Regulatory

Senate Hearing to Examine Rules for Robo-Cars

By: Bill Hampton - November 14, 2019 at 2:14 AM

A U.S. Senate hearing on Nov. 20 will grapple with rules governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

New Product

Hyundai Confirms Pickup Truck for Alabama Plant

By: Bill Hampton - November 14, 2019 at 1:04 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. confirms it will begin producing the Santa Cruz compact pickup truck at its U.S. assembly plant in Montgomery, Ala., in 2021.

Sales

October Car Sales in Russia Fall 5%

By: Bill Hampton - November 14, 2019 at 12:02 AM

Deliveries of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia shrank 5% to 152,100 units in October.

EV-Hybrid

Revived Morris Commercial Readies Electric Van

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 6:57 PM

After a 50-year hiatus, Britain’s Morris Commercial is being relaunched as a maker of electric trucks.

Production

Tesla Get Final Production Okay for China Plant

By: Bill Hampton - November 13, 2019 at 6:19 PM

Chinese regulators have given Tesla Inc. final approval to mass produce electric cars at the company’s new factory in China.

New Product

McLaren Reveals Lightweight Elva Roadster

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 5:35 PM

McLaren Automotive Ltd.’s upcoming open-cockpit Elva hypercar features an innovative air management system, lightweight design and a high-powered V-8 engine.

Economics

Fed Predicts Continued Growth for U.S. Economy

By: Bill Hampton - November 13, 2019 at 5:34 PM

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell predicts “sustained” economic expansion and a strong labor market for the U.S.

People

OESA Re-Elects Hermiz as Chairman

By: Bill Hampton - November 13, 2019 at 5:12 PM

The Original Equipment Suppliers Assn. has re-elected Ramzi Hermiz for a second one-year term as its chairman.

EV-Hybrid

VW to Add Battery Production in Tennessee

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM

Volkswagen AG plans to build a 198,000-sq-ft electric-car battery plant adjacent to its vehicle manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Tech

Mazda CX-30 Sets Top Mark in Euro Safety Tests

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 10:15 AM

Mazda Motor Corp.’s all-new CX-30 compact crossover vehicle earned a top five-star rating from the European New Car Assessment Program and scored a record-high 99% in the Adult Occupant Protection category.

Finance

Chinese EV Startup Raises Another $400 Million

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 8:59 AM

Chinese electric car startup Xiaopeng (Xpeng) Motors Technology Co. says it raised $400 million during the company’s Series C investment round.

New Product

Toyota Sedans Get All-Wheel-Drive Option

By: Steve Plumb - November 13, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. will begin offering all-wheel-drive variants of its Camry and Avalon sedans in the U.S. next year.