Making a vehicle represents a supply chain challenge even for Apple, a company with deep pockets that makes hundreds of millions of electronics products each year.
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Musk and his team are preparing to outline new steps in Tesla's drive to become a more self-sufficient company less reliant on suppliers.
European firms are focusing on niche markets and new technologies rather than taking on Asian firms whose mass production is aimed at supplying electric vehicles.
The firm's practices are at odds with traditional automakers' methods, but are proving popular when measured by sales figures.
Allies of the chief operating officer are pressing the board to promote him to co-CEO, so he can drive the turnaround plan he is said to have engineered.
The carmaker will pull back from Europe and elsewhere to focus on the United States, China and Japan under a plan that represents a new strategic direction.
The data reinforces growing optimism that the world's biggest car market is stabilizing fast as businesses return to normal in China.
Nidec Corp. plans to more than triple its revenue over the next five years by focusing on electric vehicle powertrains and buying specialists in motor technologies, according to two people familiar with the matter. The world's leading maker of precision motors and a supplier of ...
Nissan is planning aggressive cost cuts to deal with an unexpected slump in sales as the expansionist strategy it inherited from fugitive former Chairman Carlos Ghosn flounders, four people familiar with the plans said. Japan's second-biggest carmaker is set to eliminate at least 4,300 white-collar ...
At a two-day gathering for Honda's suppliers in March, Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo sounded the alarm. At the Hotel Higashinihon in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Hachigo told them the automaker was facing a crisis after a string of costly recalls and other quality blunders and needed ...