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The US has a new best selling car, and 1 in 5 come from England

26 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Automotive trade between EU countries and the USA may soon enter a strange era. Should the Trump Administration levy duties on imports from the UK, the timing for Honda would be terrible: thanks in part to rising interest in the five-door hatchback made solely in England, the Civic has just become America's best selling car.


Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid?

7 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With sales well below 50,000 per annum (16,276 for the year to the end of April), Lexus is a minor make in Europe, smaller even than Jaguar and about the same size as DS. Unceasingly advertising itself as the hybrid brand in the days when few buyers knew anything about petrol-electrics is the reason why. It's ironic then that just as its hybrids are rising in popularity, Toyota is also selling the stunning LC coupe with a proper old-school V8.


Mitsubishi turns to Renault-Nissan for future models

31 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final make to be looked at in the Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor series is Mitsubishi Motors (MMC). Earlier insights focused on Alpine and Renault, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Nissan and Infiniti.


ANALYSIS - Future models for Infiniti

30 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault and Alpine, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Venucia and Nissan, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Infiniti. Mitsubishi, the final make in the series, follows later in the week.


ANALYSIS - Future models for Nissan

25 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Nissan is the eighth brand to be looked at as part of a series which examines the major current and future models of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor divisions. The first two were Alpine and Renault, followed by Dacia, Lada, Samsung, Datsun and Venucia. Features on the remaining two makes - Infiniti and Mitsubishi - will be published soon.


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Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverless vehicles.


Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.


Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.


Mazda adjusts production schedules after floods

11 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mazda says it will restart operations at Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant, which have been suspended since the day-time shift on July 7 following exceptionally heavy rains and floods.


Floods halt car production in Japan

9 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disaster has also brought to a halt automotive production at a number of plants in the country, mainly in the western prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Yamaguchi, as well as in the nearby city of Osaka.


Nissan admits to more data tampering

9 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor has admitted it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct had been discovered in its inspection processes.


Japan sales fall 5% in June

9 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 5% to 453,765 units in June compared with a strong 477,469 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


Mitsubishi dealers to get a new look

4 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of its 5,000 dealers worldwide.


Nissan cancels sale of EV battery subsidiary to GSR

2 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Nissan Motor has cancelled the sale of its electric vehicle battery business to a Chinese investment firm, according to a Reuters report.


Toyota Motor Europe chairman Didier earns more than TMC president Toyoda

27 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Didier Leroy, a Toyota Motor executive vice president and Toyota Motor Europe chairman (he's also president, business planning & operation, and chief competitive officer) was paid JPY1.026bn (about $9.37m) for the business year ended 31 March 2018, up 50% from the previous business year and far exceeding the earnings of company president Akio Toyoda, according to Japanese media reports, citing a financial statement disclosed this week.



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