Tesla cuts price of Full Self-Driving software by a third to $8,000

Tesla cuts price of Full Self-Driving software by a third to $8,000

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – Tesla on Saturday slashed the price of its Full Self-Driving (FSD) driver assistant software to $8,000 from $12,000 in the United States, as CEO Elon Musk reaffirms his commitment to self-driving technology.

Musk is betting the technology will become a major source of revenue for the world’s most valuable automaker. But he has for years failed to achieve the goal of self-driving capability, with the technology under growing regulatory and legal scrutiny. Continue reading “Tesla cuts price of Full Self-Driving software by a third to $8,000”

China’s BYD names electric pickup truck BYD Shark

China’s BYD names electric pickup truck BYD Shark

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD said on Monday its electric pickup truck will be called BYD Shark and will feature a plug-in hybrid system called Dual Mode Off-Road (DMO), which it developed for improving off-road driving experiences.

BYD made the statement on its Weibo account but did not disclose the price for the truck. The announcement comes days ahead of the Beijing Autoshow, due to start on Thursday. Continue reading “China’s BYD names electric pickup truck BYD Shark”

Hero MotoCorp inaugurates assembly unit in Nepal

Hero MotoCorp inaugurates assembly unit in Nepal

Source : PTI | Two-wheeler major Hero Motocorp on Sunday said it has opened an assembly facility in Nepal in partnership with its distributor CG Motors. The facility will have a capacity of 75,000 units per annum and will bring new investments and create job opportunities in the region, Hero MotoCorp said in a statement.

Four products, Xpulse 200 4V, Super Splendor, Splendor+ motorcycles and Xoom 110 scooter, which have been launched in the country, will be assembled locally at the new assembly facility located in CG Industrial Park in Nawalparasi, it added. Continue reading “Hero MotoCorp inaugurates assembly unit in Nepal”

Cost, speed top priority for logistics sector: Last-Mile Trends Report 2024

Cost, speed top priority for logistics sector: Last-Mile Trends Report 2024

Source : PTI | Cost and speed has now become the top priority of the firms engaged in logistics business for the last-mile delivery of goods and growth of the sector, a report has said. According to the Last-Mile Trends Report 2024, earlier the top priority was cost and satisfaction.

“In last-mile delivery now top priority is cost and speed. The needle has shifted from cost and satisfaction to cost and speed,” it said. Continue reading “Cost, speed top priority for logistics sector: Last-Mile Trends Report 2024”

Tesla Semi trucks in short supply for PepsiCo as its rivals use competing EV big rigs

Tesla Semi trucks in short supply for PepsiCo as its rivals use competing EV big rigs

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Key Tesla customer PepsiCo made initial payments for 100 Tesla Semis in 2017, intending to use the electric-truck fleet to haul its Cheetos, Lays potato chips and Pepsi soda pop to retailers.

But according to the food-and-drinks maker and one of its executives with knowledge of the deal, PepsiCo was using only 36 of Teslas promised 100 electric trucks as of this month. Continue reading “Tesla Semi trucks in short supply for PepsiCo as its rivals use competing EV big rigs”

UAW wins big in historic union vote at Volkswagen Tennessee factory

UAW wins big in historic union vote at Volkswagen Tennessee factory

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee, (Reuters) – Workers at Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant have voted to join the United Auto Workers, in a seismic victory for the union as it drives beyond its Detroit base into the U.S. South and West.

A majority of eligible workers cast ballots in favor of the union, with the final tally on Friday at 2,628 to 985, or 73% for joining the UAW. Continue reading “UAW wins big in historic union vote at Volkswagen Tennessee factory”

Bajaj Auto Q4 standalone PAT rises 35% to INR 1,936cr on strong sales

Bajaj Auto Q4 standalone PAT rises 35% to INR 1,936cr on strong sales

Source : PTI | New Delhi: Bajaj Auto on Thursday reported a 35% increase in standalone profit after tax at INR 1,936 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2024, riding on the back of robust sales. The Pune-based company posted a profit after tax (PAT) of INR 1,433 crore in the January-March quarter of 2022-23 fiscal.

Revenue from operations rose by 29% to INR 11,485 crore for the fourth quarter as against INR 8,905 crore in the year-ago period. Continue reading “Bajaj Auto Q4 standalone PAT rises 35% to INR 1,936cr on strong sales”

States sue to block US rules curbing tailpipe emissions in cars, light trucks

States sue to block US rules curbing tailpipe emissions in cars, light trucks

(Reuters) – Republican attorneys general from 25 states on Thursday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block rules intended to reduce planet-warming emissions from cars and light trucks and encourage electric vehicle manufacturing, arguing the agency exceeded its legal authority.

The lawsuit challenging the regulations for passenger vehicles, finalized on March 20 by President Joe Biden’s administration, was filed by attorneys general from states led by Kentucky and West Virginia in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Continue reading “States sue to block US rules curbing tailpipe emissions in cars, light trucks”

Hyundai pauses ads on X over brand safety issues

Hyundai pauses ads on X over brand safety issues

(Reuters) – South Korea’s Hyundai said on Friday that it had paused advertising on X, formerly known as Twitter, and is speaking to the Elon Musk-owned social media platform directly about brand safety issues.

It was not immediately clear why the auto giant had paused the advertisements on the site, and Reuters has sought a comment. Meanwhile, X did not immediately respond to a Reuters’ request for comment. Continue reading “Hyundai pauses ads on X over brand safety issues”

Nissan cuts annual operating profit estimate by 14.5% on lower sales

Nissan cuts annual operating profit estimate by 14.5% on lower sales

TOKYO, (Reuters) – Nissan Motor slashed its annual operating profit estimate by 14.5% on Friday, citing lower-than-expected vehicle sales and other factors.

Japan’s third-largest automaker by volume now estimates an operating profit of 530 billion yen ($3.43 billion) instead of 620 billion yen for the year that ended in March. Net profit is now estimated at 370 billion yen instead of 390 billion yen. Continue reading “Nissan cuts annual operating profit estimate by 14.5% on lower sales”

Chinese carmaker Chery says Spanish plant to be among main export facilities worldwide

Chinese carmaker Chery says Spanish plant to be among main export facilities worldwide

BARCELONA, (Reuters) – Chinese carmaker Chery said on Friday a newly-acquired Barcelona plant will be one of its main exporting facilities worldwide, aiming to produce 150,000 vehicles a year by 2029 in a joint venture with Spanish firm EV Motors.

Production will begin at the end of the summer at a plant that Japanese carmaker Nissan shut down in 2021. Chery (CHERY.UL) will start production of its Omoda 5 electric vehicle (EV), and hire 150 former Nissan workers, said EV Motors’ chief executive Pedro Calef at the plant’s presentation. Continue reading “Chinese carmaker Chery says Spanish plant to be among main export facilities worldwide”

Tesla to recall 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal, NHTSA says

Tesla to recall 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal, NHTSA says

(Reuters) – Tesla is recalling 3,878 Cybertrucks to fix an accelerator pedal pad that could come loose and get lodged in the interior trim, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Friday.

A trapped accelerator pedal could cause the vehicle to accelerate unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash, the auto safety regulator said in a notice. Continue reading “Tesla to recall 3,878 Cybertrucks over faulty accelerator pedal, NHTSA says”

GM and Ford count on gas-powered trucks as EV growth slows

GM and Ford count on gas-powered trucks as EV growth slows

DETROIT, (Reuters) – U.S. automakers General Motors (GM.N) and Ford face a challenge in common when they report first-quarter results next week: Explaining to investors where profit growth will come from in the months ahead as EV growth slows.

The slowdown in global electric-vehicle demand, intensifying competition from Chinese automakers and high U.S. borrowing costs have forced the U.S. automakers to delay investments and ratchet down costs over the past 12 months. With China’s economy slowing and U.S. inflation running hot, a macroeconomic growth boost looks a long way off. Continue reading “GM and Ford count on gas-powered trucks as EV growth slows”

Volkswagen India Launches ‘Volkswagen Experiences’ To Elevate Customer Engagement

Volkswagen India Launches ‘Volkswagen Experiences’ To Elevate Customer Engagement

Source : Mobility Outlook | Volkswagen India has announced a new customer community initiative, ‘Volkswagen Experiences’ or ‘VWe’, designed to foster a closer relationship between the brand and its enthusiasts through unique, community-driven experiences. The ‘VWe’ initiative aims to transform the traditional vehicle ownership model into a more interactive and lifestyle-oriented experience. It offers Volkswagen customers and fans opportunities to engage deeply with the brand through tailored experiences that highlight the distinctiveness of Volkswagen’s products and the lifestyle they embody. Continue reading “Volkswagen India Launches ‘Volkswagen Experiences’ To Elevate Customer Engagement”

MG Motor’s new partnership promises extended battery life for EVs. Here’s How

MG Motor’s new partnership promises extended battery life for EVs. Here’s How

Source : PTI | MG Motor India on Thursday said it has partnered with the Epsilon Group for EV charging solutions and battery recycling. As part of the collaboration, the automaker has signed an MoU with two Epsilon Group subsidiaries – Power EV, for charging solutions and LICO, for battery recycling and second-life expertise.

As per the agreement, Power EV will provide Custom Charging technology to develop AC and DC charging solutions for charging solutions for MG’s EVs. Continue reading “MG Motor’s new partnership promises extended battery life for EVs. Here’s How”

MG Motor India plans to expand network in tier III, IV to drive next phase of growth

MG Motor India plans to expand network in tier III, IV to drive next phase of growth

MG Motor India is driving towards tier III and IV cities of the country with plans to establish 100 new touchpoints by the end of the ongoing fiscal year as part of its strategy to fuel the next phase of growth, a senior company official said on Wednesday.

With JSW Group coming in as an investor and becoming a joint venture partner with China’s SAIC, last month the company announced plans to invest Rs 5,000 crore and had set a target of selling one million units of passenger electric vehicles in India by 2030 when the total market is expected to be 10 million units annually. Continue reading “MG Motor India plans to expand network in tier III, IV to drive next phase of growth”

Would Indians Love or Shove the Tesla ?

Would Indians Love or Shove the Tesla ?

by WAF Auto Think Tank

Elon Musk coming to India next week is Big News! It’s speculated that Tesla just might invest a couple Billion Dollars in the third largest automotive market in the world!

After the EV Policy change, Tesla could have invested just half a Billion dollars to qualify for the newly constituted 15% Duty bracket down from the 100% one. But it seems, it chooses to invest much higher.

The richest man in the world coming to meet one of the most powerful leaders in the world around the time when the largest democracy in the world gets busy with it’s General Elections. Coincidence ? Fan Boy Moment ? Way to get more govt goodies post elections ? A competent strategy to ensure formidable global rivals like BYD stay in the rear view mirror  ? Despite entering India much earlier!

Continue reading “Would Indians Love or Shove the Tesla ?”

Nissan recalls Magnite units to fix front door handle sensors

Nissan recalls Magnite units to fix front door handle sensors

Source : PTI | Nissan Motor India on Thursday said it is voluntarily recalling Magnite units produced between November 2020 and December 2023 for a retrofit of front door handle sensors. The company did not share the number of affected units.

This proactive and mandatory preventive action impacts the base XE and mid XL variants only, with no impact to the safety of customers, the automaker said in a statement on its website. Continue reading “Nissan recalls Magnite units to fix front door handle sensors”

Toyota recalls Prius cars due to door handle fault
Early Easter causes EU new car sales to drop 5.2% in March, says ACEA

Early Easter causes EU new car sales to drop 5.2% in March, says ACEA

(Reuters) – New car sales in the European Union fell by 5.2% year-on-year in March, marking the first decline this year and the biggest since July 2022, Europe’s auto industry body said on Thursday, citing the impact of early Easter holidays and a market downturn.

Top European carmakers Volkswagen and Stellantis have said the market will be tough in 2024, as a result of weak global demand for electric vehicles (EVs), increasing Chinese competition, sustained cost pressures and geopolitical tensions. Continue reading “Early Easter causes EU new car sales to drop 5.2% in March, says ACEA”

Wall Street wants answers from Elon Musk on Tesla’s Model 2 car

Wall Street wants answers from Elon Musk on Tesla’s Model 2 car

Summary

  • Investors clamor for clarity on whether Tesla will build affordable Model 2
  • Tesla stock fell on Reuters report of Model 2 cancellation, rose after Musk replied on X, fell again on job-cut news
  • Some investors applaud idea of skipping affordable car, focusing on robotaxis

(Reuters) – Elon Musk has kept investors hanging since he issued cryptic social posts following an exclusive April 5 Reuters report that Tesla had scrapped its plans for a $25,000 “Model 2” electric vehicle. Continue reading “Wall Street wants answers from Elon Musk on Tesla’s Model 2 car”

UAW Volkswagen Tennessee plant vote: Union seeks landmark win

UAW Volkswagen Tennessee plant vote: Union seeks landmark win

DETROIT, (Reuters) – A Volkswagen plant nestled against dense forests and Interstate 75 on the southern border of Tennessee has become a battleground over worker representation that could sway the future of the American auto industry.

The United Auto Workers is attempting for the third time to organize the 4,300 eligible workers in Chattanooga, where VW assembles the ID.4 electric SUV. The vote at VW’s only nonunion plant globally is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and conclude late on Friday. Continue reading “UAW Volkswagen Tennessee plant vote: Union seeks landmark win”

(OFFICIAL) Toyota recalls Prius cars due to door handle fault

(OFFICIAL) Toyota recalls Prius cars due to door handle fault

TOKYO, (Reuters) – Toyota Motor (7203.T), opens new tab has recalled more than 135,000 Prius hybrid cars in Japan due to a problem with rear door handles.

The cars being recalled were manufactured between November 2022 and April 2024, according to a transport ministry filing. No accidents have been reported due to the fault. Continue reading “(OFFICIAL) Toyota recalls Prius cars due to door handle fault”

Tesla again seeks shareholder approval for Musk’s 2018 pay voided by judge

Tesla again seeks shareholder approval for Musk’s 2018 pay voided by judge

(Reuters) – Tesla on Wednesday asked shareholders to reaffirm their approval of CEO Elon Musk’s record-breaking $56 billion compensation that was set in 2018, but was rejected by a Delaware judge in January.

The re-vote comes ahead of next week’s quarterly earnings for Tesla, which is grappling with weak demand as well as a reputational hit to Musk from his political leanings and approval of an antisemitic conspiracy theory last year. Continue reading “Tesla again seeks shareholder approval for Musk’s 2018 pay voided by judge”

US auto sector ‘whipsawed’ by politicians, Ford chairman says

US auto sector ‘whipsawed’ by politicians, Ford chairman says

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., (Reuters) – The U.S. auto industry needs regulatory certainty from politicians in Washington and the back and forth as the White House changes hands doesn’t help, but the adoption rate of electric vehicles will continue to grow, Ford Motor’s executive chairman Bill Ford said on Wednesday.

The growth rate on EV sales has slowed, but globally they are being adopted quickly and Ford will follow even as it hedges it bets with its gasoline-powered and hybrid electric vehicles, he said at a Detroit Free Press event outside Detroit. Continue reading “US auto sector ‘whipsawed’ by politicians, Ford chairman says”

Petrol sales up 7%, diesel declines 9.5% in April

Petrol sales up 7%, diesel declines 9.5% in April

Source : PTI | India’s petrol consumption soared 7% in the first half of April but diesel sales were down 9.5% ahead of the onset of a harsh summer season that is set to crank up fuel demand, preliminary data of state-owned firms showed on Tuesday. Petrol sales of three state-owned firms, which control 90% of the fuel market, rose to 1.22 million tonnes during April 1 to 15 when compared to 1.14 million tonnes of consumption in the same period last year.

Diesel demand dropped 9.5% to 3.14 million tonnes.

Continue reading “Petrol sales up 7%, diesel declines 9.5% in April”

Germany’s Scholz lobbies Xi to improve market access, pressure Russia

Germany’s Scholz lobbies Xi to improve market access, pressure Russia

Summary

  • Scholz meets Xi on final day of three-day tour of China
  • Pushes for better access to China’s market for German firms
  • Urges China to pressure Russia to end Ukraine invasion
  • Carmaker CEOs with Scholz see more opportunities than risks

BEIJING, (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz lobbied for better market access for German firms in China in talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday and urged him to exert pressure on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine. Continue reading “Germany’s Scholz lobbies Xi to improve market access, pressure Russia”

China’s Chery to open its first European manufacturing site in Spain

China’s Chery to open its first European manufacturing site in Spain

BARCELONA, (Reuters) – China’s Chery Auto has signed a joint venture deal with Spain’s EV Motors to produce cars at its first factory in Europe, EV Motors and the Catalan regional government said on Tuesday.

Cars will be produced later this year at a plant that Japanese carmaker Nissan shut down in 2021, helping to recover some of the 1,600 direct jobs lost as a result. Continue reading “China’s Chery to open its first European manufacturing site in Spain”

Stellantis chief Tavares warns of tough year ahead

Stellantis chief Tavares warns of tough year ahead

Summary

  • AGM approves chief executive’s 2023 pay package
  • CEO remuneration for 2023 rose 56% to up to 36.5 mln euros
  • Warns of auto sector’s increasingly competitive pricing

MILAN, (Reuters) – Carmaker Stellantis faces a challenging year with increasing pricing pressures, its chief executive warned on Tuesday before shareholders voted to approve his bumper 2023 salary package. Continue reading “Stellantis chief Tavares warns of tough year ahead”

Honda to launch next-generation EVs in China by 2027

Honda to launch next-generation EVs in China by 2027

TOKYO, (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor plans to launch six next-generation electric vehicle (EV) models branded Ye in China by 2027, the automaker said on Tuesday.

It added that it also planned to roll out a total of 10 Honda-brand EV models in China by 2027 in the race to ensure EVs make up 100% of its automobile sales in the country by 2035. Continue reading “Honda to launch next-generation EVs in China by 2027”

Tesla’s global job cuts include leading markets US, China

Tesla’s global job cuts include leading markets US, China

Summary

  • Some China sales teams notified of dismissal – sources
  • U.S.-based service centres suffered heavy layoffs – sources
  • No staff dismissed in Germany yet, discussions ongoing – Tesla

SHANGHAI/BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) – Tesla’s global job cuts include reducing staff in the U.S. and China, the automakers’ two biggest markets, across sales, tech, and engineering, five sources briefed on the matter said. Continue reading “Tesla’s global job cuts include leading markets US, China”

Japan’s Nissan bets on solid-state batteries, gigacasting for next-gen EVs

Japan’s Nissan bets on solid-state batteries, gigacasting for next-gen EVs

YOKOHAMA, Japan, (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor will begin to produce solid-state batteries for electric vehicles at scale by early 2029 and use huge casting machines as it seeks to raise efficiency and drive down costs on future models, the automaker said on Tuesday.

Nissan is betting on technological advancements to stave off heavy competition from rivals such as Tesla and BYD that have raced ahead in production of battery-powered cars. Continue reading “Japan’s Nissan bets on solid-state batteries, gigacasting for next-gen EVs”

China’s BYD unveils three new models for its off-road Fangchengbao lineup

China’s BYD unveils three new models for its off-road Fangchengbao lineup

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – BYD has unveiled three new models, including two concept cars, under its premium brand Fangchengbao as the Chinese electric vehicle giant ramps up efforts to sell into higher-priced segments.

The Bao 8 SUV, Super 3 concept crossover and Super 9 concept sports car made their debut at a live-streamed event on Tuesday night. The company will showcase them at the Beijing auto show, which starts late next week. Continue reading “China’s BYD unveils three new models for its off-road Fangchengbao lineup”

Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium gets key North Carolina mining permit

Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium gets key North Carolina mining permit

(Reuters) – North Carolina regulators have approved a state mining permit for Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium to develop one of the largest U.S. sources of the key electric vehicle battery metal, although key financing and local regulatory challenges remain.

The approval from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, which was announced by the company on Monday and is conditional on the posting of a $1 million reclamation bond, removes one major hurdle to Piedmont’s plans to tap a large lithium deposit just outside Charlotte. Continue reading “Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium gets key North Carolina mining permit”

GM moving to new Detroit headquarters in 2025

GM moving to new Detroit headquarters in 2025

DETROIT, (Reuters) – General Motors in 2025 will move its headquarters deeper into downtown Detroit, the U.S. automaker said on Monday, after spending more than 20 years in its riverfront home at the Renaissance Center.

GM will place its global headquarters a few blocks away from the so-called RenCen, in a sleek new high-rise building called Hudson’s, which will be the second-tallest skyscraper in Detroit. Continue reading “GM moving to new Detroit headquarters in 2025”

Germany’s Scholz in China: we want fair auto market but no dumping

Germany’s Scholz in China: we want fair auto market but no dumping

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on a visit to China on Monday pressed his case for open and fair markets, warning his hosts against dumping and overproduction while calling for the European Union not to act out of protectionist self-interest.

Scholz’s trip to China, in which he is accompanied by several leading German business executives as well as three ministers, is being watched for signs as to how Europe will calibrate its response to what it believes are Chinese goods being dumped on its market. Continue reading “Germany’s Scholz in China: we want fair auto market but no dumping”

China EV maker Nio urges openness in US speech amid tensions

China EV maker Nio urges openness in US speech amid tensions

SHANGHAI, (Reuters) – Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio’s founder called for openness in a rare speech in the United States, where politicians have been seeking to further restrict China’s access to the world’s second-largest auto market.

William Li, speaking at an event at Harvard University on Saturday, said rapid EV growth in China resulted from an “open and competitive” market where “all products are welcome regardless of their brands or origins”. Continue reading “China EV maker Nio urges openness in US speech amid tensions”

North Carolina approves mining permit for Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium

North Carolina approves mining permit for Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium

(Reuters) – North Carolina regulators have approved a state mining permit for Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium to develop one of the largest U.S. sources of the key electric vehicle battery metal, Piedmont said on Monday.

The approval from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, which is conditional on the company posting a $1 million reclamation bond, removes a major hurdle to Piedmont’s plans to tap a large lithium deposit just outside Charlotte. Continue reading “North Carolina approves mining permit for Tesla supplier Piedmont Lithium”

Global mining investment too low to support energy transition, Rio Tinto chairman says

Global mining investment too low to support energy transition, Rio Tinto chairman says

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – Low rates of investment in the global mining sector have put the global energy transition at risk, widening the supply gap in critical minerals like copper, Rio Tinto chairman Dominic Barton said on Monday.

“The gap is humungous, and I am actually very worried about whether we will be able to close (it),” Barton said via video link at the Ecosperity conference in Singapore. Continue reading “Global mining investment too low to support energy transition, Rio Tinto chairman says”