New factory investments? Now?

Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories — is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S. production capacity? Whatever, several manufacturers have decided to seize the moment.


The next marketing challenge: Targeting

Targeting which consumers to pitch, via which media and with which message is the step in marketing, speakers at the Automotive News Marketing 360 conference said.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Let consumers decide on EVs

For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Just where will we get this electricity?

TO THE EDITOR: I would like some help understanding where the electricity for electric vehicles will come from. My bet is most people think it is like milk in the grocery store, where there is an endless supply from jugs.

Audi on fuel cells: Maybe later

The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.

UPDATED: 9/19/17 4:24 pm ET - adds comment, corrected
NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.

Ghosn plans 12 new EVs, more platform sharing

Ghosn's new six-year business plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance will develop more EVs and autonomous vehicles. It also will accelerate the pace of platform-sharing between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Frankfurt photo booth

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What good is an EV in a disaster?

As I witnessed the mass evacuation in Florida this month, it crossed my mind that commonsense, true-life circumstances trump current mindsets and technology advances.

Mentally preparing for an 'armada of EVs'

While electrified vehicles account for a tiny fraction of global auto sales today, few industry leaders are concerned about whether consumers will ever truly want to own battery electrics and plug-in hybrids.

UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details
'The game has started': Daimler delivers first electric trucks

UPS will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand electric truck output as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years.

Nissan boosts Leaf's range

The next-generation electric Nissan Leaf aims to ease range anxiety with battery improvements that include a performance edition. But better EV attributes are only part of the proposition.

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