Powertrain

Proposal to Ban Diesel Trucks in U.K. Deemed Unworkable

April 17, 2019 at 12:15 AM

A proposal to ban diesel-powered heavy trucks in the U.K. by 2040 is impractical and unrealistic, operators claim.

Business

Nissan Scraps “Office of the CEO” Team

April 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Nissan Motor Co. has dismantled an inner group of senior staffers that supported its CEO, Bloomberg News reports.

EV-Hybrid

Chinese Startup Partners with Pininfarina on Fuel Cell Concept

April 16, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Wuhan, China-based Grove Hydrogen Automotive Co. teamed up with Pininfarina SpA to present a fuel cell-powered concept car at this week’s Shanghai auto show.

New Product

Aston Martin EV Breaks Cover

April 16, 2019 at 4:56 PM

Aston Martin Holdings Ltd. unveiled the production version of the Rapide E supercar, the brand’s first electric vehicle, this week at the Shanghai auto show.

Regulatory

Mazda Recall Targets Faulty Wipers

April 16, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Mazda Motor Corp. will recall 187,800 of its sporty Mazda3 small sedans in the U.S. to replace a defective relay that could block operation of the windshield wipers.

Sales

Retail Auto Sales in China Fall 12%

April 16, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Retail deliveries of new passenger cars in China dropped 12% last month to 1.78 million units, the China Passenger Car Assn. reports.

People

Report: Nissan’s Sales Chief to Quit

April 16, 2019 at 11:31 AM

Daniele Schillaci, Nissan Motor Co.’s head of sales and marketing, and electric vehicle programs, plans to resign within two months, a source tells Kyodo News.

Powertrain

Gasoline Direct Injection Engines Top 50% of U.S. Market

April 16, 2019 at 11:26 AM

Gasoline-direct-injection (GDI) engines were the most common emerging fuel-saving technology outfitted on 2018 model vehicles sold in the U.S., according to federal agencies.

People

Williams Appointed CEO of Henniges Automotive

April 16, 2019 at 10:54 AM

Henniges Automotive Holdings Inc., an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based supplier of sealing and anti-vibration systems, has promoted Larry Williams to CEO.

Business

Nidec Buys Omron Automotive Electronics

April 16, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Nidec Corp. has agreed to acquire Omron Corp.’s Automotive Electronics unit. Both companies are based in Japan.

Finance

Daimler Invests $100 Million in Calif. Battery Developer

April 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM

Daimler AG reportedly has spent $100 million to acquire a 10% stake in a California-based developer of next-generation battery technologies.

New Product

Lexus Unveils Luxury MPV

April 16, 2019 at 9:42 AM

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus unit took the wraps off the LM 350 MPV this week at the Shanghai auto show.