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Could Musk's oil conspiracy against Tesla end with Saudi billions?

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2018
Elon Musk has always hated the fossil-fuel industry. But now, in his bid to take Tesla private, Musk is courting billions of oil dollars.

Elon Musk says Saudi interest sparked effort to take Tesla private

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2018
Elon Musk elaborated on what precipitated his effort to take Tesla private, portraying the interest that Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has shown in the electric-car maker as key to the gambit.

Duerr halts Iran business over sanctions, report says

Aug. 13, 2018 09:46 CET
German supplier Duerr has halted its activities in Iran after the reintroduction of U.S. sanctions this week that include threats to blacklist any companies trading with the country, a German newspaper reported.

Daimler abandons Iran plans as sanctions bite

Aug. 7, 2018 10:39 CET
Daimler has dropped plans to expand its Iran business in reaction to renewed U.S. sanctions, which come into effect on Tuesday.

Renault likely to quit Iran because of U.S. sanctions

July 27, 2018 11:09 CET
Renault's Iran operations are likely to be put on hold to comply with U.S. sanctions, Chief Operating Officer Thierry Bollore said.

PSA begins to suspend its joint ventures in Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions

June 4, 2018 18:40 CET
PSA has begun to suspend its joint-venture activities in Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions after Washington's withdrawal from the international nuclear deal.

Iran clash adds to growing political risk for automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2018
Global suppliers and even U.S. automakers will need to be extra careful about who they do business with to avoid getting tripped up by legal problems.

Iran ties could dent European automakers' U.S. business

May 24, 2018 06:01 CET
PSA and Renault have spent hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild their businesses in Iran. Those investments are at risk following the U.S. decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on companies that do business in both Iran and the U.S.

PSA 'cautious' about Iran business after successful Citroen C3 launch

May 24, 2018 15:13 CET
PSA remains cautious about its Iran business, Citroen CEO Linda Jackson said, after the launch of the C3 model in the market.

Seating supplier Adient promotes veteran exec Fleischer to lead Europe business

May 18, 2018 13:23 CET
Seating supplier Adient has promoted veteran executive Ingo Fleischer to head its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

PSA pins hopes on EU after Trump quits Iran deal

May 9, 2018 09:40 CET
European leaders sought to salvage the nuclear pact with Iran after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord, threatening investments in the Iranian market by companies including PSA and Renault.

Porsche invests in Israeli artificial intelligence startup

April 5, 2018 10:03 CET
Porsche has bought a minority stake in Tel Aviv-based tech company Anagog. The startup develops artificial intelligence software and has also attracted investment from Daimler.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2018
Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2018
Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.

Daimler invests in Israeli tech startup Anagog

Feb. 26, 2018 13:46 CET
Daimler has invested in Tel Aviv-based software developer Anagog. The two companies have already launched the EQ Ready App, which helps drivers evaluate whether they would benefit from a switch to an EV or plug-in hybrid car.

Israeli startup takes on Google in rush to process car data

Feb. 20, 2018 09:59 CET
Israeli startup Otonomo is taking on giant software companies including Google in the rush to process and monetize the mass of data being produced by today's connected cars.

Saudi oil company stakes its claim at Detroit auto show

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2018
Amid the flurry to showcase future electric vehicle offerings at the Detroit auto show, one booth stands alone: Saudi Arabian Oil Co., otherwise known as Aramco.

Saudi women-only showroom opens in Jeddah

Jan. 12, 2018 10:04 CET
A few months after Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive, the kingdom's first women-only showroom has opened in Jeddah.

Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technology

Nov. 16, 2017 15:34 CET
Daimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars.

2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan's big vision: Rolling Titan into global markets

6:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017
Still in launch mode for the Titan pickup in the U.S. market, Nissan is contemplating selling the full-size truck to various global markets.

VW's Seat drops plans to enter Iranian market

Oct. 18, 2017 13:25 CET
VW's Seat brand is no longer looking to enter the Iranian market. The brand said it needs to concentrate on boosting growth in Europe, northern Africa and Latin America.

VIDEO: First Shift: Can Tesla cure Puerto Rico's power woes?

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2017
Can Tesla cure Puerto Rico's power woes?; UAW seeks to keep Ford jobs amid EV push; Toyota charge dismissed; Aston considers Formula E; Automakers marketing to Saudi women.

Carmakers rush to put Saudi women behind wheels of their models

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017
Car companies haven’t wasted any time courting the 9 million potential customers unlocked when Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers.

Saudi ad reflects well on Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017
Ford Motor Co. celebrated Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to drive with an eye-catching ad on Twitter.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Saudi women drivers: Potential gold mine?

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2017
Saudi women drivers: Potential gold mine?; Report: Rivals to outproduce Detroit in N.A.; Audi goes global on EVs; Delphi unit now 'Aptiv'; Pence to visit Axle; Flying taxi demo.

 
Tavares' success at PSA is a 'powerful incentive' for Renault to catch up


3:42 am U.S. ET | July 30 2018

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PSA's impressive performaance under CEO Carlos Tavares is a powerful incentive for his former company, Renault, to work hard to catch up, said Renault's No. ...
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Tavares may find it hard to maintain Opel's astonishing progress


10:00 am U.S. ET | July 24 2018

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Opel's astonishing recovery under PSA left analysts swooning. ...
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Nissan Leaf provides some twists on road to EV future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20 2018

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A week spent testing Nissan's new Leaf was frustrating logistically but encouraging overall. ...
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How I became a diesel believer again

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2018

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Like many other people, my faith in diesel has been challenged by revelations of emissions cheating. ...
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Why Ford execs are lobbying for the Focus sedan

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2018

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The pride that two key Ford executives have in the Focus sedan is so strong that they petitioned jou ...
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Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2018

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva ...
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New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10 2018

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Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one ...
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Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

Christiaan Hetzner
12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 5 2018

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Opel's works council boss has spent most of the past six years quietly settling labor conflicts behi ...
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Why PSA is OK that its new compact vans are so alike

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3 2018

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PSA Group's new compact vans have a lot in common, a trait that is often very beneficial in the ligh ...
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