Legal

U.S. Indicts 4 Audi Execs in Diesel Cheating Probe

January 18, 2019 at 12:04 AM

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has charged four midlevel Audi AG executives in Germany with doctoring the company’s 3.0-liter diesels to evade emission tests.

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Dassault Systemes

How Tariffs Are Hurting Suppliers

Suppliers to the auto industry are paying hundreds of millions of dollars extra because of tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminum, respectively, says the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Assn.’s Ann Wilson.

2018 Jeep Wrangler: Some Things to Know

Sponsored - March 02, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Design, materials, powertrain and manufacturing details about what is arguably the quintessential vehicle in the Jeep lineup.

Powertrain

Wards Engine Awards Adds Propulsion to Name

To reflect the growing trend toward electrified vehicles, WardsAuto’s annual 10 Best Engines Awards is being renamed Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems.

EV-Hybrid

U.S. Targets 90% Recycling Rate for Lithium-Ion Batteries

The U.S. aims to improve the recyclability and reuse of lithium-ion batteries from less than 5% today to 90% in coming years.

Regulatory

VW May Broaden Diesel Trade-in Program in Germany

Volkswagen AG is studying a plan to broaden trade-in incentives for older diesels and expand them to all of Germany, Reuters says.

New Product

2020 BMW 7 Series Sports Massive Grille, Hybrid Option

BMW AG’s freshened 7 Series fullsize sedan features a new front end, updated powertrain options—including a plug-in hybrid variant—and a host of driver-assist technologies.

New Product

Ford Prepares Mini-Crossover for European Market

Ford Motor Co. is developing a mini-SUV based on its Fiesta subcompact car and could unveil it at the Frankfurt auto show in September.

Tech

Toyota Truck Wins Dakar Rally

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Gazoo Racing won the Dakar Rally in Peru with a specially equipped Hilux pickup truck.

People

France Backs Michelin CEO to Head Renault

The French government, which owns 15% of Renault SA, is ramping up its support for Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard to succeed Carlos Ghosn as head of the carmaker.

Business

Tesla to Cut 3,200 Jobs

Tesla Inc., which expanded its workforce 30% in 2018, now says it must cut its staff by 7% (about 3,200 people) to lower product costs and help achieve sustainable profitability.

Tech

Hyundai Mobis, KT Test 5G Tech

Hyundai Mobis Co. is partnering with KT Corp. to develop and test 5G cellular-based vehicle-to-everything applications in South Korea.

People

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors Say Their JV Improperly Paid Ghosn $9 Million

Nissan Motor Co. and its Mitsubishi Motors Corp. affiliate confirm that their Dutch joint venture paid Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of both companies, $9 million without telling them.