A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
This year’s flood of new diesels (from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) illustrates the need for automakers to take unconventional steps to comply with pending fuel-economy mandates in the U.S. while meeting continued heavy demand for diesels in Europe.
Even midrange Toyota models such as the Corolla, Camry and RAV4 now feature rearview cameras and auto-leveling headlamps. Toyota estimates that failure to recognize potential danger causes 70% of accidents....More
Deliveries through nine months were 3.4% ahead of like-2012, but recent flooding in large areas of the country and the end of tax breaks for first-time car buyers helped drop September sales 28.4%....More
Stagnant sales are reflected in the decline of the industry’s 5-million-unit plant capacity to 60%-65%. Large discounts and even larger incentives have squeezed profit margins, forcing many automakers to shelve investment plans....More
The automaker would be building Camry hybrids locally as early as mid-2014 if the government extended tax-exemption incentives for hybrids beyond Dec. 31, Toyota Malaysia President Ismet Suki says in a published report....More
The eco-cars must meet the Euro 5 environmental standard of releasing less than 100 g/km of carbon dioxide per 20 miles, compared with 120 g/km for existing models, and achieve fuel efficiency of 54.7 mpg....More
Adding the Accord Hybrid into the mix at the Marysville facility required an $18.8 million, 94,000-sq.-ft. expansion that created room for battery-testing and special parts-logistics operations....More
Honda Automobile Western Africa, based in Lagos with a capital investment of NGN1.85 billion, is the auto maker’s second sales subsidiary established in the African region after South Africa in 2000....More
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