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Production

Six More Carmakers Join N. America Shutdowns

Driven by concerns about health—and now, sales – automakers are putting production on hold

Interiors & Electronics

Premium Interiors for Mid-Range Prices (Less Than $50,000)

The little things can add up to provide comfort, convenience and functionality

Propulsion

Hamlin Repeats as Daytona 500 Champ for Toyota

Newman in serious condition after crash on final lap

Business

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners

Economics

Daimler Grinds Away at Fixing Its Financial Woes

The challenges pile up for Daimler’s freshman CEO.

Business

Mercedes X-Class Pickup Gets Quick Retirement

Dismal sales doom niche model less than 3 years after its introduction

Interiors & Electronics

Hella Illuminates Bimmer Grille

14 LED-array adds pizazz to sporty X6 crossover

Hybrid

BorgWarner eTurbo Promises to Eliminate Lag

Three times the boost, 50% less time-to-torque

Intelligent Transportation

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Sales

Mercedes Defends Sales Crown, Again

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

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.

Hybrid

IBM Touts Next-Gen EV Battery Tech

New chemistry is said to be cheaper, more powerful, faster to charge, less volatile and more sustainable than current lithium-ion batteries. 

Business

Daimler Angles for Control of China Venture

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

Sales

Foreign-Brand Sales Climb 6% in U.S.

U.S. deliveries of foreign-brand passenger vehicles rose 6% to more than 788,000 units in November.

Mobility

Car Dealer Touts Multi-Brand Subscriptions

 Ohio car dealer Bernie Moreno is betting on a multi-brand luxury subscription service.

Musk Touts Cybertruck’s Aerodynamics

Tesla Inc.’s upcoming electric “Cybertruck” could have a drag coefficient as low as 0.30, which would make it the slipperiest pickup on the market.

Mobility

Daimler, Geely Launch Ride-Hailing JV in China

Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group are launching their StarRides premium ride-hailing service in China.

Propulsion

Daimler Could Face New Diesel Emission Recalls

Daimler AG reportedly is being investigated for using suspicious emission control software in its smallest diesel-powered Mercedes cars.

Quality

Mercedes Tests Robo-Taxis in California

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has quietly begun testing Level 4 autonomous vehicles on public roads with consumer riders in California.

Business

Mercedes to Skip New York Auto Show

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has decided not to participate in next April’s New York auto show.

Labor

BMW Reaches Labor Deal to Cut Bonuses

BMW AG and its unions have agreed to a plan that will reduce bonuses paid to hourly workers in Germany, beginning next year.

Redesigned Mercedes GLA Gets SUV Look

Daimler AG’s redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLA compact crossover is taller to enable an SUV-like elevated seating position.

Hybrid

Mercedes Electric SUV to Start at $68,000 in U.S.

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC small crossover vehicle will carry a base price of $67,900 in the U.S. when it debuts in the market early next year.

Autonomous Vehicles

Daimler to “Rightsize” Robo-Taxi Spending

As part of a new cost-cutting initiative, Daimler AG says it will cut spending on developing robo-taxis and redirect its autonomous vehicle efforts toward commercial trucks.