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Mobility

Automated Vehicle Systems Perform Poorly in AAA Tests

Reliability needs to be improved to gain public trust

Autonomous Vehicles

Stops and Starts on the Road to Autonomy

COVID-19 is having an impact, but long-term effect is unclear.

Infrastructure

PSA Spins Off Free2Move Mobility Unit

Business is profitable, says CEO Tavares

Production

BMW Goes All In on Sustainability

Comprehensive plan targets 7 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2030

Design

Next-Gen Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes “Post Opulence” Approach

Ultra-luxury marque targets “pure,” minimalist design

Hybrid

BMW Inks $2.3 Billion Battery Deal with Northvolt

Swedish supplier joins CATL and Samsung SDI as BMW ramps up EV efforts

Business

Honda Expands Partnership with Chinese Battery Giant

The deal is the latest win for CATL, which claims to be the world’s largest battery supplier.

Labor

EV Startup Byton Suspends Operations

Waiting out the coronavirus pandemic

Interiors

This Year’s Best Interiors: Quality at Any Price

WardsAuto’s annual list had plenty of variety

Design

NACTOY Announces 2021 Candidates

Yes, COVID-19 notwithstanding, there are still significant car launches happening this year

Connectivity

iPhones Get Digital Key Functionality

Rollout starts with 2021 BMW 5 Series, other brands and models to follow next year

Car/Ride Sharing

BMW, Daimler Shelve Robo-Car Alliance

Deemed too costly for now, plan could be revived later.

Production

14 BMW Workers Quarantined for COVID-19

Cases on the rise in South Carolina

Hybrid

Longer-Range Bimmer PHEVs in the Works

Geofencing and rewards program support new model rollout

Batteries

Tesla Passes Toyota in Market Value

Stock soars past $1,000 per share

Hybrid

FCA to Test Hybrid Geofencing in Italy

Drivers get access to restricted areas and special parking but risk fines if they turn off the EV mode

Economics

Renault-Nissan Hopes to Rekindle Partnership with Daimler

Renault hints that new initiatives will be announced in coming weeks

Propulsion

End of the Line for Venerable Bentley V-8

Just 36,000 units were built during the engine’s 61-year run

Assembly

What You Need to Know About Byton & the M-Byte

Byton is on a fast path forward with its M-Byte electric SUV launching in China this year and North America and Europe next. Here are key aspects. And keen insights from Benoit Jacob, its head of Design

Production

BMW Preps to Launch First Electric SUV

Production is on track to begin this summer in China

Business

A Look at What Could Have Been: Dyson’s Canceled EV

Tesla Model X fighter proved to be too costly of a risk

Batteries

China EV Maker Takes Norwegian Route to Europe

New BYD SUV will be followed by several light commercial trucks

Marketing

Coronavirus Auto Industry Roundup for May 1

Factory relaunch schedules stretch out amid uncertainties

Batteries

SGL to Supply BMW Hybrid with Carbon Fiber Battery Case

Supplier touts lightweighting and other benefits