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China's EV startups: Boom or bubble?

China has emerged as a global incubator for next-generation electrified driving and as a potent Silicon Valley rival. Some call it a boom, others a bubble. To understand the China EV craze, look no further than Byton.

Tariffs 'a bump in the road' for Mitsubishi

Tariffs come at an inconvenient time for Mitsubishi, but COO Trevor Mann says the Japanese importer will weather a trade storm.

Toyota Century: Lost in translation

The redesigned Toyota Century is one part ultrapremium status symbol, one part anachronistic holdover from a bygone era.

Incentives erase sales increase at Mazda

Mazda reports a 17 percent drop in operating profit in the most recent quarter as rising incentives, foreign exchange rate losses and increased investment in U.S.

Flooding will dent Honda's sales, earnings

A flooded Honda factory in Mexico will dent sales and earnings results for months to come. The forecast clouded a solid quarterly earnings report.

Mazda profit slides 17 percent on higher incentives, U.S. investment

UPDATED: Aug. 1 16:18 CET - corrects European profit

Mazda's global profit fell but its earnings in Europe increased despite higher spending to comply with new WLTP emissions rules.

Honda profit climbs 11% on North American sales, cost cutting

Honda reported an 11 per cent increase in operating profit in the most recent quarter as rising sales in North America offset foreign exchange rate losses.

Honda's quarterly European profit climbs 6%

Honda reported an 11 percent increase in companywide quarterly profit as rising sales in North America and aggressive cost-cutting offset foreign exchange rate losses. European profit was up 6 percent.

Futuristic Toyotas will highlight 2020 Olympics

Two of Toyota's funkiest concepts from the last two CES shows will become reality at the 2020 Olympics.

Industry in race to fund next big thing

The auto industry is in a race to fund high-tech startups in search of the Next Big Thing.

Nissan quarterly profit drops 29% on U.S. sales slump, other factors

Nissan reported a 29 percent decline in operating profit in the most recent quarter as foreign exchange rate losses and rising commodity costs combine with falling sales in the United States and Europe.

Mitsubishi operating profit soars 36% on sales surge, cost cuts

Mitsubishi reported a 36 percent jump in operating profit in the latest quarter as the automaker's rebound gathers speed on rising sales in every key market.

Two of Toyota's funkiest concepts to become reality at 2020 Olympics

Toyota said the Concept-i will be part of an Olympics demonstration. The e-Palette will be on call to shuttle athletes and officials.

Tariff threat hangs over Subaru's bullish plan

Subaru has big plans for growth in the U.S. market — as long as Trump's tariffs don't get in the way.

How this year's trade war is a different battle

Superficial similarities abound between the latest trade war with China and earlier, mostly failed campaigns against Japan. But striking differences also suggest Trump's gambit might have better leverage.

New Subaru chief aims to shore up profits, sales -- and trust -- with new plan

Newly appointed Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura has unveiled a five-year business plan that aims to boost U.S.

Infiniti halts work on car with Daimler, paper says

Nissan says it is still committed to cooperating with Daimler after a report it has suspended joint development of a luxury compact car amid an uncertain U.S. market outlook.

Nissan's EV battery deal blows up

The collapse of Nissan's planned sale of its battery business to a Chinese investor is a setback for Nissan. But it also highlights important changes in China.

Polishing the diamonds: Mazda, Mitsubishi push for store upgrades

Mazda and Mitsubishi are banking on ritzier dealerships to help them move upmarket as they struggle to elevate their brand images.

Nissan halts luxury car work with Daimler, report says

Nissan says it is still committed to cooperating with Daimler following a report it has suspended joint development of a luxury compact car amid an uncertain U.S. market outlook.

Ghosn denies Renault alliance merger plot

Amid persistent speculation about the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Chairman Carlos Ghosn told shareholders of Nissan and Mitsubishi that Renault isn't engineering a takeover of its Japanese partners.

Mazda sculptors, digital artists collaborate on design like never before

To perfect the voluptuous bends and molten-like reflections of Mazda's next-generation design language due to debut next year, Mazda's stylists had to break with tradition.

China EV startup Byton readies sedan, eyes U.S. launch

Byton, the Chinese EV startup that wants to start selling cars stateside from 2020, previewed its first sedan in a futuristic concept car.

Hyundai, Kia set up new regional HQ structure in North America, Europe

Hyundai and Kia are setting up new regional headquarters organizations in North America and Europe in an effort to move decision making closer to the markets and react more quickly to changing trends and customer demand.

Japan Inc. teams up on transmission technologies

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members.


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