Automotive Sales and Industry Production

Looks Like Another 17-Million-Car Market for U.S.

By: Bill Hampton - December 09, 2019 at 1:25 AM

The naysayers are changing their tune about U.S. car sales for 2019. Now it looks like sales once again will reach at least 17 million units.

Regulatory

Trump: No New U.S. Fuel Economy Rules till 2020

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 4:58 PM

President Donald Trump says his administration won’t unveil finalized fuel economy standards until sometime next year.

New Product

Toyota RAV4 Named Japan Car of the Year

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 3:42 PM

The Toyota RAV4 crossover has been designated Japan Car of the Year for 2019.

Labor

UAW to Disband Corrupt Region 5 Office

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 3:41 PM

The United Auto Workers union says it will break up its largest regional office in an effort to stamp out corruption there.

Automotive Mobility

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Job Growth Revives in U.S.

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Jobs growth in the U.S., which slowed to 156,000 new non-farm positions in October, jumped to a 10-month high of 266,000 in November.

Economics

Steel, Aluminum Rules Stall USMCA Trade Pact

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Efforts to finalize local content rules for aluminum and steel are stalling attempts to finalize a new trade deal with Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

People

Renault Mulls CEO Candidates

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Henri Poupart-Lafarge, who heads French transportation and infrastructure giant Alstom, has joined the short list of contenders to become the CEO of Renault.

Automotive Sales and Industry Production

China-Built Tesla EVs Qualify for Sales Subsidies

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 10:49 AM

China says electric cars made by Tesla Inc.’s new factory in Shanghai will qualify for government’s sales discounts worth as much as $3,500.

People

VW Group Names Bischoff as Chief Designer

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 10:38 AM

Klaus Bischoff has been named to oversee design activities for all Volkswagen Group brands, effective April 1.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Ford Recalls F-Series Trucks for Tailgate Flaw

By: Bill Hampton - December 06, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Ford Motor Co. is calling back 261,600 late-model F-Series pickup trucks to fix faulty electric latches that could unlock the tailgate unintentionally.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Report: Dongfeng to Cut Stake in PSA

By: Steve Plumb - December 06, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Dongfeng Motor Group will reduce its stake in PSA Group to help the French carmaker clear U.S. regulatory hurdles ahead of a planned merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.