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Volkswagen asked by EPA to make electric cars in U.S., report says
Volkswagen asked by EPA to make electric cars in U.S., report says
U.S. authorities have asked Volkswagen to build electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported. The paper said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was a...
General Motors Company sorts aggressive plans for China
General Motors Company sorts aggressive plans for China
General Motors Company has announced to introduce more than 60 new or refreshed car models in China in next five years. In addition, by 2020, all its major Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet brands will offer Internet connectivity, in order to attract more...
Mercedes-Benz backing people, not robots
Mercedes-Benz backing people, not robots
The rise of robotic workforces may have struck fear into the hearts of employees and HR professionals alike but one luxury car maker says it's changing its mind on the contentious topic – real men and women are more capable, in this case at l...
Takata air bag recall problematic, U.S. safety regulator says
Takata air bag recall problematic, U.S. safety regulator says
The United States's top auto safety regulator says an immediate recall of all Takata air bags wouldn't provide significant safety benefits and could exceed the government's legal authority. A recall of all Takata air bag inflators also woul...
Car makers hunger for self-driving tech
Car makers hunger for self-driving tech
General Motors Co. 's proposed purchase of tiny Cruise Automation Inc. for more than $1 billion would be one of the auto industry's biggest Silicon Valley acquisitions to date. And it would certainly not be the last. Auto makers and car-pa...
Sodecia buys 40 acres in east-end industrial park, next to soon-to-open tech research centre
Sodecia buys 40 acres in east-end industrial park, next to soon-to-open tech research centre
A London parts maker plans to grow into a massive new plant, adding production and, industry observers say, likely jobs to the city's booming auto sector. Sodecia has bought 40 acres of land in an east-end industrial park, with plans for a new plan...
Brace yourself for the self-driving paradigm shift
Brace yourself for the self-driving paradigm shift
The automotive industry can often feel like a zero-sum game. Gas prices go down, automakers sell more trucks and big sedans. Sales of hybrids and other electric vehicles, on the other hand, tank. All those trucks sold fatten corporate coffers. But they...
Tesla recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs for third-row seat defect
Tesla recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs for third-row seat defect
Tesla Motors Inc. is recalling 2,700 Model X SUVs after the auto maker's own tests showed the third-row seats could snap forward in a crash. The recall involves SUVs made before March 26 and sold in the U.S. Tesla says the Model X passed 15 seat-st...
Apple needs to overcome a critical hurdle if it wants to sell a car
Apple needs to overcome a critical hurdle if it wants to sell a car
Everyone in the tech industry thinks Apple is working on a car project. In the auto industry, there's ample curiosity about what Apple is up to, but no executive I've spoken with seems to know what the master plan is. The consensus from Detroit...
Mitsubishi Heavy to keep car stake amid fuel-testing crisis
Mitsubishi Heavy to keep car stake amid fuel-testing crisis
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, currently the biggest shareholder in Mitsubishi Motors, will hold onto its stake in the automaker that Carlos Ghosn is seeking to turn around following a fuel-economy test scandal.
Apple car to be built in Austria by Magna, German newspaper reports
Apple car to be built in Austria by Magna, German newspaper reports
The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recently published a new article stating that the Apple Car (iCar?) will be built in Austria by the firm Magna. The information seems to have originated with unknown "informed sources," so who...
iCar: Steve Jobs' dream of an Apple car turning into reality?
iCar: Steve Jobs' dream of an Apple car turning into reality?
There have been rumors galore about Apple's secret mission: creating an electric iCar that rivals Tesla. Every move Apple makes is scrutinized closely and taken as more evidence that the secret Apple car is indeed in the making. The rumors and the spec...
Ford to build small-car factory in Mexico, adding 2,800 jobs
Ford to build small-car factory in Mexico, adding 2,800 jobs
Ford Motor Co. plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S. at a time when moving jobs south of the border has become a major issue in the U.S. presidenti...
Slump in U.S. Manufacturing May Be Easing as Orders Increase
Slump in U.S. Manufacturing May Be Easing as Orders Increase
The slump in U.S. manufacturing is showing signs of abating.
Takata booking over $156 million in additional loss for air bag recalls
Takata booking over $156 million in additional loss for air bag recalls
Japan's Takata Corp is booking an additional special loss of 16.6 billion yen ($156-million U.S.) for the year that ended in March due to mounting recall costs for its potentially lethal air bags. The company also said it expects to book a loss...
Toyota launches data science firm for connected car research
Toyota launches data science firm for connected car research
Toyota says it is forming a new data science company that will handle fast-moving changes that are coming to the way we get around. The new company will be called Toyota Connected. It will work with Microsoft to accelerate research efforts for connecte...
Toyota in talks to buy robotics divisions from Alphabet
Toyota in talks to buy robotics divisions from Alphabet
Toyota Motor Corp is in talks to buy two robotics divisions from Google parent Alphabet Inc, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday. The Japanese automaker is discussing an acquisition of Alphabet's Boston Dynamics — known for the Cheetah, which is ...
Automakers, tech companies decide to make deals, not war
Automakers, tech companies decide to make deals, not war
A flurry of deals between big automakers and ride hailing and transportation startups is rewriting the playbook in the contest to control the future of personal transportation. Automakers now recognize they may turn ride-hailing services and car sharin...
Sensing competitive threat, automakers embrace 'mobility' ventures
Sensing competitive threat, automakers embrace 'mobility' ventures
Automakers are facing multiple threats to their business from nimble tech firms like Apple and Uber. In response, carmakers are reinventing themselves as "mobility" companies that can accommodate all the different ways people get around.
FCA to end U.S. car production by next March
FCA to end U.S. car production by next March
Fiat Chrysler will end production of the Dodge Dart compact and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedans in the U.S. by the end of the first quarter of 2017 to convert plants assembling those cars over to build more profitable Ram and Jeep vehicles, CEO Sergio Mar...
2 top Tesla manufacturing execs to leave as biggest challenge looms
2 top Tesla manufacturing execs to leave as biggest challenge looms
Two top manufacturing executives are leaving Tesla Motors, including the global head of production, at a time when the electric-car company is preparing to launch its most important car: the mass-production Model 3. Greg Reichow, Tesla's vice president...
VW confident it can reach deal with U.S. on diesels
VW confident it can reach deal with U.S. on diesels
Volkswagen Group is confident it will reach an agreement with U.S. regulators on a technical fix for diesel cars, vehicle buybacks and fines, CEO Matthias Mueller said. The U.S. Justice Department has sued Volkswagen for up to $46 billion for viola...
Toyota bent on keeping reputation as green carmaker in U.S.
Toyota bent on keeping reputation as green carmaker in U.S.
Toyota Motor is scrambling to maintain its stature as a manufacturer of environmentally friendly vehicles in the U.S. as its Prius and other hybrid vehicles are no longer being recognized as green cars. Having established itself as the hybrid leader, t...
Ford is testing a surprising material to make auto parts
Ford is testing a surprising material to make auto parts
Ford Motor Co. has been integrating auto parts made with natural materials in its vehicles for years, and now it's turning its attention to using a product nobody wants: carbon dioxide. Ford announced last week that it will begin developing foams b...
Boost for auto parts companies
Boost for auto parts companies
Automotive manufacturers are getting help to buy costly new technology. An Ontario government fund, announced recently, is welcome on factory floors because the limping loonie has made business investments more expensive, said Andy Mavrokefalos, presid...
Self-driving car completes 1,200-mile roadtrip across China
Self-driving car completes 1,200-mile roadtrip across China
Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., Ford Motor Co.'s partner in China, said it completed a 1,200-mile road trip to test a self-driving car as part of its ambitions to produce highly automated vehicles by 2020. The car set off from the company's h...
Toyota pledges auto braking by end of next year
Toyota pledges auto braking by end of next year
Toyota Motor Corp. says it will make automatic emergency braking standard on almost all Toyota and Lexus models sold in the U.S. by the end of 2017. Toyota's announcement March 21 came days after the U.S. government announced a voluntary deal with ...
Toyota, suppliers rethink manufacturing
Toyota, suppliers rethink manufacturing
Never known for radical changes, Toyota Motor Corp. is about to make a radical change. And it is relying heavily on its suppliers to figure out how.
Google's self-driving car team beefs up auto experience
Google's self-driving car team beefs up auto experience
Google's self-driving car team is expanding and hiring more people with automotive industry expertise, underscoring the company's determination to move the division past the experimental stage. The operation now employs at least 170 workers, ac...
Hillary Clinton opposes Trans-pacific Partnership's auto loopholes
Hillary Clinton opposes Trans-pacific Partnership's auto loopholes
Hillary Clinton wants stricter rules on auto imports than the Obama administration negotiated in a sweeping Pacific trade deal that's a major priority for the White House. Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, automobiles could be imported tax-free ...
Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells
Toyota partners in making wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells
Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power.
Securing connected-car tech will take 1 to 3 years, survey says
Securing connected-car tech will take 1 to 3 years, survey says
Automakers and suppliers believe it will take one to three years to secure connected-car technology, according to a new study. The survey of manufacturers, parts makers and European drivers by International Data Corp. and commissioned by security compa...
Our status as America's top trading partner is behind us
Our status as America's top trading partner is behind us
The second time Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was feted at a White House dinner, very nearly four decades ago, President Jimmy Carter offered a toast that made amusing reference to Trudeau's own words.
Cost squeeze helps VW brand back to profit after diesel debacle
Cost squeeze helps VW brand back to profit after diesel debacle
Volkswagen's mass-market VW brand returned to profit in the first quarter, in a sign deep cost cutting is starting to revive the business at the heart of the German carmaker's emissions test cheating scandal.
Auto parts molder, moldmaker getting Ontario gov't funding
Auto parts molder, moldmaker getting Ontario gov't funding
The Ontario provincial government is investing a total of more than $2 million in an automotive plastics parts maker and a moldmaker in the Windsor-Essex region as part of its Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. Lakeside Plastics is receiving &#...
Chrysler's new minivan was her dream project
Chrysler's new minivan was her dream project
Jessica LaFond, who works for Fiat Chrysler, turned down promotions so she could remain in her job as lead engineer for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. LaFond, 42, said she wanted to stick with the development of the new minivan because she loves the vehic...
Volkswagen used code words to cover up emissions cheating
Volkswagen used code words to cover up emissions cheating
Volkswagen investigators are struggling to make headway through data secured from more than 1,500 laptops and other devices and probably won't have a complete report on the carmaker's emissions cheating by the end of the month, according to peo...
Uber and Lyft could help the car industry in one big way
Uber and Lyft could help the car industry in one big way
Ride sharing is supposed to strike fear in heart of the auto industry. Who needs to buy a car when you can have mobility on demand? According to Deutsche Bank, startups such as Uber and Lyft may shake up business as usual, but the outcome won't be ...
Self-driving car still down the road, Magna says
Self-driving car still down the road, Magna says
The self-driving car is a lot further down the road than some companies would like people to think, Magna International Inc. says. While the technology is here, it faces many roadblocks, including liability issues and cost, the Aurora-based multination...
Here come the hydrogen stations
Here come the hydrogen stations
True Zero, of Irvine, Calif., is the consumer-facing brand of hydrogen filling stations owned by FirstElement Fuel, a startup headed by former GM and Hyundai marketing guru Joel Ewanick. And it's at the center of an effort by automakers and regulat...
Fiat Chrysler's Pacifica a reinvention of the minivan
Fiat Chrysler's Pacifica a reinvention of the minivan
These are good times for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, having just completed a record 74 months of growth. Couple that with the company's recent investments in the Ontario auto manufacturing industry, and Reid Bigland had much to share with the media ...
GM to buy self-driving technology developer Cruise Automation
GM to buy self-driving technology developer Cruise Automation
General Motors Co. is again tapping the Silicon Valley talent well to flush out its autonomous vehicle development team. The company has announced it will buy San Francisco-based Cruise Automation—adding the start-up's software talent as the ...
What BMW's car of the future says about its business
What BMW's car of the future says about its business
Concept cars, by design, are meant to showcase futuristic technology and unconventional ideas; they're not production-ready vehicles built for today's customer. And BMW's Vision Next 100 concept car — introduced in Munich to kick off ...
Ford trying to make car parts from tequila waste
Ford trying to make car parts from tequila waste
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer's agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.
Energy, auto sectors raise red flags over Ontario climate plan
Energy, auto sectors raise red flags over Ontario climate plan
Ontario's energy and auto industries say they were surprised by the province's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gases, warning that it will drive up home heating costs by as much as $3,000 for homeowners, and that auto makers will not pro...
Germany to subsidize electric cars to nudge country's automakers into market
Germany to subsidize electric cars to nudge country's automakers into market
Germany's auto industry risks being overtaken by foreign competitors unless it receives greater domestic support, the country's economy minister said Wednesday, announcing a 1 billion euro (US$1.13 billion) plan to subsidize electric cars t...
Uber seeks more automaker partnerships, won't build cars
Uber seeks more automaker partnerships, won't build cars
The automotive industry is in the early stage of a major transition, brought about by disruptive forces such as autonomous technology and increased urbanization.