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

Former Intel Exec to Head American Center for Mobility

February 19, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Former Intel executive Michael Noblett has been hired as CEO and president of the American Center for Mobility autonomous-car test site outside Detroit.

Facilities

GM Invests in Michigan Crossover Plant

February 19, 2019 at 9:23 AM

General Motors Co. is investing $36 million to ready its Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan for “future crossover” production.

Regulatory

EU Sets CO2 Emission Limits for Big Trucks

February 19, 2019 at 2:11 AM

The European Union has set proposed goals for lowering carbon dioxide emissions from heavy-duty commercial trucks 30% by 2030 compared to this year’s levels, Bloomberg News reports.

EV-Hybrid

Tata Readies Low-Cost EV for Indian Market

February 19, 2019 at 12:40 AM

India’s Tata Motors Ltd. aims to introduce a low-cost electric car for the domestic market next year.

New Product

GMC Acadia SUV Gets Mid-Cycle Makeover

February 18, 2019 at 6:38 PM

General Motors Co. is freshening the GMC Acadia midsize crossover for the 2020 model-year.

EV-Hybrid

Thailand to Waive Tax on EVs

February 18, 2019 at 5:47 PM

Thailand is poised to drop its 2% excise tax on full-electric cars for carmakers that begin building them in the country less than three years from now.

Mobility

Report: BMW-Daimler Car-Sharing Venture to Launch on Friday

February 18, 2019 at 4:39 PM

BMW AG and Daimler AG plan to launch their 50:50 car-sharing joint venture on Feb. 22, Autocar reports.

Sales

U.S. Inventories of Unsold SUVs on the Rise

February 18, 2019 at 3:22 PM

Dealer supplies of unsold SUV/crossover vehicles in the U.S. ballooned 12% year-on-year in January, and inventories of sedans have dropped 16%.

Business

Nissan Seeks Outside Director as Board Chairman

February 18, 2019 at 1:50 PM

A Nissan Motor Co. board committee will recommend in late March that the carmaker appoint one person as its chairman and a second, external director to chair its board, sources tell The Nikkei.

Facilities

Honda to Close U.K. Assembly Plant in 2022?

February 18, 2019 at 1:13 PM

Honda Motor Co. will announced tomorrow that it intends to shut down its assembly plant in Swindon, England in 2022, sources tell the U.K.’s Sky News television network.

People

Mitch Bainwol Tapped to Head Ford’s Lobbying Efforts

February 18, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Ford Motor Co. has hired Mitch Bainwol, who headed the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) trade group since 2011, to be its chief government relations officer.

EV-Hybrid

U.K. Firm Inks Deal to Develop Low-Cost Electric Motors

February 18, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Yasa Ltd. says it has signed an agreement with an unnamed carmaker to develop the U.K. startup’s axial-flux electric motor technology for hybrid and pure electric vehicles.