GM's European slog

Since General Motors' decision to keep the Opel division following its 2009 bankruptcy, the company has had a revolving door of executives and a tough time finding traction in the crowded European market.

 

Ingredients to 50-plus mpg

Key pieces of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel's 52-mpg highway results.

Tech shortage curbs service department growth, survey says

Carlisle & Co. and Fixed Ops Journal asked dealers, general managers, and fixed ops directors about service matters. Among the findings: Technician issues are the biggest barrier to fixed ops growth, yet dealership executives spend little time recruiting techs.

Fixed in time

In the 1940s, the service department of a Ford dealership in California offered an Old West motif along with state-of-the-art lube equipment.

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Smart brand to focus on EVs in U.S., Canada

Daimler AG will stop selling gasoline-powered Smart cars in the U.S. and Canada later this year and will convert the microcar brand to an electric vehicle-only endeavor.

Faraday scales back EV factory, product plans

Electric luxury car startup Faraday Future, one of several Chinese-funded companies taking aim at Tesla, is throttling back its plans to build vehicles in the United States. Faraday also has pared its planned product portfolio down from seven to two models, Reuters reported, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the company's plans.

Tesla drops 'Motors' from its name

Tesla Motors Inc. has changed its name to Tesla Inc. The change, which was reported in a filing to the Securities Exchange Commission on Wednesday, follows the company’s acquisition of solar panel company SolarCity, which was approved by shareholders in November.

Bentley thinks best bet for its buyers is plug-in hybrid EV

It's a scenario scary enough to give any chauffeur the sweats: You're en route to pick up your boss who's headed to a crucial meeting -- or date -- and the all-electric ultraluxury sedan you're driving doesn't have enough juice to get there. Forget range anxiety. That's job anxiety.

Asia's luxury brands charge into EVs

Lexus, Genesis, Acura and Infiniti are considering EV offerings - in some cases to meet emissions rules, in others because zippy, futuristic EV cachet enhances the luxury buzz.

How Ford's hybrid push might play out

It's rare when an automaker reveals product plans three years in advance. But that's what Ford Motor Co. did last week when CEO Mark Fields explained how the company will spend some of the $4.5 billion it has committed to developing 13 electrified vehicles by 2020.

Is the industry zooming toward a battery shortage?

Automakers are under increasing pressure to electrify their powertrains to meet toughening global emissions regulations. The big question is whether there will be enough battery cells available in the next decade to meet the projected fast-rising demand.

Faraday will take your money now

Faraday Future ended a spotty car reveal last week asking for $5,000 deposits on a vehicle with no announced price or release date.

Is it finally EVs' time? Predictions vary widely

EV predictions still vary widely. Financial analysts at Exane BNP Paribas bullishly forecast that EVs will have a 16 percent share of global vehicle sales by 2025 while IHS Markit believes that figure will be 3.4 percent.

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