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.

Tech

Ford Puts McDonald’s Coffee to Use in Car Parts

By: Steve Plumb - December 04, 2019 at 10:31 AM

Ford Motor Co. plans to begin using composite materials derived from coffee remnants supplied by fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. in future vehicle parts to reduce weight and enhance sustainability.

People

Renault-Nissan Alliance Names Overseer

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 10:02 AM

Hadi Zablit, who heads business development for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, has been named to oversee the 20-year-old partnership.

Regulatory Compliance in Automotive Manufacturing

White House Asks Court to Reject Calif. Emissions Lawsuit

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 2:41 AM

The Trump administration has asked a federal judge to reject a California lawsuit the asserts the state’s right to set limits for carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions.

Tech

Hyundai Unveils $52 Billion Spending Plan

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. says it will spend 61.1 trillion won ($52 billion) between 2020 and 2025 on research and advanced technologies.

Labor

U.S. Overseers Could Take Control of UAW

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 12:07 AM

The United Auto Workers union could face federal oversight, depending upon the depth of corruption uncovered by a continuing federal investigation.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Foreign-Brand Sales Climb 6% in U.S.

By: Bill Hampton - December 04, 2019 at 12:04 AM

U.S. deliveries of foreign-brand passenger vehicles rose 6% to more than 788,000 units in November.

Automotive Propulsion Systems

Nissan Offers Leaf Buyers Charging Credits

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Nissan Motor Co. says it will give U.S. buyers of its Leaf electric car $250 worth of credits to use at EVgo Services LLC charging stations.

Automotive Mobility

Car Dealer Touts Multi-Brand Subscriptions

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 3:41 PM

 Ohio car dealer Bernie Moreno is betting on a multi-brand luxury subscription service.

Facilities

Bentley to Build New Engineering Center

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 2:34 PM

Volkswagen Group's Bentley unit is building a new engineering center in Crewe, England, for emission testing and electrification technologies.

New Product

Jag F-Type Gets New Look

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Jaguar Ltd. is giving its F-Type coupe/convertible a makeover that includes a redesigned front-end, upgraded interior and a more powerful V-8 engine.

Regulatory Compliance in Automotive Manufacturing

Prosecutors Raid VW Headquarters over Diesels

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:34 PM

Prosecutors in Germany raided Volkswagen AG headquarters in Wolfsburg today in an extension of the carmaker’s 4-year-old diesel emission cheating scandal.

Tech

Musk Touts Cybertruck’s Aerodynamics

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 11:58 AM

Tesla Inc.’s upcoming electric “Cybertruck” could have a drag coefficient as low as 0.30, which would make it the slipperiest pickup on the market.