Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, FCA post gains on strong truck volume

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Hyundai set the pace in November as most automakers rode U.S. light truck demand to sales increases and the industry moved closer to an annual record. Gains among major players fell within a narrow range of 0.3 percent at Ford Motor Co. to 3.8 percent at Nissan Motor Co. Hyundai's 12 percent increase stood out in percentage terms. Only American Honda and Volkswagen Group declined....
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Canadian sales rise 4.7% in November

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Boosted by continued strength in trucks, Canadian sales rose 4.7 percent in November to 145,426 light vehicles, an industry report said today....
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Honda volume slides 5.2%; Acura falls 18%

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

American Honda emerged as one of the few dark spots in U.S. sales last month, saying that its November sales slid 5.2 percent to 115,441 vehicles even as most of the auto industry saw modest gains....
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Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks....
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Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way....
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Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette....
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Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January....
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Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement....
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Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille....
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Honda aims to 'surprise' with '16 Civic coupe

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

The 2016 Honda Civic coupe is a near clone of the concept Honda showed at the New York Auto Show last spring and heads to dealerships in March. Like the re-engineered Civic sedan, the coupe is an effort by Honda to double down on one of its most popular models after the previous generation was criticized for being too frugal....
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Honda finds marketing rhythm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has turned to a massive marketing effort that uses music to attract the fleeting attention of millennial car-buyers. The push, which started in June 2014, includes sponsorship of three high-profile music festivals plus online music videos and the Honda Civic music tour....
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Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus....
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GM to provide fuel cell vehicle to Army for testing

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Another GM powertrain is headed to an Army vehicle, and additional details about the fuel-cell project could be released as early as next week....
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L.A. show to get global debuts from Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

The rebuilding of the Civic lineup continues in Los Angeles next week as Honda debuts the second of five new Civics. The Civic coupe will get its world debut at the L.A. show....
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Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata....
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BLOG: As Takata crashes, Japan's keiretsus lose some luster

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda have decided to stop using airbag components supplied by Takata. It's a split that wasn't supposed to happen in the cozy, family-relations corporate world of Japan's keiretsus....
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Suppliers give Tesla high praise for innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Tesla has cracked the ranks of top-performing OEMs in a survey that measures carmakers on their ability to foster innovation and adopt new technology from suppliers. BMW again ranked first....
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Dealership ad agencies find creative ways into NFL advertising game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

While Hyundai's big-ticket league sponsorship commands the biggest stage, dealers are creatively using the National Football League as a springboard for campaigns at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels - even if they don't have massive ad budgets....
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TALK FROM THE TOP: Hachigo steers back-to-basics strategy at Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Takahiro Hachigo took over as Honda Motor Co. CEO last June as the company was recovering from several body blows....
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Toyota joins Honda in ditching Takata airbag inflators

6:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Toyota joined Honda in saying it won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers come out to distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall....
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BLOG: Honda's 2017 Ridgeline masquerades as SEMA Baja race truck

8:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Honda dropped more broad hints at the styling of the next Ridgeline pickup truck with the unveiling of a Baja racer at the 2015 SEMA show....
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Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt

Nov. 5, 2015 11:42 CET

Analysts are openly questioning the survival chances of Takata as more automakers consider no longer using its airbag inflators, which are at the center of a recall crisis....
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Honda profit hit by quality-related expenses

Nov. 4, 2015 11:17 CET

Honda's quarterly profit missed estimates on quality-related expenses and as demand slumped in Japan. Net income rose 6.9 percent to $1.06 billion in the quarter through September, the company said....
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Trucks, deals push U.S. sales up 14%; SAAR hits 18.23 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales, behind strong truck demand, bigger deals and double-digit gains at Hyundai-Kia, GM, FCA, Ford, Toyota, Nissan and Subaru, rose 14 percent last month to 1.455 million, putting the industry on track to set an annual record in 2015. The annualized sales rate, 18.23 million, came in just above September's 18.17 million pace. It's the first time the SAAR topped 18 million in back-to-back months since February 2000....
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Honda bans Takata airbags from future vehicles

9:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

Citing manipulation and misrepresentation by airbag maker Takata, Honda has dumped the company from supplying airbags for all of its future models....
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