Politics http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53474/more en Toyota Thailand Suspends Prius Output in Tax Tiff http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-thailand-suspends-prius-output-tax-tiff <div class="node-body article-body">The dispute stems from a Finance Ministry investigation into whether the hybrid is a completely knocked-down vehicle totally assembled in Thailand, or is an imported car subject to a 187.8% duty.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-thailand-suspends-prius-output-tax-tiff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-thailand-suspends-prius-output-tax-tiff#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Thailand Toyota Production Sales Results Tariffs Vehicle Assembly Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:48:00 +0000 1337811 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Prius sales decimated by moribund Thai economy.</strong></p> Subaru to Continue Bypassing Damaged Chinese Port http://wardsauto.com/subaru-continue-bypassing-damaged-chinese-port <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries will continue diverting its Japan-built cars to Shanghai because its Tianjin operations have not returned to normal since the deadly Aug. 12 chemical explosion.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/subaru-continue-bypassing-damaged-chinese-port" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Politics Asia Pacific China Logistics Trade Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:59:00 +0000 1338861 at http://wardsauto.com Toyota SUV Tops Chinese Model in Safety Tests http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-suv-tops-chinese-model-safety-tests <div class="node-body article-body">Of the seven SUVs crash-tested by ASEAN NCAP, the Rush is the first Toyota model. The vehicle tested is built in Indonesia, and although electronic stability control was not available, antilock braking is standard across all variants.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-suv-tops-chinese-model-safety-tests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/toyota-suv-tops-chinese-model-safety-tests#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Politics Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Asia Pacific - Regional Indonesia Toyota Antilock Braking System (ABS) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Design Safety Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:09:00 +0000 1336101 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Rush earns four of five stars for adult-, child-occupant protection.</strong></p> Chinese Automakers Retrench as Iran’s Market Reopens http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/chinese-automakers-retrench-iran-s-market-reopens <div class="node-body article-body">With the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program, Chinese automakers will face more competition as other foreign companies step up production in the country, increase imports, or both.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/chinese-automakers-retrench-iran-s-market-reopens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/chinese-automakers-retrench-iran-s-market-reopens#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Sales & Marketing Africa / Middle East Iran Chery Dongfeng FAW SAIC Globalization Sales Results Trade Vehicle Assembly Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1334331 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Locally assembled Chinese Haima S7 displayed at Mashhad auto show.</strong></p> Daimler Attaches Strings to Proposed Russia Plant http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/daimler-attaches-strings-proposed-russia-plant <div class="node-body article-body">Sources say Daimler has asked St. Petersburg Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko to provide a 125-acre site for the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant, along with associated infrastructure investment, without compensation from the automaker.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/daimler-attaches-strings-proposed-russia-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/daimler-attaches-strings-proposed-russia-plant#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Politics Europe Russia GAZ Mercedes Globalization Tariffs Trade Vehicle Assembly Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1334141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Daimler looks to grow in Russia beyond KamAZ JV.</strong></p> Indian Automakers: Don’t Rush Us on Clean-Air Rules http://wardsauto.com/politics/indian-automakers-don-t-rush-us-clean-air-rules <div class="node-body article-body">Automakers argue shorter deadlines would force them into using untested or inadequately tested technologies that could lead to safety risks and reduce fuel efficiency. Meantime, the air in India’s cities is getting progressively dirtier.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/indian-automakers-don-t-rush-us-clean-air-rules" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/indian-automakers-don-t-rush-us-clean-air-rules#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology India Unspecified Companies Politics Diesel Electric Vehicles Emissions Gasoline Incentives Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:02:00 +0000 1333111 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Government subsidizing purchases of Mahindra Reva&#39;s&nbsp;e2o EV.</strong></p> Australian Lawmakers Scrutinizing Highway Safety http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/australian-lawmakers-scrutinizing-highway-safety <div class="node-body article-body">An industry lobbying group says it opposes increased personal importation of new vehicles or the importation of used vehicles because they may meet a lower safety standard, or may not be suitable for Australia’s environmental conditions, or both.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/australian-lawmakers-scrutinizing-highway-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/australian-lawmakers-scrutinizing-highway-safety#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia Ford Holden Toyota Automatic Braking Blindspot Detection Lane-Departure Warning Safety Trade Vehicles in Operation Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:33:00 +0000 1332981 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Most Australian cars up to speed on safety technology.</strong></p> SAIC’s V80 Draws Poor Safety Rating in Australia http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/saic-s-v80-draws-poor-safety-rating-australia <div class="node-body article-body">The China-built V80 scores just 4.97 points out of a possible 16 in a frontal-offset crash test.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/saic-s-v80-draws-poor-safety-rating-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/saic-s-v80-draws-poor-safety-rating-australia#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia China SAIC Politics Safety Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:04:00 +0000 1333081 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Lack of electronic stability controls one of factors in V80&rsquo;s 2-star rating.</strong></p> European Parliament, Auto-Industry Groups Tout TTIP http://wardsauto.com/politics/european-parliament-auto-industry-groups-tout-ttip <div class="node-body article-body">A study by the Petersen Institute of International Economics contends harmonizing U.S.-EU safety and environmental regulations would boost the automotive trade at least 20%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/european-parliament-auto-industry-groups-tout-ttip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/european-parliament-auto-industry-groups-tout-ttip#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Sales & Marketing Europe North America Europe - Regional U.S. Unspecified Companies Regulations Sales & Marketing Globalization Tariffs Trade Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:34:00 +0000 1332141 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Most EU countries slap 10% import duty on Mustang.</strong></p> Spain Levies Hefty Fines in Latest Price-Fixing Case http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case <div class="node-body article-body">Automakers planning to appeal the fines may argue the fragmented Spanish market is competitive. Their combined market share is 91% but no single brand has a stake greater than 10%, spurring discounts averaging €4,000.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Politics Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Spain BMW Citroen Fiat Ford General Motors Peugeot PSA Renault SEAT Toyota Volkswagen Politics Sales & Marketing Laws/Law Enforcement Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:48:00 +0000 1331731 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fines against whistleblower SEAT, parent VW waived.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>