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Economics

Coronavirus Roundup: March 27

More companies idle plants, look for cash

Mobility

Geely Plans Satellite Fleet to Serve Robotic Cars

Systems will deliver nav, data, cloud computing services

Sales

Coronavirus Pushes New Marketing Channels

Options take on new importance as crisis disrupts dealerships, car shows

Sales

Car Sales Take a Dive in Europe

A volatile market stays that way

Economics

Daimler Grinds Away at Fixing Its Financial Woes

The challenges pile up for Daimler’s freshman CEO.

Marketing

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Quality

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 

Legal

Jeep Diesels Face Ban in Europe

Jeep faces a partial sales ban in Europe unless it fixes diesel-powered Grand Cherokee SUVs that evade emission regulations.

Intelligent Transportation

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Economics

Geely Ponders Stake in Aston Martin

Geely Holdings reportedly has joined the list of investors eyeing stakes in financially struggling Aston Martin.

Business

Mercedes Defends Sales Crown, Again

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand is still the global sales champ among luxury car brands.

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.

Propulsion

Investors Sue Daimler Over Diesel Cheating

Daimler is the latest European carmaker to be sued by investors over its alleged use of illegal software to evade diesel emission tests.

Mercedes Recalls Nearly 745,000 Faulty Sunroofs

Daimler is calling back 744,900 Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S. to check for glass sunroof panels that could blow off while the vehicle is moving.

Propulsion

Hopes Fizzle for Expanded EV Credits in U.S.

Congress has balked at expanding a long-running tax credit for buyers of electric cars in the U.S. It's bad news for Tesla and General Motors.

Car/Ride Sharing

BMW, Daimler Scale Back Mobility Offerings

Less than a year after BMW and Daimler merged their “Share Now” global mobility operations, the partners are discontinuing the car-sharing app in North America.

Business

PSA, Fiat Chrysler Agree to Merge

The auto industry contemplates its biggest merger ever, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group formally agree to $47 billion deal.

Mobility

Quantum Shortcuts Around Traffic

The best way to get around traffic isn’t always to follow “real time” GPS directions.

Business

Daimler Angles for Control of China Venture

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

Business

November Car Sales Tepid in Europe

Weak new-car deliveries in Europe totaled 1.18 million units, up only 5% over a depressed sales period at this time last year.

Batteries

Germany Takes Over as Europe’s EV Sales Leader

Germany has swept past Norway as Europe’s top-volume market for pure electric cars in a testimony to how seriously German carmakers are taking their newfound love of EVs.

Propulsion

Europe Okays $3.5 Billion for EV Battery Work

Europe badly trails Asia in its ability to make battery cells for electric cars. The region is hoping $3.5 billion in seed money will help it catch up.

Mobility

Making a Case for Air Taxis

Vertical takeoff and landing aircraft promise to cut commute times. 

Autonomous Vehicles

The Importance of the MaaS Market

As urban mobility influences both public transportation as well as ridesharing and taxis, this growing segment of the automotive market is too critical for OEMs and suppliers to ignore.