Tech

Musk Touts Cybertruck’s Aerodynamics

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 11:58 AM

Tesla Inc.’s upcoming electric “Cybertruck” could have a drag coefficient as low as 0.30, which would make it the slipperiest pickup on the market.

Finance

Trump Hints 11-Month Delay in “Phase-One” China Trade Deal

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 11:45 AM

President Donald Trump says a first-phase mini-trade deal with China may not happen until next November.

Automotive Facilities

BMW Investing €400 million in German EV Plant

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 10:50 AM

BMW AG is investing about €400 million ($443 million) in its Dingolfing, Germany, manufacturing plant in preparation for production of the iNEXT  electric vehicle.

Mobility

Daimler, Geely Launch Ride-Hailing JV in China

By: Steve Plumb - December 03, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group are launching their StarRides premium ride-hailing service in China.

Automotive Fuel Cell Technology

China May Hike NEV Sales Ratio to 25%

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:40 AM

China is reviewing a proposal that would boost the country’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) sales ratio to 25% of the country’s car market by 2025.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

Bosch Building Fuel Cell Center in China

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Robert Bosch GmbH will open a fuel cell development and production center in Wuxi, China, in 2021.

Automotive Manufacturing Management

Daimler Could Face New Diesel Emission Recalls

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:18 AM

Daimler AG reportedly is being investigated for using suspicious emission control software in its smallest diesel-powered Mercedes cars.

Automotive Manufacturing and Production Operations

Lucid Motors Hopes to Build 15,000 EVs in 2021

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:09 AM

Lucid Motors Inc. says it expects to produce 15,000 all-electric Air sedans in 2021 at the factory it is constructing in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Labor

UAW Vows “Top-to-Bottom” Financial Review

By: Bill Hampton - December 03, 2019 at 12:03 AM

The United Auto Workers union promises a sweeping review of its financial and accounting procedures amid a federal corruption probe that has netted 10 guilty pleas to date.

Regulatory

Australia Aims to Curb Cell Phone Use with Automated Cameras

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 5:28 PM

The Australian state of New South Wales is deploying a network of high-definition cameras along roadways to catch drivers using their cell phones.

Business

Geely: No Plans to Buy Bentley

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 4:33 PM

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group says it has no plans to buy Bentley from Volkswagen Group, countering reports last week to the contrary.

Mobility

Mercedes Tests Robo-Taxis in California

By: Steve Plumb - December 02, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has quietly begun testing Level 4 autonomous vehicles on public roads with consumer riders in California.