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Production

Rivian Confirms Platform for Ford EV

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive confirms it will supply the “skateboard” chassis to carry a premium-level electric vehicle developed by Ford.

Production

Tesla Buys Land for German Factory

Tesla secures land for German megafactory.

Propulsion

Volvo Plans EV Battery Plant in U.S.

A new battery factory near Volvo's vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina shows commitment to America's electric-car market.

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.

Production

Ford Super Duty: Let It Snow

Ford says it has best-in-class snowplow rating

Production

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.

Production

Turkey Plans $3.7 Billion EV Production Complex

The Turkish government is backing a $3.7 billion bid to establish the country's first domestic carmaker.

Production

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.

Production

GM Goes All In for Trucks

General Motors will spend more than $7 billion in four years to defend its booming lead in U.S. truck sales.

Assembly

Tesla Goes Big in Germany

The assembly plant Tesla plans to build in Germany next year eventually will be able to make as many as 500,000 electric cars per year—and enough batteries to power all of them.

Production

GM Loans Lordstown Plant Buyer $40 Million

General Motors has extended an open-ended, mortgage-like $40 million loan to the buyer of its sprawling auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The deal includes an option for GM to buy back the entire facility.

Sales

Reinventing the Car-Buying Process

Cadillac Live lets car buyers interact remotely with product specialists, without having to visit a dealership. 

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.

Assembly

Kia Opens $1.1 Billion Plant in India

Kia Motors Corp. has officially launched a $1.1 billion assembly plant in Anantapur, India.

Quality

Bentley to Build New Engineering Center

Volkswagen Group's Bentley unit is building a new engineering center in Crewe, England, for emission testing and electrification technologies.

Production

BMW Investing €400 million in German EV Plant

BMW AG is investing about €400 million ($443 million) in its Dingolfing, Germany, manufacturing plant in preparation for production of the iNEXT  electric vehicle.

Propulsion

Bosch Building Fuel Cell Center in China

Robert Bosch GmbH will open a fuel cell development and production center in Wuxi, China, in 2021.

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.  

Production

Hyundai Moves Ahead on Indonesia Plant

Hyundai Motor Co. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government to build a major vehicle production complex near Jakarta.

Electronics

BASF Building $10 Billion China Complex

Chemical giant BASF SE is building a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Zhanjiang, China, to make advanced plastics for the auto and electronics.industries.

Hybrid

Northvolt Doubles EV Battery Capacity Target

Swedish electric car battery maker Northvolt AB now aims to launch 150 gigawatt-hours of production capacity in Europe by 2030, more than twice its previous goal.

Production

Mitsubishi Motors Moves U.S. HQ to Tennessee

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. confirms it will relocate its North American headquarters from Cypress, Calif., to Franklin, Tenn., next spring.

Production

Tesla to Begin Erecting German Plant in 2020

Tesla Inc. reportedly will begin construction of an assembly plant in Germany next spring.

Hybrid

GM Hamtramck Plant to Make Caddy, GMC EVs?

General Motors Co. reportedly will use its revived Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build all-electric versions of its fullsize Cadillac Escalade and GMC Sierra SUVs.