The Tokyo show has become less significant than those in Frankfurt, Geneva, Detroit and Los Angeles. Still, as the home market for Toyota, Nissan and Honda, it affords them a chance to bedazzle with their latest technologies....More
The biggest drag is the key Brazilian export market, where a corruption scandal, political crisis and high inflation have thrust its economy into recession. Argentina sells about half of its vehicle output to Brazil....More
Still ranking as the world’s leaders, Japanese and Korean brands registered a 10% year-on-year decline in hybrid sales between January and June to an estimated 805,000 units. Hybrid production in Japan alone declined 29% to 550,181 units....More
Although it’s a relatively inexpensive vehicle type, Infiniti says it spared no expense for its first C-car, promising “superior fit-and-finish details, both visible and tactile, across all grades.”...More
The Russian government will revise its formula for determining the level of localization of auto production. Foreign automakers will be given up to three years to comply with the amended requirements....More
The Cummins engine plant in Columbus, IN, is in pilot production of the 5.0L turbodiesel V-8 soon to be delivered to Nissan for the all-new Titan XD fullsize pickup truck. Sales are set to begin by year's end.
Ann Arbor’s Mcity test track includes four traffic lights, an underpass, metal bridge deck, gravel roadways and parking spaces that are angled, perpendicular and parallel. Efforts are under way to open a similar but larger facility nearby in Ypsilanti....More
Last year, Hyundai was the first automaker in the world to sell a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Hyundai Vice Chairman Woong-chul Yang makes it clear the automaker plans to be a trailblazer in hybrids as well as fuel cells....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.