Thursday morning car news roundup, July 2, 2015

Today is Thursday

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Drop in Japanese new car registrations levels off, keis still suffer

Japan roads june - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

New car registrations in Japan dropped only 2.2 percent in June, an improvement over May when sales contracted by 7.6 percent. Healthy gains in the regular car sector were drawn down by minivehicles, which have to digest pulled-forward sales due to a tax rise in April.

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Japan’s major automakers support hydrogen society. Some more, some less

Joint presser - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

What did he just say?

Japan’s three major automakers held a rare joint press conference today, throwing their weight and support behind fuel cells and a zero-emission hydrogen society. That support had been far from unanimous in the past. While Toyota is fully in the fuel cell camp, Nissan is on record that BEVs are viable now, while FCVs may be a drawn-out dream. Honda, having to deal with more pressing problems than the future of the planet, is somewhere in the middle. Today, all three united and shook hands on the noble cause of jump-starting the hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan. [Continue Reading]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, July 01, 2015

Today is Wednesday

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The beginning of the end-game: Julie Hamp resigns. Exit from Japan next?

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Today at 4:30 p.m. local, Tokyo’s automotive press corps was packing up notes and cameras after a rather unexciting joint press conference by Japan’s majors, Toyota sent out the announcement that its Chief Communication Officer Julie Hamp tendered … [Continue reading]

Connecting the dots: Volkswagen’s low cost car, the Great Wall affair, Piech’s ouster, and Nissan

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Last weekend, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn told Bild am Sonntag that his company will finally build a budget car line, 2018, in China. A few days earlier, Ferdinand Piech’s older brother Ernst told Germany’s society magazine Die Bunte that … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, June 30, 2015

Todays is Tuesday

Top News: Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor - Automotive News: Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's … [Continue reading]

Looks like Toyota will be world’s 2nd largest automaker, VW 1st

Akio Toyoda - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

Toyota may lose the title World’s Largest Automaker to Volkswagen by the end of 2015. As of May, Toyota’s worldwide production is down 4 percent, while Volkswagen is up a tiny 0.2%. … [Continue reading]