Toyota announced the biggest single automotive recall since 1996 to fix malfunctioning power window switches, saying it will pull back 7.43 million vehicles worldwide, including 1.39 million in Europe. No injuries or accidents were reported from the faulty parts.
Sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia grew 10 percent year-on-year in September to 259,582 units, but the market is showing signs of a slowdown, the Association of European Businesses said in a statement.
Mercedes-Benz is falling further behind in the global luxury-sales contest with rivals BMW and Audi. A disjointed strategy in China, sluggish expansion of entry-level models and an aging S-class sedan, have all helped push the once-dominant upscale nameplate firmly into third place.
University of California, San Diego researchers say they have developed a way to better estimate what goes on inside lithium ion batteries -- a breakthrough that could lead to lower battery costs and faster charging times for electric vehicles.