Research analyst Cosmin Laslau notes EV maker Tesla delivered 4,900 Model S sedans and Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones worldwide in first-quarter 2013. But in terms of Li-ion battery capacity, the Model S consumed 50% more than the iPhone.
The New Stage 2016 plan sets ambitious earnings, sales and production goals for fiscal 2016. They include record earnings of ¥135 billion on sales of ¥2.6 trillion, both up more than 40% from fiscal 2012, and more than 1.4 million builds.
In addition to Toyota, Subaru and Lexus, Aisin AI supplies Mazda and Mitsubishi in Japan and PSA Peugeot Citroen, General Motors and Lotus overseas. The supplier is developing a new 6-speed transmission for the Porsche 911 sports coupe.
“The human being is fantastic sensor and analyzer,” Klaus Kompass says. “He is probably the best we have today at analyzing a complete situation with the blink of an eye. We don’t have technical systems that can do that” yet.
Leading the big-truck surge will be General Motors, which has full availability of its re-engineered Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups, plus redesigned SUVs now hitting the market....More
Inventory of domestically made LVs is where most of March’s excess inventory exists. There could be some production slowdowns, but higher retail incentives in place in March are likely to continue in April, and possibly increase....More