Fisker finalizes deal with Foxconn to make EVs in U.S. starting in 2023

Fisker finalizes deal with Foxconn to make EVs in U.S. starting in 2023

by Ben Klayman

Reuters

4 Min read

 

Electric car maker Fisker Inc (FSR.N) has finalized its vehicle-assembly deal with Foxconn Technology Co Ltd (2354.TW), including plans to open a U.S. plant in 2023, the companies said on Thursday.

The plant’s location has not been identified, but Fisker Chief Executive Henrik Fisker said four states are under consideration, including Foxconn’s plant site in Wisconsin. Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way previously said electric vehicles (EVs) have a “promising future” in Wisconsin but did not elaborate.

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Greyhound ends Canadian operations after nearly a century, hit by pandemic

Greyhound ends Canadian operations after nearly a century, hit by pandemic

Reuters

2 Min read

 

Greyhound has permanently closed its services in Canada after nearly a century, the inter-city bus operator said on Thursday, as the COVID-19 pandemic dented demand for public transport.

The move is a blow to Canada’s rural communities, which have relied on buses to connect them to larger towns. The company ended all services in western Canada in 2018 due to falling ridership in rural areas and increased competition.

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Analysis: Elon Musk wants a greener bitcoin. Has he got a plan or a pipedream?

Analysis: Elon Musk wants a greener bitcoin. Has he got a plan or a pipedream?

by Tom Wilson, Anna Irrera

Reuters

6 min read

Elon Musk says Tesla (TSLA.O) won’t use or accept bitcoin until he can be sure it’s produced sustainably. He may be waiting some time.

Musk announced his new position in a major U-turn on Wednesday, prompting speculation among some experts about whether he had a plan to wean the crypto industry off the fossil fuels that power “mining,” the energy-intensive process that creates coins.

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Tribute to Shri B L Passi, Founder Pascos Group

Tribute to Shri B L Passi, Founder Pascos Group

By WAF Editorial Team 

 

Yesterday we lost an Industry luminary. A Pioneering Statesman in the Auto Retail Business, Shri B L Passi , Founder Pascos Group

Mr Passi started the Tata Motors CVBU (TELCO back then) Dealership back in late 60s at Chandigarh and then at other districts of Punjab and eventually at Delhi NCR.

He was amongst the first 15 Maruti Suzuki India Limited Dealers at India.

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Tesla’s Musk halts use of bitcoin for car purchases

Tesla’s Musk halts use of bitcoin for car purchases

By Hyunjoo Jin, Kanishka Singh

Reuters

4 Min Read

 

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will no longer accept bitcoin for car purchases, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Wednesday, citing long-brewing environmental concerns for a swift reversal in the company’s position on the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin fell more than 10% after Musk tweeted his decision to suspend its use, less than two months after Tesla began accepting the world’s biggest digital currency for payment. Other cryptocurrencies, including ethereum, also fell before regaining some ground in Asia trade.

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Remembering Ramesh Suri Chairman Subros & Rohan Motors

Remembering Ramesh Suri Chairman Subros & Rohan Motors

by WAF Editorial Team

Ramesh Suri, Chairman Subros Limited and Rohan Motors and past president ACMA, passed away yesterday.

WAF salutes this Octogenarian’s Vision, Commitment and Contributions to the growth of the Industry across last 5 decades. A Team Player, A Great Philanthropist, A Family Man – We Shall miss you Sir.

Subros, founded in 1985 as a joint venture public limited company with 40% ownership by the Suri family of India and 13% ownership by Denso Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. each, is the leading manufacturer of thermal products for automotive applications in India in technical collaboration with Denso.

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Waymo, Cruise seek permits to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco

Waymo, Cruise seek permits to charge for autonomous car rides in San Francisco

By Hyunjoo Jin, Paresh Dave

Reuters

4 Min read

 

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo and rival Cruise have applied for permits needed to start charging for rides and delivery using autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, state documents reviewed by Reuters showed, setting the stage for the biggest tests yet of their technology in a dense urban environment.

Neither company revealed when they intend to launch services. But they detailed contrasting deployment plans, with Waymo starting with “drivered operations” and Cruise expecting to deploy vehicles without humans behind the wheel.

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Daimler CEO: ‘We need an honest conversation” about EVs and jobs

Daimler CEO: ‘We need an honest conversation” about EVs and jobs

by Nick Carey

Reuters

3 Min Read

If the European Union wants to push a faster shift to zero-emissions cars then Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE) is ready, but there needs to be an open debate on the impact electrification will have on auto jobs, the carmaker’s top executive said on Tuesday.

“It’s an ambition that we say yes to,” Chief Executive Ola Källenius said during an interview at a Financial Times conference on the future of the car. But he added “we have to have an honest conversation about jobs.”

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Jaguar Land Rover’s fourth quarter is ‘good news’ -CEO

Jaguar Land Rover’s fourth quarter is ‘good news’ -CEO

Reuters

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Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) fourth-quarter results next week will be “good news” and the carmaker is open to doing more in partnership with other companies, including going further on an existing relationship with BMW (BMWG.DE), its boss said on Wednesday.

“You don’t know what is quarter four but I can tell you that it’s going to be good news again,” Chief Executive Thierry Bollore said at an online FT conference.

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U.S. and Mexico target GM labor ‘violations,’ testing new trade deal

U.S. and Mexico target GM labor ‘violations,’ testing new trade deal

David Lawder, Daina Solomon, David Shepardson

Reuters

6 Min Read

 

The United States is testing powers to protect workers under the trade deal replacing NAFTA and asked Mexico on Wednesday to probe alleged abuses at a General Motors Co (GM.N) factory, a move that may put tariffs on some of the firm’s profitable pickups.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said her office and the Department of Labor received “information appearing to indicate serious violations” of worker rights in an April union contract vote at GM’s Silao factory in central Mexico.

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Volvo Cars looking to list on Nasdaq Stockholm this year

Volvo Cars looking to list on Nasdaq Stockholm this year

Reuters

1 Min Read

Swedish automaker Volvo Cars said on Wednesday it is considering listing on the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange this year.

The company, which is owned by China’s Geely Holding Group (GEELY.UL), also said it extended Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson’s contract to the end of 2022.

Geely’s Hong Kong-listed unit Geely Automobile (0175.HK) and Volvo Cars scrapped a merger plan in February. read more

U.S. consumer prices post largest gain since 2009 as inflation ramps up

U.S. consumer prices post largest gain since 2009 as inflation ramps up

Reuters

by Lucia Mutikani

5 Min Read

U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in nearly 12 years in April as booming demand amid a reopening economy pushed against supply constraints, which could add fuel to financial market fears of a lengthy period of higher inflation.

The report from the Labor Department on Wednesday also showed a strong buildup of underlying price pressures, extending a stocks selloff on Wall Street. Most economists were, however, unwavering in their belief that the surge in prices would be temporary, noting that the main drivers of the bigger-than-expected inflation increase were hotels and airlines, industries that were hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indian auto dealers predict slow sales recovery as virus spreads to rural areas

Indian auto dealers predict slow sales recovery as virus spreads to rural areas

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Reuters

by Aditi Shah

India’s leading automobile dealers association on Monday said sales will take longer to recover than they did after the first wave of COVID-19 infections last year as the virus spreads to villages and smaller towns.

Auto sales, especially cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), bounced back strongly last year as buyers rushed to buy private vehicles to ensure safety and maintain social distance.

With infections now spreading to rural areas, a recovery is expected to take longer, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) said. The association said it expects sales to return to their peak levels of March 2019 only by fiscal year 2023 – about two years from now.

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Harley-Davidson launches all-electric motorcycle brand ‘LiveWire’

Harley-Davidson launches all-electric motorcycle brand ‘LiveWire’

1 Min Read

Reuters

Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) on Monday launched an all-electric motorcycle brand “LiveWire,” the latest effort by the company to ramp up bets on the rapidly growing electric-vehicle market.

Named after Harley’s first electric motorbike, which was unveiled in 2019, the “LiveWire” division is slated to launch its first branded motorcycle in July.

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U.S. opens safety probe into 1.1 million Honda Accord vehicles

U.S. opens safety probe into 1.1 million Honda Accord vehicles

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Reuters

by David Shepardson

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Monday it was opening a formal safety probe into more than 1.1 million Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T) Accord vehicles over sudden loss of steering control reports.

The agency said the engineering analysis covers 2013 through 2015 models and said “under normal driving conditions, with no warning or input from the driver, the vehicle may veer or jerk out of its intended path of travel.”

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Investors chide Toyota’s Toyoda for questioning combustion car ban

Investors chide Toyota’s Toyoda for questioning combustion car ban

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Reuters

by Aaron Sheldrick

Some Toyota Motor (7203.T) shareholders have criticized its President Akio Toyoda for questioning Japan’s plans to ban conventional cars only days after the firm said it was reviewing its climate lobbying and aimed for carbon neutrality by 2050.

The five investors, who collectively have around $500 billion in assets under management and spoke exclusively to Reuters, said the carmaker risks falling behind competitors that are rolling out electric vehicles, while giving cover for other companies seeking to avoid big changes to meet climate goals.

Japan’s Toyota signalled a shift in its climate change stance last month when it said it would review its lobbying and be more transparent on what steps it was taking as it responded to increased activist and investor pressure.

Three days later though, in his capacity as head of the Japanese automobile Manufacturers Association, Toyoda questioned the country’s decision to ban new internal combustion engined vehicles by 2035 in its quest for carbon neutrality.

“What Japan needs to do now is to expand its options for technology. I think regulations and legislations should follow after,” Toyoda said.

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MG Motor India Leads the Way in Supporting Communities amidst Covid Pandemic

MG Motor India Leads the Way in Supporting Communities amidst Covid Pandemic

by WAF Editorial Team

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•Morris Garages India or MG Motor India has always been at the forefront with its MG SEWA Initiative. 

•22 Community Centric Initiatives and Counting by MG India amidst the Covid Pandemic

 

It seems they haven’t left any stone unturned in supporting communities amidst the covid pandemic. Team WAF tried to count the initiatives carried out MG Motor India under the aegis of MG Sewa  and on last count, they were 22 and of course counting…

Covid Vaccination for MG Employees – Payroll and Contractual at Halol and Gurugram

 

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Stellantis to hit emissions target without Tesla’s help, says CEO

Stellantis to hit emissions target without Tesla’s help, says CEO

Reuters

3 Min Read

Franco-Italian carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI), expects to achieve its European carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions targets this year without environmental credits bought from Tesla (TSLA.O), its CEO said in an interview published on Tuesday.

Stellantis was formed through the merger of France’s PSA and Italy’s FCA, which spent about 2 billion euros ($2.40 billion) to buy European and U.S. CO2 credits from electric vehicle maker Tesla over the 2019-2021 period.

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Low depreciation, higher rates give U.S. car rental firms rare perfect script

Low depreciation, higher rates give U.S. car rental firms rare perfect script

Reuters

2 Min Read

When Rob Ferretti of car rental firm Gothamdreamcars looked up the selling price for a 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV, part of his luxury 25-vehicle fleet, he was elated it could fetch over $130,000 – nearly the same price paid three years ago.

It is a very good time for car rental companies. A very rare combination of low depreciation costs on existing fleets, higher rates and a global shortage of semiconductors that has squeezed new car production, pushed trade-in prices for older vehicles to record highs in March.

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Germany sets tougher CO2 emission reduction targets after top court ruling

Germany sets tougher CO2 emission reduction targets after top court ruling

Reuters

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Germany’s conservative-led government announced more ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions on Wednesday, prodded by a constitutional court ruling and with an eye to the opposition Greens’ lead in polls ahead of elections in September.

The court said last week the government had failed to set out how it would bring carbon emissions down beyond 2030 after a group of plaintiffs, including North Sea islanders fearing inundation from climate change – challenged the 2019 climate law as unfit for purpose. read more

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Germany would now aim for a 65% cut in carbon emissions by 2030 and 88% by 2040. Under the new targets, Germany will also aim for nearly net zero emissions by 2045, rather than 2050 as initially planned, he said.

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Facebook has six months to determine if Trump returns

Facebook has six months to determine if Trump returns

Reuters, Elizabeth Culliford

5 min read

Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company’s suspension of former U.S. President Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite and gave it six months to determine a “proportionate response.”

Trump called the decision and his banning across tech platforms “a total disgrace” and said the companies would “pay a political price.”

The much-awaited board verdict has been watched for signals on how the world’s largest social media company will treat rule-breaking political leaders in the future, a key area of controversy for online platforms.

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Aston Martin posts smaller loss as sales more than double

Aston Martin posts smaller loss as sales more than double

Carmaker Aston Martin (AML.L) posted a smaller first quarter loss in 2021 of 42.2 million pounds ($59 million) and said it continued to take steps towards profitability, as its sales to dealers more than doubled.

That compared with the 110.1 million pound loss the luxury brand posted in the same period last year, when it brought in fresh investment from billionaire Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll to shore up its finances.

The carmaker of choice for fictional secret agent James Bond has had a tough time since floating in 2018, as it failed to meet expectations and burnt through cash.

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Volkswagen lifts margin target on demand for premium cars

Volkswagen lifts margin target on demand for premium cars

Reuters, Christoph Steitz

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Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), Europe’s largest car maker, raised its operating margin target for 2021 on Thursday, pointing to stronger demand for more profitable cars in the first three months of the year.

The group now expects its operating profit margin to be 5.5-7% this year, versus a previous forecast for 5.0-6.5%, with vehicle deliveries and sales each up by more than a fifth.

The better outlook is mainly driven by improved demand for high-margin premium cars such as Porsche and Audi, a trend that has also been observed by rivals General Motors (GM.N), Daimler (DAIGn.DE) and Ford (F.N) and Stellantis (STLA.MI).

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Ford, BMW lead $130 mln investing round in solid-state battery startup

Ford, BMW lead $130 mln investing round in solid-state battery startup

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Ford Motor Co (F.N) and BMW AG (BMWG.DE) are leading a $130 million funding round in a solid-state battery startup, Solid Power, as carmakers push to lower the cost of electric vehicles by investing in the development of affordable but powerful rechargeable batteries, the companies said on Monday.

The Series B investment round, which includes venture capital firm Volta Energy Technologies, allows Solid Power to expand in-house manufacturing capabilities and positions the battery maker to eventually supply future EVs, possibly by the end of the decade according to BMW battery cell technology chief Peter Lamp. Solid Power declined to say at what level the funding round values the company.

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GM to invest $1 bln in Mexico to build electric vehicles

GM to invest $1 bln in Mexico to build electric vehicles

Reuters Sharay Angulo, David Shepardson

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General Motors Co (GM.N) said on Thursday it will invest $1 billion in a manufacturing complex in Mexico, drawing immediate criticism from the union for U.S. autoworkers as it prepares to build electric vehicles in 2023 in the border state of Coahuila.

GM said it is building a new high-tech paint shop that will start operations from June at the Ramos Arizpe site, which currently assembles conventional internal-combustion vehicles, including the Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer models, along with engines and transmissions.

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