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Fuel Cells

New Toyota JV Targets Fuel Cell Trucks in China

Commercial vehicles could be the right application for fledgling technology

Business

Volvo Group, Daimler Team Up on Fuel Cell-Powered Big Rigs

Can trucks save the hydrogen-based technology after a tepid response to fuel cell cars?

Sales

Toyota, Hino Partner on Fuel Cell Truck

Truck tests accelerate, while car sales continue to flounder

Production

GM Exits Australia, N. Zealand; Sells Thai Plant

Further focusing on a handful of fruitful markets for manufacturing

Fuel Cells

Honda, Isuzu Target Fuel Cell Trucks

Joint research project aims to apply struggling car tech to commercial vehicles

Production

GM, Isuzu JV to Add Diesel Parts Plant in Ohio

Dmax Ltd., General Motors Co.’s diesel engine joint venture with Isuzu Motors Co. in Morain, Ohio, is constructing a components plant in nearby Brookville.

Business

Veoneer Exits Braking JV

Veoneer Inc. has agreed to sell its 51% stake in a brake systems joint venture to partner Nissin-Kogyo Co. and Honda Motor Co. for $176 million.

Economics

Carmakers Back Trump on California Emissions Stance

Major carmakers—including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Nissan and Toyota—are backing the Trump administration’s position that California is barred by federal law from setting its own fuel economy standards and zero-emission vehicle sales quotas.

Hybrid

XL Buys Quantum’s Electrification Unit

Boston-based XL (formerly XL Hybrids), which supplies hybrid powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, has acquired Quantum Fuel Systems LLC’s electrification division.

Business

Dana Buys e-Powertrain Specialist

Dana Inc. has acquired Canada’s Nordresa Motors Inc., which integrates electric drivetrains into commercial vehicles.

MG Brand Debuts Pickup Truck in Thailand

SAIC Motor Corp. has launched a pickup truck in Thailand under its British MG brand.

Fuel Cells

Toyota Fuel Cell Bus Adds V2X, Safety Features

Toyota Motor Corp. is launching an updated version of its Sora fuel cell bus that features new safety systems and vehicle-to-everything communications.

Business

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.

Business

Japan-Backed Mapping Startup to Buy Detroit-Based Ushr

Dynamic Map Platform Co. Ltd., a 30-month-old map platform developer backed by Japanese carmakers, has agreed to buy Detroit-based rival startup Ushr Inc.

Autonomous Vehicles

Report: Nvidia to Supply Self-Driving-Tech for Isuzu Trucks

Isuzu Motors Ltd. reportedly is in final negotiations with Nvidia Corp. to use the California-based chipmaker’s self-driving-car technology for commercial vehicles, The Nikkei reports.

Business

Toyota, Isuzu End Diesel Partnership

Toyota Motor Corp. and Isuzu Motor Ltd. have agreed to dissolve their 12-year-old capital alliance on diesel engine development.

Production

Four Carmakers in Talks with Kenya’s Local Assembler Simba Corp.

Kenya’s closely held Simba Corp. tells Bloomberg News it is in talks with four carmakers about assembling their vehicles locally.

Business

Carmakers Balk at S. Africa’s Ambitious Expansion Goals

South Africa wants local carmaking operations to more than double annual output and employment by 2035.

Hybrid

Volvo Trucks to Launch Electric Model Next Year

AB Volvo plans to begin selling electric trucks next year in Europe, targeting urban distribution applications.

Quality

Japan Tests Truck Platooning

Four of Japan’s makers of commercial trucks are testing multi-vehicle platooning systems on Tokyo area expressways.

Production

VW to Double Production in Kenya

Volkswagen AG says it intends to double output at its factory in Thika, Kenya, and may add a second model there.

Business

Honda Targets Tech Tie-Ups Over Cross-Equity Deals

Honda Motor Co. plans to accelerate its recent push to partner with other companies on emerging technologies—but don’t expect any equity deals with other carmakers.  

Hybrid

Isuzu Readies Electric Midsize Commercial Truck

Isuzu Motors Ltd. plans to introduce its first high-volume electric commercial truck next year.

Hybrid

SE Asia Braces for Boom in EVs

Southeast Asia is scrambling to prepare for a major shift in its car markets from piston to battery power, the Financial Times says.