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Mitsubishi Motors has cash to weather scandal, but brand reputation hurt again

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors' market value and Japanese orders have halved since it admitted last week to rigging fuel economy tests, but with more than $4 billion in cash and low debt, the automaker should contain the potential damages.... Read More »

Mitsubishi says 2013-17 audit showed no U.S. testing flaws

4:54 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors, embroiled in a scandal over inflated fuel economy ratings for small cars sold in Japan, said today that an internal audit has found no testing problems with cars sold in the United States between model years 2013 and 2017.... Read More »

Mitsubishi's existence at risk as fraud case widens

April 27, 2016 11:35 CET

For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi faces a scandal that could affect the company's very existence after the automaker admitted to improperly testing the fuel economy of its cars over the past 25 years.... Read More »

Mitsubishi says fuel test misconduct dates back to 1991

April 26, 2016 11:37 CET

Mitsubishi said it has improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value. The automaker has formed an external panel of three former prosecutors to investigate falsification of fuel-efficiency data.... Read More »

Japan to probe car-testing methods after Mitsubishi scandal

April 26, 2016 11:28 CET

Japan will set up a task force to look into measures to prevent irregularities in vehicle testing after Mitsubishi admitted it falsified fuel-economy data to get better ratings for some of its models.... Read More »

LESSONS LEARNED

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 »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

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

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
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Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
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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
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
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