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  • Ford Suspends F-150 Production After Fire At Supplier
    09 May 2018

    Ford Motor Co. said that it will halt production of its top-selling F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks at some of its U.S. plants following a fire at a Michigan plant that produces instrument panels.  The truck side of Ford’s Kansas City Assembly plant has been suspended due to parts shortage. This means that about 3,600 workers are idled with no date set for reopening the plant. And the Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan is getting closed too. That plant has 4,000 employees. In addition, F-Series Super Duty production is suspended at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. ...

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  • Nikola Motor Sues Tesla Alleging Design Patent Infringements
    03 May 2018

    Electric automaker Tesla is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Nikola Motor Co, an automaker that makes hydrogen-powered semi trucks, alleging design patent infringements. Tesla’s Semi is the first electric heavy-duty truck and it’s similar to Nikola’s design.Utah-based Nikola says that it was issued six design patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its fuselage, wrap windshield, mid-entry door, side cladding, and the overall design of the Nikola One. Nikola estimated the harm from Tesla’s alleged infringement to be more than $2 billion. Tesla’s spokes...

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  • April car sales slow down as consumer demand continued to weaken
    01 May 2018

    As consumer demand continued to weaken, the most powerful automakers have revealed their car sales for April 2018, and the results weren’t as good as expected. Auto sales have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this year, with a weak performance in February followed by a jump in sales for some automakers in March.Ford Motor posted a 4.7-percent decline in sales, with retail sales to consumers down 2.6 percent. The No. 2 U.S. automaker said sales of its popular pickup trucks were up 0.9 percent, but SUV and passenger car sales were down 4.6 percent and 15 percent respectively.Nis...

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  • The car industry pressured by technology and raw materials costs
    27 Apr 2018

    As pressures mount on the industry despite rising vehicle sales, climbing technology costs, raw materials and global currency shifts ate into profits at the world’s carmakers. The US car market seems to recover, thanks to the sales increase in the first quarter.German groups Volkswagen and Daimler saw material and commodity costs deflate their earnings, while smaller operators Volvo and Mazda flagged rising technology and marketing spending for their profit drops. The outlay from launching new vehicles also took tolls on Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Volvo and Daimler, with higher marke...

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  • Houston Car Sales Climbed, Prices Fell in March
    19 Apr 2018

    In the first quarter of 2018 new car sales grew by 12.6 percent over the last year as high consumer confidence and low unemployment favored Houston dealerships. Local car dealers sold 22.278 new cars in March, which is more by 6.4 percent over the last year.  However, the average price for a new vehicle fell for the second month in a row to $37,217, which is less by $554 or 1.5 percent. Prices fell in all car categories, cars, trucks, and SUVs. Average prices fell because the market share for trucks and SUVs has fallen. Since SUVs and trucks cost more than sedans, a loss in market sh...

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