Economics

U.S.-Canada NAFTA Talks Stall Again

September 21, 2018 at 1:12 AM

Top-level negotiators have again failed to reach accord about including Canada in an updated North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Dassault Systemes

YFAI’s “Smart” Interior Surfaces

The next big thing in automotive interiors will be aesthetic surfaces that can double as functional controls, says Nathan Bowen at Yanfeng Automotive Interior Systems Co.

When Automated Production Turning is the Low-Cost Option

Sponsored - June 27, 2018 at 8:51 AM

For the right parts, or families of parts, an automated CNC turning cell is simply the least expensive way to produce high-quality parts. Here’s why.

EV-Hybrid

Mercedes: No EV Market Yet in India

India hasn’t yet become a viable market for electrified cars because of a lack of supportive government policy, says the head of Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz in the country, The Economic Times reports.

Facilities

France Finds a Buyer for Ford Transmission Plant

Ford Motor Co. is close to selling its transmission plant in Blanquefort, France, after announcing in June that it would shut down the factory unless a buyer stepped forward.

Business

Tesla Signs 3-Year Lithium Deal with Chinese Supplier

China’s largest producer of lithium has signed a renewable 3-year deal to supply the metal as lithium hydroxide for use in batteries made by Tesla Inc.

New Product

GM Shelves Replacement for Russian Niva SUV

General Motors Co. says it has stopped development work on a next-generation version of the Chevrolet Niva small SUV, the company’s last Russian-built model.

EV-Hybrid

VW’s Latest Buzz: An Electric Cargo Van

Volkswagen AG unveiled a cargo version of its upcoming ID Buzz electric van at this week’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

Business

Cummins, Kamaz Ink Deal for Electric Trucks in Russia

Cummins Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russian truckmaker Kamaz PTC to develop electrified powertrains for future Kamaz commercial trucks and buses.

EV-Hybrid

PSA to Launch 15 Electrified Models by 2021

PSA Group plans to launch 15 plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles by 2021 as part of the company’s previously announced plan to offer electrified variants of all its vehicles by 2025.

Production

Heavy Rains in Japan Cut Mazda’s Output by 67,000 Units

Mazda Motor Corp. says heavy rains and flooding in western Japan in July disrupted production for two months and cost the company 44,000 units of planned output.

Tech

Amazon Brings Alexa Assistant to Cars

Amazon.com Inc. is launching Echo Auto, which will allow users to access the company’s Alexa digital assistant in their vehicles.

Facilities

Daimler Opens Mobility Test Center in Germany

This week Daimler AG officially opened its proving grounds for advanced mobility technologies in Immendingen, Germany.