Detroit’s Three Automakers Adding More Trucks, SUVs

Detroit’s Three Automakers Adding More Trucks, SUVs

Detroit’s three automakers are stepping up their concentration on trucks and SUVs during the second half of 2020 even as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers and electric vehicles absorb an increasing share of their capital spending. Fiat Chrysler, which will soon go through...
Fiat Chrysler Reports $1.24B Loss for Second Quarter

Fiat Chrysler Reports $1.24B Loss for Second Quarter

Fiat Chrysler Automobile N.V. financial results were “significantly” better than expected during the second quarter despite the losses the company suffered as its shipments to dealers dropped by two-thirds due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic The company...
GM Moves Ahead With Battery Plant

GM Moves Ahead With Battery Plant

The construction of the new battery plant near Lordstown, Ohio is one of the main pillars of General Motors’ electric vehicle strategy took another step forward with the first pieces of steel being raised. GM chairman Mary Barra said steel construction at the all-new...
U.S. New Vehicle Sales Drifting Downward in July

U.S. New Vehicle Sales Drifting Downward in July

July sales are expected to look weak when the numbers are posted next week as sales continue to drift sideways as the pandemic keeps a tight grip on the U.S. economy. Cox Senior Economist Charlie Chesbrough is calling for July auto sales volume to be down 19% versus...
A Week With: 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback AWD

A Week With: 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback AWD

Off-road vehicles are invariably celebrated particularly if they genuinely are capable of traveling over rough terrain. Vehicles that spend their or 99.9% of it on pavement don’t seem to get any special notice unless the pavement is a racetrack of some kind....
Tesla Goes After EV Rival Rivian in Court

Tesla Goes After EV Rival Rivian in Court

Tesla filed lawsuit against electric vehicle rival Rivian, which is preparing to launch its pair of electric vehicles in 2021, claiming the up-and-coming EV maker is violating the law to get a leg up. In court documents filed in the Superior Court of California of...
Top Public Relations Execs Move to Non-Auto Jobs

Top Public Relations Execs Move to Non-Auto Jobs

Simon Sproule, the former head of public relations at Fiat Chrysler, Aston Martin, Tesla and other automakers, has come up with a new gig — outside the industry, mostly. Sproule, who abruptly left his FCA post as the vice president of communications, took an executive...
Car Sales Losing Momentum as COVID Cases Rise

Car Sales Losing Momentum as COVID Cases Rise

Car sales appear to be losing momentum under the weight of continuing spread of COVID-19, which is sweeping through key automotive markets such as Texas and Florida. For the week ending July 19, retail sales were 9% below the pre-virus forecast, 6 percentage points...