PACE Awards announces 33 finalists

Thirty-three innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.The winners will be announced April 9 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.The PACE Awards — now in their 24th year — identify supplier innovations that have […]

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Tokyo show spotlights home team’s EV ambitions

TOKYO — Japan’s automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of battery- powered cars that preview the home team’s EV ambitions.Connectivity and autonomous driving will also be big themes under the show’s banner of “Beyond the Motor.”But sticking to tradition, the domestic players won’t forget to roll out a few […]

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Mazda rotary: What goes around comes around

MINE, Japan — Mazda Motor Corp. is moving closer to resurrecting its trademark rotary engine — and it could debut in the United States as soon as 2019.But don’t expect a performance engine sending power straight to the wheels, like in the sporty RX-7 and RX-8 of yore. The next iteration is heading toward an […]

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Mexico’s crossover production adds to trade tensions

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has long been king of the cheap small car, at least on this side of the world.The original Volkswagen Beetle was made locally until the early 2000s, and the diminutive cars that replaced it helped fuel years of sales gains that culminated in a record 1.6 million auto deliveries last year.Likewise, […]

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Why is Tesla struggling with the Model 3?

What’s behind Tesla’s manufacturing woes? It could be something as simple as steel.Based on details in a Wall Street Journal report and in a video of the production line posted on Twitter by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, experts say the electric vehicle maker appears to be struggling with welding together a mostly steel vehicle, as […]

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Industry resigned to life without NAFTA

WASHINGTON — The political rhetoric is looking more like reality.Automakers and suppliers are starting to envision a world without the North American Free Trade Agreement amid growing signs the Trump administration is determined to gut the 23-year-old deal, which has integrated the U.S., Canadian and Mexican economies, and made the regional auto industry globally competitive.Going […]

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Cadillac holds off on virtual showrooms

DETROIT — Cadillac plans to hold off on a contentious element of its Project Pinnacle dealer incentive program and shift its strategy for using virtual reality technology in showrooms to larger dealerships.The changes for the 2018 program come after a lack of interest among smaller dealerships, many of whom voiced concerns about Pinnacle terms that […]

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GM appoints Pamela Fletcher to VP of global EV programs

DETROIT — General Motors has promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle programs.Fletcher, 51, most recently executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles, will oversee an electric vehicle program that aims to launch more than 20 EVs by 2023. She will assume her new role immediately.Fletcher will report to […]

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GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck car plant for 6 weeks, cut output

DETROIT — General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry.The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will […]

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