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.

Economics

Trump Revives Threat of Tariffs on Mexican Goods

June 10, 2019 at 6:58 PM

Three days after declaring his threatened tariffs against Mexican imports “suspended indefinitely,” President Donald Trump says he might impose them after all.

Powertrain

FCA Revs Up Ram Diesel

June 10, 2019 at 4:49 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV claims its 2020 Ram 1500 fullsize pickup will be the “most capable” and powerful (in terms of torque) half-ton diesel truck in the U.S.

Mobility

Hertz Launches Subscription Service Plan

June 10, 2019 at 3:34 PM

Rental car giant Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has begun testing a subscription service in Georgia and Texas.

Legal

Kelly Says CEO Saikawa Knew All About Ghosn Pay Scheme

June 10, 2019 at 3:17 PM

Jailed former Nissan Motor Co. board member Greg Kelly claims CEO Hiroto Saikawa understood in detail and approved a disputed $82 million compensation package for Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last year for underreporting those earnings.

People

Renowned Jaguar Test Driver Dies at 98

June 10, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Norman Dewis, a long-time test driver and development engineer for Jaguar, died on Saturday at the age of 98.

EV-Hybrid

SEAT Readies Electric City Car

June 10, 2019 at 1:58 PM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit will begin production of its first electric vehicle, a variant of its Mii city car, this autumn.

Business

Volvo Adds Free Towing Across U.S. Fleet

June 10, 2019 at 1:10 PM

Volvo Car Corp. is expanding its complimentary towing service to cover all of its vehicles in the U.S., regardless of the vehicle’s age, mileage, condition or owner.

Production

U.K. Economy Shrinks as Auto Production Slumps

June 10, 2019 at 12:03 PM

A sharp drop in vehicle production in March caused the British economy to shrink 0.4% between March and April, according to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics.

Business

Nissan May Back FCA-Renault Merger After Equity Sale

June 10, 2019 at 11:28 AM

Nissan would support a proposed merger between Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles if Renault sharply reduces its 43% ownership in the Japanese carmaker, according to Reuters.

Regulatory

FCA to Recall 296,000 Pickup Trucks for Airbag Flaw

June 10, 2019 at 10:38 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is preparing to call back 296,000 of its Ram 1500 pickups in the U.S. to fix an airbag control module that could disable the truck’s airbags.

Mobility

Study: U.S. Cities Unprepared for Autonomous Transport

June 10, 2019 at 8:57 AM

Most U.S. cities are unprepared to accommodate self-driving vehicles and have no clear plans on how to manage such transportation, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

People

Ford's Strategic Design Chief Resigns

June 10, 2019 at 7:24 AM

David Woodhouse, who had been Ford Motor Co.'s director of global strategic design for the last two years, has left the company.