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New North America trade pact to have 'moderate' positive effect: US report

Washington - The North American trade pact signed last year will have a "moderate" positive effect on the US economy, an independent US government report said Thursday, an underwhelming endorsement as it faces an uncertain path to ratification.

Daimler faces probe over 'new cheating software'

Berlin - Daimler confirmed Sunday it was facing a regulatory probe after a report said German authorities have uncovered a previously unknown type of pollution trickery software allegedly installed by the car giant in some of its vehicles.

Amnesty accuses Bahrain of using F1 to 'sportwash' image

Dubai - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using this weekend's Formula One race to "sportwash" its image, amid an intense crackdown on political dissent in the Gulf kingdom.

Stricter emissions limits jolt Europe's auto industry

Geneva - Electric vehicles will take centre stage at this year's Geneva Motor Show, as automakers scramble to bring their fleets in line with strict CO2 emissions standards set to kick in next year.

Trump threatens tariffs on EU if no trade deal reached

Washington - US President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to impose tariffs on European auto imports if he is unable to strike a trade deal with the EU."We're negotiating.

'Swindon's finished': UK town in shock over Honda plant closure

Swindon - "It is going to be a disaster for the town," said Mary Day, one of many residents in the English town of Swindon in shock on Tuesday after Honda announced it was closing its local plant after more than 30 years."I didn't see it coming.

Japan's Honda to shut UK car plant, as Brexit looms

London - Honda will shut its UK plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs, the Japanese car maker announced Tuesday as the global auto industry faces "unprecedented changes" and the UK economy hits the skids on Brexit uncertainty.

EU 'convinced' Trump will not slap tariffs on autos: Ambassador

Washington - The European Union is "convinced" US President Donald Trump will not impose new punitive tariffs on imported cars as long as trade talks between Brussels and Washington continue, the EU ambassador said Wednesday.

Down Syndrome competitor to make Dakar Rally history

- Lucas Barron will make history on Sunday when he lines up on the Dakar 2019 starting line in Peru, becoming the first person with Down Syndrome to take part in the gruelling race.

Luxury 'Red Flag' models buck China auto sales slump

Bejing - Car sales are falling in China this year but one brand is speeding ahead: The national "Red Flag" sedan is flying high, powered by purchases from the government, state companies and patriotic citizens.

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi reaffirm commitment to alliance

Paris - Automakers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi reaffirmed their committment to their alliance on Thursday as company leaders held their first meeting since the shock arrest of boss Carlos Ghosn.

Renault, Nissan alliance in first talks since Ghosn arrest

Paris - The heads of automakers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi will meet Thursday for the first time since the shock arrest of Carlos Ghosn threw their fractured alliance into the open.

Trump backs potential new auto import tariffs

Washington - President Donald Trump on Wednesday indicated he favors imposing import tariffs to protect the US auto industry, which was rocked by this week's announcement of job cuts at General Motors.

General Motors says cutting 15% of workforce to save $6 bn

Washington - In a massive restructuring, US auto giant General Motors announced Monday it will cut 15 percent of its workforce to save $6 billion and adapt to "changing market conditions.

Ghosn faces Mitsubishi sack as more allegations surface

Apo - Top executives from Mitsubishi Motors gather on Monday to sack Carlos Ghosn as chairman over alleged financial misconduct that the once-revered tycoon denies, as further allegations leaked out against him.

Teen driver in hours-long surgery after Macau GP horror crash

Fpo - A 17-year-old female driver spent at least seven hours in surgery Monday, after fracturing her spine in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix.

EU will retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs: trade official

Washington - The European Union is prepared to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes new tariffs on auto imports, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom warned on Wednesday.

Divided EU ministers agree auto emission curbs

Luxembourg - EU ministers battled Tuesday over the extent of emission cuts to be imposed on carmakers, in the wake of a warning by UN experts on the dangers of global warming.

Tesla confirms criminal probe into Musk talk of going private

San Francisco - Tesla confirmed Tuesday that US Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private.Shares skidded 3....

Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

New York - Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.

Volkswagen to end iconic 'Beetle' cars in 2019

New York - Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.

Tesla tumbles on new executive departures, Musk interview

New York - Shares of Tesla Motors tumbled Friday as investors were rattled by the departures of two executives and a late-night interview in which chief executive Elon Musk was seen smoking marijuana.Tesla shares sank 6.3 to close at $263.

Tesla's top accountant exits after a month on the job

New York - Tesla's top accountant announced Friday he was stepping down after a month on the job, citing the electric car company's frenetic pace.

Vettel continues to outpace Hamilton, but gap shrinks

Monaco - Sebastian Vettel outpaced championship-leading title rival Lewis Hamilton by just eight-hundredths of a second to keep Ferrari on top in Saturday’s third free practice for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Leclerc relieved as tyre-smudged halo helps prevent injury

Francorchamps - Charles Leclerc admitted that a tyre-smudged halo head-protection device on his Formula One car had saved him from serious injury in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

US auto tariff decision delayed by NAFTA talks: Ross

Washington - The United States is holding off on a final decision on whether to impose tariffs on auto imports as trade talks with Mexico, Canada and Europe are ongoing, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.

Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears

Washington - Tesla shares took a pounding Friday amid fresh fears about the future of the electric carmaker after a wide-ranging interview with chief executive Elon Musk in which he revealed his struggles with exhaustion and a lengthy but unsuccessful effort to fin...

Sainz replaces Alonso at McLaren

London - Spaniard Carlos Sainz will drive for McLaren in next season's Formula One championship, filling the vacuum left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, the team announced on Thursday.

Elon Musk says in talks with Saudis on taking Tesla private

Washington - Tesla chief executive Elon Musk disclosed Monday that he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric automaker private.

Niki Lauda in 'very satisfying' state after operation

Vienna - Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda is in a "very satisfying" state four days after undergoing an emergency lung transplant following an infection, Vienna's general hospital said on Monday.
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