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Updated Mazda6 moves brand ever closer to premium

4 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is Mazda knocking on the door of that elite club called Premium Brands? The signs have been there for a while, as each new model released over the last couple of years looks and feels ever more upscale. The newly updated Mazda6 adds greatly to that impression.

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.

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Nissan wholesale volumes down as it cuts US dealer stocks

9 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has posted financial results for the six-month period to 30 September and they show that operating profit was hit by lower wholesale volume as part of efforts to reduce dealer inventory levels, cut incentives and improve the quality of sales.

Toyoda Gosei establishes new unit for funding start-ups

9 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei will establish a Corporate Venture Capital Department in January 2019. This new department will serve as the company’s centre for 'flexible and swift investment in start-ups and venture capital to accelerate open innovations for practical application and commercialisation of new technologies and products', it says.

Toyota develops hydrogen burner for forging line

8 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed what it claims it the world's first general-purpose hydrogen burner for industrial use, working in collaboration with industrial furnace specialist Chugai Ro.

Japan sales rise in October

7 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Japan’s new vehicle market jumped by 12.5% to 418,992 units in October from strong year earlier sales of 372,469 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Toyota boosts first half profits

6 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) boosted fiscal first half operating profit to the end of September 2018 from JPY1.0965 trillion to JPY1.2618 trillion while net income increased from JPY1.0713 trillion to JPY1.2423 trillion.

Subaru announces more faulty inspections, driving shares lower

6 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

Subaru Corporation announced on Monday it plans to expand its domestic vehicle recall after more cases of faked final inspections emerged in recent months, according to local reports.

Mazda posts record half-year global sales  

1 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mazda says it has beat the previous year’s record for global vehicle sales in the first half of fiscal 2018-19, selling a total of 796,000 units globally, 1.7% ahead of the same period last year (which set a record). However, floods in Japan and lost production have hit the full-year outlook.

Pioneer 3D-Lidar sensor supports R-Car SoCs

1 Nov 2018 | Simon Warburton

Pioneer says its 3D-Lidar sensor supports R-Car, SoCs (system-on-chips) for car information systems, developed by Renesas Electronics.

Denso building new automated driving development centre in Tokyo

31 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation (Denso) has announced it will establish a new facility at Haneda Airport in Tokyo to develop and test automated driving technologies.

Weaker yen lifts Honda outlook

30 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Honda has raised its operating profit forecast for the current fiscal year by 80bn yen to 790bn yen as the company benefits from more favourable currency movements and higher sales of motorcycles in Asia.

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