a coincidence Don waited until Dems took control of the House to push the wall like this?

    Shutdown was his planned distraction.

    Stop and think.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Nancy not funded her trip to Afghanistan, Egypt and Belgium herself? Hardly surprising.
      Liberals only love spending other people’s money.

      • Jay

        Like Donnie spends our dollars to go golfing and trips across the street?

    • Cobrajet

      He also shut down the government on holiday season.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    And what was she planning to do there? Tackle ISIS? Hardly! She’s just after some publicity for her plasticized face

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      What’s your opinion on Mr. Tango?

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        You want my personal opinion? OK, he’s done very well in getting the Black and Hispanic community back into work, bringing car manufacturers back to the US and pushing for better trade deals. The economy has done very well. However, he’s not secured the southern border like he claimed and clearly has little respect for those who value the Second Amendment. Banning bump stocks was deeply unpopular. Will we see the end of the Deep State by the time he leaves office? Of course not.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Not that the UK can currently take the moral high ground but I simply cannot believe that he was elected.
          There may be some evidence of “fake news” but honestly?
          Have you heard the man speak?

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            I tried to respond to you but my comment is being pre-moderated. Some people don’t seem to value the idea of free speech.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            I get that too!
            We all have previous! 😉

          • Da Only Skid

            Wait, the UK? Focus. Y’all have your own issues. May is much worse than our prez. At least he has a goal that more than likely will be accomplished while Brexit is about to send y’all to the 20th century. Seriously, nothing against the UK. Personally think Brexit is great but your mastermind is low on IQ and power.

        • Merc1

          Unbelievable ignorance. Blacks and Hispanics were already working. This country will never get anywhere with people like you are who are totally cut off from reality and believe such BS. What carmaker has come back to the U.S.? GM is closing plants left and right. His stupid tariffs are actually hurting American car companies. Building a wall will not solve the immigration problem.

          M

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            You’re a total idiot. You know who the biggest exporter or cars is in the States? It’s BMW. Your depraved ideology that “Orange man is bad” will just make people vote for him again in 2020.

          • Merc1

            Do you think that was going on before he arrived? Serious question. Think for a min on your own before you start in on what my “ideology” is, of which you have no clue about. The problem is that he loves ignorance that keeps him in power and it works because of people like you who are stupid enough to believe that Blacks and Hispanics are “back to work” because of him. As if they weren’t working before. I didn’t say anything about him being orange, that is your image of what you think every person who doesn’t like him thinks for him. He’s clown and sadly a good chuck of the country is too stupid to see it.

            You can’t address anything I said prior. GM is hurting, but you’re glad that a German company is the biggest exporter of cars from the U.S.? You’re stupid and as ignorant as the day is long.

            M

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          Really? You really said he got us back to work? You seriously think we’re mindless sheep needing a shephard and don’t think we’re able to do for our own selves? That’s a very bigoted and offensive statement.

    • Patrick Bong

      You are so deeply and well groomed to see the Dems vs Republicans game like they’re just sports teams or something, you’ve lost all perspective.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        The Democrats are far more dangerous than a sports team.

  • Jay

    Where did I say that you did? I was just asking about more facts.

  • Da Only Skid

    So true

  • Da Only Skid

    So I know I have commented already, however…a car mfg has a new ride that needs EPA approval that is being shown at the NAICS. Why would any mfg say “Yep, it’s coming this summer” and not have EPA approval? Explain to me how a mfg can tell the public a vehicle is on its way without approval. Slight of tongue, hype but also false info if waiting for approval. Not privy to the whole EPA evaluation honestly but to me it seems a bunch of mfg’s whining because “a failure to plan doesn’t constitute an emergency on our part.” How long have these whining companies been in business.

    And actually, upon reading the headline, I thought they were going to say that govt employees aren’t getting paid and it would slow sales. Jeez was I wrong.

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    Yep USA has already fallen more

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