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Kobe Steel plant under inspection by Japan ministry, report says

One of the Kobe Steel plants at the heart of a product data cheating scandal is being inspected by Japan's transport ministry, Kyodo News reported

UPDATED: 10/23/17 4:02 pm ET - adds copy of suit

CDK, Reynolds sued over alleged anti-competitive actions

Teterboro Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram has sued Reynolds and CDK, saying the software giants' anti-competitive behavior has driven up costs at the dealership.


Fiat Chrysler sues shippers over alleged price fixing

FCA has lodged a complaint with a federal regulator seeking "reparations" from a group of shipping companies from Asia, Europe and South America that admitted to fixing prices for shipping vehicles.

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Daimler prepares for EV shift with a shift of its own

Daimler is firming up plans for its biggest corporate overhaul in a decade, granting its car and truck operations more independence in a move that could pave the way for spinoffs and other deals as the automaker confronts the disruptive shift to self-driving electric vehicles.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

After several years of delays related to battery supply and regulatory certification, Mitsubishi is bringing its Outlander plug-in hybrid to the U.S.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Are they betting the farm?

Despite the red flags -- and there are more than a few -- car companies are pursuing electrification. This even without a market to support their efforts and investments.

UPDATED: 10/9/17 4:21 pm ET - adds stock close
Tesla in 'production hell' to meet Model 3 deadline, Musk says

Tesla pushed back the reveal of its semi truck by three weeks as CEO Elon Musk focuses on boosting production of the Model 3 that the EV maker is counting on to dramatically increase sales. Resources are being diverted to address "production hell" that is holding back Model 3 output, Musk tweeted.

UPDATED: 10/2/17 4:15 pm ET - adds details, GM stock close
GM plans at least 20 new electric, fuel cell vehicles globally by 2023

GM said it plans to launch a mix of at least 20 new all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles globally by 2023, including two in the next 18 months. The all-electric and fuel cell vehicles represent a "two-pronged" approach to the automaker's vision of an autonomous, zero-emission future.

Ford to expand EV offerings

Ford said it will increase the number of battery electric vehicles it offers, and is forming a dedicated internal team to study and develop the technology.

EV momentum has been building for decades

In an era of stable gasoline prices and booming SUV sales, even dramatic advances in EV development don't often make big headlines. But they haven't escaped the notice of the industry's big players, which have been waiting for this moment to arrive.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain
Let consumers decide on EVs

For EVs to be successful, the public is going to have to want to buy them in much larger quantities than today. Governments can't make that happen by fiat.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Just where will we get this electricity?

TO THE EDITOR: I would like some help understanding where the electricity for electric vehicles will come from. My bet is most people think it is like milk in the grocery store, where there is an endless supply from jugs.

Audi on fuel cells: Maybe later

The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.

UPDATED: 9/19/17 4:24 pm ET - adds comment, corrected
NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.

Ghosn plans 12 new EVs, more platform sharing

Ghosn's new six-year business plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance will develop more EVs and autonomous vehicles. It also will accelerate the pace of platform-sharing between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Frankfurt photo booth

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.

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