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US: Golf off Ford CEO Mulally’s next-move list – report

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Speculation is continuing to swirl around what Ford CEO Alan Mulally will do next but it apparently won’t be retirement golf in Florida.

POLAND: New Fiat to be made in Tychy – Deputy PM

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 23rd, 2014

A new Fiat model will be made at the company’s plant in Tychy, Poland, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said.

INDIA: Toyota Kirloskar workers back on the line

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Toyota Kirloskar Motor employees have returned to work at two plants, their union said.

US: Johnson Controls posts Q2 net income up 59% to US$261m

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Johnson Controls has unveiled second quarter net income up 59% of US$261m, on US$10.5bn of revenue.

US: Single complaints prompt NHTSA Chevrolet brake and Bosch Leaf charger probes

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

The NHTSA has opened preliminary investigations into the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and a Bosch fast charger used with a 2013 Nissan Leaf model sold in the US after receiving just one complaint each about automatic braking and battery recharging respectively.

US: Subaru considers EV re-launch

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Tightening environmental regulations in the US have prompted Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries to consider launching electric vehicles again in the region, president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga has said.

US: Improved profits fettle Ford’s Fitch rating

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ford Motor Company and its Ford Motor Credit captive finance subsidiary at ‘BBB-’ and revised its rating outlook for both to ‘positive’ from ‘stable’.

US: Toyota Mississippi exports first Corollas

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Toyota has begun exporting Corollas built at its Mississippi plant for the first time.

GERMANY: First four-cylinder Porsche since 1995

Posted in Current Models by frank on the April 23rd, 2014

Unlike the V4 in its new 919 WEC racer, the four-cylinder engine in the just-announced Macan is made by the Volkswagen Group, not Porsche.

CHINA: Toyota adds local hybrid capacity

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 23rd, 2014

Toyota, the global leader in hybrid vehicles, will start to source hybrid components in China for its locally produced Corolla and Levin models from next year rather than import them from Japan.

CHINA: Harman adds R&D

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the April 23rd, 2014

US infotainment supplier Harman is stepping up its expansion into mainland China with the establishment of a “global R&D centre” in the city of Suzhou as well a “joint laboratory” for automotive innovations with Tsinghua University.

US: GM restructures global engineering, current chief retires

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the April 22nd, 2014

There’s no mention of the ongoing ignition switch and steering wheel recalls but General Motors announcement today of a restructuring of global vehicle engineering – including “retirement” of the current head – is surely a consequence.

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