Regulatory

Merkel: Germany Will Make Diesel Retrofit Decision by October

July 20, 2018 at 3:23 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the government will decide before the end of September whether to order carmakers to retrofit diesel cars with catalytic converters.

Business

Kia Extends Partnership with SiriusXM

July 20, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Kia Motors Corp. and SiriusXM Holdings Inc. have extended their partnership for another five years through 2023-model vehicles.

Economics

Trump Poised to Add Tariffs for All Chinese Imports

July 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM

President Donald Trump says he is ready to impose protective U.S. tariffs on virtually all goods from China.

Tech

Researchers Target Fast-Charging Quantum Batteries

July 20, 2018 at 1:07 PM

The University of Adelaide in Australia plans to build the world’s first quantum battery, which researchers say would enable super-fast recharging.

Tech

BMW Touts Computer Tomography Development Tool

July 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM

BMW AG has begun using computer tomography (CT) in prototype development, production and analysis, which the company describes as an industry first.

Business

VW Gains Right to Take Control of China Joint Ventures

July 20, 2018 at 12:11 PM

Volkswagen AG, like BMW AG, has been given the right to acquire a controlling stake in its Chinese joint ventures ahead of all other foreign carmakers, Automotive News China notes.

Powertrain

Ferrari Developing 4-Cylinder Performance Engine

July 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Ferrari SpA has filed a patent application in Europe for an advanced 4-cylinder engine with an electrically operated turbocharger.

New Product

Nissan Readies Leaf Hot Hatch for Japan

July 20, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Nissan Motor Co. says it will launch a Nismo performance variant of its Leaf electric car later this year in Japan.

Business

French Engineering Firm Buys Plastics Processing Company

July 20, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Engineering specialist Segula Technologies SA has acquired Activetech, a plastics processing company for interior and electronic components.

Legal

Kobe Steel Indicted for Decades of Falsified Quality Data

July 20, 2018 at 2:07 AM

Kobe Steel Ltd. has been indicted in Tokyo on charges of falsifying quality reports on its metal products for decades.

EV-Hybrid

GAC, CATL Partner on Two Battery Ventures

July 20, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Two new battery ventures are being formed in China by domestic carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group Ltd. and battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd.

Regulatory

White House Finalizing Proposed Fuel Economy Freeze

July 20, 2018 at 12:29 AM

The Trump administration may announce a plan that would freeze U.S. emission standards at 2020 levels as early as next week, according to media reports.