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Legal

Four Auto Companies Rank Among the World's Most Ethical

GM and Cooper Standard make the list for the first time, joining long-running honorees Aptiv and Cummins

Business

Rivian CTO Departs

Long-time Apple tech guru Mike Bell leaves EV startup after 9 months

Legal

Ex-UAW Official Gets 28-Month Prison Term for Supplier Shakedown

Federal investigators creep closer to indicting former union presidents.

Economics

Daimler Grinds Away at Fixing Its Financial Woes

The challenges pile up for Daimler’s freshman CEO.

Business

Ghosn Goes Hollywood

Ghosn hires a big-time Hollywood agent to shop his story.

Business

Canadian Tycoon Buys 17% of Aston Martin

Canadian-led group throws a lifeline to iconic British carmaker Aston Martin

Autonomous Vehicles

Study Highlights Differing Global Consumer Views on Autonomy

Most respondents are concerned about safety and don’t envision owning a self-driving car until at least 2025.

Interiors & Electronics

Lotus Offers Thriftier Evora

Well, that has to be put in a certain amount of context. . .

Batteries

Engineering the 2020 Toyota Highlander

Now in its fourth generation, the Toyota Highlander just might be something that goes beyond continuous improvement

Propulsion

Sandy Munro and the Tesla Cybertruck

Design/engineering/manufacturing expert looks at the Cybertruck. He says when he saw it, “It was love at first sight”

Business

Dance, Dance, Dance: Elon Musk’s Remarkable Performance

As bizarre as some of his behavior is, there is absolutely no question that Musk has had a positive, transformative effect on the auto industry.

Legal

Ghosn Unloads

Fugitive auto executive Carlos Ghosn used a lengthy press conference in Beirut earlier today to reiterate claims of innocence and mistreatment by prosecutors in Japan.

Business

Japan Issues Arrest Warrant for Ghosn’s Wife

Japan has issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn’s wife Carole, two weeks after the former Nissan chairman fled the country to avoid charges of financial misdeeds.

Intelligent Transportation

Toyota to Launch. . . a City

Rather than just trying to see how advanced mobility and robotics will fit into existing structures, Toyota is building a city to help determine how these things can be best integrated into people’s lives

Business

8 Rules for Getting Things Done Through People

Effective management is a timeless skill—as demonstrated by this treasure of an article from the AutoBeat Group archive. Although the tools of the trade have changed and proliferated, the basics remain the same. Here are 8 old school (and just darn practical) rules for being an excellent manager. 

Ghosn Joins Interpol’s “Wanted” List

Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is now on Interpol’s wanted list as a fugitive from justice in Japan. The request is unenforceable in Lebanon, where he fled.

Business

How Ghosn Got from Tokyo to Beirut

Carlos Ghosn’s dash to Lebanon last weekend to avoid prosecution in Japan has all the trappings of a “Mission Impossible” movie.

Business

Ghosn Flees Japan for Refuge in Lebanon

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who has been awaiting trial in Japan, confirms he has fled to Lebanon to escape “injustice and political persecution.”

Leader of Nissan Recovery Plan Quits

The turmoil just keeps coming for Nissan. This time it’s the impending departure of Jun Seki, head of the company’s turnaround effort, in January.

Car/Ride Sharing

Uber Founder Kalanick Quits Board

Travis Kalanick, the corrosive co-founder and ex-CEO of Uber Technologies, has quit the board and will sell off his remaining shares in the ride-hailing service this week.

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

Renault Zeros in on a New CEO

Renault aims to hire away a senior Volkswagen group executive to become its CEO, according to media reports.

Sales

About Toyota’s Jim Lentz

Jim Lentz is a transformational leader at Toyota