Russia, Japan warn U.S. of $1 billion in tariff retaliation

Russia and Japan have warned they could retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium by imposing sanctions worth almost $1 billion combined.

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.


BMW, Toyota, Ford at odds with S. Africa over production boost plan

BMW, Toyota and Ford are at odds with South Africa over its plans for them to more than double output and double their workforces in return for tax breaks.

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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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