Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor to launch new brand targeting premium segment

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor plans on launching a new standalone brand for electric and smart vehicles in China, as it tries to pursue growth in this burgeoning segment. Inspired by U.S. technology and auto giant Tesla Inc, several Chinese automakers have announced plans…

Hacker hit cruise operator Carnival Corp with ransomware, gain access to employee data

Cruise operator Carnival Corp disclosed, it has launched an investigation into a ransomware attack on one of its brand’s computer network systems. In a regulatory filing, Carnival, which operates AIDA, Carnival and Princess cruises among others, disclosed that through the attack hackers were able to gain access personal data of guests and employees. Carnival Corp…

U.S. engineering & design firm Silk EV enters MOU with China’s FAW to produce Hongqi branded sports cars

On Monday, Silk EV, a little-known U.S.-based engineering and design firm disclosed it plans on investing $1.41 billion (10 billion yuan) in order to make sports cars with China’s FAW Group under the Hongqi brand, the brand of choice for China’s late revolutionary leader Chairman Mao Zedong. Silk EV has signed a memorandum of understanding…

Hyundai unveils its first SUV in overseas premium push

On Wednesday, Hyundai Motor Co unveiled its first sport-utility vehicle (SUV) under its Genesis brand in a move aimed at increasing its footprint in overseas markets, said analysts. Genesis, spun off in 2015, is an initiative of Hyundai Motor Group heir-apparent Euisun Chung, is aimed at revamping Hyundai’s image as an automaker which makes cost…

Fitbit Inc reports stellar first quarter results

The development underscores a rising demand for affordable wearables among consumers. In a development that signals a welcome break for wearable devices, wearable device maker Fitbit Inc reported better-than expected first-quarter results reaffirming its full-year revenue forecast. The wearable device maker was able to sell more smartwatches and wearable devices that track health at affordable…

Zurich-based ABB to acquire GE’s Industrial Solutions business for $2.6 billion

ABB sees a yearly potential for cost synergies of $200 million arising as a result of this acquisition. On Monday, Swiss engineering giant ABB stated it will be acquiring General Electric’s Industrial Solutions for $2.6 billion. The deal is help expand its footprint in the North American market. As a result of the deal, Zurich-based…