China fines Japanese car parts firms for price-fixing

China has levied a record fine totalling 1.24bn yuan ($202m; £121m) on twelve Japanese car parts companies for price-fixing. The country’s anti-monopoly regulator said the companies were found to have colluded to reduce competition. Japan’s Sumitomo Electric and Mitsubishi Electric were among the firms that received the heaviest fines. The ruling comes amid a crackdown […]

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 […]

Mexico to Trump Japan as No. 2 Car Exporter to U.S.

Much of the new production is by Japanese companies drawn by the ability to move parts into Mexico without tariffs. Local governments have been competing for new plants by offering tax exemptions, employee training and improved highways connecting the plants to the U.S. border and Mexican ports. Just 25 miles from the new Honda plant, […]

Nissan profits beat estimates as weaker yen helps sales

Nissan has reported better-than-expected profits, helped by the weakening yen and by a recovery in sales in China. Japan’s second-biggest carmaker said profit rose 57% to 84.3bn yen ($825m; £503m) for the last months of 2013, beating analysts’ estimates. It also sold a record 5.1 million vehicles globally last year. The positive results come three […]

Toyota may rethink Thai investment plans if crisis lingers

(Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) may reconsider investing up to 20 billion baht ($609 million) in Thailand, and could even cut production, if political unrest drags on, the head of the Japanese automaker’s local unit said on Monday. Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in Thailand, producing 800,000 vehicles a year. Plans to increase […]

Japan Is Going In The Right Direction

The Japanese economy continues to be improving nicely. The latest quarterly “Tankan” survey — which measures the state of the economy via surveys of various businesses large and small — is out and it shows that business sentiment is at a 6-year high, surpassing levels right before the Great Financial Crisis. Abenomics continues to look […]

Nissan Titan to get Cummins turbodiesel V8 in 2015

Nissan announced earlier today that its Titan pickup will get a Cummins turbodiesel in the 2015 calendar year. “We will definitely leverage the Cummins brand name,” said Nissan spokesman Dan Bedore. Cummins has been the sole supplier of diesel engines for Chrysler’s Ram pickup since 1989 — and the Cummins name is seen as a […]

What happened to the auto industry in Detroit.

In the 1960s, the auto companies and their suppliers generated an estimated 300,000 jobs in the city. Now the number has shrunk to less than one-tenth of that. “Detroit’s fate is the result of decades of job flight,” said Thomas J. Sugrue, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a […]

Driverless trucks debut in Japan

A fleet of driverless trucks made its debut in Japan, staying in formation on the road and demonstrating they can save fuel while they do it. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a public research and development group, rolled out four trucks, and only the lead vehicle had a driver. Driverless Cars […]

China auto sales accelerate in December

BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales rose 7.1 percent in 2012 after growth accelerated in December as an economic recovery began to gain traction, an industry group reported Friday. Sales in the world’s biggest market by number of vehicles sold totaled 15.5 million units, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers said. December sales rose 6.9 […]