The 48V subsystem mainly will assist energy recovery and stop/start functionality, but also will be available to boost torque and handle heavy electrical users such as electric power steering and rear-window defrosting....More
Protectionism controversy breaks out in June as Argentina, like Brazil, tries to limit Mexico’s import cars in an effort to reduce its trade deficit with the country. Mexico balks with threats to appeal to the WTO....More
The strategy of supporting electric vehicles and hybrids is meant to bolster a future that could be a long time coming, but at least it has started. In September, France registered about 3,000 hybrids and 500 EVs, or 2.3% of the market....More
Global car companies count on exports to buoy their bottom line, and many build cars overseas where they sell them. But while some key markets appear to be thriving, outlooks are cautious for others that are forcing lowered expectations....More
The steps to the future are numerous. Not only would an auto maker need to have a robust system that can handle driving better than a human, but government rules would need to be changed and society would have to see benefits....More
The industry has revised its full-year forecast to a 10% drop in car deliveries, which were off 13.9% through September. The expectation implies a sales uptick of 1.8% in the final quarter, a difficult assumption in the current climate....More
The government has leaked information about the next level of support it plans to give EV buyers, which is expected to be announced at this week’s Paris auto show, including financial aid for installing private recharging posts....More
Auto makers are churning out new compact cars for the domestic market as exports slow due to an unfavorable exchange rate, logistics costs and obsolete models for more demanding international consumers....More
New-car sales failed to reach the 100,000-unit mark for the first time since June 1997, according to a research group that says both retail and fleet sales are suffering as joblessness increases....More
“To suggest that our European sales growth is owed to a trade pact is not only incorrect, it is insulting to our brand and our products,” a Hyundai spokesman says. “Our cars are selling on their own merits, not riding on the back of a trade pact.”...More
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available...
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