Automakers And Suppliers

Bridge promises new trade gateway for automakers in U.S., Canada

The groundbreaking for a major bridge between Canada and the U.S. signaled the beginning of a project that will ultimately open a new gateway for automotive trade between the countries.


VW Group names Porsche exec as strategy chief

Volkswagen AG named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thomas Sedran, who will lead the group's commercial vehicles division.

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Acura adds A-Spec package to MDX for 2019

Acura is making several updates and offering a new A-Spec trim package on the MDX crossover for 2019. The changes are fairly minor -- new interior trim wood, standard four-way power lumbar adjustments for the front seats and five new exterior colors. An active damper system is now offered as an option across the line.

BMW, Mercedes boxed in by tariff battles

Mercedes-Benz and BMW stand to lose most from tit-for-tat import tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout.

Wilson named retail editor; Czarnecki joins ANTV

Automotive News has appointed Amy Wilson news editor in charge of retail coverage, replacing James B. Treece, who is retiring; Angelina Czarnecki has joined the staff of Automotive News TV.

Tesla eyes China as U.S. output struggles

Tesla took a big step toward expanding its manufacturing footprint overseas, signing a preliminary agreement to build a plant in China, but it also gave more indications that demand for its most affordable electric vehicle has faded considerably amid its struggles to produce in high volumes.

Magna isn't 'de-merging,' says Walker

Magna International is bucking a trend. It's CEO, Don Walker says the company isn't separating autonomous vehicles from its mainstream operations.

Number to watch: $41 billion

A forecast for two aftermarket trade groups predicts aftermarket parts sales will hit $327 billion in 2021, a $41 billion dollar increase over 2017 levels.


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