Sales

Global Light Vehicle Sales Shrank Last Year

January 15, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Worldwide sales of light vehicles dropped 7% in December, resulting in the market’s first full-year decline since 2009, LMC Automotive reports.

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Dassault Systemes

VSI: Helping Developers Integrate Safety, Autonomy

Minneapolis-based VSI Labs advises designers of active safety and automated driving systems on planning and engineering during the early stages of development.

Economics

Runup in U.S. Fuel Prices Slows

April 22, 2019 at 1:47 PM

Gasoline prices in the U.S. rose only one cent last week, the smallest weekly gain since mid-February, says auto insurer AAA.

Tech

Ford Debuts Anti-Theft Key Fob in U.K.

April 22, 2019 at 1:45 PM

Ford Motor Co has developed a new system to help prevent unauthorized users from hacking into electronic key fobs.

Business

Report: Nissan Will Reject Latest Renault Bid to Merge

April 22, 2019 at 1:19 PM

Nissan Motor Co. will reject a new proposal from alliance partner Renault SA to further integrate the companies, sources tell The Nikkei.

Regulatory

New York City to Charge Congestion Fees

April 22, 2019 at 12:31 PM

New York City has agreed to institute a “congestion pricing” system that would charge vehicles a usage fee to enter certain sections of the city.

EV-Hybrid

Tesla Probes EV Car Fire in Shanghai

April 22, 2019 at 11:52 AM

Tesla Inc. is investigating a fire in Shanghai in which one of its Model S electric sedans caught fire yesterday while sitting unoccupied in a parking garage

Regulatory

California to Allow Testing of Self-Driving Delivery Trucks

April 22, 2019 at 11:42 AM

The California Dept. of Motor Vehicles this month proposed a rule that would allow self-driving light-duty delivery trucks to be tested on public roads.

Regulatory

Ford Leans on Hybrids to Meet EU Emission Rules

April 22, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Ford Motor Co. says it will rely on plug-in hybrids, not all-electric cars, to meet the European Union’s tougher carbon dioxide emission rules for 2020-2021.

Tech

Hyundai Touts Smartphone App for EV Settings

April 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Hyundai Motor Group says it has developed a smartphone app that will allow users to create and share various performance settings they can apply to other electric vehicles.

People

Ghosn Indicted for Misappropriating Nissan Funds

April 22, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Prosecutors in Japan have indicted former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn for diverting company funds for his own use.

Regulatory

China Recall Targets Airbag Inflators in 360,000 BMWs

April 22, 2019 at 12:40 AM

MW AG is recalling 360,000 vehicles in China to replace Takata Corp. airbag inflators that could explode, the Xinhua News Agency reports.

Business

Tesla to Trim Board

April 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Tesla Inc. plans to reduce its board of directors to nine members from 11 and reduce their terms to two years in June, according to its proxy statement.

Regulatory

Japan Officials Raid Suzuki HQ in Quality Probe

April 19, 2019 at 4:24 PM

A dozen officials from Japan’s transport ministry swept through Suzuki Motor Corp. headquarters earlier today as they investigate falsified quality inspection reports.