Nissan, looking to bolster tumbling sales of its Leaf electric car, will roll out a budget variant next year in a bid for a more-affordable sticker. The entry trim level would be positioned below the two higher-specification grades currently offered, two people familiar with the plan said.
Engineering consulting firm Ricardo has named longtime Magna executive Thomas Apostolos as its new president. Apostolos, 50, spent 19 years at Canadian supplier Magna International, most recently as president of Magna Exteriors and Interiors Asia Pacific.
A top Mazda program manager says the automaker tried to imbue the 2014 Mazda6 with sporty character to compete in a mid-sized sedan segment known for value and practicality. Mazda designers pulled the sedan's wheels closer to the corners, stretched the wheelbase and reduced the length.
General Motors of Canada said today it will add a third shift to the flexible manufacturing line at its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, so that it can meet demand for its Chevrolet Impala sedan. The shift addition is in line with a contract agreement the company reached last month with the CAW.
General Motors said it plans to close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation in upstate New York and move it to Michigan. The move is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
Honda is having another go at a hybrid Accord. But when the two-motor plug-in electric-gasoline sedan arrives in the United States early next year, volumes will be small. Now Honda has a solution: Start building the hybrid system stateside.
Toyota's China sales fell about 40 percent in September from the year before, while those of rivals such as Hyundai and BMW jumped, underscoring how badly Japanese brands have been hit by a territorial row between the two countries.
The convertible version of the Volkswagen Beetle will get its debut at the Los Angeles auto show in late November, shortly before the car goes on sale. The convertible, like the coupe, uses VW's PQ35 front-drive platform that is shared with the current Jetta and Golf.
Renault declined to comment on union claims that Turkey will become the main production site for its new Clio subcompact car in a move to cut costs. Renault plans to build more than 70 percent of its fourth-generation Clio models in Turkey, union sources told Reuters.
Ford is strengthening Europe's role in the company's engine development with the appointment of Andreas Schamel as its first European-based director of global powertrain, research and advanced engineering.