Thursday morning car news roundup, January 29, 2015

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Wednesday morning car news roundup, January 28, 2015

Today is Wednesday

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The Truth About Japanese Import Quotas: There are none

Misleading picture: Ship brings cars from Yokohama to Kyushu

Misleading picture: Ship actually brings cars from Yokohama to Kyushu

Sometimes, when I read Detroit’s shrill anti-Japanese propaganda these days, only a quick look on the calendar assures me that it’s no longer 1941. The degree to which the toxic bombast has poisoned the ADHD-afflicted minds of our youth became evident again yesterday, when the alleged Truth About Cars wrote that “a new quota on U.S. imported cars was struck down as part of trade negotiations with Japan. In exchange, Japan will buy more American rice.”

Jalopnik followed Detroit one step further into the deep shit, and wrote: ”U.S. automakers are limited to selling just 5,000 cars a year in Japan.”

None of this is true. Brains have become collateral damage of Detroit’s propaganda war, and that’s a charitable assumption. I had to look at the calendar again. To my surprise, yesterday was January 27, 2015. Speaking of ADHD, let’s get two things out of the way, quickly, before attention dissipates:

There are no quotas on car imports to Japan. No old ones, no new ones. Japan also won’t buy more rice, at least not now. [Continue Reading]

Ta-ta: Toyota now finally, officially, really, honestly World’s Largest Automaker 2014

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Readers of the DailyKanban have known it all along, for about six months actually, but now it is completely official: Toyota remains World’s Largest Automaker, at least for this year. Volkswagen is solidly in the #2 position, trailed by GM in #3. [Continue Reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, January 27, 2015

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Three reasons why the auto industry needs women - Renault-Nissan - Just-auto: Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Marie-Françoise Damesin, Executive Vice-President of both Alliance and Renault Human Resources, has highlighted three "very … [Continue reading]

Monday morning car news roundup, January 26, 2015

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Has the market for new vehicles reached its peak? - Yahoo: Tesla to Roll Out New Models in China - Yahoo: Nissan Planning for Post-EV-Incentives World - Wards: Renegotiating the quota for federal EV credits and making the Leaf more attractive … [Continue reading]

With Toyota’s new minivans, a new management strategy is revealed

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Toyota’s new Alphard and Vellfire minivans, revealed today in Tokyo, are laden with new technology, like the impression to the driver that the car is transparent, or a computer, that parks the car nearly by itself. The minivans also come with Naoya … [Continue reading]

Today, very heavy hints of a range-doubling Nissan Leaf by 2016

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Ever since the DailyKanban broke the story of the range-doubling Leaf nearly two months ago, facts have been dribbling out of Nissan drop by drop. At the Detroit Motor Show, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn dropped a few heavy hints. Today, we came as close … [Continue reading]