Economics

US. Trade Chief Predicts Quick Solution on NAFTA Update

June 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he can easily resolve concerns Democrats have over the proposed successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

GHSP: from Metal Stamping to Electronic Controls

Michigan-based GHSP Inc. started a century ago as a metal stamping company. Today, it’s a full-fledged electronic controls supplier.

Mobility

Hyundai-Kia Expands Partnership with Aurora

June 13, 2019 at 6:42 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. and its Kia Motors Corp. affiliate have made an unspecified investment in Aurora Innovation Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in machine learning and artificial intelligence for self-driving cars.

People

Reports: Renault, France to File Charges Against Ghosn

June 13, 2019 at 5:17 AM

Renault SA and the French government are preparing a lawsuit against former Chairman Carlos Ghosn over €11 million ($12 million) in questionable expenses charged to the company, according to media reports.

Legal

FCA Sued Over Jeep “Death Wobble” Steering

June 13, 2019 at 4:46 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been sued on behalf of Jeep Wrangler owners over claims that the SUV’s front axle can develop a dangerous “death wobble” at highway speeds.

Sales

BMW Group Sales Rise 3%

June 13, 2019 at 4:30 AM

Sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles climbed 3% in May to 210,600 units.

Business

Toyota Trims Mid-Year Bonuses in Japan

June 13, 2019 at 4:17 AM

Toyota Motor Co. plans to lower summer bonuses paid to managers and hourly workers by 4%-5% and 10%, respectively, this year.

Sales

VW Brand Sales Fell 5% in May

June 13, 2019 at 4:06 AM

Volkswagen AG says its VW brand delivered 512,100 vehicles last month, down 5% from the same month in 2018.

Business

Renault Chairman Vows to Fix “Damaged” Nissan Alliance

June 13, 2019 at 2:54 AM

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard tells shareholders that his top priority is to restore relations between the French carmaker and alliance partner Nissan Motor Co.

People

Ex-Ford Designer Woodhouse Lands at Nissan

June 13, 2019 at 1:14 AM

Nissan Motor Co. has named David Woodhouse, previously director of strategic design at Ford Motor Co., as its new design chief for North America.

Regulatory

Ford Recalls Target Suspension, Transmission Flaws

June 12, 2019 at 4:50 PM

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.2 million of its Ford Explorer SUVs to replace rear suspension links that could break and interfere with steering control.

Business

ChargePoint and Electrify America Team Up on EV Charging

June 12, 2019 at 3:22 PM

The two largest electric vehicle charging networks in the U.S.—ChargePoint Inc. and Volkswagen AG’s Electrify America LLC subsidiary—have agreed to let their members use each other’s charging stations.

EV-Hybrid

Tesla Targets 400-Mile EV Range

June 12, 2019 at 2:42 PM

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says it “won’t be long” before the carmaker’s electric vehicles will be able to travel more than 400 miles on a charge.

Tech

Hyundai Developing AI Tech to Assess Crash Injuries

June 12, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Hyundai Motor Co. and MDGo, an Israeli startup specializing in medical-related artificial intelligence, are developing a system to quickly give first responders information about potential injuries of crash victims.