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Business

Audi: No Plans to Ditch Cars

Sedans, coupes, convertibles and wagons will continue to be part of global lineup

Economics

Trump Hints 11-Month Delay in “Phase-One” China Trade Deal

President Donald Trump says a first-phase mini-trade deal with China may not happen until next November.

Production

BMW Confirms Electric Mini Plant in China

BMW AG confirms it will open a factory with partner Great Wall Motor Co. to make electric Mini-brand cars in Zhangjiagang.  

Business

China, U.S. Move Closer to Phase 1 Trade Deal

China’s Ministry of Commerce claims the U.S. and China have reached a “consensus on properly resolving relevant issues” in their year-long trade war.

Legal

Paice Sues BMW Over Hybrid Tech

Hybrid powertrain inventor Paice LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against BMW AG, claiming the German carmaker is using its technology illegally.

Business

BMW, Great Wall Get Okay for Factory in China

Great Wall Motor Co. and partner BMW AG have finally cleared regulatory hurdles to open a factory in Zhangjiangang and supply the Chinese market.

Mobility

Japan Plans Discounts to Coax Seniors into Safer Cars

Japan plans to offer senior drivers discounts on the purchase of cars equipped with advanced driver assist features.

Economics

China, U.S. Agree to Phased Rollback for Tariffs

China says it and the U.S. have agreed to simultaneously roll back trade tariffs on each other’s goods in steps that match progress on a broad trade deal.

Economics

U.S.-China to Postpone “Phase 1” Treaty Signing?

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping may not sign a partial trade agreement on behalf of the U.S. and China until next month.

Mini Readies Pricey Works GP Speedster

BMW AG’s Mini unit says the latest John Cooper Works GP model will be the fastest and most expensive vehicle in the brand’s 60-year history.

Business

GM Sales in China Drop 18% in Third Quarter

General Motors Co. reports it sold 689,500 cars and light trucks in China in July-September, down 18% from the same period in 2018.

Sales

VW’s Jetta Brand Off to Strong Start in China

Volkswagen Group’s new Jetta sub-brand in China reportedly beat VW’s first-month sales target by 30%.

Production

SAIC Opens Export-Focused Factory in China

SAIC Motor Corp. has launched production at its fourth assembly plant—a facility in Ningde, China—with capacity to make 240,000 vehicles per year.

Production

“Hard” Brexit Will Prompt Mini Production Cut

BMW AG says it will drop a production shift at its Mini small-car plant in Oxford, England, if the U.K. exits the European Union next month without a new trade deal.

Propulsion

Sales of Electrified Cars to Quadruple in Europe

Deliveries of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles across Europe will jump fourfold to 1 million units in 2020, predicts Europe’s Transport & Environment group.

Report: New Mini Models in the Works

BMW AG’s Mini brand is developing two new vehicles and next-generation versions of its current Clubman and Countryman models that will be launched over the next four years, Autocar reports.

Hybrid

Honda Mini EV Offers Choice of Two Power Levels

Honda Motor Co. says it will offer European buyers of its “e” electric city car a choice between two power levels.

Business

Fiat Drops 500 City Car in N. America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is discontinuing the Fiat 500 city car and all-electric variant in North America.

Sales

Tata Motors to Continue Sales in Thailand

India’s Tata Motors Ltd. says it will continue export trucks to the Thai market after shutting down local assembly operations there at the end of March.

Assembly

Mahindra Opens Assembly Plant in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is celebrating its first auto assembly plant, a facility launched by neighboring India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. to make KUV100 mini-crossover vehicles from kits.

Propulsion

FCA Focuses On Small Cars, EVs for Europe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will revamp the center of its European product lineup around its two best-selling models, the 500 city car and Panda mini crossover, Autocar reports.

Business

Mercedes Continues to Outsell Audi, BMW in China

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz brand outsold rivals Audi and BMW through the first seven months of 2019, Automotive News reports.

Hybrid

Report: JLR Crossovers to Use BMW Platform

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s Jaguar unit is developing two small hybrid SUV/crossover vehicles that could ride on a front-wheel-drive platform sourced from BMW AG, sources tell Autocar.

Suzuki Debuts Its First New Indian SUV in 35 Years

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. is preparing to introduce its first new SUV model in India since the Gypsy mini-four-wheel-drive SUV debuted there in 1985.