Thursday morning car news roundup, February 26, 2015

Today is Thursday

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Next exit Toyota: World’s largest automakers start the year with the foot on the brake

Reduce speed

Reduce speed

Toyota started the year with something unusual: With a minus sign. The world’s largest automaker produced 828,057 units worldwide in January, that’s 3.2% below January 2014. A few weeks ago, number two Volkswagen already announced that its worldwide growth had come pretty much to a halt in January. In the U..S., January was good, and February will be good. Globally, and that’s how a large automaker views its business, the markets appear to have peaked already.

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Model S charges for free in China’s countryside, Tesla doesn’t like it

Picture courtesy Carnewschina.com

Picture courtesy Carnewschina.com

The owner of a Tesla Model S was caught stealing power in the Chinese countryside near Chengdu, Carnewschina reports. Someone had climbed up the utility pole, clipped wires on the line, ran them to a jury-rigged transformer, and other Rube Goldberg-style installations, until a Model S received its juice without the owners receiving a utility bill.

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Wednesday morning car news roundup, February 25, 2015

Today is Wednesday

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What does the congressional grilling of Akio Toyoda have to do with the Mirai FCV? More than we imagine

Time to reflect

Today, 5 years ago, on February 24, 2010, Toyoda CEO Akio Toyoda was mercilessly grilled in a show trial at the U.S. Congress for unintended acceleration that did, according to NASA, never happen.  Picture Mark Fields, or Mary Barra, being screamed … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, February 24, 2015

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Today delayed due to trip to Toyota Mirai line-off, story to follow GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Nissan teases next Micra - Motoring: Nissan has revealed the first teaser image of the 'Sway' concept car that's expected to preview its next-generation Micra … [Continue reading]

Monday morning car news roundup, February 23, 2015

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Honda, Grappling With Quality Problems, to Replace Its President - New York Times: The company's main crisis, which stems from faulty Takata airbags, predates Takanobu Ito's tenure. But his efforts to quickly expand drew criticism. UAW President … [Continue reading]

Heads roll at Honda: Ito out, Hachigo in

Got a tissue? Takanobu Ito

A "surprise move" it was not: Tokyo was rife with rumors about the impeding ouster of Honda CEO Takanobu Ito in the latter part of last week, but the rumors were doggedly denied. Today, Monday, a flash invitation requested the Tokyo press corps to … [Continue reading]