Central America: A Growing Middle Class and Changing Buying Preferences Bode Well for Suppliers of Auto Aftermarket Products.

Manufacturers and distributors of automobile parts, components, and accessories and automobile care equipment ought to consider growing their businesses by exporting to Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala. Central America emerged as a key growth market for the auto industry, said Andres Castrillon, senior counsel for international affairs at the Auto Care […]

Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Makers set record

TOKYO — Japanese automakers doing well in North America booked record net profits in the April-June quarter while others reliant on markets elsewhere saw profit declines, their earnings releases show. All seven major automakers announced quarterly results by Tuesday. Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries — the company behind the Subaru brand — […]

March will be one of the most crucial months for the U.S. auto industry in years.

U.S. consumers bought just under 1.2 million new cars and trucks in February, unchanged from a year ago. That follows a 3 percent drop in January — the first year-over-year decline since August 2010. So far this year, new vehicle sales have been on pace to hit a little more than 15 million for the […]

Toyota ends car production in Australia by 2017

Toyota is to end its vehicle and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017, effectively marking the end of the country’s carmaking industry. The company said it might scale down the operations of its development and technical centre in Australia as well. Last year, Ford and General Motors’ Holden unit also announced plans […]

Toyota is giving larger chunks of business to a smaller number of suppliers, and it is asking for cost cuts of 30 to 40 percent for some parts – in certain cases double that level.

“Behind the recovery at the big carmakers is their pressure on suppliers to cut parts prices. It’s been hitting us like a body blow,” said a senior executive of a company that makes drivetrain-related parts for a major Toyota supplier. At this small company based in Aichi prefecture, home to Toyota and much of its […]