Volkswagen plans to build half a dozen battery cell plants in Europe and expand infrastructure for charging electric vehicles globally, accelerating efforts to overtake Tesla and speed up mass adoption of battery-powered cars.
German carmaker Daimler plans to spin off Daimler Truck, the world’s largest truck and bus maker, as it seeks to increase its investor appeal as a focused electric, luxury car business, sending its shares up nearly 9%.
Mercedes-Benz car maker Daimler AG on Friday raised its profit outlook for 2021, but said the global semiconductor chip shortage may continue to impact sales in the second quarter.
Passenger car retail sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market, fell 80% in February because of the coronavirus epidemic, one of the country’s industry associations said.
Carmaker Ford Motor jumped into the emergency push by major US manufacturers to produce thousands of ventilators and respirators needed to help combat the spread of the coronavirus under a partnership code-named ‘Project Apollo’.
German carmaker Volkswagen said it was joining other manufacturers around the world to explore using 3D printing to make hospital ventilators to combat the coronavirus.
Nissan Motor has requested a $4.6 billion commitment line from major lenders to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic while it seeks to engineer a desperately needed turnaround, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Volkswagen (VW) said it was in talks to discuss a settlement with German vehicle owners who are suing the carmaker over excessive pollution caused by VW’s diesel cars.
Automobili Lamborghini is converting departments of its super sports car production plant in Italy’s Sant’Agata Bolognese in order to produce surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields.