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Torque boost makes Mazda MX-5 even more desirable

26 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The MX-5 is now four years old but Mazda hasn't yet felt the need to refresh the looks. The engine line-up though, has been altered with both 1.5- and 2.0-litre engines gaining power and torque as well as compliancy with the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard.

ANALYSIS - future Mitsubishi models

6 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

So far, the turnaround of Mitsubishi Motors under Nissan Motor is encouraging. In fiscal 2018-2019, sales were up by 14.7 per cent to 1,244,000 vehicles, profit improved, reaching JPY111.8bn, and the company achieved an operating margin of 4.4 per cent. As MMC's ties to the Alliance deepen, what future models will the company's plants in Japan, China, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia and Russia be producing to help reach an inevitable mid-term target of 1.5m vehicles per year in the 2020s?

ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid

5 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

While rivals pursue low CO2 numbers via plug-in petrol-electric powertrains, Toyota keeps refining what it terms 'self-charging hybrid' systems. That effort is paying off, especially for Lexus, which is making sales gains in many markets. In hybrid form, the brand's latest additional model offers a convincing alternative to other C-premium crossovers.

Nissan future models - platforms and timings

4 Jun 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Twenty years on from its rescue by Renault, Nissan Motor is unrecogniseable from the heavily indebted firm which Louis Schweitzer, Carlos Ghosn and Yoshikazu Hanawa began rebuilding in 1999 with the creation of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In the post-Ghosn era and with a proposed FCA-Renault merger under discussion, what might the 2020s hold for Nissan?

Infiniti future models and the exit from Hong Kong

30 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The official name may be Infiniti Motor Company Limited yet this division is deeply intertwined with the parent firm and will become even more so. Nissan Motor and its partner Groupe Renault's vehicle architectures, as well as Design, R&D and Manufacturing operations are very much part of what will define the next generation of Infiniti models.

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Honda to shift hybrid Accord production to Thailand

9 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Honda Motor officials confirmed plans to shift production of hybrid versions of the Accord midsize passenger car to Thailand from Japan, according to a report by the Nikkei Asia Review.

Denso to merge its subsidiaries into Denso Wiper Systems

9 Aug 2019 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation has announced that Nippon Wiper Blade and Asahi Manufacturing, both of which are subsidiaries of Denso Corporation, will merge on 1 October 2019, and make a new start as Denso Wiper Systems.

Renesas chips used in Nissan Skyline ProPILOT 2.0

7 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renesas Electronics said Nissan Motor was using its chips for the ProPILOT 2.0 system in the new Skyline unveiled on 16 July.

Japanese market rebounds in July

7 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Japanese new vehicle sales expanded by 4.1% to 459,456 units in July 2019 from year earlier sales of 441,533 units, after a slight year on year decline in June, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Toyota hydrogen bus upgraded with safety features

6 Aug 2019 | Simon Warburton

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric bus, Sora, has been upgraded with a series of safety features designed to help prevent accidents.

Toyota trims profit forecast on strong yen

2 Aug 2019 | Dave Leggett

The stronger yen currency has resulted in Toyota trimming its annual operating profit forecast despite posting a good set of quarterly results.

Lower US sales dent Honda profit

2 Aug 2019 | Dave Leggett

Lower sales in the key US market resulted in a 16% drop to operating profit for Honda in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Mazda Q1 operating profit plunges 79%

1 Aug 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda has reported a 79% plunge in operating profit for its first fiscal quarter - not as bad as Nissan's 99% - but still cause for concern.

Volkswagen tops global ranking in first half ahead of Toyota

1 Aug 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Toyota Motor achieved record global sales in the first half of 2019 but came in just behind the Volkswagen group, according to company reports.

Hitachi Automotive partners with Plug and Play to connect leading start-ups

1 Aug 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hitachi Automotive Systems has announced a partnership for collaboration with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform that brings together the best start-ups with the world's largest corporations.

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