Electric vehicles in the spotlight at Shanghai Auto Show

Apr 18, 2019
Electric cars are drawing attention and Chinese automakers are to the fore.
Chinese automaker BYD, a firm backed by Warren Buffet, unveiled an electric sports car at the Shanghai auto show. It’s not available for sale yet but many live streamers and car bloggers were surprised that this sleek design came from a Chinese automaker.
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Closing Mexico border could bring U.S. auto production to a halt

Apr 2, 2019
The White House is backtracking slightly on President Trump’s recent threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border on security concerns. Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there’s no specific timeline and that it’s “not our first choice,” but she also said…
A Mexican girl walks near by the metal fence between Ciudad Juarez, Cihuahua state, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., on May 3, 2018.
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As Britain plans to leave the EU, automakers plan to leave Britain

Feb 21, 2019
Some foreign automakers are abandoning their U.K. operations, resulting in job losses and further uncertainty.
A car transporter loaded with Honda vehicles is driven in to the Honda manufacturing plant in Swindon, southwest England on February 19, 2019.
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Why Detroit is going all-in on heavy-duty trucks

Feb 6, 2019
General Motors this week announced plans to build a new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado pickup truck in Michigan as it cut 4,000 jobs.
The heavy-duty chassis of the new General Motors 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is shown at the GM Flint Assembly Plant on February 5, 2019 in Flint, Michigan.
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New NAFTA labor standards may be difficult to enforce

Aug 29, 2018
As part of the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the United States and Mexico have tentatively agreed to new higher labor standards. One provision that has automakers’ attention requires 40-45 percent of a car be made…
Traders and financial professionals work at the opening bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), August 27, 2018 in New York City. The Dow was up over 200 points at the open, following news that the United States and Mexico are closer to a deal on NAFTA. 
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Automakers release sales figures and ponder the road ahead

Aug 1, 2018
The big U.S. and foreign automakers release their July sales numbers Wednesday. Car and light-truck sales have been strong so far this year — with consumer confidence up, the job market good, and people banking a little more income from…
Cars are prepared for distribution at a Ford factory on January 13, 2015. 
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German automakers are looking for a better trade deal

Jun 21, 2018
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen are proposing to end tariffs on U.S.-imported cars.
Robots weld the bodies of Volkswagen Tiguans at the Volkswagen factory in 2012 in Wolfsburg, Germany.
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Can we get enough of cup holders?

Mar 1, 2018
Whether it’s to fit an extra Big Gulp cup or to store your kids’ playthings, it seems like we always want more cup holders in our cars — and car makers are trying to meet this demand. Chester Dawson is…

German carmakers are slowly heading toward electric vehicles

Sep 28, 2017
Relying on old technology like diesel could prove fatal, an expert says.
Volkswagen is planning to spend 80 billion euros over the next decade on electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles.
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U.S. automakers and the Trump administration disagree on this part of NAFTA

Aug 21, 2017
The U.S. wants a new rule that would require that a set percentage of each car or auto part come exclusively from the U.S.
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