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Honda, Subaru airlifting parts amid West Coast port labor talks

7:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Japanese carmakers including Honda and Subaru are shipping some auto parts to the US by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries.... Read More »

 

10 automakers eye engineering firm, ex-regulator for Takata airbag probe

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers led by Toyota plans to hire an independent engineering firm and a former top U.S. auto safety regulator to investigate a rash of problems with airbags supplied by Takata, the group said. David Kelly, a former acting administrator of NHTSA, is the lead candidate to coordinate the probe, said people familiar with the effort.... Read More »

 

JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

The spare tire goes missing

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space -- especially in hybrids and electric vehicles. The problem is many drivers don't know their spare isn't there... Read More »

 

Pilot project: Honda SUV adds dash of style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Honda is adding a dash of style to the chunky Pilot. The three-row, eight-passenger SUV arrives this summer with more curves and fewer sharp creases.... Read More »

 

Recall costs, tepid sales torpedo Honda profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Tepid sales and hefty recall expenses broadsided North American profit at Honda Motor Co. in the latest quarter, prompting the automaker to trim its full-year sales and profit outlooks.... Read More »

 

MAKE MEETINGS

Honda: New trucks will boost sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Honda Division expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The brand is introducing several new and restyled models this year, prompting executives to call 2015 "the year of Honda."... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

 

Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system.... Read More »

 

Honda cuts profit target as Takata airbag recalls bite

2:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Honda sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty airbags made by Takata. Honda also said third-quarter earnings fell 23 percent as it soaked up recall costs.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas.... Read More »

 

Honda bets on redesigned trucks to boost U.S. sales

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring, for the first 12 months “when it's up and running,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division.... Read More »

 

Honda expects new HR-V compact crossover to help spur sales

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring.... Read More »

 

Honda axes Accord in Europe

Jan. 23, 2015 16:33 CET
Honda will end sales of the Accord midsize sedan in Europe after the car failed to make headway against German rivals.... Read More »

 

JEFFREY HODGE, HONDA NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

Honda dealers gear up for launches of key vehicles

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Even as sales rise, Honda finds itself in a tricky position. It continues to toe the line between keeping margins up and incentives down. Dealers hope three vehicles launching this year -- the redesigned Pilot midsize crossover, the redesigned Civic compact car and the new HR-V subcompact crossover -- will help the brand stay competitive as industry growth tapers.... Read More »

 

Dealers prying payments from some lenders

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to dealers when retail customers finance vehicle purchases and leases.... Read More »

 

Vehicles get fixed while customers sleep

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
In Durham, N.C., Honda customers can drop off their vehicles at the local dealership for service as late as 9 p.m. during the week, get a shuttle ride home and pick up their repaired cars by 7 a.m. the next day.... Read More »

 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters... Read More »

 

Why auto show display design is tricky

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co., says display spending is getting smarter, not larger.... Read More »

 

THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

6:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Japan's capital will build 35 stations to fuel hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles and is in negotiations with Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to put 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020.... Read More »

 

Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Honda dealers look down road to crossovers in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Honda dealers are awaiting two models this year in two of the industry's most popular segments: the all-new HR-V subcompact crossover and newly redesigned Pilot midsize crossover.... Read More »

 

Acura launches new ILX ad during AFC game

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
Acura used Sunday's AFC Championship game as a springboard for the refreshed ILX sedan's marketing campaign.... Read More »

 

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