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 […]

Mexico courting Japanese parts suppliers

TOKYO — Mexico is trying to lure Japanese autoparts makers. Although the country makes more cars than any other Latin American country, its automakers share a structural weakness — underdeveloped supporting industries. Workers attend to a car inside Nissan Motor’s plant in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes. Mexico lacks the layers of reliable domestic suppliers needed […]

Saudi Arabia Drives Surge in Spare Parts

Manufacturers and distributors of the GCC’s automotive aftermarket recently gathered in Dubai to discuss new opportunities in the region’s commercial vehicle (CV) market, as Saudi Arabia spearheads a regional surge in demand for CV spare parts and services. According to global analysts Frost & Sullivan, there are currently 750,000 trucks and buses on Saudi Arabia’s […]

Komatsu Profit Rises on Construction Equipment Sales

Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second-biggest maker of construction equipment, said third-quarter profit rose 5.5 percent, aided by sales in North America and a weaker yen. Net income rose to 38.5 billion yen ($326 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31 from 36.5 billion yen a year earlier, the Tokyo-based company said today in a […]

Toyota and Nissan Butch Up Their Trucks

Toyota and Nissan haven’t made much of a dent in America’s booming pickup business of late, in part because they haven’t really tried. Nissan hasn’t overhauled its full-sized Titan pickup in 12 years. Toyota’s more popular midsized Tacoma has been largely unchanged for a decade. The listlessness is evident in their sales. Titan sales in […]

US auto sales hit 9-year high in May

DETROIT (AP) — Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and five sunny weekends — pushed U.S. auto sales to a nine-year high in May. Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase. […]

Japan’s Isuzu Motors plans to sell 50,000 pickup vehicles in India

Japan’s Isuzu Motors aims to sell 50,000 pickup vehicles in India in the next few years to gain market leadership, a top company executive has said. The company, which has a fully owned subsidiary in Chennai, has earmarked Rs 3,000 crore for a 120,000 units per year manufacturing facility close by. Pickup vehicles, popular in […]

Thai Auto Sales Plunged in April

BANGKOK—Auto sales and production in Thailand tumbled again last month amid the nation’s political turmoil. April production totaled 126,730 vehicles, down 25.6% from a year earlier, said the Federation of Thai Industries’ Automotive Industry Club—and a slight easing from March’s 29% contraction. Sales were off 33% over the year-earlier level to 73,242 vehicles. For the […]

FUSO starts by doubling sales in Africa

Kawasaki, Japan – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, is showing strong growth in Africa. Almost doubling its sales in  the first two months of 2014 to 1,060 units from 580 units in the same period of 2013, sales have already reached the level of the results […]

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 […]