Monday morning car news roundup, May 4, 2015

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Japan new car sales, April 2015: Pulled-forward Kei cars pull sales down

Japan - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Registrations of new automobiles in Japan dropped 7.5 percent to 319,482 units, consolidated data released by industry associations show. The culprit was a sudden cooling of Japan’s love-affair with the mini vehicle. [Continue Reading]

Friday morning car news roundup, May 1, 2015

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Thursday morning car news roundup, April 30, 2015

Today is Thursday

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Wednesday morning car news roundup, April 29, 2015


Top News Bentley considers smaller SUV to follow 2016 Bentayga - Autocar: Bentley's Bentayga SUV will go on sale in 2016, but could be joined by a smaller SUV model. Musk bulks up Tesla batteries in leap beyond cars - Automotive News: … [Continue reading]

Piech vs. Winterkorn: Finally, a motive emerges

Puppet off the string

We’ll probably never know for sure what really caused the rift between emperor Piech and his no longer trusted vassal Winterkorn. All we knew last week was that what most of the media thought was the reasons (U.S.A., low cost line, profit margins) … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, April 28, 2015


Top News Daimler Earnings Nearly Double on Strong Sales of New Mercedes Models - Detroit Bureau: Even as two key U.S. rivals reported weak earnings for the first quarter, Daimler AG delivered an unexpectedly strong performance, its net profit … [Continue reading]

Shanghai Auto Show 2015: No babes, more chaos

Security worked flawlessy

I typed most of this in the lounge at the Seoul airport, flying back to Tokyo on the cheap from the Shanghai Auto Show. Serious work from Shanghai was impossible, due to a Chinese firewall that is higher and sturdier than ever. And that was just one … [Continue reading]