Business

UPDATE: Nissan CEO Pledges to Help Fix Renault Alliance

June 25, 2019 at 12:02 PM

Nissan Motor Co. CEO Hiroto Saikawa has assured shareholders that the company will seek ways to repair its alliance with Renault SA, according to Bloomberg News.

EV-Hybrid

BMW Accelerates EV Program, Adds Functionality

June 25, 2019 at 11:27 AM

BMW AG aims to launch 25 electrified vehicles by 2023, two years earlier than the company’s previous plan.

Economics

“Hard” Brexit Cost to Carmakers: $3.8 Million Per Hour

June 25, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Exiting the European Union with no trade deal will cost the British auto industry £3 million ($3.5 million) per hour, warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Tech

Argo Teams with Carnegie Mellon on Autonomous Research

June 25, 2019 at 10:40 AM

Ford Motor Co.’s Argo AI unit and Carnegie Mellon University are establishing a joint research center for autonomous vehicle technology at the university’s main campus in Pittsburgh.  

EV-Hybrid

Startup Touts Long-Range EV with Large Solar Array

June 25, 2019 at 9:51 AM

Dutch startup Lightyear says its electric vehicle has a range of about 450 miles, about 45% of which is derived from its large array of solar panels.

Powertrain

Skoda Readies 2 CNG Cars

June 25, 2019 at 8:23 AM

Volkswagen AG’s Skoda unit is introducing variants of the Kamiq hatchback and Scala crossover vehicle modified to run on compressed natural gas.  

People

Ericksen to Head Toyota Product Planning in N. America

June 25, 2019 at 7:31 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. has named Cooper Ericksen to become group vice president of product planning and strategy for the carmaker’s North American operations, effective Aug. 5.

Sales

Commercial Truck Sales Jump 9% in Europe

June 25, 2019 at 2:49 AM

Retail sales of commercial vehicles across Europe climbed 9% to 238,800 trucks and buses in May.

Economics

Tesla Wins Tariff Exemption Aluminum from Japan

June 25, 2019 at 2:32 AM

Tesla Inc. has been granted a waiver from paying a 10% import duty on aluminum from Japan, Reuters reports.

Business

Trade Fears Temper Optimism Among U.S. Manufacturers

June 25, 2019 at 12:49 AM

Worries about sweeping U.S. tariffs on imported cars and uncertainties about trade deals eroded optimism among U.S. producers in April-June, says the National Assn. of Manufacturers.

Powertrain

Retro Mustang Gets 500-hp Electric Drivetrain

June 24, 2019 at 3:40 PM

British startup Charge Automotive Ltd. has developed an all-electric vehicle with the styling of a 1960s-era Ford Mustang.

EV-Hybrid

VW Says Its EV Battery Needs Are Secured through 2023

June 24, 2019 at 3:37 PM

Volkswagen AG says it has lined up sufficient supplies of batteries for its electric vehicles for the next four years.