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.

Regulatory

Trump: No New U.S. Fuel Economy Rules till 2020

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 4:58 PM

President Donald Trump says his administration won’t unveil finalized fuel economy standards until sometime next year.

New Product

Toyota RAV4 Named Japan Car of the Year

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 3:42 PM

The Toyota RAV4 crossover has been designated Japan Car of the Year for 2019.

Labor

UAW to Disband Corrupt Region 5 Office

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 3:41 PM

The United Auto Workers union says it will break up its largest regional office in an effort to stamp out corruption there.

Mobility

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Job Growth Revives in U.S.

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Jobs growth in the U.S., which slowed to 156,000 new non-farm positions in October, jumped to a 10-month high of 266,000 in November.

Lightweighting Automotive Materials

Steel, Aluminum Rules Stall USMCA Trade Pact

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Efforts to finalize local content rules for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a new trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

People

Renault Mulls CEO Candidates

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Henri Poupart-Lafarge, who heads French transportation and infrastructure giant Alstom, has joined the short list of contenders to become the CEO of Renault.

Automotive Sales and Industry Production

China-Built Tesla EVs Qualify for Sales Subsidies

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 10:49 AM

China says electric cars made by Tesla Inc.’s new factory in Shanghai will qualify for government’s sales discounts worth as much as $3,500.

People

VW Group Names Bischoff as Chief Designer

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 10:38 AM

Klaus Bischoff has been named to oversee design activities for all Volkswagen Group brands, effective April 1.

Regulatory

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks for Tailgate Flaw

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Ford Motor Co. is calling back 261,600 late-model F-Series pickup trucks to fix faulty electric latches that could unlock the tailgate unintentionally.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Report: Dongfeng to Cut Stake in PSA

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Dongfeng Motor Group will reduce its stake in PSA Group to help the French carmaker clear U.S. regulatory hurdles ahead of a planned merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

SAE Targets EV Charging Security Protocols

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 8:59 AM

SAE International is forming a pre-competitive research program aimed at improving the security of electric vehicle charging systems.