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

VW Speeds Ahead with Crossovers

By: Steve Plumb - December 11, 2019 at 10:56 AM

In addition to three new models, VW is giving its Atlas midsize crossover a faster-than-usual mid-cycle makeover. 

Automotive Facilities

GM Loans Lordstown Plant Buyer $40 Million

By: Bill Hampton - December 11, 2019 at 1:47 AM

General Motors has extended an open-ended, mortgage-like $40 million loan to the buyer of its sprawling auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The deal includes an option for GM to buy back the entire facility.

Automotive Propulsion Systems

Germany Takes Over as Europe’s EV Sales Leader

By: Bill Hampton - December 10, 2019 at 3:24 PM

Germany has swept past Norway as Europe’s top-volume market for pure electric cars in a testimony to how seriously German carmakers are taking their newfound love of EVs.

Sales

Vietnam Carmaker Takes Aim at U.S.

By: Steve Plumb - December 10, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Vietnam’s first local carmaker, 2-year-old VinFast, aims to do something no Chinese OEM has yet accomplished: launch sales in the U.S.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Reinventing the Car-Buying Process

By: Steve Plumb - December 10, 2019 at 11:37 AM

Cadillac Live lets car buyers interact remotely with product specialists, without having to visit a dealership. 

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Nissan Faces $22 Million Fine Over Ghosn’s Pay

By: Bill Hampton - December 10, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Nissan Motor Co. is about to pay a $22 million fine for not telling anyone about tens of millions of dollars in retirement pay it set aside for Carlos Ghosn, its chairman at the time.

Automotive Economics

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Nears Closure

By: Bill Hampton - December 10, 2019 at 2:28 AM

The White House-coveted trade pact with Mexico and Canada, which has been simmering in the House of Representatives for months, is finally heading for a vote.

Sales

China’s Car Market Shrinks Again

By: Bill Hampton - December 09, 2019 at 5:23 PM

Car markets rise and fall everywhere. That wasn't so in China, where sales rose strongly year after year, until 2018. Now it's happening again.

Tech

Tesla Puts a Price on Connectivity: $9.99 a Month

By: Steve Plumb - December 09, 2019 at 4:01 PM

The free ride is over for Tesla buyers in terms of in-vehicle internet hotspots and related connectivity services.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

Europe Okays $3.5 Billion for EV Battery Work

By: Bill Hampton - December 09, 2019 at 3:22 PM

Europe badly trails Asia in its ability to make battery cells for electric cars. The region is hoping $3.5 billion in seed money will help it catch up.

Mobility

Making a Case for Air Taxis

By: Steve Plumb - December 09, 2019 at 2:01 PM

Vertical takeoff and landing aircraft promise to cut commute times. 

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Looks Like Another 17-Million-Car Market for U.S.

By: Bill Hampton - December 09, 2019 at 1:25 AM

The naysayers are changing their tune about U.S. car sales for 2019. Now it looks like sales once again will reach at least 17 million units.