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US: California issues first autonomous drive test permits

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

Autonomous cars received a further boost this week after the US state of California issued its first 29 permits to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads.

JAPAN: Suzuki recalls 453,000 minivehicles for a/c fan fault

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 19th, 2014

Suzuki is recalling 453,225 minivehicles in Japan to fix faulty air conditioner evaporator fans in air conditioning units that have resulted in three fires so far.

GERMANY: Demand slows so Ford trims popular hatchback output

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 19th, 2014

Ford is reducing German output of of its top-selling Fiesta in the fourth quarter of 2014 as demand in some key markets has slowed.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Big fish swallowed by even bigger fish

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

The big news this week was the long-expected announcement ZF would swallow TRW whole, re-establishing the respected chassis systems and safety equipment maker as a separate business division in a US$13.5bn deal.

US: TRW stresses shift from components to functionality

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the September 19th, 2014

TRW says it is in a strong position to provide rapidly increasing functionality associated with modern vehicles as driver assist systems (DAS) come increasingly to the fore.

COMMENT: Scottish independence referendum brings relief and more questions

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

The people of Scotland have had their say on independence and decided to stay in the UK. It was a close vote, but in the end the margin was perhaps bigger than some had expected.

US: Toyota recalls NAFTA-made vehicles for fuel pipe check

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by frank on the September 19th, 2014

Toyota is recalling about 20,000 North American made vehicles, mostly in the US, because of the danger of possible fuel leaks.

ITALY: Mitsubishi to build pick-up truck for Fiat

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

Fiat-Chrysler will source a new midsize pickup for European and Latin American markets from Mitsubishi. The companies said the model will be based on the next generation L200.

US: Safety advances and Silicon Valley ‘bit of Wild West’: Potomac Alliance

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

TRW’s public policy expert says rapid advances in vehicle safety allied with Silicon Valley technology are a bit of the “Wild West” as perceptions of transportation alter at startling pace.

GERMANY: ThyssenKrupp develops lighter components

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 19th, 2014

ThyssenKrupp says its research project ‘InCar plus’ has developed new components that offer weight savings of up to 50% and cost reductions of up to 20% on conventional parts.

INDONESIA SHOW: Automakers exhibit growing confidence

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 19th, 2014

The 2014 Indonesia international motor show got under way this week with a renewed sense of self-confidence and purpose, as the domestic market continued to reach new record highs.

UK: Lotus to restructure and up to 325 jobs could go

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 18th, 2014

Lotus has said that it wants to restructure its workforce and may shed as many as 325 jobs.

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