Italian union plots to strike FCA for splurging on Ronaldo contract

A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler’s Melfi plant in Italy to protest against the huge sums of money spent by Italy’s Juventus soccer club to sign up star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Stuttgart to start ban of older diesels in 2019

Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said.

Ex-Tesla worker escalates battle by blowing whistle to SEC

A former Tesla employee portrayed by CEO Elon Musk as a saboteur has filed a whistle-blower tip to the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the company made misstatements and omissions to investors.

Italian union plots to strike FCA for splurging on Ronaldo contract

A small union has called a strike at Fiat Chrysler’s Melfi plant in Italy to protest against the huge sums of money spent by Italy’s Juventus soccer club to sign up star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Stuttgart to start ban of older diesels in 2019

Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche, will bar diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 or older emissions standards starting next year and may be forced to ban Euro 5 vehicles by 2020 if measures to improve air quality fail, a state ministry said.

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Ex-Tesla worker escalates battle by blowing whistle to SEC

A former Tesla employee portrayed by CEO Elon Musk as a saboteur has filed a whistle-blower tip to the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the company made misstatements and omissions to investors.

Detroit auto show expected to move to June, reports say

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association, which organizes the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit, is preparing to reimagine and shift the annual show to June, Detroit newspapers reported.

German automakers lean on others for battery cells

Plans by China’s CATL to build a battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric…

New Subaru chief aims to shore up profits, sales — and trust — with new plan

Newly appointed Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura has unveiled a five-year business plan that aims to boost U.S.

Siemens CEO warns of dire consequences if German carmakers fail on EVs

Joe Kaeser has a stark warning: Manage the electric vehicle revolution shaking up the industry, or face violent consequences that inevitably come with mass unemployment.

Tesla signs deal in China to build 2nd global assembly plant

Tesla reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that’ll rival production from its lone U.S. assembly plant, as Elon Musk takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas. Planned capacity is 500,000 vehicles a year.

VW signs deals for EVs, autonomous driving in China

VW Group has signed preliminary deals with China’s FAW and the China Intelligent and Connected Vehicles Research Institute to cooperate on technologies including e-mobility, connectivity and autonomous driving.

Wave goodbye to walkarounds

Walkaround contests, where salespeople show off their deep knowledge of the vehicles on the showroom floor, are anachronisms and should go away.