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.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Trump Hints 11-Month Delay in “Phase-One” China Trade Deal

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 11:45 AM

President Donald Trump says a first-phase mini-trade deal with China may not happen until next November.

Production

BMW Investing €400 million in German EV Plant

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 10:50 AM

BMW AG is investing about €400 million ($443 million) in its Dingolfing, Germany, manufacturing plant in preparation for production of the iNEXT  electric vehicle.

Mobility

Daimler, Geely Launch Ride-Hailing JV in China

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group are launching their StarRides premium ride-hailing service in China.

Hybrid Vehicles

China May Hike NEV Sales Ratio to 25%

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:40 AM

China is reviewing a proposal that would boost the country’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) sales ratio to 25% of the country’s car market by 2025.

Facilities

Bosch Building Fuel Cell Center in China

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Robert Bosch GmbH will open a fuel cell development and production center in Wuxi, China, in 2021.

Legal Liabilities in Automotive Manufacturing

Daimler Could Face New Diesel Emission Recalls

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:18 AM

Daimler AG reportedly is being investigated for using suspicious emission control software in its smallest diesel-powered Mercedes cars.

EV-Hybrid

Lucid Motors Hopes to Build 15,000 EVs in 2021

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:09 AM

Lucid Motors Inc. says it expects to produce 15,000 all-electric Air sedans in 2021 at the factory it is constructing in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Labor

UAW Vows “Top-to-Bottom” Financial Review

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:03 AM

The United Auto Workers union promises a sweeping review of its financial and accounting procedures amid a federal corruption probe that has netted 10 guilty pleas to date.

Regulatory Compliance in Automotive Manufacturing

Australia Aims to Curb Cell Phone Use with Automated Cameras

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 5:28 PM

The Australian state of New South Wales is deploying a network of high-definition cameras along roadways to catch drivers using their cell phones.

Business

Geely: No Plans to Buy Bentley

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 4:33 PM

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group says it has no plans to buy Bentley from Volkswagen Group, countering reports last week to the contrary.

Automotive Mobility

Mercedes Tests Robo-Taxis in California

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has quietly begun testing Level 4 autonomous vehicles on public roads with consumer riders in California.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Nissan’s New CEO Touts Realistic Growth Goals

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Makoto Uchida, who took over as CEO at Nissan Motor Co. today, says he aims to revive the company with new products and help from its 20-year-old alliance with Renault SA.