People

Ghosn Crisis at Nissan Threatens CEO Saikawa

December 19, 2018 at 2:38 AM

Hiroto Saikawa’s days as CEO at Nissan Motor Co. could be numbered as management crises roil the company and its alliance with Renault.

EV-Hybrid

VW: New CO2 Standards Will Hike EV Sales Targets

December 19, 2018 at 1:32 AM

Volkswagen AG says new standards that would require European carmakers to lower carbon dioxide emissions 37.5% by 2030 instead of 30% will mean a faster rollout of electrified vehicles.

Regulatory

NHTSA Shortens Petition Process to Test Driverless Cars

December 19, 2018 at 12:49 AM

The U.S. has streamlined the process it uses to grant temporary exemptions from vehicle safety standards for developers of advanced technologies such as autonomous cars that don’t have steering wheels.

Economics

December Fuel Prices at Two-Year Low in U.S.

December 19, 2018 at 12:12 AM

The average retail price of a gallon of regular grade gasoline in the U.S. has dropped to $2.37 this week, down from $2.42 a year ago to a two-year low for the month, says AAA.

Mobility

Kroger Launches Autonomous Grocery Delivery Service

December 18, 2018 at 3:22 PM

The Kroger Co. and Nuro Inc. have launched a grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, Az., that uses the Silicon Valley startup’s fully autonomous R1 pods.

Legal

IAV Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Helping VW Cheat on Diesel Emissions

December 18, 2018 at 3:07 PM

German engineering firm IAV Group has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $35 million fine for criminal conspiracy to help Volkswagen AG rig diesels to evade U.S. emission laws.

New Product

GM Files "Enspirational" Trademark

December 18, 2018 at 2:33 PM

General Motors Co. has filed a trademark for the name “Enspire,” which could signal a production version of a Buick concept crossover model that debuted at the Beijing auto show in April.

Business

Mitsubishi Joins Renault-Nissan-Mercedes Tech Group

December 18, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has agreed to join as a non-equity partner in a broad technology-sharing alliance with Daimler, Nissan and Renault.

Business

S. Korea Offers Suppliers $3.1 Billion in Financial Aid

December 18, 2018 at 12:23 PM

The South Korean government is coordinating 3.5 trillion won ($3.1 billion) in aid to auto suppliers struggling with a slump in new-car production, the Financial Times reports.

Facilities

Cooper Standard to Build New Headquarters

December 18, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Cooper Standard Holdings Inc. plans to move its global headquarters from Novi, Mich., to nearby Northville in early 2020.

Business

Renault Pushes to Name Replacement for Ghosn at Nissan

December 18, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Renault SA, which owns 43% of Nissan Motor Co., is insisting on its right to replace ex-Chairman Carlos Ghosn on the board of the Japanese carmaker.

Tech

Hyundai Debuts Fingerprint I.D. Tech

December 18, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. is introducing a system in China on its Santa Fe crossover that allows users to unlock and start the vehicle via fingerprint scanners.