Labor

UAW Chooses GM as Strike Target

September 03, 2019 at 11:47 AM

The United Auto Workers Union has selected General Motors Co. as its initial strike target for this year’s labor contract talks.

Business

Fiat Drops 500 City Car in N. America

September 03, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is discontinuing the Fiat 500 city car and all-electric variant in North America.

New Product

SEAT Cupra Concept Previews Future EV

September 03, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Volkswagen AG’s SEAT unit says its all-electric Cupra Tavascan concept crossover has an estimated driving range of 280 miles. 

Sales

Car Sales in France Drop 15%

September 03, 2019 at 2:18 AM

Demand for new passenger cars in France fell 15% to 129,300 units in August, according to trade group CCFA.

Tech

Bugatti Chiron Breaks 300 mph Record

September 03, 2019 at 1:49 AM

A mildly modified Bugatti Chiron hypercar has become the first near-production car to break the 300 mph speed barrier.

Labor

Hyundai Workers Agree to Lower Bonus, No Strike

September 03, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s union workers in South Korea have accepted the smallest contract bonuses in nearly 20 years and agreed not to strike for the first time since 2011.

EV-Hybrid

Japan Proposes Battery-Life Gauge for EVs

September 03, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Regulators in Japan plan to require that future electric cars be fitted with a gauge that indicates how much charge they can hold after extended use.

People

Top Renault-Nissan Alliance Exec Deboeuf Quits

September 02, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Arnauld Deboeuf, who ran the Office of the CEO for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, has quit, telling his staff that Renault CEO Thierry Bollore ordered him to leave.

Sales

Indian Carmakers Seek Tax Break as Sales Plunge

September 02, 2019 at 1:09 PM

Car sales in India fell more than 30% in August, and manufacturers are pleading with the government for an immediate tax cut.

Business

France Might Consider Changes in Renault-Nissan Alliance

September 02, 2019 at 12:26 PM

The French government says it might be willing to support changes in cross-ownership of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance after all.

Business

Conti Ponders Total Spin Off Powertrain Division

September 02, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Continental AG’s executive board says it may completely spin off its Powertrain unit under the Vitesco Technologies name rather than float a partial initial public offering for the business.

Regulatory

Report: 20% of Europe’s Trucks Exceed NOx Limit

September 02, 2019 at 11:13 AM

A study of real-world emissions from diesel-powered commercial trucks in Europe suggests 20% exceed nitrogen oxides emission limits.