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....More
There’s still work to be done in boosting sales of fullsize pickups and compact cars, Pierre Loing admits. And the future of Nissan’s Cube small car beyond the current generation appears in doubt....More
Automakers are making automatic-manual transmissions affordable by simplifying the technology and overcoming the cost disadvantage. AMTs also save money in the price-sensitive India market by offering fuel efficiency equal to, or better than, manual gearboxes....More
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....More
Toyota, which collects sales data for the industry, says last month’s slump reflects high volume from a year ago, when government tax incentives were spurring demand. But it notes the country’s ongoing political unrest may affect sales....More
The funding for additional charging points is accompanied by a campaign by the government and automakers to debunk common myths and misconceptions that dissuade drivers from switching to electric or hybrid cars....More
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