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Kia's K900 gets fine-tuning from Biermann

Kia's next K900 is banking on the influence of German master tuner Albert Biermann.

Mazda loses 44,000 units of output in Japan because of torrential rains

UPDATED: 09/21/19 2:06 pm ET -- Adds Canadian numbers

Mazda said it lost 44,000 units of production, including some vehicles bound for Canada and the U.S., because of heavy rains this summer. The disruption will cost Mazda US$249 million.

Mazda loses 44,000 units of output in Japan because of torrential rains

Mazda said it lost 44,000 units of production, including some output of vehicles bound for the U.S., because of interruption from heavy rain this summer. The disruption will cost Mazda $249 million.

Kia EV crossover looks for sweet spot

Kia will bring its second full-electric global nameplate, the Niro EV crossover, to the U.S. next year.

Kia EV crossover looks for sweet spot

Kia will bring its second full-electric global nameplate, the Niro EV crossover, to North America next year.

Cameras instead of mirrors

Lexus is dumping the side mirrors for sleek digital cameras on next ES.

Hyundai Motor promotes heir apparent Chung Euisun as succession looms

UPDATED: Sept 14 17:12 CET new story

Euisun Chung moves a step closer to succeeding his 80-year-old father, Chung Mong-koo, who has presided over Hyundai for two decades, transforming Hyundai into the world's fifth-biggest automaker with affiliate Kia.

Lexus dumps side mirrors for sleek digital camera on next ES

Lexus is dropping traditional side mirrors for sleek digital cameras in what it calls an industry-first move to improve safety, visibility and cabin solitude.

Lexus dumps side mirrors for sleek digital camera on next ES

Mirrorless cars -- or vehicles that drop old-school glass mirrors in favour of video screens -- have long been proposed by stylists and engineers wanting sleeker looks and improved safety.

Startup co-founded by Canadian takes a bit of Silicon Valley to Tokyo

Ascent Robotics, founded two years ago with the help of Canadian Fred Almeida, hopes to deliver a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in two years and showcase it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Startup takes a bit of Silicon Valley to Tokyo

UPDATED: 9/11/18 7:37 pm ET - corrected

Ascent Robotics, founded two years ago, hopes to deliver a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in two years and showcase it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Toyota to resume Japan production after deadly earthquake

Toyota plans to gradually restart production in Japan on Tuesday after it suspended almost all auto assembly in its home market following an earthquake.

Toyota leans on Denso in keiretsu comeback

Denso's aggressive r&d expansion plans signal a comeback of Japan's keiretsu system. New joint ventures aim to leverage Toyota's wider supplier network to confront the upheaval of autonomous driving.

Japan recruits Subaru, Uber and Boeing to get flying cars off the ground

Japan plans to commercialize flying cars as early as the 2020s through a government-backed campaign that already has recruited the likes of Subaru, Uber and Boeing.

Toyota halts production in Japan after deadly quake

Toyota is stopping most of its auto production in Japan as a result of a deadly earthquake in the nation's north. Due to the interruption in its supply chain there, Japan's largest automaker will idle factories beginning Saturday, the company said.

Toyota takes car connectivity for a spin in world's biggest testbed

Toyota is teaming with the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., to get a jumpstart on testing the car connectivity system the Japanese carmaker plans to deploy stateside in 2021.

Toyota probes self-driving safety issues

Toyota has completed its biggest study of how occupants of autonomous vehicles might react in crashes. The question matters because people in self-driving cars could need a host of new safety technologies to protect them.

China's EV startups: Boom or bubble?

China has emerged as a global incubator for next-generation electrified driving and as a potent Silicon Valley rival. Some call it a boom, others a bubble. To understand the China EV craze, look no further than Byton.

Tariffs 'a bump in the road' for Mitsubishi

Tariffs come at an inconvenient time for Mitsubishi, but COO Trevor Mann says the Japanese importer will weather a trade storm.

Toyota Century: Lost in translation

The redesigned Toyota Century is one part ultrapremium status symbol, one part anachronistic holdover from a bygone era.

Incentives erase sales increase at Mazda

Mazda reports a 17 percent drop in operating profit in the most recent quarter as rising incentives, foreign exchange rate losses and increased investment in U.S. retail network reforms offset higher sales volume and aggressive cost cutting.

Flooding will dent Honda's sales, earnings

A flooded Honda factory in Mexico will dent sales and earnings results for months to come. The forecast clouded a solid quarterly earnings report.

Mazda profit slides 17 percent on higher incentives, U.S. investment

UPDATED: Aug. 1 16:18 CET - corrects European profit

Mazda's global profit fell but its earnings in Europe increased despite higher spending to comply with new WLTP emissions rules.

Honda profit climbs 11% on North American sales, cost cutting

Honda reported an 11 per cent increase in operating profit in the most recent quarter as rising sales in North America offset foreign exchange rate losses.

Honda's quarterly European profit climbs 6%

Honda reported an 11 percent increase in companywide quarterly profit as rising sales in North America and aggressive cost-cutting offset foreign exchange rate losses. European profit was up 6 percent.


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