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DETROIT — General Motors is expected to announce on Tuesday significant investments to expand U.S. production of electric vehicles at a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and potentially other sites. GM said in a statement Monday that it planned to make a “major U.S. manufacturing investment announcement” on Tuesday. The Detroit News reported that the
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BARCELONA – Renault Group will unveil an eight-year plan next year as the automaker contends with a demand slump exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis, CEO Luca de Meo said in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. De Meo had flagged last month that Renault might have to dig deeper than the 2 billion euros ($2.3
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PARIS — Dacia will introduce the Spring electric minicar first for short-term rental ventures, as it tests the market for a low-cost EVs built in China.  The Spring, shown during an online event Thursday, is a version of the Renault K-ZE developed for the Chinese market and now sold there by Renault Group’s joint-venture partner,
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Automakers eked out a surprise sales increase last month in Europe, the first advance this year for a region still struggling with a patchy recovery reliant on government subsidies. New-car registrations rose 1.1 percent to 1.3 million vehicles in the European Union, Britain and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries in September, industry association
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Volkswagen Group’s heavy-truck division set a deadline for Navistar International to accept its takeover bid, dousing hopes for a richer offer than the $3.6 billion dangled last month. VW’s Traton unit said that its $43-a-share offer expires at 6 p.m. Central European Time Friday and will be withdrawn unless it’s notified of a willingness to
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FRANKFURT — European lawmakers should promote electric car charging infrastructure as aggressively as they seek to lower CO2 emissions, Daimler’s labor boss, Michael Brecht, said. Automakers have warned that European Commission proposals to cut average new car emissions in 2030 by 50 percent below 2021 levels threaten manufacturing jobs, which are heavily dependent on assembling
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McLaren Automotive’s upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar, the pivotal vehicle in the brand’s transition to a 100 percent electrified portfolio, will feature the British exotic’s first V-6 engine. McLaren revealed in August that the unnamed model, code-named P16, will be built on a new architecture specifically developed to accommodate hybrid powertrains. The automaker has since named
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PARIS – Renault next week is expected to reveal a pre-production or concept version of a full-electric compact SUV, the first model from the brand on the new CMF-EV platform. The automaker released an image of a light signature on social media but provided no other details. Renault is holding a livestreamed event called EWays starting
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OSLO — Electric cars will likely make up 90 percent of Volkswagen Group’s sales in Norway next year and could completely replace diesel and gasoline engines in the Nordic country by 2023, the automaker’s local importer said on Wednesday. The debut last month of Volkswagen’s highly anticipated ID3 model vaulted it to the top of
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LONDON — Lotus has won a British government grant to help fund development of a new electric vehicle architecture. Lotus, majority owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said the money would be used to help develop a platform called LEVA, for Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture. Developments arising from the platform could find their way to
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Tesla delivered a record number of cars worldwide in the third quarter, smashing analysts’ estimates and maintaining its dominance in electric-vehicle sales — making a difficult year-end sales goal slightly more attainable. The California-based carmaker delivered 139,300 cars, eclipsing its prior all-time high of 112,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 and above the 129,950
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Tesla Inc. has agreed to acquire German ATW Automation, a supplier assembling battery modules and packs for the auto industry, a person familiar with the transaction said Friday. ATW, a subsidiary of Canadian ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., was on the brink of liquidation due to a slump in orders, German media reported in September.
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ATLANTA — Mercedes-Benz has named its new Canadian boss Dimitris Psillakis CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. Starting Jan. 1, Psillakis will oversee both the U.S. and Canada markets. Psillakis replaces Nicholas Speeks who abruptly went on a leave of absence in August and never returned. Daimler said Thursday that Speeks left the company to pursue other
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Thyssenkrupp plans to cut 800 jobs at its automotive system engineering activities. In announcing the move, the German steel supplier warned that the car market remained extremely challenging. “We don’t expect output figures in the auto industry to return to pre-crisis levels for at least two to three years,” Ingo Steinkrueger, head of Thyssenkrupp System
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FRANKFURT — Daimler’s Dieter Zetsche will not seek to become chairman of the German carmaker’s supervisory board, he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper. Zetsche, 67, a former CEO of the company that owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, was due to take a seat as chairman on the board of directors, which in Germany is known as
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Daimler has entered discussions with its powerful German labor unions to convert key engine and transmission factories for the electric-vehicle era. The plants in Berlin and Stuttgart’s Untertuerkheim district, adjacent to Daimler’s headquarters, are the focus of the Mercedes-Benz maker’s plans to revamp operations based on its expectation that demand for traditional combustion engines will
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HAMBURG — German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged another eight Volkswagen employees over the scandal surrounding cheating on diesel engine emission tests. The eight are accused of fraud, false certification and violation of the law against unfair competition, the Brunswick prosecutor’s office in VW’s home state of Lower Saxony said in a statement.
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FRANKFURT — Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned about the difficulties of speeding up production as an expert cautioned that the automaker’s increased reliance on large-scale aluminum parts could bring new manufacturing challenges. While automakers such as Mercedes-Benz have said automation has limitations, Musk has pressed on with plans to create a hyper-automated factory, which he
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DETROIT — The Detroit auto show is changing dates — again. After reimagining the Detroit show as a summertime indoor/outdoor event, originally scheduled for June 2020 but postponed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, show organizers said Monday the event would take place Sept. 28 to Oct. 9, 2021, and would remain in the
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