Late sales rebound helps US automakers avoid 2020 disaster
Pandemic forced auto factories and many dealerships to shut down in April and May
Auto sales plunged 48% in March from last year due to outbreak
Started to dive as provinces declared states of emergency, dealerships voluntarily shut down.
Toyota, Panasonic announce joint venture for green auto batteries
Automaker will take a 51% stake in the venture, which will be running by the end of 2020.
GM seeing commodity costs rise in trade war, cuts outlook
Automaker’s take on the year ahead dragged down shares of the entire auto sector.
Appeals court approves US$10B Volkswagen emissions deal
VW agreed to spend up to US$10 billion compensating owners of roughly 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2-litre diesel engines.
Trudeau can’t imagine Trump damaging US with auto tariffs
Will focus on continuing to advance the argument current and future tariffs are bad for both countries.
VW exec reinstated after probe of discredited monkey trials
Automaker exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust; now says it “emphatically rejects” tests on animals.
Tesla in Autopilot mode sped up before Utah crash
The crash occurred May 11 in suburban Salt Lake City. The car’s semi-autonomous driving aid was engaged at the time.
New TPP could hurt NAFTA talks because of impact on auto sector
Global Affairs Canada analysis predicts lower US imports into Canada.
NAFTA survives key round: US grumbles, but says it wants talks to continue
Talks are now scheduled to continue for at least two more months, with rounds scheduled for Mexico City and Washington,
NAFTA update today: All eyes on US trade czar for clues on state of the talks
All eyes today will be on US trade czar Robert Lighthizer with just eight weeks left in the current schedule.
NAFTA further imperilled by US demand for stringent American auto content
US set to propose vehicles have at least 85% North American content, 50% of it from the US to qualify for duty-free status.
Auto czar calls for to change auto innovation fund
Tanguay advises the federal government to switch from loans to grants.
GM SUVs, jobs for factory in Spring Hill, Tenn.
New Cadillac and GMC crossovers join Chevy Equinox.
Unions denounce South Korea free trade deal
Unifor, USW cite growing trade deficit as a potential threat to Canadian auto sector, jobs.
Tenn. won’t rule out automakers with UAW contracts at Memphis site
The 6-square-mile “mega site” ideally is suited for a new auto assembly plant.
Canadian auto industry investment down sharply
Mexico by contrast gets $3B worth in last six months
Cars sales down in May, 10% rebound for June
Canada’s vehicle sales dropped in May erasing gains made over the past four months, but preliminary data for June points to a rebound.
Demand revs up for heavy trucks
The Japanese earthquake and tsunami continue to impact the automobile industry and the global economy, but demand for heavy trucks is driving up production.
Novelis attacks its carbon footprint
Novelis plans to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by expanding the use of recycled aluminum, increasing post-consumer recycling and developing new alloys with high recycled content.
Global auto execs see industry stabilization ahead
An operator at Ford’s Bridgend, UK engine plant monitors…