Carlos Ghosn undergoes questioning by Lebanese prosecutor

BEIRUT/TOKYO — Carlos Ghosn's lawyer said he was "very comfortable" with legal proceedings in Lebanon on Thursday, after the fugitive ex-Nissan boss was questioned over an extradition request from Japan where he faces criminal charges. Ghosn fled Japan to Lebanon, his childhood home, last month as he awaited trial on charges of under-reporting earnings, breach of trust [...]

Ghosn blames France’s Macron for planting the seeds of his arrest

PARIS — Ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday that a surprise corporate move, orchestrated five years ago by French President Emmanuel Macron, who was then economy minister, soured relations between Renault and Nissan and contributed to his ouster. Ghosn, the former head of the car alliance, said Nissan executives and Japanese officials were shocked by a 2015 [...]

Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept car at CES is inspired by ‘Avatar’

It seems like movie tie-ins are becoming more common for concept cars. First Porsche designed a spaceship for "Star Wars," and now Mercedes has created a concept car inspired by and named after the "Avatar" film series from James Cameron. It's called the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR (which stands for Advanced Vehicle Transformation), and Mercedes' goal is [...]

AI-powered auto-dimming sun visor Bosch Virtual Visor unveiled at CES

German supplier Bosch traveled to CES 2020 to introduce an artificial intelligence-powered sun visor called Virtual Visor. It's a major update to a part that has barely evolved in the history of the car. The Virtual Visor takes the form of a rectangle that swings down from the headliner to block sunlight, but the similarities [...]

What we know about ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan

TOKYO — Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn fled Japan while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges. He escaped to Beirut, where he grew up and is considered a national hero by many. Here's a look at the unfolding case of the fallen auto industry superstar: Where is Ghosn? Ghosn, who is Lebanese and [...]

Toyota’s own hybrid models are eating away at Prius sales

Toyota has an interesting problem on its hands: The Prius, once the ubiquitous and obvious answer for those seeking fuel savings or environmental cred, is losing ground. And it’s not losing ground to other specialist green vehicles in the company’s lineup; it’s losing sales to hybrid versions of otherwise normal vehicles like the Camry, the [...]

Carlos Ghosn says family played no role in getting him out of Japan

Men guard a vehicle as it arrives at the home where former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn is staying in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday. / AP   BEIRUT — The family of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn played no role in his escape from Japan, Ghosn said in a statement on Thursday, days after his abrupt arrival [...]

Lawsuit regarding racism at Tesla factory could go to trial

A federal judge rejected Tesla's effort to dismiss claims by two former workers that the California electric car factory where they worked was a hotbed of racial hostility, clearing the way for a possible trial. In a decision on Monday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco found open questions over whether Owen Diaz [...]