Asia

Japanese suppliers' plan: Grab and grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Prodded by a stagnant home market and fast-moving rivals, Japanese suppliers are buying up foreign companies to gain quick access to new technology, customers and markets.... Read More »

 

Infiniti will build Mercedes-designed Q50 engines for Europe in U.S.

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti will begin production of a new Mercedes-designed 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in the United States this month, to power a version of the Q50 sedan for European markets.... Read More »

 

Infiniti to make Q50 engines in Tennessee -- for Europe

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Infiniti will launch production of a new Mercedes-designed turbocharged 2-liter engine in Decherd, Tenn., this month, to power a Japanese-made Q50 that will sell only in Europe.... Read More »

 

Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns.... Read More »

 

India's blast from the past is on its last legs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
News out of India seems to spell the end of production of the Hindustan Ambassador -- the Amby, as it is affectionately known in India.... Read More »

 

GM Korea faces most critical wage negotiations ever, CEO says

8:23 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM's South Korea chief said local labor costs may rise 15 percent, fueling profitability concerns in a country where exporters are already struggling with the won's climb to a six-year high.... Read More »

 

Hyundai plans new 'flagship' sedan to combat growing rivals at home

3:22 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Hyundai, feeling pinched at home by increasingly popular import brands, will add a new "flagship" sedan slotted between the Azera and Genesis to try to win more high-end sales.... Read More »

 

GM to start exporting cars from India in 2nd half of year

9:23 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
General Motors will start exporting vehicles from India in the second half of the year, aiming to ramp up local capacity utilization rates amid a slowdown in the domestic auto market.... Read More »

 

India's Hindustan Motors halts output of iconic Ambassador

May 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Hindustan Motors, the maker of the iconic Ambassador, has halted production of the four-door sedan citing weak demand and a lack of funds. The move casts doubt on the future of a vehicle that has looked essentially the same for nearly six decades.... Read More »

 

Renault starts assembly of Fluence in Malaysia

May 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is stepping up efforts to grow market share in Southeast Asia by starting local assembly of the Fluence compact sedan in Malaysia.... Read More »

 

5 cool innovations at Japan's SAE expo

1:33 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Japan's premier automotive engineering expo is bustling again along the Yokohama waterfront. A record 488 companies are participating at this year's meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, which runs through Friday. Some 80,000 visitors are expected.... Read More »

 

Japanese automakers team up on engine r&d to take on Europeans

May 20, 2014 12:54 CET
Japanese carmakers are collaborating in engine research with the aim of better competing against their European rivals in fuel-saving technologies.... Read More »

 

Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

8:55 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Japan's automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines. Their goal: A 30 percent improvement in the fuel efficiency of traditional gasoline and diesel engines by 2020.... Read More »

 

Mahindra to add 100-plus jobs in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., which unsuccessfully tried to introduce its light trucks in the United States in 2006, plans to add about 110 engineering jobs at its technical center in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Maserati, VW lead foreign automakers making inroads in Japan

May 12, 2014 11:00 CET
Maserati and VW are among foreign automakers benefitting from a sales rebound in Japan as 302,000 non-Japanese cars were sold in the country in the year ending March 31, the highest number since 1997.... Read More »

 

Toyota's yen windfalls are drying up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
For years, Toyota Motor Corp. lost money as the Japanese yen climbed higher against the dollar and other currencies. It responded by off-shoring production and positioning its U.S. operations as an export base immune from the yen's swings. But now that the yen is on the wane again, Toyota is learning the hard way that yen hedging cuts both ways.... Read More »

 

European carmakers oppose EU-Japan trade deal

May 9, 2014 13:15 CET
European carmakers object to a looming EU-Japan trade deal. They say the accord would make it easier for Japanese automakers to sell cars in Europe without providing the same opportunity to European exporters.... Read More »

 

Turkish vehicle production rises 6% in April

May 9, 2014 10:18 CET
Turkey's vehicle production rose 6 percent year-on-year in April, the Automotive Manufacturers' Association (OSD) said. In the first four months, output fell 4 percent.... Read More »

 

Turkish auto sales fall 28% in April

May 6, 2014 14:56 CET
Turkish vehicle sales plunged 28 percent in April, industry data showed, leaving the country's four-month volume down 26 percent.... Read More »

 

GM KOREA REGROUPS

After losing Europe as an export market, unit cuts output, eyes new markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2014
Sergio Rocha, the 35-year GM engineering veteran who runs GM Korea, has hustled to adjust to tough times for the automaker. The company compromised with unions on slowing output, implemented white-collar buyouts and is now eyeing new export markets such as Australia as substitutes for lost European sales. Rocha has also delivered record sales of 151,341 vehicles in Korea last year. GM now has a 10 percent share, making it the country's No. 3 player.... Read More »

 

After losing Europe, GM Korea eyes new markets

May 5, 2014 06:01 CET
When GM decided to pull Chevrolet from Europe, it saddled its Korean unit with 150,000 units of excess capacity. GM Korea is now eyeing new markets such as Australia as substitutes for lost European sales.... Read More »

 

Jeep's sales keep climbing in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
As other U.S. brands struggle in Japan, Jeep is forging ahead to its fifth straight year of sales increases and a solidified, if unlikely, spot as the No. 1 American brand here. Jeep sales climbed 56 percent to 1,868 vehicles in the first three months of 2014 and are expected to eclipse 8,000 for the full year and 10,000 in 2015.... Read More »

 

Japan's worst car sales in 16 months usher in tax hangover

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Vehicle sales last month in Japan fell to the lowest since December 2012 after Japan raised its consumption tax for the first time 17 years, according to industry figures released today.... Read More »

 

Ford Otosan Q1 net profit rises 15 percent

April 29, 2014 13:35 CET
Net profit at Ford's Turkish unit rose 15 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 202.5 million lira ($95.3 million).... Read More »

 

GM doubles size of Korean design center, hub for small-car development

12:59 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
GM has doubled the size of its South Korean design center to take on a host of new tasks, from full-scale modeling to 3-D printing, as the carmaker aims to fortify its global hub for small-car development, design and manufacturing.... Read More »

 

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