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Isuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles

20 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. Meanwhile, Isuzu continues to quietly update the D-Max, adding refinements and new variants, keeping this stalwart of the one-tonne segment competitive.


New XV behind 29 per cent UK Subaru sales surge

13 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Having fallen by more than a quarter during 2017, Subaru's UK sales are finally going back in the right direction, with a 29 per cent surge in February. Most of that is due to the arrival of the new XV.


Mitsubishi has big plans for new Eclipse Cross

8 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Colt Car Company, which imports Mitsubishi vehicles to the UK, sees around 6,500 sales this year for the new Eclipse Cross but admits this is a conservative estimate. As the worldwide launch schedule for this new SUV accelerates, it could yet become a global best seller for Mitsubishi Motors.


ANALYSIS - Future models for SGP Subaru Global Platform

6 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is it dangerous to have almost two thirds of your global production going to one market? And what if your brand is one which can't command luxury car prices? Things are good for Subaru Corporation; very good in fact. There are risks though. Big risks.


Can newly updated Lexus CT 200h still compete?

21 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Sometimes, Toyota Motor Corporation does curious things. The new Lexus LC and LS are clearly money no object designs. Why then has it chosen to extend the life of the seven-year old CT 200h with another facelift, when the car was, to be polite, not exactly state of the art?


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Nissan to launch three EVs and five ePower models in Japan by 2022

20 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-Power models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022, the company announced today.


Japan sales drop 3.5% in March

16 Apr 2018 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 3.5% to 667,275 units in March from strong year earlier sales of 691,374 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


MMC dealerships 'going solar' for local grid supply

13 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) says it is creating a network of dealerships which can offer cleaner electric vehicle charging, help stabilise the local electricity supply grid and even provide electricity after a natural disaster or power outage.


Volkswagen and Hino agree strategic partnership on CVs

12 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota controlled truckmaker Hino Motors and and Volkswagen Truck & Bus have signed an agreement aiming to build a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership in their commercial vehicles businesses.


Denso to integrate its metal press-worked parts subsidiaries

5 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation said from 1 July 2018 it would integrate the management of two group companies: Denso Preas Corporation and Denso Kiko, both of which manufacture metal press-worked parts.


Ricardo to collaborate with Enable in Japan

5 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ricardo is to collaborate with Enable on testing and calibration in Japan.


Pioneer/NVIDIA collaborate to expedite autonomous driving R&D

3 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Pioneer Corporation announced it has collaborated with NVIDIA to make Pioneer’s 3D-Lidar sensors work with with NVIDIA DriveWorks, a software development kit (SDK) for autonomous driving.


Nissan/Sumitomo/4R setting up plant to recycle li-ion batteries for EVs

26 Mar 2018 | Dave Leggett

Japan’s first plant specialising in the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles is set to open amid growing demand for electric cars.


Used Nissan Leaf batteries to power a Japanese town's streetlights

23 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from the automaker's Leaf electric car.


Denso to increase stake in Renesas Electronics

16 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation is to increase its shareholding in Renesas Electronics from 0.5% to 5% to, it said, "accelerate the development of various in-vehicle systems including automated driving systems that are becoming more advanced, complicated, and larger in scale than ever before. Renesas has cutting-edge technologies for semiconductors that serve as the key devices in such systems".



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