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Propulsion

China Likely to Extend EV Subsidies

China is having second thoughts about phasing out discounts on electric cars after EV sales dropped 4% last year.

Business

GM Ready to Sell India Plant

General Motors is shutting down operations in India by selling its last plant there to Chinese carmaker Great Wall Motor.

Batteries

FCA to Partner with Chinese iPhone Supplier on EVs

Proposed deal could help FCA in two big ways  

Economics

Nissan Braces for a Break with Renault

A team of high-level executives at Nissan is stepping up what-if plans to go it alone should the company’s 20-year-old alliance with Renault fall apart.

Sales

Car Sales in China to Drop Again

China, the world’s largest car market, contracted by 8% to 25.8 million vehicles last year and is likely to shrink another 2% in 2020.

Mobility

ZF Makes a Case for Affordable Autonomy

Production applications for Level 2+ highway systems to start this year in Asia

Mobility

AutoX Storms Ahead with Robo-Taxis in China

Public rides with a fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacificas to start soon on congested streets in rainy Shenzen 

Nissan Doubles Up on Electric AWD

Dual-motor system promises premium sports car handling

Propulsion

Geely, Daimler Finalize EV Venture

Daimler and Geely are ready to revive the German company’s Smart minicar brand as a global electric car company.

Business

Car Sales in China Fell Again in 2019

Retail car sales in China shrank for the second consecutive year in 2019, including a 4% decline last month.

Legal

Ghosn Unloads

Fugitive auto executive Carlos Ghosn used a lengthy press conference in Beirut earlier today to reiterate claims of innocence and mistreatment by prosecutors in Japan.

Hybrid

Sony Creates Concept EV

Sony has long been a supplier to OEMs. Will it become a competitor in the EV space?

Sales

GM: Another Painful Sales Year in China

General Motors reports its sales in China skidded 15% to 3.09 million cars and trucks. The company expects further erosion in 2020.

Business

Japan Issues Arrest Warrant for Ghosn’s Wife

Japan has issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn’s wife Carole, two weeks after the former Nissan chairman fled the country to avoid charges of financial misdeeds.

Hybrid

Hyundai/Kia to Spend Big on EVs, Mobility

The Korea-based company is making a big commitment. Make that BIG.

Ghosn Joins Interpol’s “Wanted” List

Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now on Interpol’s wanted list as a fugitive from justice in Japan. The request is unenforceable in Lebanon, where he fled.

Business

Tesla Cuts Model 3 Prices in China

Tesla lowered the base price of Chinese-built Model 3 electric sedans 9% today. It’s aiming for a 20% reduction by year-end.

Business

How Ghosn Got from Tokyo to Beirut

Carlos Ghosn’s dash to Lebanon last weekend to avoid prosecution in Japan has all the trappings of a “Mission Impossible” movie.

Legal

Ghosn Flees Japan for Refuge in Lebanon

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been awaiting trial in Japan, confirms he has fled to Lebanon to escape “injustice and political persecution.”

Business

Tesla Begins Sales of China-Built EVs

Tesla pulled a largely symbolic marketing stunt in China today by delivering 15 locally made Model 3 electric sedans to its own employees.

Diesel

Australia Fines VW $1.5 Million Per Car for Diesel Cheating

Volkswagen’s 4-year-old diesel cheating scandal may be just getting started as a wave of consumer fraud complaints grows.

Leader of Nissan Recovery Plan Quits

The turmoil just keeps coming for Nissan. This time it’s the impending departure of Jun Seki, head of the company’s turnaround effort, in January.

Business

Daimler Angles for Control of China Venture

Daimler is quietly trying to take majority control of its carmaking operations in China.

Sales

China’s GAC Motor Pivots from U.S. to Russia

Six months ago, Chinese carmaker GAC Motor suspended plans to break into the U.S. market. Last week it began selling SUVs in Russia.