Nissan unveils new electric car in bid to drive off competition

CHIBA, Japan (AFP) — Japanese giant Nissan Wednesday unveiled a new electric car with an extended range and semi-autonomous driving functions, as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered. The second-generation Nissan Leaf has a potential range of 400 kilometers (250 miles) between charges, compared with 250 kilometers for its previous version. It also boasts semi-autonomous driving capabilities such as keeping the vehicle automatically in one lane on the motorway […]

VW recalling 281,000 vehicles due to defect

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States branch of embattled German carmaker Volkswagen announced Tuesday it was recalling 281,000 vehicles to fix a faulty fuel pump in another blow to the company’s image. While the number is far smaller than the 11 million cars worldwide recalled in the “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal, including about 600,000 vehicles in the US, news of another problem comes as the company is trying to restore its image with […]

Toyota discussing stronger alliance with Mazda

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Toyota said Friday it would discuss strengthening its partnership with Mazda as reports said they were close to a deal on a capital tie-up and building a $1.6 billion factory in the United States. The move comes as the Japanese auto industry is facing uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s drive to support US firms over foreign imports. He had earlier strongly criticized Toyota over its ongoing project to build a new […]

Honda motorcycle sales boost quarterly net profit

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japanese vehicle maker Honda on Tuesday said net profit for the second quarter rose by double digits boosted by strong motorcycle sales, revising up its full-year forecast. The Tokyo-based company said “solid sales of two-wheel vehicles in Asia and cost reduction efforts” contributed to increased profits. Motorcycle sales volume grew in India and Vietnam, Honda said, while four-wheel vehicle sales volume increased in Japan and China but declined in North America. […]

Volkswagen fined $154 mn more in US for dieselgate

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Volkswagen must pay an additional $154 million to California to settle state environmental charges in the latest penalty in the scandal over its use of emissions “defeat devices,” regulators announced Thursday. The sum is on top of $533 million VW already paid to California in the so-called dieselgate conspiracy, in which software allowed cars to pass emissions tests, while still spewing nitrogen oxide far above legal limits. “This payment […]

Volvo Cars moves into fast-growing Indian market

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AFP) —¬†Swedish carmaker Volvo said Thursday it will start assembling cars in India this year in a move into a fast-expanding market where it has had only a small presence until now. Volvo Cars said in a statement that it was teaming up with truck manufacturer Volvo Group to build cars at the latter’s existing plant in Hoskote near Bangalore. While sharing the Volvo name, Volvo Cars has not actually been part of […]

Chinese company presents SUVs to be sold in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC Motor) on Tuesday (March 28) presented their models SUV S2 and SUV S3 to be sold in Mexico. Last month, Mexico’s Giant Motors and China’s JAC Motor, along with distributor Chori Company Limited, announced they would invest more than 4.4 billion pesos ($212.46 million) in an existing Mexican plant to build these SUVs in the central state of Hidalgo. The investment is a welcome sign of […]

US : ‘Global startup’ vows autonomous car by 2020 in US

This handout illustration obtained March 10, 2017 courtesy of Nio, shows the NIO EVE autonomous vision car of the future. A “global startup” which makes electric racing vehicles unveiled plans on March 10, 2017 to sell a fully autonomous car in the US market by 2020. The company called Nio, founded by Chinese entrepreneur William Li and with offices in Silicon Valley, Europe and China, unveiled a prototype of the vehicle called Eve at the […]

Nissan introduces car ‘camelpower’

(Reuters) — Nissan has launched a new measurement unit for 4×4 cars that they are calling Desert Camel Power. The Japanese firm wants to provide definitive answers to questions about the off-road capabilities of 4×4 cars in the Gulf market. Nissan argues that the traditional definition of horsepower is not an accurate unit of measurement for cars that drive in the desert, since engine power does not necessarily ensure smooth driving on sand. Regional Executive […]

Toyota recalling fuel-cell Mirai vehicles

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) —¬†Toyota said Wednesday it is recalling all the Mirai fuel-cell vehicles it has sold globally due to a software glitch that can shut off its hydrogen-powered system. The auto giant said it would call back about 2,800 Mirai vehicles made between November 2014 and December 2016 to repair the defect. Toyota launched Mirai — which means “future” in Japanese — in late 2014 as it looked to push further into the fast-growing […]

BMW defends plans to open plant in Mexico

BMW’s chief of sales and marketing Ian Robertson defends the German automaker’s decision to open a new factory in Mexico in 2019, despite warnings from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a border tax on cars imported from the country.

Toyota unveils concept car with artificial intelligence system

(REUTERS) — Carmaker Toyota unveiled a concept vehicle featuring digital displays throughout and an artificial intelligence system on Wednesday (January 04) at CES in Las Vegas. According to Toyota, the vehicle features what they call ‘kinetic warmth,’ a warm and welcoming atmosphere to create a relationship between the driver and the car. “The CALTY team developed a concept that we’re calling Kinetic warmth. It’s a design philosophy that’s guided every element of the Concept-i’s creation […]