Sales

Global Light Vehicle Sales Shrank Last Year

January 15, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Worldwide sales of light vehicles dropped 7% in December, resulting in the market’s first full-year decline since 2009, LMC Automotive reports.

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Dassault Systemes

VSI: Helping Developers Integrate Safety, Autonomy

Minneapolis-based VSI Labs advises designers of active safety and automated driving systems on planning and engineering during the early stages of development.

Powertrain

Proposal to Ban Diesel Trucks in U.K. Deemed Unworkable

April 17, 2019 at 12:15 AM

A proposal to ban diesel-powered heavy trucks in the U.K. by 2040 is impractical and unrealistic, operators claim.

Business

Nissan Scraps “Office of the CEO” Team

April 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Nissan Motor Co. has dismantled an inner group of senior staffers that supported its CEO, Bloomberg News reports.

EV-Hybrid

Chinese Startup Partners with Pininfarina on Fuel Cell Concept

April 16, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Wuhan, China-based Grove Hydrogen Automotive Co. teamed up with Pininfarina SpA to present a fuel cell-powered concept car at this week’s Shanghai auto show.

New Product

Aston Martin EV Breaks Cover

April 16, 2019 at 4:56 PM

Aston Martin Holdings Ltd. unveiled the production version of the Rapide E supercar, the brand’s first electric vehicle, this week at the Shanghai auto show.

Regulatory

Mazda Recall Targets Faulty Wipers

April 16, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Mazda Motor Corp. will recall 187,800 of its sporty Mazda3 small sedans in the U.S. to replace a defective relay that could block operation of the windshield wipers.

Sales

Retail Auto Sales in China Fall 12%

April 16, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Retail deliveries of new passenger cars in China dropped 12% last month to 1.78 million units, the China Passenger Car Assn. reports.

People

Report: Nissan’s Sales Chief to Quit

April 16, 2019 at 11:31 AM

Daniele Schillaci, Nissan Motor Co.’s head of sales and marketing, and electric vehicle programs, plans to resign within two months, a source tells Kyodo News.

Powertrain

Gasoline Direct Injection Engines Top 50% of U.S. Market

April 16, 2019 at 11:26 AM

Gasoline-direct-injection (GDI) engines were the most common emerging fuel-saving technology outfitted on 2018 model vehicles sold in the U.S., according to federal agencies.

People

Williams Appointed CEO of Henniges Automotive

April 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM

Henniges Automotive Holdings Inc., an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based supplier of sealing and anti-vibration systems, has promoted Larry Williams to CEO.

Business

Nidec Buys Omron Automotive Electronics

April 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Nidec Corp. has agreed to acquire Omron Corp.’s Automotive Electronics unit. Both companies are based in Japan.

Finance

Daimler Invests $100 Million in Calif. Battery Developer

April 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM

Daimler AG reportedly has spent $100 million to acquire a 10% stake in a California-based developer of next-generation battery technologies.

New Product

Lexus Unveils Luxury MPV

April 16, 2019 at 9:42 AM

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus unit took the wraps off the LM 350 MPV this week at the Shanghai auto show.