Mercedes-Benz to scale back models, options in US

21 May
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 coupeAfter years of adding new nameplates to its portfolio, Mercedes-Benz is ready to prune some vehicles from its lineup. The German luxury brand will reportedly cull some models, variants, and options from its U.S. portfolio, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Sunday. The brand delivered the news at a May 8 dealer meeting in Las...

Honda to dial back option, trim, and color combinations on its cars

9 May
2019 Honda AccordFuture Honda vehicles will come in fewer color and trim level combinations as the automaker seeks to reduce the complexity of building cars for all markets globally. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Wednesday that the the automaker will seek to streamline versions of the cars its sells. Honda was among the first carmakers to...

Waymo to build its self-driving cars in Detroit

24 Apr
Waymo self-driving car depot in Chandler, ArizonaGoogle's self-driving car subsidiary Waymo said Tuesday that it will build its self-driving cars in the Motor City. The autonomous car firm said in a new blog post it chose Detroit for its "strong talent base," called the area the "heart of the American automotive industry," and said that it would provide jobs in an area affected by recent...

GM builds last Chevrolet Cruze, exits compact car market

6 Mar
2019 Chevrolet CruzeThe final Chevrolet Cruze will roll off the assembly line in Ohio on Wednesday, pulling General Motors and the entire Detroit new-car industry out of the compact car market in the process. Reuters reported that production is scheduled to end two days ahead of schedule. That means that on Thursday, GM's Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant near...

UAW files lawsuit against GM over decision to idle car factories

28 Feb
General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, MichiganThe United Auto Workers union served General Motors a fresh lawsuit on Tuesday over its decision to idle four assembly plants in the U.S. The UAW claimed in its lawsuit that GM breached its 2015 contract with the union by announcing that two car plants in Michigan and Ohio and a pair of transmission plants in Maryland and Michigan will be...

Subaru stops production in Japan after discovering power-steering issue

24 Jan
2019 Subaru ForesterSubaru has stopped production at two of its factories near Tokyo after discovering a power-steering defect in the cars assembled there. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Subaru expects the two plants to remain offline until Monday. The company found the power-steering issue in the Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza models, though other...

Schoolchildren write letters to GM CEO, plead to reconsider Ohio plant’s future

19 Dec
GM Lordstown OhioSchool districts near an assembly plant General Motor said in November it plans to close have teamed up with the United Auto Workers union to carry out a letter-writing campaign to the automaker's CEO. The students were tasked children with penning their "Christmas wish" of keeping the facility open, according the Detroit Free Press last week. In...

US DoT grants $25M to help BMW’s South Carolina plant

13 Dec
BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South CarolinaA new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port Authority's lead railroad tracks and extend rails...