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Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit.... Read More »

 

Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus previews production NX compact crossover

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Lexus has published a preview of the 2015 Lexus NX luxury compact crossover, scheduled to debut April 20 at the 2014 China auto show in Beijing. The upcoming Lexus NX is meant to battle the likes of the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and it was previewed earlier in concept form as the LF-NX.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover begins production trials at China assembly plant

April 4, 2014 11:12 CET
Jaguar Land Rover and partner Chery Automobile have launched production trials at an assembly plant in China, a local newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

VW to build plug-in hybrids with partner FAW in China, sources say

April 4, 2014 09:33 CET
VW Group plans to make plug-in hybrids with local partner FAW in China, company sources say. VW sees a big potential market as the country's leaders race to reduce hazardous levels of air pollution.... Read More »

 

BMW to recall 232,098 vehicles in China on engine bolt defect

April 2, 2014 13:22 CET
BMW will recall 232,098 vehicles in China for a defective bolt design that may damage the engine or cause it to fail to start.... Read More »

 

VW seeks to open car plant in Thailand, sources say

April 2, 2014 10:08 CET
VW Group has applied to set up its first car plant in Thailand to help narrow the gap with Toyota in Southeast Asia, people familiar with the matter said. VW sees a "strong market opportunity" in the region CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch said last week.... Read More »

 

Daimler will double Mercedes production in China

March 31, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler and Beijing Auto will spend $1.37 billion to more than double Mercedes production capacity at their Beijing plant to keep pace with rising demand.... Read More »

 

PSA partner Dongfeng posts strong 2013 profit

March 31, 2014 12:17 CET
Dongfeng Motor, which is taking a 14 percent stake in PSA, reported a better-than-expected 16 percent rise in 2013 profit due to a rebound in sales at its Japanese partners.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi buys defunct Ford plant in Philippines to fuel Asia growth

6:53 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has bought a defunct assembly plant from Ford Motor Co. in the Philippines as part of its push to expand sales in booming Southeast Asia.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

In China, Musk rivals Jobs as tech superstar

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Never before has a car model created such a big splash in China as the Tesla Model S electric sedan. Most observers here admire the company's innovative business model of selling the Model S through its own stores.... Read More »

 

PSA raises transmission production on China demand

March 28, 2014 15:55 CET
PSA says it is stepping up production of transmissions at a plant in Valenciennes, northern France, to meet strong Chinese demand.... Read More »

 

GM pulling Opel out of China after two decades

1:35 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
GM will pull Opel from China next year after failing to gain traction in the market over the last two decades and will invest in Europe to boost the German car brand’s sales in its home region.... Read More »

 

Opel will build Buicks in Germany for U.S.

March 28, 2014 12:37 CET
Opel said it will build a Buick model for the United States at a plant in Germany. It said production would begin in the second half of the decade without naming the model. Opel also said it will stop exporting vehicles to China.... Read More »

 

GM stock drop shows Barra's challenges go far beyond recalls

10:13 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Less than three months into her tenure as GM CEO, Mary Barra has more than recalls to worry about. Her challenges also include stemming losses in Europe, navigating currency fluctuations in South America, buffering VW's advances in China, and managing a slow start to 2014 sales in the United States where a bitterly cold winter hamstrung retail activity.... Read More »

 

Hyundai mulls 4th China plant to meet demand

March 26, 2014 12:07 CET
Hyundai is considering building a fourth car plant in China to meet demand after the carmaker sold more than 1 million vehicles in the country last year for the first time.... Read More »

 

PSA targets China fashionistas in quest for 10% luxury share

March 25, 2014 18:34 CET
PSA wants to capture 10 percent of China's luxury vehicle sales with its Citroen DS brand. The company aims to sell 200,000 DS vehicles in China in four years after delivering about 3,500 units in 2013.... Read More »

 

SKF to supply transmission seals to China's Geely

March 25, 2014 11:45 CET
Swedish supplier SKF says it has signed a five-year deal to supply transmission seals to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding.... Read More »

 

Members only: How a Japanese Lexus dealer pampers LS owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
From the sparkling Swarovski chandelier to its veined marble paneling, the secluded LS Owners' Lounge at Nagoya's biggest Lexus dealership is one of a kind.... Read More »

 

U.S. chip maker muscles into rival's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Japan's killer 2011 earthquake was an unprecedented knockout to the country's auto industry. But for U.S. company Freescale Semiconductor Inc., it has been a business breakthrough.... Read More »

 

Volvo plans to boost development spending in expansion push

March 21, 2014 16:33 CET
Volvo plans to boost research and development spending this year as the carmaker prepares to roll out the new XC90 SUV in a reset of the brand.... Read More »

 

Volvo sees growth for all main car markets in 2014

March 21, 2014 11:17 CET
With cost cutting boosting profits last year, Volvo says it is looking forward to all its main markets growing in 2014, especially in China.... Read More »

 

Japan auto demand to slump after sales tax hike, JAMA says

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Japanese auto deliveries will drop 16 percent in the year starting April 1 as a sales-tax increase damps demand, an industry group estimates.... Read More »

 

Bentley forecasts reversal of China slump on new Flying Spur

March 18, 2014 11:17 CET
Bentley expects to reverse last year's 3 percent decline in China deliveries after introducing a new V-8 variation of its all-new Flying Spur sedan next month.... Read More »

 

BMW plans China recall on engine-part complaints

March 17, 2014 12:58 CET
BMW will recall an unspecified number of vehicles proactively in China following consumer complaints over a potentially defective engine part.... Read More »

 

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