The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labor -- a concern for carmakers from Volkswagen to Tesla.
Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan.
While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network.
UAW dissidents see the situation as an opportunity for profound change. They're urging rank-and-file members to "take back" the union from leaders they claim are overly willing to comply with employers' requests.
When the new Subaru Ascent reaches dealers this summer, it will be priced well below its competition in the three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover segment, while becoming the brand's most expensive crossover or wagon.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rattled through the company's ambitions: food delivery, freight, autonomous vehicles and even buses and bikes. Achieving such goals means the company will continue to lose money, he acknowledged.