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Honda and Everus future models and platforms

18 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The recent spotlight on the future models plans of Acura now shifts to the namesake brand of the luxury division's parent: Honda. There is also a look at Everus, the new electric vehicles brand for China.

Future models analysis - Acura

17 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new two-part series looking at the future model plans of Honda Motor Company begins with a sneak-peak at what the firm is said to be planning for its luxury division into the 2020s.

Will new 2HX CR-V give Honda Europe the boost it needs?

13 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

What Honda claims is 'the world's best selling SUV' is newly available in European countries, some two years since the 2HX series model went on sale in the USA. Major changes over the former 2WS include the option of a seven-seat layout, the deletion of the diesel engine and the choice of turbocharged petrol powertrains, one of which is a hybrid.

Daihatsu and Perodua future vehicles

11 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest in a series of articles which looks into the future model plans of TMC's divisions follows a recent look at what's coming for the Toyota and Lexus brands. Now it's the turn of Daihatsu under the spotlight as well as Perodua, a firm in which it holds a minority stake and which bases its vehicles on Daihatsu designs.

Lexus LQ - the Audi Q8 rival and other future models

5 Dec 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Once little known outside North America, Lexus has steadily increased its rate of success in other regions. There is much more to do though, as sales in the USA and Japan are stuck behind Mercedes-Benz, while in Europe even Jaguar now outsells the brand - quite significantly too. The picture is far brighter in China, where Lexus sits at the top of the charts for imported models, and where local production will finally commence in 2019.

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Mitsubishi Electric develops cyber defence technology for connected cars

23 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a multi-layered defence technology which protects connected vehicles from cyber attacks by strengthening their head unit’s defence capabilities.

Carlos Ghosn denied bail again

22 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s latest request for bail has been rejected by a Tokyo court. Japanese media reports say that the decision by The Tokyo district court came in spite of Ghosn's offer to wear an ankle tag.

Nissan not ready to get closer to Renault - Nissan CEO

21 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Reports are circulating in Japan that Paris is seeking a new capital tie-up between Renault and Nissan that would more closely integrate the two alliance partners. However, it is also reported that Nissan CEO Hirota Saikawa has suggested that Nissan is not ready to discuss such a proposal.

Toyota, Panasonic planning large-scale EV battery JV in China 

21 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Panasonic plan to have in place a new joint venture in China by next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles, according to a report in the Nikkei business daily citing sources close to the negotiations.

Nissan and MMC 'confirm' Ghosn financial misconduct

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) have said that results from their ongoing joint investigation into misconduct carried out by Carlos Ghosn, former chairman of the two companies, confirm that he received improper payments from a Dutch subsidiary (Nissan-Mitsubishi BV - a JV established by both companies).

Bridgestone and Iris team on new mobility services

17 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Europe and Iris Capital have unveiled a corporate venture partnership to investigate and invest in new mobility services, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation technologies across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

Subaru shoots for 700,000 US sales in 2019

16 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Not content with having overtaken Hyundai and Genesis in 2018, Subaru of America has a new goal: selling 700,000 vehicles this year.

Ghosn again denied bail

15 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn has again been denied bail in Japan.

Ghosn faces two new charges

11 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ex-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn is seeking bail after being indicted in Tokyo on two new charges.

Japan sales fall in December, full year inches up

11 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 1.7% to 387,525 units in December from 394,253 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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