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Fuel Cells

Nikola Chairman Quits Amid Controversy

Stock price continues to tumble

Business

GM Files New Bribery Lawsuit Against FCA

Fresh tack to be tested in a Michigan circuit court.

Business

Ghosn Aide Pleads Not Guilty on Pay Charges

With Ghosn in exile, Kelly faces the music as sole individual defendant.

Regulations

Ex-VW Chief Winterkorn Faces Trial in Diesel Scandal

German court cites “predominant likelihood” of fraud conviction.

Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Taps Former CES Official as Tech Lobbyist

New K Street point person for autonomous vehicles and flying cars

Sales

Report: Ford to Cut 1,000 Salaried Jobs in U.S.

Latest step in 3-year restructuring effort as the carmaker is expected to post its first full-year loss in more than a decade. 

Labor

Second Ex-UAW President Charged in Corruption Probe

Dennis Williams indicted for embezzling union funds

Design

Rivian Lands Former Tesla Engineering Exec

Nick Kalayjian to helm the company’s engineering operations as it prepares to launch its first EVs

Production

Home Work Continues for Salaried Staffs

Big 3 target 2021 return to offices as GM deploys salaried volunteers at Missouri truck plant.

Infrastructure

Will COVID Permanently Change How Americans Commute?

Stay-at-home workers aim to make the most of time saved from not commuting to their jobs

Business

Sato Wins Spectator-less Indy 500

Honda engines dominate top spots

Car/Ride Sharing

Uber, Lyft Get Reprieve in California

Gig employment issue now will be decided in November election

Business

Bollinger Expands Operations Ahead of Late-2021 EV Launch

Startup moves to new headquarters in Michigan and plans to double its staff

Labor

Judge Rejects GM’s Attempt to Revive FCA Lawsuit

It’s back to appellate court as GM tries to establish damages

Business

Dhivya Suryadevara Leaving GM

She became the first female CFO in GM’s history.

Labor

Another Four Ex-Audi Officials Charged in Diesel Scandal

Continuing probes lengthen list of implicated executives

Business

Levandowski Sentenced for Stealing Robo-Car Data

The end of years of high and low drama

Business

Farley to Replace Hackett at Ford

Hackett retiring at 65; Farley taking the reins at 58. Effective October 1

Regulations

What’s Next. A Year of Change in Automotive.

2020 is a year like no other. Unpredictable change in the automotive industry and a new direction for AutoBeat Magazine.

Marketing

Sheryl Connelly Looks Toward the Future

While no one knows what the future will bring, as Sheryl Connelly explains, it is better to anticipate what might happen than to be blindsided if you don’t.

Design

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

The LC was executed so well that the chief engineer was named president of Lexus. Think about that.

Connectivity

GM Hires Outsider to Plot Innovation, Growth Strategies

Focus on connectivity, big data, customer relations and new business areas

Diesel

How to Build a Military Vehicle from a Pickup Truck

A real piece of military gear. A real pickup that you can get at a Chevy dealership. A really remarkable story.