Sources say Daimler has asked St. Petersburg Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko to provide a 125-acre site for the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant, along with associated infrastructure investment, without compensation from the automaker....More
Renault and Fiat are seeking more details about managing production, MosAvtoZil’s level of investment and the transfer price, or how much the French and Italian automakers would pay to buy back vehicles made by the Russian JV....More
VW assembled the previous-generation Octavia at its own Russian plant in Kaluga but contracted with GAZ for output of its successor, as the German auto maker is adding Skoda Rapid production in Kaluga....More
Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan say the new tariff is meant to protect local auto makers against losses associated with significant increases of imports from the EU and in particular Germany, Italy and Turkey, in recent years....More
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications....More
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
The steering wheel is no longer simply the means to point the tires – it’s become command central for everything from audio controls to semi-autonomous driving functions, all while making a styling statement and serving as the primary interior touchpoint....More