Sales

Global Car Sales Pace Expected to Slow Again This Year

May 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM

The pace of worldwide sales of new cars and light-duty trucks will climb only 2% to 97.6 million units this year, down from rates of 3% last year and 4% in 2016, LMC Automotive predicts.

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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

Trump Ponders 25% Import Tariffs on Foreign Cars

The White House is weighing a plan that would invoke national security to justify a 25% import tax on imported vehicles.

Tech

Consumer Groups Attack Tesla’s “Deceptive” Autopilot Claims

Two consumer advocacy groups have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to curb Tesla Inc.’s “unfair and deceptive” claims about its semi-autonomous Autopilot feature.

Regulatory

Hamburg to Begin First Diesel Ban in Germany

Hamburg, Germany, says it will begin restricting the use of older-tech diesel engines on two main avenues in the city on May 31.

New Product

JLR Budgets £4.5 Billion for New Models, Tech, Production

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. says it will spend £4.5 billion ($6 billion) on product development, new technologies and manufacturing facilities in the fiscal year that began April 1.

Mobility

Uber Disbands Self-Driving-Car Test Unit in Arizona

Uber Technologies Inc. has shut down its self-driving-vehicle test program in Arizona and won’t resume limited testing on public roads elsewhere until this summer.

Business

Ghosn: No Renault-Nissan Merger Until 2020 or Later

Carlos Ghosn, who chairs Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co., tells a Bloomberg event in Paris that merging the two companies won’t happen until after 2019, if at all.

Mobility

Mobileye Self-Driving Car Runs a Red Light

A prototype vehicle equipped with Mobileye NV’s self-driving car technology ran through a red light at the end of a demonstration last week in Jerusalem.

New Product

VW Will Use I.D. Concept Design for Production EV

Volkswagen AG will maintain the distinctive design of its I.D. concept electric car when the company introduces a production version of the vehicle in early 2020.

EV-Hybrid

Mercedes to Use EQ Name for EV Race Team

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit will race under the Mercedes-EQ name when it launches its Formula E electric vehicle race team for the 2019/2020 season.

Tech

Magna Hikes R&D Budget by $300 Million

Magna International Inc. plans to increase spending on research and development by $100 million this year and by another $100 million in each of the next two years.