Labor

UAW to Convene Board and Pick New President

November 21, 2019 at 6:10 PM

The United Auto Workers union says its international executive board will name a new president to replace Gary Jones, who resigned on Nov. 20 amid a federal corruption probe.

Next-Gen Lighting Options

Future cars are likely to be equipped with thousands of LEDs that enable everything from glare-free high beams to projected messages that signal the vehicle’s intentions, says Osram Continental’s Julian Dench.

Business

Panasonic Won’t Make Tesla Batteries in China

By: Bill Hampton - November 22, 2019 at 2:23 AM

Panasonic Corp., a major partner in Tesla Inc.’s batterymaking “gigafactory” near Reno, Nev., says it has no plans do the same in China to support the electric car company’s new assembly plant in Shanghai.

New Product

Tesla Pickup Uncovered!

By: Steve Plumb - November 22, 2019 at 2:13 AM

Tesla Inc.’s much-anticipated electric “Cybertruck” was revealed in dramatic—and somewhat violent—fashion last night in California.

Legal

Japanese Court Says Ghosn May Talk to His Wife

November 22, 2019 at 1:32 AM

A court in Tokyo had dropped an eight-month-old ban that blocked Carlos Ghosn from speaking to his wife as he awaits trial on charges of financial wrongdoing.

Regulatory

FCA Recalls SUVs for Engine Stalling

By: Bill Hampton - November 22, 2019 at 12:23 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is calling back 698,000 SUVs worldwide to again fix a fuel pump problem that could cause the engine to stall or refuse to start.

EV-Hybrid

GM Electric Pickup Due in Two Years

By: Steve Plumb - November 21, 2019 at 6:32 PM

The all-electric pickup General Motors Co. is developing will be introduced in autumn 2021, CEO Mary Barra tells investors.

Production

GM, Isuzu JV to Add Diesel Parts Plant in Ohio

By: Steve Plumb - November 21, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Dmax Ltd., General Motors Co.’s diesel engine joint venture with Isuzu Motors Co. in Morain, Ohio, is constructing a components plant in nearby Brookville.

Business

How Will GM Lawsuit Impact FCA-PSA Merger?

By: Bill Hampton - November 21, 2019 at 5:02 PM

The racketeering lawsuit General Motors filed this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could rattle the merger FCA hopes to complete with PSA Group by year-end.

Business

JLR Chief Welcomes Alliances, Rules Out Merger

By: Bill Hampton - November 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth reiterates that the company would welcome alliances on technology and components but doesn’t need a merger partner.

Regulatory

IIHS Readies New Side-Impact Crash Test

By: Steve Plumb - November 21, 2019 at 2:42 PM

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is finalizing a new side-impact test intended to more accurately reflect real-world collisions by large SUV/crossover vehicles.

Regulatory

GM Recalls Pickups for Carpet Fire Hazard

By: Bill Hampton - November 21, 2019 at 1:54 PM

General Motors Co. is recalling 556,400 late-model fullsize pickup trucks in the U.S. whose carpets could catch fire in a crash.

New Product

Maserati Touts New Engine Family

By: Steve Plumb - November 21, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Maserati unit is developing a new engine family that will debut next year in a 2+2 sports coupe.

Legal

German Carmakers Fined for Fixing Steel Prices

By: Bill Hampton - November 21, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Germany’s federal cartel office has fined BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen a combined €100 million ($111 million) for fixing the cost of surcharges on certain steel purchases.