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Business

Antitrust Issue Raised Over Fiat Chrysler-PSA Merger

Partner must address van market share worries this week

Business

Kia Telluride Named World Car of the Year

Mazda3, Porsche Taycan and Kia Soul also take home awards

Business

PSA’s Tavares Named World Car Person of the Year

FCA merger, Opel turnaround lead list of accomplishments

Steel

Hengst Develops Reusable Oil Filter Module

Spin-on plastic unit promises to reduce combined steel and oil waste by 642,000 tons per year 

Economics

GM Exits Australia, N. Zealand; Sells Thai Plant

Further focusing on a handful of fruitful markets for manufacturing

Sales

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.

Business

Merger to Put Most FCA Cars on PSA Platforms

PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles say two PSA platforms will carry two-thirds of all small cars made by the companies after they merge.

Business

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Ready to Sign Merger Pledge

It will be a very big deal, literally, when PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles formalize their plan next week to merge.

Sales

Vietnam Carmaker Takes Aim at U.S.

Vietnam’s first local carmaker, 2-year-old VinFast, aims to do something no Chinese OEM has yet accomplished: launch sales in the U.S.

Business

Buick to Drop Regal Sedan in U.S.

Buick will drop the Regal, the only conventional sedan in its U.S. lineup, at the end of the 2020 model year to focus exclusively on SUV/crossovers.

Business

Merged FCA-PSA Would Maintain Current Brands

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group plan to maintain all current brands under their proposed merger, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares tells French television station BMF Business.

Hybrid

PSA Readies Electric Vans

PSA Group will launch all-electric variants of its Citroen, Peugeot and Opel/Vauxhall compact vans next year in Europe.

Conti Launches Third-Gen e-Axle

Continental AG says its third-generation electric drive system is smaller, lighter, less expensive and more efficient than previous versions.

Labor

What to Do In an R&D Overcapacity Situation

Opel is making a big change in staffing in Rüsselsheim

Assembly

Opel Drops Work Shift at Russelsheim Plant

PSA Group’s Opel unit says it will eliminate the night shift for six months at its main assembly plant in Russelsheim, Germany.

Hybrid

Renault May Join Euro Battery Consortium

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard says his company will join a European consortium to make battery cells for electric cars if there’s a viable business case to do so.

Hybrid

Opel Plans EV Rally Car Series

PSA Group's Opel unit plans to launch a rally car race series next summer that feature the upcoming all-electric variant of the Corsa small hatchback.

Hybrid

CEO of EV Startup Canoo Steps Down

Stefan Krause, the co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based electric vehicle startup Canoo Inc., is stepping down from day-to-day operations for unspecified personal reasons.

Electronics

Forster to Chair Hella’s Shareholder Committee

Lighting and electronics supplier Hella GmbH & Co. plans to name industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster to chair its shareholder committee, effective Sept. 27.

Ford Phases Out Ka+ Minicar in Europe

Ford Motor Co. says it will stop making the Ka+ minicar because of the cost of meeting Europe’s tougher carbon dioxide emission limits in 2020.

Economics

PSA’s Profits Climb 11% in First Half

PSA Group posted big profit gains in the first half of 2019 in spite of a dip in revenue.

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.

Regulations

Revival Plan for Opel: EVs and PSA Platforms

PSA Group figures its Opel brand will be able to meet carbon dioxide emission targets in Europe by building new models on lighter platforms and injecting its lineup with electrified cars.

Sales

Car Sales in Germany Drop 5% on Fewer Selling Days

Registrations of new cars in Germany slid 5% to 325,200 units last month, according to the country’s KBA transport authority.