Hyundai and Kia are setting up new regional headquarters organizations in North America and Europe in an effort to move decision making closer to the markets and react more quickly to changing trends and customer demand.
California, Connecticut and Maryland have demonstrated the greatest commitment toward developing an electric vehicle market among states that mandate automakers hit sales targets for zero-emission vehicles, according to a stakeholder group.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted at a new front in the trade row with the U.S., warning that Europe's strategic interests rode on the future of the region's car industry and alluding to competition probes of U.S. internet giants.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government vowed to stand up for the German auto industry, sending a veiled signal to U.S. President Donald Trump to back off threats to levy tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.
Donald Trump's heightened attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are raising concerns that he might follow through on threats to impose auto tariffs, a move that could devastate the car industry in Canada and lead to higher prices in the United States.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has written nine governors whose states follow California's ZEV program asking for tangible steps to help increase sales, including more investments in EV charging infrastructure, expanded consumer incentives such as tax credits, and a commitment to buy more ZEVs for state and local government vehicle fleets.
Japan's association of automakers blasted U.S. moves to explore raising tariffs on Japanese auto exports, just as the two countries plan trade talks that may increase pressure on Tokyo to open up its markets.
The Tesla Model X that crashed in California while being guided by its semiautonomous driving system sped up to 71 mph in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, federal investigators said.
California and the auto industry mostly agree that the state should maintain a role in setting emissions standards despite Trump administration efforts to curb its authority, according to the head of the California Air Resources Board.
A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards calls for revoking California's unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation's most populous state, Bloomberg reported.