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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced a $1bn (£816m) investment to produce three Jeep models in the US.
Under the plan it will also move the production of a Ram pickup truck from Mexico to the US.
The location of car production has become a sensitive issue, as President-elect Donald Trump is critical of firms that have moved production to Mexico and has threatened to impose tariffs.
However, BMW has told the BBC it will go ahead with a new plant in Mexico.
The German car giant is spending $1bn on a new factory at San Luis Potosi to make its 3 Series cars for sale across North America.
BMW sales and marketing director Ian Robertson told the BBC that the firm was "absolutely" committed to the facility.
He added that the company was investing a similar sum of money in a plant in South Carolina and pointed out that BMW was the biggest exporter of cars from the US.
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The president-elect has threatened car makers with a "border tax" if they make cars in Mexico and sell them in the US.
Last week Ford cancelled a $1.6bn plan to build a plant in Mexico and instead decided to expand operations in Michigan.
Ford boss Mark Fields said the decision was partly due to falling sales of small cars and partly a "vote of confidence" in Mr Trump's policies.
On the same day as Ford's announcement, Mr Trump had criticised General Motors on Twitter for making cars in Mexico and importing them into the US.
"General Motors is sending Mexican-made model of Chevy Cruze to US car dealers tax-free across border. Make in USA or pay big border tax!" he tweeted.
FCA said its announcement was the second phase of a plan, first outlined in January, to expand in the market for pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs).
It will invest in a plant in Michigan, so that it can produce two new Jeep SUVs and take on the production of a Ram truck, currently made in Mexico.
An Ohio plant will be retooled to make a new Jeep pickup truck.
As a result, FCA says that 2,000 jobs will be added.
Samsung Electronics Co. executives have been summoned by South Korean special prosecutors amid a widening influence-peddling scandal that brought about South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment.
The company’s Co-Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung and President Chang Choong-ki were asked to come in for questioning, Hong Jung-seok, a spokesperson for the special prosecutors office, told Bloomberg News via text message on Sunday. Choi and Chang are expected by 10 a.m. on Monday and they will come in as testifiers, meaning they have not been accused of wrongdoing. This status may change, Hong said.
Lee, de-facto head of Samsung Group, and a co-vice chair of Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of mobile devices. Lawmakers fired questions to Lee on whether the country’s biggest conglomerate received political favors in return for donations to foundations controlled by Choi Soon-sil, the president’s friend at the center of the scandal. Lee had denied allegations during the hearing.
A Samsung Group spokeswoman declined to comment when contacted by the Bloomberg News.
In preliminary results posted last Friday, operating income rose to 9.2 trillion won ($7.8 billion) in the quarter ended Dec. 31, its biggest profit in three years, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said.
BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Internet giant Baidu has been approved to open a direct bank, finally joining its tech counterparts in offering banking services.
The country's top banking regulator has approved the establishment of Baixin Bank, which has joint investment from China CITIC Bank and Baidu to offer direct banking services.
This is the first time for an independent legal entity in China to run a direct banking business. Direct banks are those without any branch networks, offering services remotely via online and telephone banking.
China CITIC Bank, one of the country's largest lenders by assets, will hold a controlling stake in the new bank, which will combine cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile Internet and other leading technologies to offer financial services.
China started piloting private banks in 2014, and Baidu's counterparts Alibaba and Tencent have already successfully gained private banking licenses by forming similar alliances with partners.
Robin Li, Baidu's board chairman and CEO, expects the new team will make full use of Baidu's leading technology, huge data and expertise in online operations.
HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use Nokia's brand on mobile phones, announced on Sunday its first smartphone, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan ($246).
The launch marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj (NOKIA.HE) chose to sell its entire handset unit to Microsoft (MSFT.O).
The new device, Nokia 6, runs on Google's (GOOGL.O) Android platform and is manufactured by Foxconn (2354.TW). It will be sold exclusively in China through online retailer JD.com (JD.O), HMD said.
"The decision by HMD to launch its first Android smartphone into China is a reflection of the desire to meet the real world needs of consumers in different markets around the world... it is a strategically important market," HMD said in a statement.
Nokia was once the world's dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones, and then chose Microsoft's Windows operating system for its "Lumia" range.
After the 2014 deal, Microsoft continued selling cheaper basic phones under Nokia's name and Lumia smartphones under its own name, but last year, it largely abandoned both businesses.
HMD in December took over the Nokia feature phones business and struck a licensing deal that gave it sole use of the Nokia brand on all phones and tablets for the next decade.
It will pay Nokia royalties for the brand and patents, but Nokia has no direct investment in HMD. Nokia Oyj is currently focused on telecom network equipment business and technology patents.
HMD CEO Arto Nummela, who was once responsible for Nokia's sales and product development, told Reuters last month that HMD aims to be one of the key competitive players in the smartphone business where it faces tough competition from Apple (AAPL.O), Samsung (005930.KS) and dozens of other players.
HMD launched some new Nokia basic phones last month. It said on Sunday it was looking to launch more new products in the first half of the year.
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl and Eric Auchard)
Unidentified gunmen killed eight members of Afghanistan's Hazara minority who were working as miners in the northern province of Baghlan, a local government official said.
Faiz Mohammad Amiri, governor of Taleh va Barfak district, said the eight dead and three other wounded, who all came from Daykundi province in central Afghanistan, had been pulled out of a vehicle and shot on Friday.
He blamed the Taliban, which controls the district where the incident occurred but the insurgent movement denied any involvement.
"The people working in this mine had our permission and we had good relations," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. "They hadn't created any problems."
He blamed "arbakis" or members of informal local militias, in the area for the killings.
Hazaras are a Persian-speaking, largely Shia minority, who have faced a long history of discrimination and violence in mainly Sunni Afghanistan.
Last year, scores of Hazara were killed in a series of attacks in Kabul, some claimed by Islamic State in an apparent attempt to stir sectarian tensions.
The incident underlines the dire security situation in the country, where government forces now control only two-thirds of national territory and violence is a daily occurrence.
Thousands of tech companies descended on Las Vegas for CES 2017 this week to show off what they think you'll buy in the coming year.
Although we saw more of what dominated the tech scene last year -- smart home products, wearables and enough Amazon Echo partnerships to make your head spin -- some new products shined brightly above the rest.
From an underwater drone to the car of the future, here's a look at what impressed us most.
1. Toyota Concept-i
Toyota unveiled a concept car to highlight its vision for what cars may look like in 2030. With see-through glass doors, wheels built directly into the body and a bright white interior and exterior, the future is looking pretty sleek.
While you'd think we'd be riding in self-driving vehicles by then, the car isn't fully autonomous. Toyota believes you'll still want to drive yourself around 14 years from now.
2. Willow breast pump
New moms will appreciate the attention paid to baby tech this year. Willow's breast pumps were a standout, offering a quiet, hands-free and cordless approach to pumping on the go (and tracking how much you pump).
3. PowerRay drone
The high-flying trend will (once again) be out in full force in 2017. We saw pocket-sized drones and ones that follow you around, but PowerVision's underwater drone -- called the PowerRay -- took a clever approach by bringing the concept down under. The waterproof drone can swim 30 meters below water and uses sonar to help recreational fisherman better track fish.
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, the drone sends alerts to users back on land when fish are nearby. It'll even capture 4K video and photos, so you can replay the moment you caught your dinner.
Official pricing hasn't been announced, but it will be in the $3,000 range. Pre-orders start in February.
4. PowerEgg drone
Also from PowerVision, the PowerEgg is an egg-shaped collapsible quadcopter. It's unlike a drone we've ever seen before. Weighing in at about 4.5 pounds, the drone pops out of the plastic casing when it's time to fly.
It features on board GPS, a 4K camera and relies on your iOS or Android device for processing power. You can buy it now for $1,288.
5. LG 'wallpaper' TV
LG's new flagship 4K OLED TV is incredibly thin and light. Called the W -- for "wallpaper" -- it adheres to the wall with magnets. It's designed to look like you're watching TV through a window or picture on the wall. It comes in 65-inch and 77-inch options.
PicoBrew ($200) is a homebrew kit that takes just a few hours to create 5 liters of beer. The device, which launched a Kickstarter campaign last fall, has more than 40 beer options for users to choose from. It's also easy to keep components sanitized -- an important piece of home brewing -- through its cleaning system.
But PicoBrew might not be novel for long. Anheuser-Busch and Keurig announced on Friday they are collaborating on an in-home alcohol drinks system.
7. Moro robot
The Moro robot does all of your chores, such as pouring drinks, picking up groceries and folding laundry. At about four feet tall, the white cylindrical robot -- with arms but no face or eyes -- moves in all directions. The system includes voice and facial recognition technology to take task requests and learn who is commanding it over time. There's no official launch date, but it comes with a hefty $30,000 price tag.
8. Motiv smart ring
Wearables are everywhere, but the Motiv smart rings packs everything you need into one small package. Unlike other smart rings, such as the Ringly, it's main focus is fitness. Motiv collects stats like your daily steps, heart rate, goals and distance and pushes that data to your smartphone. Available in gray or rose gold titanium device, it looks just like a traditional ring.
It also comes with standalone GPS, so there's no need to take your phone on runs to track your data. It will cost $200 when it launches in the spring.
9. Snoo bassinet
The Snoo bassinet is a robot that rocks your baby to sleep. The product went viral late last year, but we finally got a look at it in action. The Snoo, developed by renown designer Yves Béhar, rocks newborns to sleep when crying. Along with producing slight humming noise, the experience recreates how babies feel in the womb and aims to help little ones -- and parents -- sleep better at night. The Snoo also prevents babies from rolling over via a sleeper outfit that clips onto the bassinet's sides.
10. Vuzix glasses
Vuzix wants to succeed where Google Glass failed. The company's sunglasses pair with Android devices and display what's on the screen in the right lens. You can watch videos, get directions and read text messages via the small projected image is small. The glasses can be controlled with your voice or a touch pad on the right stem. The left lens is for snapping photos through its built-in camera. The Vuzix glasses will launch in the second half of 2017. Price is still unknown.
11. Little Fish smart speaker
Baidu's Little Fish smart speaker has potential to be the Amazon Echo of China. The Chinese technology company, often referred to as the Google (GOOGL, Tech30) of China, announced a device with a built-in screen that can control appliances, music and connected devices.
Baidu uses its own AI tech and doesn't rely on Amazon's Alexa system like other smart speaker assistants (we're looking at you, Lenovo). Price and availability hasn't yet been announced.
12. Sony projector
Sony's $25,000 projector is a pipe dream for most, but it's hard not to be wowed by what it does. The VPL-VZ1000ES model turns any room into a home theater. The projector weighs in at 77 pounds and can project a 100-inch image onto a wall just six inches away. It's available for pre-order now and will start shipping it in the spring.
13. Rapael smart glove
Rapael's smart glove reminds us how powerful tech can be. The glove helps rehabilitate stroke patients through virtual activities like darts and card games played on a compatible app. It wraps around the wrist, and sensors track patients' motion and improvement as they progress through therapy. Physicians and clinics around the world already use the Rapael glove, but it's now available for patients to rent for $99.
14. Lego coding kit
Tech isn't just for adults. Lego launched an innovative building and coding set that brings movement to Legos. Kids can build five different smart toy models, including a cat, robot and guitar, with the help of sensors and motors. The kit works alongside a corresponding app, which features 60 coding activities. It's also possible to add voice recordings via the app to give toys the ability to speak....
Toyota Motor is responding to criticism from US President-elect Donald Trump by highlighting its contribution to job creation in the United States.
Trump on Thursday condemned the Japanese automaker for building a factory in Mexico, which is to begin production in 2019. He tweeted a message saying, "NO WAY! Build plant in US or pay big border tax."
Toyota plans to respond that it has 10 plants in the US, employs 136,000 people there, and is contributing to the US economy.
Toyota officials say they do not intend to revisit plans for the new factory. They say the plant in Mexico will not affect Toyota's production or workforce in the US.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda is scheduled to attend the Detroit Auto Show next week.
Other Japanese automakers with plants in Mexico, including Nissan, Honda and Mazda, are becoming increasingly concerned.
They are planning to carefully monitor the economic policy of the incoming Trump administration.
The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to work toward a broad free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union at an early date.
Fumio Kishida and Jean-Marc Ayrault held talks in France on Friday.
The ministers agreed that Japan and the EU would seek a broad agreement on an Economic Partnership Agreement at the earliest possible time to promote free trade amid concern over protectionism.
They also confirmed that they will coordinate their response to Britain's exit from the EU to minimize its effect on companies.
Kishida said after the meeting that Japan and France share basic values. He said Tokyo wants to deepen cooperation with the major European country in the fields of security and defense and continue working toward international peace and prosperity by upholding the free trade policy.
Indian budget airline SpiceJet Ltd is poised to order at least 92 Boeing Co 737 jetliners - as the carrier maps out a rapid expansion in the world's fastest-growing air traffic market.
The transaction, which would more than double SpiceJet's 49-plane fleet, may be closed within weeks, after lengthy talks that pitted Boeing against rival Airbus Group SE, sources with direct knowledge of the decision said.
The deal includes firm orders for at least 50 of Boeing's 737 Max model and renegotiated terms for 42 of the single-aisle jets that SpiceJet originally ordered in 2014, the sources added.
The 92 Max jets would be valued at about $10.1 billion at current list prices, before the discounts that are customary for large purchases.
The order would be a record for SpiceJet, which was forced to shut down operations for a day two years ago after it ran out of money, prompting co-founder Ajay Singh to bail out the low-cost carrier. The airline may boost the total number of planes bought if final talks yield bigger discounts and favorable maintenance contracts, one source said.
Boeing would gain a stronger toehold in India, where Airbus dominates narrow-body fleets after a string of order victories. IndiGo, Go Airlines India Pvt and the local unit of AirAsia Bhd all fly variants of the Airbus A320.
"We expect to complete these negotiations and place the order this financial year," the airline said in an emailed statement. A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.
The order would help SpiceJet, India's second-biggest budget carrier, compete with market leader IndiGo, which has ordered hundreds of Airbus jets to tap surging air-travel demand from a fast-growing middle class.
While IndiGo controls about 42 percent of a market that has seen local carriers almost double to 11 in the past four years, SpiceJet has about 13 percent.
SpiceJet shares extended gains for a third day, rising 2.3 percent to 64.60 rupees (95 cents) as of 9:25 am in Mumbai on Friday, the highest intraday level since Nov 30. Boeing shares were little changed at $158.71 in New York on Thursday.
India is crucial for Boeing and Airbus and both offered aggressive discounts to SpiceJet.
Boeing, whose jets dominate the current SpiceJet fleet, has the advantage of close financial ties. As the carrier's financial condition worsened, Boeing provided assistance with payments to help it cope with the situation. That earlier deal, which is still on the manufacturer's books, will now become a part of the new order, the people said. SpiceJet operates a fleet of 32 Boeing 737 jets and 17 Bombardier Q400 turboprops, according to the company.