Management

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Ready to Sign Merger Pledge

December 12, 2019 at 5:43 PM

it will be a very big deal, literally, when PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles formalize their plan next week to merge.

Putting a Fine Point on Vehicle Locator Tech

If you want your car to drive itself, it has to know precisely where it is at all times. GPS alone isn’t up to the task, says Mark Vogel of Mitsubishi Electric.

New Product

European Demand Delays Mercedes EV in U.S.

By: Steve Plumb - December 13, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Mercedes is pushing back the launch of its electric-powered EQC to early 2021, one year later than previously planned. 

Regulatory

Ford Recalls Pickups for Carpet Fire Hazard

By: Bill Hampton - December 13, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Ford is following General Motors in recalling late model large pickup trucks that could set fire to their floor carpet in a crash.

Regulatory Compliance in Automotive Manufacturing

FCC Votes to Revoke Bandwidth Allocated for Car Safety

By: Bill Hampton - December 13, 2019 at 12:56 PM

The Federal Communication Commission has lost patience with the auto industry for doing so little to use a slice of broadcast spectrum set aside 20 years ago in the name of safer driving.

Mobility

A New Waze Around Snow

By: Steve Plumb - December 13, 2019 at 12:42 PM

The popular crowdsourced navigation tool now can be used to avoid unplowed snow-covered roads.

New Product

Caddy ICE Age Coming to an End?

By: Steve Plumb - December 12, 2019 at 6:46 PM

The bulk of Cadillac’s lineup—and perhaps all of it—will consist of electric vehicles by 2030, the company says.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

IIHS Toughens Safety Ratings

By: Steve Plumb - December 12, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Fewer vehicles likely will receive the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s coveted Top Safety designations in 2020. 

Automotive Sales and Industry Production

Car Sales in India Resume Nosedive

By: Bill Hampton - December 12, 2019 at 3:04 PM

The up-again, down-again Indian car market is down again, as the country's auto industry struggles to make sense of the data.

Automotive Mobility

Who Needs Cars? Asks GM Robo-Car Unit Chief

By: Bill Hampton - December 12, 2019 at 10:38 AM

You don’t hear this every day from a senior executive at a major car company: “We need to move beyond the car.”

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

UAW Ratifies 4-Year Labor Deal with FCA

By: Bill Hampton - December 12, 2019 at 1:25 AM

This year’s contentious round of U.S. auto industry labor talks is over. Not so clear is whether it’s also the last hurrah for the United Auto Workers union.

Automotive Mobility

Self-Driving Cars' Age-Old Question

By: Steve Plumb - December 11, 2019 at 6:10 PM

While autonomous tech is touted as a potential safety panacea that will enable greater mobility for the elderly, it initially could have the opposite effect.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

Tesla Goes Big in Germany

By: Bill Hampton - December 11, 2019 at 6:02 PM

The assembly plant Tesla plans to build in Germany next year eventually will be able to make as many as 500,000 electric cars per year—and enough batteries to power all of them.

Sales

Global Car Sales Keep Slipping

By: Bill Hampton - December 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Worldwide deliveries of passenger vehicles dipped 2% in November, continuing a year-long trend of shrinking demand.