Facilities

German EV Startup to Use Former Saab Plant

April 19, 2019 at 12:32 PM

Germany’s Sono Motors GmbH has inked a deal with National Electric Vehicle Sweden, owner of the assets of bankrupt Saab Automobile AB, to build an electric car at the former Saab plant in Trollhattan, Sweden.

Regulatory

FCA to Recall 323,000 Cars for Rollaway Flaw

April 19, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is preparing to recall 323,000 Dodge Dart small cars worldwide that could roll away after being parked.

Mobility

New Beijing Highway to Have Autonomous Car Lanes

April 19, 2019 at 11:52 AM

China is building a highway near Beijing that will dedicate two of its eight lanes for use by autonomous vehicles.

People

Ghosn Faces New Indictment Next Week

April 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM

Prosecutors in Japan will indict former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn on new charges next week, sources tell broadcaster NHK.

Production

Nissan Denies Plan to Cut Production 15%

April 19, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Nissan Motor Co. denies a Nikkei report that the carmaker intends to reduce its global production 15% in the fiscal year that began this month.

Business

GM Board Poised to Become Mostly Female

April 19, 2019 at 10:06 AM

Women will gain the majority on General Motors Co.’s board of directors for the first time ever in June, when two male directors retire and are not replaced, Bloomberg News points out.

New Product

Subaru Outback Gets Turbo Engine, New Interior

April 19, 2019 at 10:01 AM

Subaru Corp.’s redesigned Outback crossover vehicle features subtle styling changes, a revamped interior and an optional 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

Business

Uber Sheds Self-Driving Tech Unit, Lands $1B Investment

April 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Confirming earlier reports, Uber Technologies Inc. has made its autonomous vehicle systems unit a separate subsidiary.

People

Musk, SEC Given Another Week to Settle Twitter Dispute

April 19, 2019 at 1:57 AM

A federal judge in New York City has given Tesla CEO Elon Musk and federal securities lawyers until April 25 to resolve a dispute over Musk’s tweets.

EV-Hybrid

Honda to Prepare Ohio Plant for Electrified Models

April 19, 2019 at 12:25 AM

Honda Motor Co. plans in August to begin retooling one of its assembly lines in Marysville, Ohio, to make electrified vehicles.

New Product

Toyota “Committed” to Aging Land Cruiser in U.S.

April 18, 2019 at 5:44 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. has no plans to discontinue its low-volume Land Cruiser SUV in the U.S.

Economics

Trade Panel Says New NAFTA Will Hurt Sales

April 18, 2019 at 5:34 PM

The Trump administration’s proposed successor to NAFTA will generate more than 28,000 auto-related jobs but cut annual car sales in the U.S. by 140,000 units, according to the U.S.