Automakers bristle at U.S. demand for sensitive data under tariff probe

The probe is being conducted using a rarely used 1960s trade law that President Donald Trump employed earlier this year to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department has asked carmakers to reveal some of their most closely held secrets as part of its investigation of whether tariffs on […]

self-driving vehicles shouldn’t be regulated… yet

A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. According to Automotive News, NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King said in an interview on Thursday: “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think […]

Tesla, BMW bypass Trump trade war, score win for China

A Tesla Model 3 on display at the 2018 Beijing auto show. Photo credit: REUTERS Less than a week into President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, global automakers have shown there are ways to bypass the battle — and scoring a win for Beijing in the process. Tesla Inc. and BMW AG are among […]

2019 Subaru Outback, Legacy preview: crash-avoidance tech newly standard

Advanced safety tech that can prevent a collision is now standard on the 2019 Subaru Outback crossover and its 2019 Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan sibling, the automaker said Monday. Subaru previously offered its suite of crash-avoidance gear—automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure warnings—as an extra-cost option on most trim […]

Nissan worked backwards to create the first ad for Kicks

When creating the first U.S. ad for the new Kicks subcompact crossover, Nissan and ad agency TBWA ChiatDay New York did not start with a script — they went straight to the soundtrack. Working backwards, they hoped the music would inspire a campaign that was emotional and didn’t just plug the vehicle’s technology. After listening […]

Hyundai union says Trump’s tariff plan could hurt Alabama plant

Despite employing nearly 20,000 people at its Alabama production plant, Korean auto giant Hyundai’s home-based labor union claims that restructuring to account for President Trump’s proposed tariffs could lead to the closure of the factory. MORE: BMW to raise prices on US-built SUVs in response to tariffs imposed after Trump threats According to the Associated […]

Volvo r&d boss vows to turn quality hiccup into a win for new S60

Volvo plans to start mass production of the S60 at its new U.S. plant on August 27. Photo credit: Wolfgang Groeger-Meier Volvo received a wake-up call after it finished third to last in J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality Study in the U.S. Volvo r&d boss Henrik Green says the poor score was because of quality […]

BMW to raise prices on US-built SUVs in response to tariffs imposed after Trump threats

Following an announcement from BMW Group that it will be ramping up production in China to serve its largest market, the German automaker also confirmed Monday that it will raise prices on U.S.-built crossover SUVs in response to President Trump’s proposed foreign-built vehicle tariffs. MORE: BMW ramps up manufacturing in China with all-electric iX3 SUV According […]

EV batteries of the future hit the track

Photo credit: BLOOMBERG The FIA Formula E racing series, pitting electricity-powered cars against each other, will end its season in Brooklyn this weekend. The race will also serve as a retirement party for the initial generation of E-racing vehicles. Starting next season, drivers will use sleek open-cockpit cars powered by much stronger batteries. The new […]

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BMW ramps up manufacturing in China with all-electric iX3 SUV The North American market may still be one of the largest in the world, but there’s still one country that’s at the front and center of automakers’ attention: China. That’s why BMW announced Monday that it will engage in a joint manufacturing venture with the […]