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Production

Polestar Names 1st N. American Retail Partner

Volvo Cars Corp.’s Polestar Polestar electric vehicle unit has selected Groupe Park Avenue in Montreal as its first retail partner in North America.

Propulsion

Harley-Davidson Stops Output of Electric Bike

Harley-Davidson Inc. has stopped production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle model, the LiveWire, because of an undisclosed flaw.

Design

Schafer to Head Porsche Engineering Unit

Porsche AG’s has appointed Peter Schafer to become chairman of its Porsche Engineering Group subsidiary on Aug 1.

Business

First-Quarter Results Sag for Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc.’s first-quarter consolidated revenue fell 10% to $1.4 billion, and net earnings plunged one-third to $128 million.

Hybrid

Harley-Davidson Buys Maker of Electric Bikes for Kids

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. has acquired StaCyc Inc., a California-based producer of electric bicycles for children.

Economics

Harley-Davidson Fourth-Quarter Income Plunges 94%

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. saw its net income in last year’s fourth quarter plummet to $495,000 from $8.3 million in the 2017.

Business

Harley-Davidson Warns of Shrinking Market as Sales Sag

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. says its U.S. sales fell 13% to 36,200 units in the third quarter, its worst any-quarter result in five years.

Economics

Trump Blasts Harley-Davidson for Moving Some Production Overseas

President Donald Trump raises the specters of punitive taxes and financial ruin for Harley-Davidson Inc. after the motorcycle maker announced plans to supply the European market from factories overseas.

Steel

Harley-Davidson May Move Bike Output to Avoid EU Tariffs

Harley-Davidson Inc. says it may shift some production of its iconic motorcycles out of the U.S. to avoid punitive import tariffs announced by the EU in response to U.S. tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel.

Former Renault Alpine Boss to Lead JLR’s Special Vehicle Unit

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has hired Michael van der Sande to head its Special Vehicle Operations.

Hybrid

Harley to Develop Electric Motorcycles with Alta Motors

Harley-Davidson Inc. has made an unspecified investment in Brisbane, Calif.-based Alta Motors to help it further develop and launch an all-electric motorcycle in 2019. 

Business

Harley-Davidson Recalls 250,000 Bikes with Brakes that Could Fail

Next week Harley-Davidson Inc. will begin recalling some 250,000 motorcycles worldwide, including 174,600 in the U.S., because their antilock brakes suddenly fail without warning.

Business

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson Sales, Earnings Drop

Retail sales by iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. fell 10% to 42,100 units in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 7% to 242,800 units for the full year.

Labor

Union Claims Harley-Davidson Is “Dismantling” U.S. Workforce

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. faces strained labor relations after being accused of shifting some jobs to part-time workers, outsourcing others to suppliers and expanding production in Asia and South America.

Business

VW’s Plan to Sell Ducati Stalls

Volkswagen AG has suspended the proposed sale of its Ducati motorcycle business because of union opposition and internal debate about the plan, sources tells Reuters.

Harley-Davidson Unveils 13 New Motorcycle Models

Harley-Davidson Inc. is using social media to help introduce five new touring motorcycles and eight all-new Softtail cruiser bikes.

Business

Harley-Davidson’s Revenue, Income Drop

Harley-Davidson Inc.’s net income for January-March fell 26% to $186 million as retail sales of its iconic motorcycles slipped 4% to 55,000 bikes.

Business

Harley-Davidson May Bid for Rival Ducati

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is preparing a bid for Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA., sources tell Reuters.

Propulsion

Toyota Driver Sets Le Mans Lap Record

Kamui Kobayashi set a lap record with a time of just under three minutes and 15 seconds during qualifying runs in his Toyota TS050 Hybrid around the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe course to earn the pole position at this weekend’s endurance race.

Regulations

Harley-Davidson Recalls 57,000 Motorcycles for Oil Leak

Iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. is calling back 57,000 of its 2017 model bikes in the U.S. to repair an oil cooler line that could come loose and spray oil onto the road ahead of the rear tire.

Business

U.S. Car Brands Will Skip Tokyo Auto Show, Again

General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles don’t plan to participate in the 45th Tokyo auto show Oct. 27-Nov. 5, organizers of the biennial event tell reporters.

Business

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson Offers Rebates to Dealers

Harley-Davidson Inc. is offering its dealers rebates, an unusual move for the iconic motorcycle maker, to help clear out stocks of unsold 2016-model bikes.

Design

Baker to Head R&D at Dayco

Troy, Mich.-based powertrain supplier Dayco Products LLC has hired Charlie Baker as a senior vice president in charge of research, development, engineering and program management.

Business

Harley-Davidson Settles Emission-Defeat Device Complaint

Harley-Davidson Inc. has agreed to pay $15 million in civil fines for selling an aftermarket engine kit that could be used to evade the emission controls on its motorcycles.