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Auto industry pleads against new Trump tariffs

Washington - The auto industry pleaded Thursday with US President Donald Trump's administration to reject tariffs on vehicle imports, which they say could cripple domestic manufacturing and cause job losses.

French automaker PSA confirms plans to re-enter US market by 2026

Detroit - French automaker PSA confirmed Thursday its plan for a gradual return to the US market even if Washington follows through on a threat to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on auto imports.

PSA eyeing Canada amid Trump auto tariff threat

Detroit - French automaker Groupe PSA may turn to Canada rather than entering the US market if Washington follows through on threats to impose blanket tariffs on auto imports, the company's regional chief said Tuesday.

Jaguar warns 'bad Brexit' could kill new investment

London - Iconic British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover warned Thursday that a "bad" Brexit deal could jeopardise planned investment of more than $100 billion, upping corporate pressure as the government heads into crucial talks.

Merkel warns Trump against trade war

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump against unleashing an all-out trade war after he threatened to impose steep tariffs on cars from the European Union.

Stamped out by war and communism, Polish luxury is back

Warsaw - A grey Ferrari comes to a halt in Warsaw and a young woman emerges. Wearing Chanel sunglasses and carrying a little dog, she enters the Raffles Europejski hotel, a symbol of the luxury that has returned to Poland.

Peru says it will host Dakar 2019 rally: organizers

- Peru confirmed on Thursday that it will host the 2019 Dakar rally, the France-based organizers said, despite the government previously expressing doubts because of financial constraints."See you in Lima...

Briton flashed at 265 kmh in clandestine race across France

Lille - A British driver zipping through northern France was caught going 265 kmh (165 mph) during a clandestine car rally across Europe, local authorities said Monday.

Chinese electric carmaker Byton raises $500 mn to take on Tesla

Washington - China-based electric car startup Byton has raised $500 million as it ramps up efforts to take on rivals like Tesla.

Global electric car sales up over 50 percent in 2017: IEA

Paris - Electric car sales around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold, the International Energy Agency said in a report Wednesday.

Britain's supply of electric cars at risk from Brexit: think-tank

Apo - Britain risks a shortage of electric cars after Brexit as carmakers will lose an incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a Brussels-based think-tank warned.

China to cut auto tariffs on July 1 as trade tensions ease

Bejing - China announced Tuesday that it would cut tariffs on auto imports from July 1, the latest sign of a thaw in trade frictions with the United States.

China says to cut auto import tariffs on July 1

Bejing - China will cut tariffs on most imported cars to 15 percent from July 1, the finance ministry said on Tuesday following a thaw in trade tensions with the United States.

Lebanon hosts first all-female classic car rally

Beirut - Lebanon is hosting its first ever women-only classic car rally, with female drivers flying in from across the world for the occasion.The 28 drivers in the two-day Rallye des Graces event include women from France, the United Kingdom, China and Algeria....

China spots problems with US cars, pork as trade talks loom

Bejing - China said on Wednesday it had stepped up inspections of key US imports such as pork and automobiles, just as a high-level delegation visits Washington for key trade negotiations.

Tesla reorganizing to speed up production

San Francisco - Tesla chief Elon Musk told employees Monday the electric carmaker is being reorganized to speed up production of Model 3 vehicles -- a key to profitability at the fast-growing firm.

Toyota invests Can$1.4 billion in Canada plants

Ottawa - Toyota announced Friday it would invest Can$1.4 billion ($1.09 billion) in two factories in central Canada where the Japanese manufacturer plans to build its largest hybrid hub in North America.

Can fish school cars in how to drive together?

Paris - In the not so distant future autonomous vehicles may rule the road. Could the ability of fish to swim together provide insights for engineers to make automated driving safer?"One thinks about autonomous cars in isolation.

China manufacturing firms plunge on foreign ownership plan

Shares in top Chinese manufacturing companies plunged Wednesday after Beijing announced plans to phase out ownership limits for foreign automakers, shipbuilders and aircraft firms.

China to relax foreign ownership limits on cars, other industries

Bejing - China announced Tuesday a timeline to open up its manufacturing sector including scrapping ownership limits for foreign automakers, shipbuilders and aircraft firms -- addressing a contentious issue in its trade dispute with the United States.

China to lift foreign ownership limits on automakers

Bejing - China announced a timeline for lifting ownership limits on foreign automakers Tuesday, meeting a longtime demand of the United States and other countries seeking better access for their companies in the world's biggest car market.

Opportunity knocks for Ricciardo in new F1 season

Melbourne - Daniel Ricciardo faces a pivotal year in his Formula One career with expectations of a much-improved Red Bull performance and mounting speculation over where he will drive next season.

Driven to perfection: can anyone stop F1 champ Hamilton?

Melbourne - A refreshed and hungry Lewis Hamilton has declared he's ready to take the new Formula One season by the scruff of the neck -- which is bad news for his long-suffering rivals.

Trump threatens EU auto industry over bloc's trade war retaliation

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened a tax on cars from the European Union if it enacts retaliatory measures in response to his announced plans for tariffs on imported steel and aluminum."If the E.U.

Daimler issues second apology over Dalai Lama post: China media

Bejing - German auto giant Daimler has apologised to China again after sparking an outcry over an Instagram post by its luxury brand Mercedes-Benz quoting the Dalai Lama, seen by Beijing as a Tibetan separatist.

Elon Musk, visionary Tesla and SpaceX founder

San Francisco - From cars to rockets, Elon Musk dreams big.On Tuesday, the South African-born entrepreneur combined both of those passions, blasting one of his Tesla electric cars into space aboard his own rocket.

Daimler struggling with European emissions standards

Detroit - The chief executive of Daimler said Monday at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years.

Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 bn on back of US tax reform

New York - Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler on Thursday unveiled a plan to invest $1 billion in a Michigan assembly plant and offer bonuses to tens of thousands of employees, saying the measures were possible because of US tax reform.

Bucking trend, Hyundai bets on hydrogen fuel cell for new car

Las Vegas - Hyundai unveiled Monday a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle aimed at showcasing its newest technologies, bucking the all-electric trend of most rival automakers.

Startup unveils 'car of future' for $45,000

Las Vegas - A Chinese startup unveiled its vision for the automobile of the future Sunday, promising to deliver an "intuitive and intelligent" car to global markets starting next year from around $45,000.
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