Morgan Lewis Automotive | Q3 2017

Q3 | 2017

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Welcome to the 13th edition of our newsletter on developments in the automotive industry published by Morgan Lewis’s automotive team with contributions from lawyers in our offices around the globe. We counsel our automotive clients on a broad range of industry-specific issues, including matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, litigation, regulatory concerns, intellectual property (IP), and labor and employment.

This issue of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE, which covers the third quarter of 2017, touches on topics relating to self-driving cars, proposed regulations for diesel engine vehicles, and other developments in the global automotive markets. Find back issues of Morgan Lewis AUTOMOTIVE here.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Renault, Brilliance China Automotive to form joint venture; Tsubaki Nakashima acquires bearing components business; Toyota to cooperate with Mazda; Ron Dennis divests shares in McLaren; Ford to joint venture with Zotye Auto on electric vehicles in China; Volvo Group divests its shares in Deutz AG; Fosun, Nanjing Nangang Iron & Steel complete Koller acquisition; Tencent, Guangzhou Automobile to cooperate on connected cars; Daimler, Via form joint venture for van ridesharing services; Aston Martin to expand trade and operations in Japan
  • Antitrust: Germany imposes fines on heat shield manufacturers; EC approves Opel’s acquisition by Peugeot; EC Fines Scania €880 million in EU truck cartel probe
  • Regulatory: Automobile sales measures become effective in China; EU court confirms decision to partly block state aid for BMW; EU Commission orders Polish motorway operator to repay €210 million; India issues guidelines for dealers distributing car insurance; Emission rule compliance still in spotlight
  • Intellectual Property: Ferrari to lose Testarossa brand; ADAS engineers face performance, compliance challenges; Shape of Land Rover’s Defender is in play; Ford patents autonomous car with passenger table