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How Toyota applied the lessons of 2011 quake

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

Like all of Japan's automakers, Toyota has spent the five years since the March 2011 disaster strengthening itself for the next crisis. And when it hit this month, Toyota's preparation largely paid off.... Read More »

If Mitsubishi Motors needs help, group firms may look away

11:10 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

A decade ago, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors survived a defect cover-up scandal through a bail-out by other Mitsubishi Group companies. Now, facing uncertainty and potential liabilities from a new scandal, it may be on its own.... Read More »

Quake fallout leads GM to idle four plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2016

General Motors said it will temporarily close four North American assembly plants as it adjusts to disruptions in the supply chain caused by the earthquakes in Japan.... Read More »

Toyota estimates loss in output from Japan quakes at 80,000 vehicles

10:19 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Toyota expects to lose 80,000 units of production after shutting down nearly all of its assembly plants in Japan after two killer earthquakes disrupted parts supplies.... Read More »

GM to idle 4 N.A. plants for 2 weeks after Japan quakes disrupt supply chain

10:03 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2016

General Motors said it will temporarily close four North American assembly plants as the automaker adjusts to disruptions in the supply chain in the wake of last week's deadly Japan earthquakes.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

'Shameful' Mitsubishi fraud risks pushing carmaker to brink

7:10 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2016

Mitsubishi's disclosure that it manipulated fuel-economy tests risks putting the Japanese carmaker back in a familiar position: needing help from Mitsubishi group companies to stay in business.... Read More »

Former supplier executive to serve 18 months in U.S. for price fixing

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2016

A former high-ranking executive with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber has pleaded guilty and will serve 18 months in a U.S. prison for his role in fixing the prices of automotive body sealing products, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.... Read More »

Toyota will restart production at most Japan plants next week

5:11 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2016

Toyota today said it plans to resume most vehicle production in Japan staring April 25 after deadly earthquakes forced it to suspend operations at nearly every domestic plant.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Quakes cripple Toyota output

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2016

Japan quakes cripple Toyota output at critical time; Nissan, Mitsu, Mazda plants affected; Supreme Court to weigh service-adviser overtime; Ford sits out 200-mile dash; Selling public on EVs.... Read More »

Toyota may lose $277 million this quarter as quakes halt Japan output

April 18, 2016 10:39 CET

Toyota's profit may fall by about $277 million for the current quarter, an industry analyst said, after a series of earthquakes struck Japan, disrupting parts supplies. A production halt at Toyota's Kyushu factories will extend to other Japan assembly lines.... Read More »

Toyota extends shutdowns to most of its Japan plants

5:45 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2016

Toyota is extending production shutdowns to most of its assembly plants in Japan for a week, amid a worsening supply chain crunch triggered by last week's twin earthquakes. The new suspensions, announced Sunday, affect flagship production plants in the Aichi area around Toyota's headquarters, as well as plants in northern and western Japan.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan idle 2 assembly plants in wake of earthquake

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Toyota and Nissan have suspended production at two plants that export Lexus and crossover vehicles to the U.S. after a strong earthquake in southwest Japan disrupted operations at key suppliers.... Read More »

Locals hope tax hike will help Japan's auto sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2016

How about this as a sign of how downtrodden the Japanese domestic car market is: Automakers here are banking on a looming tax increase as their best hope to boost sales this year.... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan, Japan government to step up efforts on intelligent maps

8:41 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2016

Japan's government, Toyota and Nissan will partner to develop intelligent maps by 2018, a Tokyo newspaper reported, as competition heats up to improve the technology key for autonomous driving.... Read More »

Honda recalls 143,000 vehicles in Japan after airbag fails to deploy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2016

Honda recalled about 143,000 vehicles in Japan after an airbag fitted with an inflator made by Daicel failed to deploy in a collision in which the driver was injured.... Read More »

GM riles union with decision to scrap Impala output in S. Korea

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 5, 2016

The trade union that represents most workers at GM's South Korea operations will contest the automaker's decision not to build Impala sedans in the country, amplifying tension in labor relations ahead of annual wage talks between management and union.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ghosn welcomes Model 3 zeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2016

Why Ghosn welcomes Model 3 zeal; 'Hubris' hinders Tesla deliveries; JLR's new store look; GM Korea labor tension; Ford South Africa plans.... Read More »

Schaeffler just getting started on Japan growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Nearly a year after opening a new r&d center in Japan, German supplier Schaeffler is aiming to expand its footprint and double sales to Japanese carmakers by 2025.... Read More »

Japanese look outside for engineering help

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

Japanese automakers are increasingly willing to accept outside engineering help, as tightening emissions and safety regulations stretch r&d resources. British engineering firm Ricardo sees a big opportunity and plans to double its business with Japanese automakers.... Read More »

Ratan Tata, unbridled at 78, meets his young self in startups

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2016

For all of Ratan Tata's success, his early years at Tata were fraught with frustration because nobody at the empire founded by his great grandfather in 1868 would listen to his new ideas. Since he retired in 2012, he's been devoting himself to startups.... Read More »

VW will recall Vento cars in India on emissions issue

April 1, 2016 13:03 CET

Volkswagen will recall 3,877 Vento sedan cars in India after tests by an automotive body found that carbon monoxide emissions were sometimes exceeding the threshold limits.... Read More »

London Taxi inks deal to sell cabs to Australia, New Zealand

March 30, 2016 06:01 CET

London Taxi, a UK subsidiary of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, won a 10-year contract worth more than $62 million to supply its iconic taxis to Australia and New Zealand.... Read More »

GM targets big jump in South Korea sales to alleviate production woes

6:42 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

General Motors is aiming to boost South Korean sales by one-fifth and attain market share of more than 10 percent, part of efforts to revive output at one of its key Asia production bases.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Former trailblazer BMW now playing catch-up to Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

This rivalry between German luxury giants BMW and Mercedes-Benz - more tense, embittered and closely matched than any two automakers in the world - has hit a moment of truth. Looming ahead are the battles for China, the U.S., the ultra-luxury sedan segment, self-driving electric vehicles, and more. And right now, it's advantage Mercedes.... Read More »

Mustang takes iPhone Down Under

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2016

An iPhone belonging to a worker at a Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Michigan turned up nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia. It apparently had fallen out of his pocket when he moved a Mustang off the assembly line and made it to the other side of the globe without being noticed by customs agents or anyone else.... Read More »

 
Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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EU governments have refused to tighten auto industry oversight despite pleas from environmental grou ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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