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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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Lexus introduces Digital Side-View Monitors on the new ES

13 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Lexus has announced its introduction of 'Digital Side-View' monitors on the new ES launched in Japan in October.

Japan sales rise 2.5% in August

11 Sep 2018 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market rose by 2.5% to 364,216 units in August from already strong year earlier sales of 355,307 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Toyota in Japan plans restart for earthquake hit production lines

10 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has issued a statement regarding vehicle production in Japan following earthquakes in Hokkaido since September 6.

Earthquake halts Toyota Japan production - reports

7 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota reportedly has halted much production in Japan following an earthquake. It has 18 plants there.

Cooper Standard opens new Japan headquarters

7 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Standard has opened its new Japan headquarters and engineering centre in Yokohama.

Toyota to recall over 1m hybrids to check wiring

5 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor has announced a recall of 1.03m hybrid vehicles in Japan, North America, Europe and other regions.

Calsonic Kansei appoints Andy Koehler as CPO

5 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Calsonic Kansei has appointed Andy Koehler as Japan-based Chief Procurement Officer and who will report to CEO, Beda Bolzenius.

Mazda manufacturing in Japan recovering after July floods

30 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mazda says that the outlook for parts supply, commuting and other factors has improved in Western Japan after the severe floods that hit the region and disrupted operations in July. It said that it will return to normal operations in September.

Japanese fleet operators turn to driver recorders

30 Aug 2018 | Staff reporter

Japanese car leasing companies are offering corporate customers dashboard cameras linked to artificial intelligence (AI) systems to help reduce the risk of accidents.

Toyota to invest US$500m in Uber partnership

28 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Motor and Uber plan to work together on developing self-driving car technologies, as the race to lead the global autonomous vehicle segment hots up.

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