Minicar

Toyota will buy out rest of Daihatsu for $3 billion amid push into small cars

Jan. 29, 2016 12:03 CET

Toyota said it will buy out the rest of Daihatsu in a deal worth about $3 billion as part of its strategy to strengthen its push into small cars for emerging markets....
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Toyota will decide on buying out rest of Daihatsu on Friday, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:56 CET

Toyota and Daihatsu will decide at board meetings on Friday if Toyota will make the minivehicle maker a wholly owned subsidiary, Reuters reported. Toyota already owns a 51.2 percent stake in the smaller automaker....
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced connectivity features that will allow a smartphone to be connected to the dashboard touchscreen and a 4G WiFi hotspot to be created....
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Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 8% in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 11:49 CET

Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's factory in the Czech Republic increased production by 8 percent in 2015...
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Nissan will stay out of Europe's growing minicar segment

Oct. 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Nissan has no plans to sell in Europe a minicar based on the Kwid, which has just been launched by alliance partner Renault in India....
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Renault will supply Daimler's Smart with electric motors

Sept. 16, 2015 13:00 CET

Renault will supply motors for electric versions of Daimler's Smart city cars under their deepening five-year-old alliance. Renault already uses the motors in its Zoe EV....
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New Fiat 500, Italy's rebound poised to boost minicars

Aug. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Italy's economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull European minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low in 2014, analysts predict....
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Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 38% on updated models

July 7, 2015 16:35 CET

Toyota and PSA increased first-half production by 38 percent at their joint car factory in the Czech Republic because of the launch of updated versions of the minicars the automakers build together....
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PSA's Tavares open to adding partners to Toyota JV

April 23, 2015 13:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is open to bringing in more partners to its existing collaboration with Toyota to share the cost of designing and manufacturing minicars, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said....
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Redesigned Chevy Spark grows up

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Chevrolet unveiled a leaner and “more mature” Spark for the U.S., the minicar that has evolved from a curious gambit by GM nearly three years ago to a key part of Chevy's passenger-car strategy. The redesigned 2016 Spark has a slightly longer and lower profile for a less boxy appearance and better aerodynamics, helping it achieve an estimated 40 mpg in highway driving, up from 39 mpg on the current model....
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