California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving carsFri, 30, Sep 2016
California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the biggest changes, the new rules would allow for the absence of a driver in some instances, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.
Volkswagen will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. dealer claimsFri, 30, Sep 2016
Volkswagen AG confirmed late Friday it will make $1.21 billion in payments to 652 U.S. brand dealers as part of a $16.5 billion diesel emissions settlement. VW dealers will receive an average of $1.85 million each, on average, over 18 months under the settlement.
Delphi seeks to expand road testSat, 01, Oct 2016
Delphi Automotive wants to expand its road test of driverless taxis - scheduled to debut next year in Singapore - to other cities.
PSA will dip toes in N.A. with mobilitySat, 01, Oct 2016
PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares told reporters during the Paris auto show that PSA will first offer mobility services as part of a “step-by-step” plan to return to North America over the course of 10 years.
Zetsche, Ghosn bullish on pickupsSat, 01, Oct 2016
Dieter Zetsche has big plans to put Mercedes-Benz into the premium pickup business, and he is relying on Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to help make it happen.
Audi opens Mexico plant to build Q5Fri, 30, Sep 2016
Audi on Friday inaugurated its new $1.3 billion plant in Mexico, where it will build the redesigned Q5 crossover. The plant near the central city of Puebla will have production capacity of 150,000 cars a year.
Buick to launch Avenir as high-end subbrandFri, 30, Sep 2016
Buick is creating a subbrand called Avenir to take advantage of consumers' growing appetite for high-end touches. Avenir will be Buick's equivalent of Denali at the GMC brand. It will include larger wheels, a unique grille and premium trim features, among other upgrades.
Takata's potential suitors offer to invest $1B-2B, report saysFri, 30, Sep 2016
Takata received offers for initial investment of $1 billion to $2 billion from each of the five suitors seeking to buy the troubled airbag maker, a person with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.
Mitsubishi to resume sales of 8 models in Japan after scandalFri, 30, Sep 2016
Mitsubishi Motors plans to resume sales of eight vehicle models in Japan on Saturday after correcting overstated mileage readings in its second cheating scandal this year.
BMW expands vehicle connectivity with Amazon's AlexaFri, 30, Sep 2016
BMW will offer voice connectivity on new vehicles using Amazon's Alexa home wireless service. The upgraded BMW Connected smartphone app using Alexa will be available in the United States in early October, the company said.
Michigan group leads $2.5M stake in cybersecurity firm targeting driverless carsFri, 30, Sep 2016
Fontinalis Partners of Detroit has led an investment of $2.5 million in Karamba Security, a company based in Hod Hasharon, Israel, that makes cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles.
BMW plans electric Mini, X3 to counter MercedesFri, 30, Sep 2016
BMW AG will roll out the first battery-powered model of its urban Mini brand as part of a broader push to make electric cars more mainstream and counter ambitious plans from rivals. The new Mini is set to hit the market in 2019 and will be followed in 2020 by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3, CEO Harald Krueger said Friday.