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Toyota Backs Down in Fight Against California Car Emission Rules

  • Company had previously sued to challenge state’s authority
  • Change could open the door to fleet purchases by California
Lines of new automobiles in a parking lot at a Toyota Motor Corp. manufacturing plant.

Lines of new automobiles in a parking lot at a Toyota Motor Corp. manufacturing plant.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to recognize California’s authority to set its own auto emission standards, ending a standoff stretching back to the Trump administration. 

The Japanese automaker, which once sued along with several other manufacturers to stop California from setting higher emissions standards than the federal government, said in a statement Tuesday that it has acknowledged in recent communications with the California Air Resources Board the agency’s “leadership in climate policies and its authority to set vehicle emissions standards under the Clean Air Act.”