Tesla hires Snapchat exec to head engineering

Stuart Bowers has a passion for robotics and will be working on Tesla's semi-autonomous driving program, Autopilot.

Germany's Grammer buying Toledo Molding & Die in $271 million deal

German auto supplier Grammer AG is more than doubling its presence in North America with the $271 million acquisition of Toledo Molding & Die Inc.

UPDATED: 5/22/18 3:59 pm ET - adds statement

EU hunts for ways to avoid U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

The European Union scrambled to come up with a strategy to avoid American tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, signaling a readiness to accept American import quotas and to slash some EU duties in return for a permanent waiver.

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GM's motorspots czar at speedways: Flat-out fun

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.

Nissan CEO denies Renault merger talks

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa dismisses reports that his Japanese carmaker is hammering out full integration with longtime alliance partner Renault, saying "There is no fact to the effect that we are negotiating any merger."

The power behind the throne at Volkswagen

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche and head of the family that controls Volkswagen Group, touches on topics such as electrification, bureaucratic overregulation and his relationship -- or lack thereof -- with his famous cousin.

For Nissan in U.S. it's no pain, no gain

Following its 28 percent U.S. sales plunge in April, Nissan promises that the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain. Starting this summer, CEO Hiroto Saikawa says, Nissan and its dealers will begin reaping the rewards of newfound discipline.

Obituaries

Former highway safety official Tony Kane died Tuesday, May 15. Gary Perina, 73, founder of supplier Lucerne International, died May 15.

Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus

The German powertrain supplier Mahle is putting more emphasis on selling its parts in the United States aftermarket with a rebranding strategy and a new name: Mahle Performance.

How Alcantara is managing demand from U.S., China

Alcantara, the maker of the upmarket leather alternative material of the same name, plans to double the company's overall production capacity in Italy as demand from the U.S. and Chinese markets continues to drive sales.


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