Tesla plans to build next factory in Berlin, Musk says
by CHRISTOPH RAUWALD and CHIARA REMONDINI on November 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm
The electric-car maker also will establish an engineering and design center in Berlin near the new airport, Musk said. He made the announcement while […]
VW says head of French unit to lead Canada
by John Irwin on November 11, 2019 at 10:28 pm
Pierre Boutin, who also headed VW in Russia, follows Daniel Weissland as chief of VW Group Canada effective Jan. 1.&nbs
PSA, FCA must confront excess China capacity under merger
by Yang Jian on November 11, 2019 at 6:12 pm
PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in hatching plans to merge and create the world’s fourth-largest automaker, say they will not close […]
Tesla flaunts first China-built cars as start of sales nears
on November 11, 2019 at 10:53 am
Assembled in Tesla’s new Shanghai Gigafactory, which only broke ground in January, the first Model 3 sedans came in blue and were emblazoned […]
Ford to make some electric motors at its Van Dyke plant
by Richard Truett on November 11, 2019 at 5:00 am
As Ford Motor Co. moves into the electrification era with products funded by its huge investment in electric and hybrid vehicles, the company will […]
Tennessee courts a changing industry
on November 11, 2019 at 5:00 am
The state has grown to be a sizable player in the U.S. automotive landscape. But it knows that the industry is changing.
Ford, Toyota get high marks for diversity
by Vince Bond Jr. on November 11, 2019 at 5:00 am
Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors topped the industry in the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's 2019 Automotive Diversity Scorecard […]
GM sells Lordstown plant to EV truck startup
by DAVID WELCH on November 7, 2019 at 8:48 pm
The assembly plant in Ohio has been a political football since GM announced a year ago that it wouldn’t allocate future product there. […]
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors sells U.S. plant
by CATHERINE KAVANAUGH on November 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is selling an injection molding operation in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Green Light Growth Partners, a new metro […]
CANADA: Sales down an estimated 0.9%, but automakers upbeat
by Greg Layson on November 1, 2019 at 9:56 pm
Subaru and Honda saw their sales increase while Toyota and Nissan took hits. Overall, trucks accounted for more than 76 percent of all new vehicles […]
Toyota to add awd to Camry, Avalon
by Larry P. Vellequette on November 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Toyota will add an all-wheel-drive version of its Camry midsize sedan for 2020 and an awd Avalon large sedan for the 2021 model year. Both will share the fuel-efficient awd system first used in the redesigned RAV4 compact crossover.
Porsche, Buick top J.D. Power sales satisfaction ratings
by Sarah Kominek on November 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
This was the second straight year for Porsche to top the J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index rankings and the fourth time since 2015.
Why Tesla chose Germany for its new plant
by Christoph Rauwald and Dana Hull on November 13, 2019 at 11:31 am
Tesla's plans to build a factory near Berlin is strategic to lure German talent and also is a statement that CEO Elon Musk wants to one-up traditional automakers, analysts said.
Consumers want more personalization in online auto shopping, survey says
by Sarah Kominek on November 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm
Just 26 percent of those surveyed said dealership websites provided a personalized experience and only 47 percent of websites "proactively recommend vehicles of interest based on the customer's browsing behavior."
Automated vehicle consortium recommends test-driver training, oversight
by Alexa St. John on November 12, 2019 at 8:19 pm
The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium recommends that an in-vehicle safety driver receive automated driving system in-classroom instruction and participate in closed-course operation, supervised operation and the use of simulators.
France warms to FCA-PSA merger after derailing Renault deal
by ANIA NUSSBAUM, HELENE FOUQUET and GERALDINE AMIEL on November 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm
French prime minister Edouard Philippe said in an interview that 'there are excellent arguments” for combining the maker of Peugeot cars with its Italian-American counterpart.
Alibaba-backed EV startup XPeng raises nearly $400 million, report says
by JULIE ZHU and YILEI SUN on November 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm
The fundraising comes amid an increasingly tough financing environment for Chinese EV startups, which must jostle for attention in a crowded and competitive sector.
FCA prodded dealers to absorb glut of unordered cars, report says
by GABRIELLE COPPOLA on November 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm
Four dealers said Fiat Chrysler has revived what’s known in industry circles as a “sales bank,” Bloomberg reported. The automaker denies it has restarted the practice.
Current and former VW managers indicted over labor leaders' pay
on November 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm
Managers responsible for the VW brand's personnel issues awarded works council members inflated salaries and bonuses, causing damage to the company, German prosecutors said.
Mercedes plans all-electric variant of G class
by Michael Gerster on November 12, 2019 at 1:27 pm
A battery-powered variant of the venerable G class, redesigned in recent years and one of the oldest light trucks in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, could help secure the model's future at a time when environmentalists are targeting heavy, less efficient SUVs with high emissions.