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BEIJING — China’s state planner said on Friday that restrictions on purchases of new energy vehicles (NEVs) will be gradually removed in various parts of the country in a “vigorous” push to promote NEVs and “green consumption.” The Chinese government uses the term new energy vehicles to refer to low-emissions vehicles including plug-in-hybrid, full-electric and
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BEIJING — Volkswagen’s vehicle plant with FAW in Tianjin, China, resumed production on Friday after shutting on Jan. 10 because of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the eastern Chinese city, the German automaker said. “The FAW-Volkswagen vehicle plant had temporarily shut down operations due to missing parts from suppliers and pending COVID-19 test results of employees.
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BEIJING — Renault and Geely Holding have formally agreed a deal to jointly design and produce hybrid and gasoline-fueled vehicles in South Korea for sale there, as well as for export, Renault said in a statement. The new vehicles, based on Geely’s compact vehicle architecture as well as its hybrid powertrain and other technologies, will
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Quantum computer maker IonQ said that it is partnering with Hyundai to use quantum computers to develop more effective batteries. The partnership will create a battery chemistry model to simulate the structure and energy of lithium oxide, to help improve the performance, costs, and safety of lithium batteries, IonQ said. Researchers believe quantum computers could
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BERLIN — Volkswagen and Robert Bosch plan to set up a joint venture by the end of this year to equip battery cell factories and help make Europe self-sufficient in battery production. The unit will explore the possibilities of industrial-scale solutions for battery manufacturing in Europe, VW and Bosch said in a statement on Tuesday. The new
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BERLIN — Germany’s goal of getting 15 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 includes full-electric and hybrid vehicles, the country’s transport minister said, in a retreat from a pledge in the coalition government’s agreement late last year. “We want electrically powered vehicles. Of course, hybrids also make a contribution to this,” Volker Wissing
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Canada’s auto safety regulator said it had opened an investigation into the heating system of Tesla Model 3 and Model Y vehicles following 16 consumer complaints about its performance in cold weather. The agency, Transport Canada, said it was concerned that a malfunctioning heating and air-conditioning system “may affect windshield defogging/defrosting and therefore driver visibility.”
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PARIS — Citroen’s global sales increased by 7 percent in 2021 amid the semiconductor shortage, with gains in every region, the automaker said. The Stellantis brand recorded 796,868 sales, with 624,140 in Europe (a gain of 1.2 percent), 61,695 in the Middle East and Africa (up 12 percent); 48,615 in South America (up 39 percent);
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Aston Martin named Doug Lafferty, a former executive at the Williams Formula One team, as its chief financial officer, replacing Kenneth Gregor. The automaker said in December that Gregor would step down for personal reasons after 18 months in the role.  Lafferty has been CFO of Vivo Energy, an Africa-based fuel retailer, since last February. Before that,
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Porsche’s annual global vehicle sales broke the 300,000 mark for the first time last year as the automaker overcame chip shortages to fulfil rising global demand for its cars, especially plug-in-hybrid models. Deliveries increased 11 percent to 301,915, Porsche said in a statement. Porsche’s previous record annual sales were 280,800in 2019. The Taycan full-electric sedan
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DETROIT — The head of the North American International Auto Show on Tuesday said the 2022 show will take place Sept. 14-25 in downtown Detroit. Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the NAIAS, confirmed the dates during the 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards
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Mercedes-Benz plans to build the complete powertrain for its new MMA and MB.EA electric architectures entirely in-house starting in 2024, a top executive said. “To do this, we are significantly increasing the depth of added value and are also switching from third-party sourcing to in-house production, Markus Schaefer, head of development at Mercedes parent Daimler,
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Aston Martin said sales to dealers in 2021 surged 82 percent, even as the British automaker forecast lower-than-expected annual adjusted core earnings due to delays in shipments of its limited-edition 2.4 million-pound ($3.3 million) Valkyrie sports car. Aston Martin said 10 Valkyries were shipped in the fourth quarter, fewer than previously planned. The delays have
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Aston Martin is seeking a replacement for CEO Tobias Moers because of the automaker’s continuing financial woes, a report said. Moers, a former head of Mercedes-AMG performance division, has held the role for less than two years. A potential candidate for the CEO job has been approached, according to Autocar motoring magazine, which cited unnamed
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PARIS — Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics said its preliminary fourth-quarter revenues were slightly above the guidance given at the end of October, in the context of a global microchip supply crunch, which gave a lift to its shares. Sales for the last three months of 2021 increased by 11 percent sequentially, coming in at $3.56 billion
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PARIS — Stellantis and Renault Group will focus on launching compact and midsize vehicles in 2022, with key models that include the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Dacia Jogger. Others include the Chinese-built Citroen C5X, the Maserati Grecale, the Renault Austral (replacing the slow-selling Kadjar) and a widely rumored coupe/crossover based
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