Economics

Trump Reaffirms Threat of Tariffs on Cars from EU

February 20, 2019 at 3:19 PM

President Donald Trump reiterated to reporters earlier today that he will impose tariffs on cars from the European Union if talks fail to produce a more balanced trade deal.

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Dassault Systemes

Testing the Building Blocks for Self-Driving Vehicles

VSI Labs helps developers of technologies for self-driving cars better understand how their products affect the vehicle’s overall performance.

People

GM Names New Chief for Maven Mobility Unit

February 21, 2019 at 12:01 AM

General Motors Co. has promoted company veteran Sigal Cordeiro to head its Maven personal mobility brand.

New Product

Hyundai Pickup to Get “Progressive” Styling

February 20, 2019 at 3:25 PM

The production version of Hyundai Motor Co.’s Santa Cruz concept pickup truck will feature distinctive styling to better differentiate it from the rest of the carmaker’s lineup.

Business

Audi to Trim Management Jobs by 10%

February 20, 2019 at 2:33 PM

Audi AG aims to remove one level of management, or 10% of its executive positions, as part of a drive to cut costs €15 billion ($17 billion) by 2022.

Tech

Mazda Nixes Touchscreen Interfaces

February 20, 2019 at 2:20 PM

Mazda Motor Corp. has decided to help minimize driver distractions by not using tablet-like touchscreen control functions in its new vehicles.

Facilities

Detroit’s Cobo Center to be Renamed

February 20, 2019 at 12:44 PM

Banking giant Chemical Financial Corp. has purchased the naming rights to Detroit’s Cobo Center, the longtime home of the Detroit auto show.

New Product

Aston Martin Affirms “Project 003” Hypercar for 2021

February 20, 2019 at 11:23 AM

Aston Martin Holdings Ltd. has released a teaser image of its so-called Project 003 supercar and confirms plans to introduce the vehicle in late 2021.

Business

Report: Panel Opposes Naming Renault Chair to Head Nissan Board

February 20, 2019 at 10:13 AM

An independent governance committee set up by Nissan Motor Co. opposes the suggestion that Renault SA’s chairman also head Nissan’s board, sources tell Reuters.

People

Tesla’s General Counsel Quits After Less Than 3 Months

February 20, 2019 at 9:47 AM

Dane Butswinkas, the Washington, D.C., trial lawyer who signed on as Tesla Inc.’s general counsel in early December, has quit.

EV-Hybrid

Honda Trademark Filing Hints at EV Name

February 20, 2019 at 9:38 AM

Honda Motor Co. has filed an application in Europe to trademark the “Honda e” name, HybridCars.com reports.

Legal

New Lawyer Declares Ghosn's Woes an “Internal” Matter

February 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM

Carlos Ghosn’s new lead lawyer blasts Nissan Motor Co., prosecutors and Japan’s courts for their handling of the ex-chairman’s financial woes.

People

Former Volvo Exec to Head Karma’s Sales and Marketing

February 20, 2019 at 8:43 AM

Karma Automotive LLC has hired John Maloney as chief revenue officer in charge of sales and marketing, customer experience and public relations.

EV-Hybrid

Tesla’s Musk Adjusts Production Forecast

February 20, 2019 at 8:37 AM

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says the company expects to build 400,000 electric cars this year, not the 500,000 he mentioned in a brief tweet last night.