Automobile manufacturing

Volkswagen vows to build 22 million e-cars over next decade

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That’s ambitious considering it made fewer … Continue reading Volkswagen vows to build 22 million e-cars over next decade

UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers

DETROIT (AP) — The president of the United Auto Workers union warned automakers that the union is prepared to strike if it doesn’t get its way in upcoming contract talks. Gary Jones told delegates at the union’s bargaining convention in Detroit that it would raise weekly strike pay from $200 to $250 per week this … Continue reading UAW chief raises strike pay, issues warning to automakers

The Cruze cruises: GM assembly plant prepares to close

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A sprawling General Motors assembly plant near Youngstown will be idled on Wednesday after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, a move that will eliminate nearly 1,700 hourly positions by month’s end. GM announced late last year that Lordstown along with three plants in the U.S. and one … Continue reading The Cruze cruises: GM assembly plant prepares to close

The Latest: VW gives dune buggy an electric makeover

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Geneva auto show (all times local): 1:00 p.m. Volkswagen is giving the renowned dune buggy a makeover for a digitized and environmentally-conscious era, presenting a noise- and pollution free concept car billed as just as much fun in the sands as its petrol-powered forebears. Volkswagen has trotted out … Continue reading The Latest: VW gives dune buggy an electric makeover

The Latest: Lamborghini rolls out new convertible

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the Geneva auto show (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Lamborghini is vying for the younger — and decidedly well-heeled — set with the rollout of its new convertible Huracan EVO Spyder. Featuring hybrid aluminum and carbon-fiber frame and gas-guzzling seven speeds, the Huracan was promoted in a glitzy video … Continue reading The Latest: Lamborghini rolls out new convertible

Geneva show has electrics, sports cars and a VW dune buggy

GENEVA (AP) — Carmakers at the Geneva International Motor Show are unveiling new electric vehicles they hope will transform the industry as well as the high-end sports cars that are a fixture at the show. Volvo Car Group’s Polestar is showing off a battery-powered compact car while Volkswagen is touting the whimsical ID. Buggy electric, … Continue reading Geneva show has electrics, sports cars and a VW dune buggy

3rd time lucky? Nissan ex-chair Ghosn hoping for his release

TOKYO (AP) — The new lawyer of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says he believes the auto executive’s latest request for release from a Japanese detention center on bail, his third, might succeed. Junichiro Hironaka said Monday that Ghosn promised to accept camera surveillance as a way to monitor his activities if he is released. … Continue reading 3rd time lucky? Nissan ex-chair Ghosn hoping for his release

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion investment plan it said would increase its workforce in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs by about 6,500 jobs to build all-new or next-generation SUVs, in a move touted by officials as an uncommon opportunity to revive the regional economy. Under the plan, the company … Continue reading Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers customers app-based services like car-sharing. The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 billion) in their … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | BMW, Daimler launch car- and ride-sharing joint venture

DETROIT | Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said Thursday that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution and mileage, prompting the company to hire an … Continue reading DETROIT | Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated