Ford is going toward electric vehicles in a big way. And this is one that is really fast, to boot, although at this point, at least, it is just a concept
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
Former Dana exec to help position battery maker for electrified future
Ford Motor Co. took the wraps off a high-powered electric variant of its Mustang pony car this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. show in Las Vegas.
Chassix Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based supplier of aluminum and cast iron casting machined chassis, powertrain and sub-frame components, has appointed Andreas Weller as president and CEO, effective immediately.
A group of carmakers, energy companies, battery charging networks, local governments and other constituents have formed a consortium to promote electric vehicles in California.
Munich-based Webasto SE has finalized a deal to build its 11th factory in Wuhan, China, to produce automotive sunroofs, sources tell the Xinhua news service.
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has released images of the convertible version of the Range Rover Evoque ahead of its official debut at this month's Los Angeles auto show.
Folding hardtops are becoming as common as iPods these days. Ford's 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner took technology originally developed for the Continental Mark II to production, but the complex and heavy mechanism never caught on. Years later, the idea was revived by the folding roof of the Mercedes SLK, and found its way into everything from the extremely rare Qvale Mangusta to Cadillac's XLR, before targeting more affordable offerings like Volvo's C70 and Pontiac's G6. Now VW enters the fray with its Eos, a Golf-based four-seater that adds a few tricks of its own to the mix.
If you have a sunroof in your vehicle—yes, we mean car or light truck—there is a good chance that Webasto made it, as with an estimated 42% marketshare, it is the biggest player in a field that just keeps growing and growing as vehicle manufacturers work to differentiate their vehicles with accessories like sunroofs. Here's a look at some of the things this company has been doing.