Daimler, Geely in Talks to Expand Cooperation into a ‘Bigger Dimension’
February 6, 2019
STUTTGART, Germany -- Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche today said the carmaker is in talks about deepening its cooperation with China’s Geely, even as German politicians draw up measures to... READ MORE
East Penn Promotes New Senior Vice President of Automotive Sales
February 6, 2019
East Penn Manufacturing Co. has promoted Peter Stanislawczyk to senior vice president of automotive sales. This newly created position will involve the oversight of all of East Penn’s Automotive... READ MORE
Freudenberg Acquires Michigan Battery Firm Amid EV Technology ‘Arms Race’
February 6, 2019
German sealing applications supplier Freudenberg has acquired a battery manufacturer headquartered in Midland, Mich., as it looks to join an intensifying electric vehicle and mobility technology race... READ MORE
Weak Demand for U.S. Consumer Loans Fuels Spending Outlook Worries
February 6, 2019
WASHINGTON -- A sharp drop in demand for U.S. auto and credit card loans could point to a troubling answer to a question vexing economists in recent weeks: Are consumers poised to pull back despite... READ MORE
EPA Chief Says Agency, California ‘Far Apart’ on Car Emissions
February 5, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: MEMA strongly supports a One National Program negotiated between the California Air Resources Board (CARB), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and... READ MORE
NHTSA, Automakers Get Opposite Scores for Meeting Safety Recommendations
February 5, 2019
WASHINGTON -- The NHTSA has done an “unacceptable” job supporting widespread implementation of in-vehicle technology to prevent drunken driving and certain collision avoidance systems, according to... READ MORE
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Organizers Announce New Location for 2020 Conference
February 5, 2019
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), the largest North American gathering of the independent heavy-duty aftermarket industry, has announced that the 15th annual conference, traditionally held in Las... READ MORE
What Truck Parts Providers Worry About
February 5, 2019
As uptime becomes increasingly important for truck owners, suppliers and distributors of aftermarket replacement parts discuss the challenges in meeting fleet customer expectations.   “No one... READ MORE
Car Dealer Lots Are Flush with Unsold Cars as Sales Are Expected to Drop
February 5, 2019
Car dealers are beginning 2019 with a heavier inventory of unsold vehicles on their lots, a situation that some analysts say will put pressure on them to cut factory output as U.S. auto sales are... READ MORE
Volkswagen’s Electrify America Buys Tesla Devices for EV Charging Stations
February 5, 2019
DETROIT -- Volkswagen AG unit Electrify America said on Feb. 4 it will install Tesla Inc battery storage packs at more than 100 charging stations across the United States to keep costs down for... READ MORE
Tesla to Buy Battery Tech Firm Maxwell for $218M
February 5, 2019
Tesla Inc. agreed to acquire battery-technology company Maxwell Technologies Inc. for about $218 million in stock, as Elon Musk’s electric-car maker adds expertise in energy storage and power... READ MORE
Eaton Announces New Chief Technology Officer for Industrial Sector
February 5, 2019
Eaton has named Christine “Chris” Barman, an industry veteran with decades of automotive technology expertise, as its new chief technology officer for the Industrial Sector.   In this new role... READ MORE
CAFE Chaos Looms as Trump Team Finalizes Rules
February 4, 2019
MEMA Industry News Editor’s Note: MEMA strongly supports a One National Program negotiated between California, U.S. EPA and NHTSA and testified on behalf of suppliers in September and submitted... READ MORE
Visa Slowdown Crimps Tech Talent for Suppliers
February 4, 2019
Auto suppliers’ need for high-tech talent has collided with the red-hot political issue of immigration, complicating the challenge of finding workers to develop cutting-edge technologies.  ... READ MORE
Panel Focuses on Technology’s Impact on Heavy Duty Aftermarket
February 4, 2019
Battery electric vehicles, connectivity, telematics, cyber security, advanced driver assistance systems, automated driving, over the air software updates, alternative fuels and the continued growth... READ MORE
General Motors Says in Talks to Invest $2.73 Billion in Brazil till 2024
February 4, 2019
SAO PAULO -- General Motors Co said on Feb. 2 it is negotiating “feasibility conditions” to invest 10 billion reais ($2.73 billion) in Brazil from 2020 to 2024, after having warned last month that... READ MORE
Shell Open to Carmaker Partners in EV Charging Expansion
February 4, 2019
STOCKHOLM - Shell is open to partnerships with carmakers to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging beyond its petrol stations, one of the oil major’s executives said on Feb. 1.   As part of... READ MORE
Japanese Company Plans Amphibious Electric Car
February 4, 2019
Funai Electric Co., a major Japanese manufacturer of TVs and consumer electronics under the Philips, Magnavox, Sanyo and Kodak brands, is moving into the car business through a partnership that... READ MORE
Government Must Strengthen Ties with Business in Global AI Battle, Think Tank Says
February 4, 2019
The U.S. government must foster stronger partnerships with the private sector to bolster America’s competitive position in artificial intelligence, according to a Washington think tank.   As... READ MORE