Asia

Honda places high-stakes bet on software, robotics with new r&d unit

7:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2017

In the new era of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, Honda is planning its own transition from metal-bender to software-coder from this airy loft high above Tokyo with a lounge-like atmosphere and panoramic views of the capital to inspire its workers.... Read More »

VW said to renew India push with Tata alliance talks

Feb. 22, 2017 19:53 CET

VW Group is in advanced talks to team up with Tata Motors as the German automaker takes another stab at India's fast-growing demand for cars, Bloomberg reported. Competition for India's booming market of middle-class drivers is intensifying, with global manufacturers from Fiat Chrysler to PSA expanding in the country.... Read More »

PSA seeks Southeast Asia expansion with Proton bid

Feb. 22, 2017 10:40 CET

PSA confirmed it had submitted a bid for a partnership with Proton, putting the French automaker in a potential bidding war for the ailing Malaysian owner of the UK-based Lotus Cars unit. China's Zhejiang Geely Holding has also made an offer for Proton, reports said.... Read More »

Geely, PSA will bid for Lotus owner Proton, reports say

Feb. 20, 2017 15:05 CET

Chinese automaker Geely and France's PSA Group are expected to bid for struggling Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings, owner of the UK sports-car maker Lotus, reports said.... Read More »

PSA already got its hands on a classic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

While PSA Group is talking to General Motors about acquiring Opel, it already has bought one stately brand this year - in India.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Japan sales need more analysis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

TO THE EDITOR:
In "Trump talk reminds us of previous Japan deal" in the Feb. 6 issue, Hans Greimel manages to do a "news analysis" without any analysis. While it is certainly true that the rebadged Chevrolet Cavalier was not popular in Japan, Mr.... Read More »

PSA buys Ambassador nameplate to win in India

Feb. 16, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA has bought the rights to the Ambassador nameplate as part of its plan to return to India after a 20-year absence and win over local car buyers who are unfamiliar with the Peugeot marque. The Ambassador brand is best known for the Hindustan sedan, arguably India's most famous vehicle.... Read More »

Toyota sees plug-in hybrids catching on faster than conventional hybrids

7:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2017

Toyota's chairman, who led the development of the Toyota Prius, expects the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles will catch on with consumers far more rapidly than the original Prius did.... Read More »

Nissan, BMW, Porsche face fuel economy probes in S. Korea

Feb. 14, 2017 10:38 CET

South Korea has filed a complaint against Nissan alleging the automaker manipulated the fuel economy test results of its Infiniti Q50. BMW and Porsche are also being investigated. The latest action comes after sales of some Nissan, BMW and Porsche cars were banned because of emissions and noise-level irregularities.... Read More »

With Trump-Abe bromance, Japan delegates trade issue to deputies

8:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

On trade, an issue that has caused prior tensions between Japan and the U.S., Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to distance the topic from his burgeoning friendship with President Trump -- and assign it to Vice President Mike Pence.... Read More »

Japan's trade mission: Get through to Trump

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2017

Japanese automakers are hoping the country's prime minister can hit it off with President Trump and win him over on trade issues.... Read More »

Nissan used defeat device in SUV, S. Korean court rules

Feb. 9, 2017 15:53 CET

A South Korean court ruled against Nissan in an emissions case, siding with the government in its accusations that the automaker had used a so-called defeat device in some diesel variants of its Qashqai SUV. The models were produced at Nissan's UK plant and use 1.6-liter diesels from Renault.... Read More »

Subaru parent's earnings fall on Takata costs, incentives, currency

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

The maker of Subaru vehicles said spiraling warranty costs, higher incentives and big foreign exchange rate losses sent operating profit plunging 35 percent in the latest quarter.... Read More »

South Korea wants to dispel 'misunderstanding' on U.S. trade pact

7:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2017

South Korea's trade minister said his country will seek to explain the benefits of its free-trade agreement with the United States to the Trump administration, as the pact enacted in 2012 comes under fresh scrutiny.... Read More »

Toyota, Suzuki outline plans to deepen collaboration

4:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2017

Toyota and Suzuki announced Monday that they have agreed to start concrete talks about collaborating in environmentally friendly technologies, safety systems, information technology and the mutual supply of products and components.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Words of caution to Trump: Toyota Cavalier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

When President Donald Trump complains it is "impossible to sell cars in Japan" and promises action, it may be wise to remember two words: Toyota Cavalier.... Read More »

Automakers enlist dealers in border tax fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2017

Foreign automakers are placing new urgency on asserting their role as pillars of the U.S. manufacturing economy.... Read More »

Toyota, Suzuki near technology partnership agreement, report says

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2017

Toyota and Suzuki are nearing a partnership agreement to develop technology for a variety of functions, including for self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei business daily reported.... Read More »

2017 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Tata's Tamo brand said to unveil halo sports car to help shed budget image

Feb. 3, 2017 11:05 CET

Tata Motors will unveil a concept at the Geneva auto show next month that could preview a halo sports car to be sold under its new, upscale Tamo brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Mitsu takes hit from mileage scandal

8:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2017

Mitsu takes profit hit from mileage scandal; Toyota winding down in Australia; Car2Go adds Benz cars; Saab buyer gets OK to make EVs in China; Snyder: Solid start to '17 sales.... Read More »

Mitsubishi fined $4.2 million over mileage cheating by Japan watchdog

Jan. 27, 2017 11:54 CET

Japan's consumer watchdog ordered Mitsubishi to pay a $4.2 million fine for false advertising of its vehicles sold in the domestic market, after the automaker last year admitted to overstating their mileage readings.... Read More »

Abe has a Trump problem: How to get Japan to buy U.S. cars

9:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2017

As Japan races to preserve trade ties with the United States after President Donald Trump withdrew from a Pacific trade pact, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a dilemma that has plagued Japanese leaders since the 1980s: How to convince his citizens to buy American cars?... Read More »

PSA's return to India after 20 years will have modest start

Jan. 25, 2017 09:24 CET

PSA will return to India by 2020, the automaker said after unveiling a modest production investment with CK Birla Group, the New Delhi-based conglomerate.... Read More »

Discounts drive Hyundai profit to 5-year low; uncertain 2017 ahead

Jan. 25, 2017 09:58 CET

Hyundai Motor posted its lowest quarterly profit in about five years, hurt by the cost of steep discounts on small sedans. The automaker cautioned that it expected more uncertainty ahead as competition and protectionism increase.... Read More »

PSA said to return to India through joint venture

Jan. 23, 2017 17:10 CET

PSA Group will announce a return to India this week through a manufacturing joint venture with New Delhi-based CK Birla Group, a French press report said. The deal will include the construction of a Chennai assembly plant, Les Echos said.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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