National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the new owner of Saab, may speed up the brand's relaunch by offering a gasoline-powered 9-3 in 2013 rather than re-starting the brand in 2014 with an EV, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
A Massachusetts judge has denied a request by dealers for a preliminary injunction against Tesla Motors, which will allow the automaker to operate its store in suburban Boston as the dealers' lawsuit against the company proceeds.
Jason Stein, editor of Automotive News, has taken on the additional role of associate publisher. Stein, 40, has guided the Automotive News newsroom since 2009, when he returned from Munich, Germany, after two years as publisher of Automotive News Europe.
Volkswagen is recalling 2,791 Beetle cars in North America because the airbag may deploy even if a child is secured in the front seat. The recall affects 2,471 Beetle cars in the United States and another 320 in Canada from model years 2012 and 2013, VW said.
Italian supplier Magneti Marelli plans to build its second exhaust systems plant in China. The new facility, to be built in Hefei in east China's Anhui province, will be a joint venture between Magneti Marelli, Hefei-based Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile Co.
Fiat shares have tumbled because investors fear the Italian carmaker will need to raise fresh cash to finance CEO Sergio Marchionne's plans to combine with Chrysler Group LLC. Increasing its stake in Chrysler would help Fiat access the cash flow of the U.S.