BMW thrust into political battle over trade

BMW says exports from its Spartanburg plant helped lower the U.S. trade deficit in 2017 by more than $1 billion. How did BMW, whose Spartanburg, S.C., plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America’s resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America’s manufacturing base instead? BMW is […]

German EVs will catch Tesla in coming years, study finds

The Mercedes S500e. Photo credit: REUTERS Electric-vehicle pioneer Tesla Inc. no longer has the road to itself. German carmakers Daimler AG, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG are closing in and may pass their American rival by 2021, based on a consultancy’s ranking of electric automakers that factors strategy, battery technology, culture, supplier networks, partnerships and […]

Growing rift among GOP lawmakers over Trump trade posture

A Mini showroom in Louisville, Ky., in Nov. 2016. President Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on imported light vehicles in part on national security grounds. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG WASHINGTON — There are signs of growing frustration among GOP lawmakers with Donald Trump as he moves forward with new trade tariffs, though they’re not ready […]

cheeky and fun, but not without foibles

Volvo has spent the past two years checking off a lot of tasks: big SUV, mid-size SUV, sedan, wagon. Now it’s time for its maiden voyage into the small crossover SUV world, and with the 2019 XC40, Volvo takes on accomplished vehicles already on the road: the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and the Audi […]

Automobili Pininfarina unveils photos of electric hypercar, the PF0

Pininfarina PF0: “Strong Italian flair” Automobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand, launched this year by India’s Mahindra & Mahindra, revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar’s exterior last week. The darkened photos show glimpses of the vehicle’s low side profile, sharp front end, a rear that […]

Auto subscriptions dismissed as a ‘rich person’s toy’ in Edmunds analysis

Vehicle subscription services are trending, of course, as automakers experiment with allowing customers to make all-in, month-to-month payments, and giving them the option to frequently switch vehicles. But is this really the industry’s next big thing? Analysts at Edmunds put a pencil to the proposition and concluded that most automaker programs aren’t worth the hefty […]

2019 Ford Edge ST to cost $43,350

Ford is going all-out on its commitment to crossover SUVs and trucks instead of sedans, and it is doing it with a little bit of speed. When it goes on sale later this year at a starting price of $43,350, the 2019 Ford Edge ST will be the first high-rider to wear the sporty ST […]

NHTSA presses automakers to make Takata airbag recall plans public

A recalled Takata airbag inflator being removed from a Jeep in Boulder, Colo., on July 20, 2017. Photo credit: REUTERS WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators want automakers to make public plans for how they’ll replace millions of defective Takata Corp. airbag parts that should have been fixed already. A dozen automakers including BMW AG, […]

Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda and the NHTSA said last week that they will add another 269,618 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall total, already the largest in history at over 50 million vehicles affected in the U.S. alone. The recall aims to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time and cause unexpected or excessive explosions, responsible […]

Widow of former UAW vice president sentenced to 18 months in prison

Monica Morgan, left, and her late husband, UAW Vice President General Holiefield. Photo credit: Facebook Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for a tax crime as part of a federal corruption probe of misappropriated funds at a Chrysler-UAW training center. Morgan was also […]