EV-Hybrid

Freightliner Launches Electric Trucks in U.S.

August 13, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Daimler AG’s Freightliner heavy-duty truck unit is launching full electric versions of the Cascadia big rig this month in the U.S.

Sales

U.S. Vehicle Inventories at 27-Year High

August 13, 2019 at 10:28 AM

Stocks of unsold new cars entered August with an estimated 71-day supply in the U.S., the highest for that date in 27 years, according to Automotive News

New Product

Audi Readies New RS6 Avant

August 13, 2019 at 9:53 AM

Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit will take the wraps off the next-generation RS6 Avant all-wheel-drive performance wagon at next month’s Frankfurt auto show.

Sales

Car Wholesales Drop 4% in China

August 13, 2019 at 1:52 AM

Factory sales of new cars to dealers in China slid 4% to 1.8 million units, marking the 13th consecutive month of year-on-year shrinkage, says the China Assn. of Automobile Manufacturers.

Regulatory

Renault’s Dacia Unit Faces Steep Emission Costs

August 13, 2019 at 1:03 AM

The costs of meeting the European Union’s tightening emission rules may soon dry up profits for Renault SA’s popular Dacia low-price brand.

Business

Malaysia Rekindles Plan for Domestic Carmaker

August 13, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Malaysia again hopes to establish a new national car brand, this time through a partnership with Toyota’s Daihatsu Motor Co. unit.

EV-Hybrid

GM, VW Pivot from Hybrids to All-Electric Cars

August 12, 2019 at 6:16 PM

General Motors and Volkswagen are phasing out work on future hybrid vehicles and going all-in on fully electric cars, says The Wall Street Journal.

New Product

Report: JLR Crossovers to Use BMW Platform

August 12, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s Jaguar unit is developing two small hybrid SUV/crossover vehicles that could ride on a front-wheel-drive platform sourced from BMW AG, sources tell Autocar.

Regulatory

NHTSA’s Acting Chief to Step Down by September

August 12, 2019 at 5:15 PM

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation confirms that Heidi King, acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will resign at the end of this month.

Regulatory

Conti Cuts Lead in Electronic Components

August 12, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Continental AG is reducing the lead in some electronic components used in vehicles sold in the European Union to meet the region’s end-of-life recycling regulations.

New Product

Suzuki Debuts Its First New Indian SUV in 35 Years

August 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. is preparing to introduce its first new SUV model in India since the Gypsy mini-four-wheel-drive SUV debuted there in 1985.

EV-Hybrid

Carmakers Prepare an EV Plan for South Africa

August 12, 2019 at 3:42 PM

BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen are among carmakers who are creating a unified approach to vehicle electrification in South Africa to present to the government by year-end.