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Tesla sues ex-employee alleging data theft, leaks to media

Jun. 20, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla's Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric car maker alleged in a federal lawsuit. The suit was filed Wednesday, three days after CEO Elon Musk warned employees...

Tariff troubles: Volvo opens 1st US plant in changed economy

Jun. 20, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Volvo Cars opened its first plant in the U.S. on Wednesday in a much different trade environment than when it announced its expansion across the Atlantic three years ago. The Swedish automaker threw a glitzy party for the reveal of its redesigned S60 sedan, which will roll off a South...

The Latest: Volvo watches tariffs as 1st US plant opens

Jun. 20, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Volvo Cars opening its first U.S. plant (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Volvo is showing off its first car to be made-in-America, even as the economic climate changes radically under President Donald Trump. Volvo Cars officially opened its South Carolina plant Wednesday...

Automakers improve quality to record level in annual survey

Jun. 20, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A survey of new-vehicle buyers finds that car and truck quality hit a record high this year as automakers started to clear up bugs with infotainment systems. The annual survey by J.D. Power finds that buyers reported a record-low 93 problems per 100 vehicles during the first three months of...

Hyundai Motor, Audi join hands for fuel cell technology

Jun. 20, 2018 6:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Group said Wednesday it signed an agreement with Audi AG to jointly develop electronics vehicles powered by fuel cell. Under the multi-year agreement, Hyundai's affiliates including Kia and Audi's parent company Volkswagen AG will share components, supply chains and...

Ford celebrates purchase of iconic Detroit train station

Jun. 19, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is celebrating its purchase of Detroit's long vacant train depot that the company plans to redevelop for research and development of self-driving vehicles. The company's executive chairman, Bill Ford, has used the Michigan Central depot as a backdrop while publicly laying out...

Ford, VW study commercial vehicle alliance that could grow

Jun. 19, 2018 5:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Ford and Volkswagen are exploring joint development of future commercial vehicles in a possible alliance that could lead to cooperation in other areas. The companies announced the collaboration in a statement on Tuesday. They said that any alliance would not involve cross ownership stakes or...

Audi names Schot interim CEO, puts jailed Stadler on leave

Jun. 19, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi has named sales chief Abraham 'Bram' Schot as interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions cheating. Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said in a statement Tuesday that it has also complied with Stadler's request to temporarily...

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 2...

Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs

Jun. 18, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. But if President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles and...