S. Korea calls for Nissan to face charges over emissions

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP)  6/7/2016 —South Korea has called for car giant Nissan to face criminal charges for allegedly manipulating emissions data on a popular sports utility vehicle, weeks after Seoul slapped the firm with a fine over the issue. The environment ministry called on state prosecutors to probe Nissan Korea after saying tests had shown an emission defeat system on the Qashqai model that made it appear to be less polluting than it really was. It […]

Auto racing: Power captures IndyCar Detroit finale

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES (AFP)–Team Penske’s Will Power bounced back from qualifying disappointment to win the second race of the IndyCar weekend double-header at Detroit on Sunday. The Australian, whose pole-winning qualifying lap was disallowed on Sunday morning, showed he didn’t need the premium starting spot as he bulled his way to a 26th career IndyCar victory. Power finished 0.9203 of a second ahead of Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud of France after 70 laps on […]

Auto racing: Pagenaud on pole for IndyCar Detroit opener

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) Friday 6/3/2016 —France’s Simon Pagenaud resumed his assault on the IndyCar Series championship on Friday, capturing pole position for the first race in this weekend’s double-header in Detroit. Pagenaud’s fast lap in the Fast Six, the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying on the 2.35-mile (3.78 Km) temporary street course, was 1min 14.9166sec. He edged Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves of Brazil by 0.0119 of a second and led a Penske sweep […]

Top Gear star to film new auto show in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (AFP) 6/2/2016–The season premiere of former British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s new Amazon Prime show will be filmed in South Africa in July, the streaming service announced Thursday. Clarkson, who was dropped from hit BBC motoring show “Top Gear” in 2015 for punching a producer, is reuniting with his co-stars to make a new series about cars for Amazon Prime. The show, called The Grand Tour, will follow Clarkson, James May and […]

US auto sales slow in May; GM hit hard

NEW YORK, United States  (AFP)  6/1/2016 —US auto sales slipped into lower gear in May, with the country’s leading automaker General Motors taking a hard hit as consumers curbed spending ahead of the summer driving season. Analysts had expected softer May sales following a blockbuster April as a seven-year boom in the auto industry shows signs of moderating. Though job growth has been solid and wages are inching up, consumers have recently turned a bit less […]

Volkswagen ‘satisfied’ with Q1 despite profit slump

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP)  5/31/2016 – Embattled German auto giant Volkswagen said Tuesday that it was satisfied with business in the first quarter, despite falling sales and profits, and it would stick to its targets for the whole year. “The VW group put in a solid performance in the first three months,” the statement said. “In view of the many challenges we’re currently facing, we’re satisfied overall with the start we made into what will undoubtedly be a […]

Auto Racing: US rookie Rossi hangs on to win 100th Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, United States (AFP) —Alexander Rossi, a former Formula One test driver in only his sixth IndyCar race, captured the 100th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, conserving fuel over the last 36 laps to win his Indy debut. The 24-year-old Californian spent three years as an F1 test driver and raced five times last year, then switched to IndyCar and used a fuel-saving run to take a shocking 200-lap triumph on the 2.5-mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. […]

Jeep Wrangler now comes in five variants

The Jeep Wrangler moves into 2016 with updates designed to further enhance the Wrangler ownership experience. The combination of open-air freedom, off-road capability and on-road refinement has brought Jeep Wrangler’s popularity at an all-time high. For 2016, the Jeep Wrangler comes in five variants:Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, All-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport S (3.6L V6 or 2.8L Diesel), and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. Features for the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited line-up […]

GM venture to recall over two million cars in China

SHANGHAI, China (AFP)  5/27/2016 —US auto giant General Motors (GM) will recall more than two million vehicles produced through a joint venture in China because of an engine component flaw, the firm and officials said. The venture between GM and Shanghai-based SAIC will recall 2.16 million Buick and Chevrolet branded vehicles because their engine valves could corrode after extended use, the company said on Thursday. Business media outlet Caixin reported that the recall was the largest in […]

Auto Racing: Hinchcliffe seeks Indy 500 win after near-fatal crash

INDIANAPOLIS, United States (AFP) 5/27/2016 -Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe, who watched last year’s Indianapolis 500 from a hospital bed after a near-fatal practice crash, starts on the pole for Sunday’s 100th running of the American oval classic. Hinchcliffe’s third-turn crash into the outer wall last May shoved a steel rod from the car’s suspension through his right thigh and into his left leg, causing massive bleeding that required safety workers to pump 14 pints of […]

Formula One: Mercedes drivers surprised by Red Bull pace

MONACO,Principality of Monaco (AFP) 5/27/2016 –Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton said they were stunned by the unexpected speed of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in Thursday’s practice for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. The Australian clocked the quickest lap by six-tenths of a second ahead of defending three-time champion Briton Hamilton, with Rosberg third ahead of Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull. “It is definitely surprising how quick they were,” said […]

Takata shares soar on report US firm KKR to take control

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) 5/26/2016 -Takata shares skyrocketed in afternoon trade Thursday, following a report that US private equity firm KKR wants to take control of the embattled airbag supplier. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) is looking to take over up to 60 percent of the company from the founding family, Japan’s leading business paper the Nikkei reported, prompting Takata’s shares to surge 21.16 percent to 458 yen at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The rise is a […]