Honda Plans Modular Midsize EV Platform

Honda Motor Co. is developing a new platform to carry future all-electric cars and crossover vehicles designed for the Chinese and U.S. markets.
#asia #Honda


China Make Hike “Green” Credit for Hybrids

China policymakers may reclassify gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to give them more credit in meeting the country’s tougher emission and fuel economy rules.
#asia #Honda #Toyota

Brose Names New N. America Chief

Wilm Uhlenbecker has taken over as president of Brose Groups North American unit, effective July 1.
#people #Ford #Chrysler

Fuel Cells

BMW Readies Low-Volume X5 Fuel Cell Model

BMW AG plans to introduce a fuel cell-powered version of the X5 SUV/crossover vehicle early next decade, development chief Klaus Frolich tells Forbes.
#tech #europe #BMW


Honda Airbag Recall Targets 1.68 Million U.S. Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1.68 million of its vehicles in the U.S. to again replace Takata Corp. airbag inflators that could explode in a crash.
#Honda #Acura #Takata


The Telluride Arrives

Big, bold and boxy—Kia is building a midsize crossover in Georgia that combines style with technology.
#Toyota #HP #Volkswagen


U.S. Car Sales Declined 3% in June

Sales of new cars and light-duty trucks in the U.S. fell 3% to 1.51 million units last month. But the annualized sales pace remained above a health 17 million units.
#BMW #Fiat #Acura

Car/Ride Sharing

MONET Gains More Traction

MONET Technologies was established last February as a joint venture between SoftBank and Toyota to address three business domains: (1) on-demand mobility services; (2) data-analysis services; (3) autonomous vehicle mobility services (which they’re calling “Autono-MaaS,” with the “MaaS” being “Mobility as a Service”). 
#Daihatsu #Mazda #Subaru

Car/Ride Sharing

Five More Japanese Carmakers Join Toyota-Softbank Venture

Monet Technologies Corp., the 8-month-old joint venture between Softbank and Toyota to develop autonomous ride-hailing and delivery services, has signed up five more Japanese carmakers.
#Suzuki #Mitsubishi #Subaru


Honda Dominates “American-Made” Vehicle List

Honda and its Acura brand accounted for seven of the top 15 models on Cars.com’s annual “American-Made” Index, which rates vehicles sold in the U.S. based on final assembly location, parts content and labor rates.
#Ford #Chrysler #Fiat


American Made

People who make their living in the auto industry probably won’t be surprised, but some others will be when they look at the Cars.com ranking of the most “American-made” vehicles.
#FiatChryslerAutomobiles #Ford #Chevrolet


May Sales Unchanged in Europe

Retail deliveries of new passenger vehicles in Europe last month totaled 1.44 million units, unchanged from May 2018, says trade group ACEA.
#Daimler #PSAPeugeotCitroen #Fiat


The OEM-Supplier Challenge: It’s Better to Be Liked

The North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index (WRI) has been conducted 19 times, and during this period of time Toyota and Honda have dominated when it comes to being thought by Tier 1 suppliers as being the best customers overall.
#Nissan #FiatChryslerAutomobiles #Ford


Survey: Carmaker-Supplier Relations Lag on Mobility Issues

Relations between North American carmakers and their suppliers need plenty of improvement to cope with “exponential” competitive pressure ahead, according to Plante Moran LLC’s annual Working Relation Index.
#Ford #Toyota #Fiat


Toyota, BYD, Suppliers Team Up on EV Batteries, Parts

Toyota Motor Corp. and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. are forming a strategic partnership in which CATL will begin next year to supply batteries for Toyota electric vehicles made in China.
#BYD #Nissan #Toyota


Carmakers Urge Trump to Compromise on Emission Rules

In a strongly worded letter to President Donald Trump, 17 major carmakers implore him to compromise with California on a “midway” solution to vehicle emissions and fuel economy rules.
#Ford #Toyota #GeneralMotors


The Absurdity of Section 232

As everyone who works in the auto industry knows, there is a comprehensive global network that is instrumental to the way it now operates.
#Toyota #Hyundai #BMW

Autonomous Vehicles

Why Detroit Needs the Valley—and Vice Versa

Anyone can see the looming changes facing global automakers who are grappling with new technologies, stricter emissions standards, and apps that are turning car buyers into renters (or simply riders). Automobiles are increasingly becoming connected, electrified, and autonomous supercomputers on wheels.
#Jaguar #Mobileye #Aptiv


U.S. Car Sales Slip Again in May

Demand for cars and light trucks in the U.S. dipped by 5,200 units to 1.59 million vehicles last month, dragged down by shrinkage for Ford, General Motors and Honda.
#BMW #Subaru #Jeep


Honda EV to Feature Side Rearview Cameras

The production version of Honda Motor Co.’s upcoming “Honda e” electric city car will feature side cameras rather than rearview mirrors.
#Honda #tech #asia