Regulatory

Defiant California Vows Court Battle Over Emission Rules

May 25, 2018 at 12:59 AM

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown tells Bloomberg News the state will fight the Trump administration’s efforts to freeze emission limits in 2020 for “longer than Trump has in office” if necessary.

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Dassault Systemes

Electrification at AAM

American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. has expanded well beyond its roots as a supplier of rear axles for pickup trucks and SUVs.

Prototyping Materials and Processes for Automotive Lightweighting

Sponsored - April 01, 2018 at 12:30 AM

Material selection is the key factor for making vehicles lighter. Here’s a quick look at the best options that also lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.

Economics

Oil Prices Drop as OPEC Prepares to Hike Production

Oil futures fell roughly $3 per barrel today as OPEC and its allies prepare to increase production after an 18-month-long cutback designed to end a global glut of petroleum.

EV-Hybrid

Siemens Invests €10 million in Northvolt Battery Start-up

Siemens AG has agreed to invest €10 million ($12 million) in Swedish start-up Northvolt AG to help the company automate production of battery cells for electric cars.

Regulatory

Report: Daimler May Be Forced to Recall 600,000 Diesels

Daimler AG could be ordered to recall more than 600,000 of its diesel-powered midsize cars and SUVs because of suspected illegal emission controls, according to Der Spiegel, which cites no sources.

Facilities

Adient Opens Fabric Plant in Morocco

Plymouth, Mich.-based Adient plc is opening a fabric manufacturing plant in Kenitra, Morocco.

New Product

Next-Gen SEAT Leon Gets New Interior, Hybrid Tech

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit will introduce a new instrument display and user interface next year with the redesigned Leon midsize car, Autocar reports.

New Product

Report: Dodge Viper to Be Revived with V-8 Power

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to resurrect the Dodge Viper in late 2020, Car and Driver reports.

Regulatory

FCA Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles to Fix Cruise Control Flaw

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is calling back 4.8 million cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans in the U.S. with cruise controls that may jam and become unable to turn off.

Facilities

Novelis to Double Aluminum Output in China

Atlanta-based Novelis Inc. plans to invest $180 million to double its capacity to produce automotive aluminum body sheet at the company’s plant in Changzhou, China.

Sales

Truck Sales Climb 10% in Europe

April registrations of new commercial vehicles, which slipped 3% in March, jumped 10% to 206,800 units in April, trade group ACEA reports.

Business

China May Allow Private Investment in State-Owned Carmakers

China is reviewing a plan that would encourage state-controlled carmakers to pursue private vehicle manufacturers as investors, sources tell Bloomberg News.