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.

Legal Liabilities in Automotive Manufacturing

U.K. Lawsuit Calls VW an “Obvious” Diesel Cheat

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 3:09 PM

A lawsuit involving more than 90,000 Volkswagen diesel owners in the U.K. claims VW is guilty of an “obvious cheat” in rigging diesels to evade emission laws.

People

Germany’s VDA Trade Group Names New Chief

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 2:51 PM

Hildegard Mueller, a former energy industry lobbyist and member of Germany’s parliament, will take over as president of VDA, the country’s auto trade group, on Jan. 2.

People

Renault’s Marketing Chief Replaced

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Francois Renard, who joined Renault SA in November 2018 as global marketing director, has been succeeded by Xavier Martinet.

Economics

Germany’s Auto Jobs Boom Collapses

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 12:25 PM

The German auto industry, which has been steadily hiring more workers for a decade, has shifted to shrinkage mode.

Automotive Mobility

Toyota Launches Multi-Modal App in Japan

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 10:57 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. and several local partners have launched full-scale operation of the carmaker’s “my route” multi-modal smartphone app in the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Report: SKI Plans 2nd EV Battery Plant in China

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 10:07 AM

South Korea’s SK Innovation Co. plans to construct a $1.1 billion battery plant in Yancheng, China. 

Business

Mercedes to Skip New York Auto Show

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 9:26 AM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has decided not to participate in next April’s New York auto show.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Nissan to End Datsun Output in Russia, Indonesia?

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 1:31 AM

Nissan Motor Co. plans to stop making entry-level Datsun brand vehicles in Russia and Indonesia in 2020, sources tell The Nikkei.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Tavares Touts Compatibility in PSA-FCA Merger

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 12:34 AM

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares says merging with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will create a company large enough to pay the cost of electrification and tighter emission limits.

Labor in the Automotive Industry

FCA, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 12:21 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative labor contract covering more than 47,00 workers in the U.S.

People

JLR Names New Sales Chief for China

By: Bill Hampton - December 02, 2019 at 12:04 AM

Richard Shore will take over as president of Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s sales and marketing arm in China on Jan. 1.

Automotive Facilities

BMW Confirms Electric Mini Plant in China

By: Bill Hampton - November 29, 2019 at 2:16 PM

BMW AG confirms it will open a factory with partner Great Wall Motor Co. to make electric Mini-brand cars in Zhangjiagang.