Asia

Ghosn Crisis at Nissan Threatens CEO Saikawa

December 19, 2018 at 2:38 AM

Hiroto Saikawa’s days as CEO at Nissan Motor Co. could be numbered as management crises roil the company and its alliance with Renault.

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Dassault Systemes

Supplier Balancing Act

As U.S. car sales growth peaks, auto suppliers must manager their resources more closely than ever, notes Julie Fream, president and CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Assn.

Powertrain

Report: Aston Martin Developing Inline-6 Engine

December 14, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Aston Martin Holdings Ltd. is developing an inline-six engine that will replace the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine the British company sources from Mercedes-AMG, sources tell Autocar.

Economics

China Will Drop Tariffs on U.S. Vehicles to 15%

December 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM

China confirms reports that it will drop its import tariffs on American-made vehicles for three months, beginning Jan. 1.

New Product

Infiniti Concept Previews Upcoming Electric Crossover

December 14, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti arm says its latest concept will provide the basis for an electric crossover vehicle the company plans to launch early next decade.

Mobility

Bosch Showcases Tech in Autonomous Shuttle

December 14, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Robert Bosch GmbH has developed a self-driving shuttle concept that the supplier will publicly unveil at next month’s CES electronics show in Las Vegas.

People

Chevy Marketing Chief to Retire

December 14, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Tim Mahoney, who has served as the global chief marketing officer for General Motors Co. and its Chevrolet brand for nearly six years, plans to retire on March 1.

Sales

Car Sales in Europe Fall 9%

December 14, 2018 at 2:41 AM

New-car deliveries across Europe dropped to 1.16 million units in November from 1.26 million in the same month last year, according to trade group ACEA.

Regulatory

U.S. Emissions of CO2 On the Rise Again

December 14, 2018 at 1:23 AM

Emissions of carbon dioxide by U.S. electric power plants and vehicles are expected to climb 3% this year, reversing three consecutive years of decline, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Facilities

Ford to Close Transmission Plant in France

December 14, 2018 at 12:36 AM

Ford Motor Co. intends to stop production at its transmission plant in Blanquefort, France, by the end of August.

Business

Nissan Panel Struggles to Nominate Chairman to Replace Ghosn

December 14, 2018 at 12:07 AM

A board committee set up to suggest a new chairman for Nissan Motor Co. failed to reach agreement on Thursday, making a planned decision on Monday by the full board less likely.

New Product

Lincoln Teases Return of Center-Opening Rear Doors

December 13, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln unit is teasing a possible return of rear-hinged second-row doors—nicknamed “suicide doors” by critics—in a future model.

People

Ford to Transfer Workers from Michigan Transmission Plant

December 13, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Ford Motor Co. plans to cut 230 jobs at its transmission facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., and transfer affected workers to other facilities in the first quarter of 2019.

People

France Begins Search to Replace Ghosn at Renault

December 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

The French government, which owns 15% of Renault SA, reportedly is looking for a replacement for Carlos Ghosn, the carmaker’s embattled chairman and CEO.