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How Ford is adding three nameplates while cutting sedans

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 20:07
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's product development chief, said the Ford brand will have 23 nameplates five years from now, up from 20 today.

Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 17:35
Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably.

2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to cost $130,000

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 17:02
Ford is reviving the drag racing Cobra Jet for the vehicle's 50th anniversary.

Marchionne failed to report gift to Holiefield, report says

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 16:45
The late Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in 2016 denied to investigators that he gave a top UAW official an expensive watch years before, a Detroit newspaper reported.

Why NAFTA talks are dragging along a year later

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 16:31
President Donald Trump has made no secret that he wanted NAFTA gone. A year of on-again-off-again negotiations without a clear view of an endgame has demonstrated the pact's staying power.

Aretha Franklin, touchstone voice of the Motor City, dies at 76

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 15:28
Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul whose voice and music became a touchstone of the Motor City's car culture and Detroit 3 marketing efforts, died Thursday. The Memphis-born singer and longtime resident of the Detroit area was 76.

Ford reveals autonomous vehicle philosophies, priorities

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 12:00
Ford became the latest company to disclose the values and practices that shape its autonomous vehicle development program in a voluntary safety self-assessment report.

Why apprehension is growing for autonomous vehicles

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 12:00
Increasing awareness of self-driving vehicles is fueling apprehension about the safety of the technology, a new survey reveals.

As export growth declines, Japan begins shipping fewer cars to U.S

China car times - 16 août 2018 - 11:59

Earlier in the day, August 16th, data released by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) showed that exports have risen by 3.9 percent year-on-year for the month of July.

Significantly below the expected 6.3 percent increase by economists in a Reuters poll. The rise for the month of July follows a 6.7 percent year-on-year gain for the previous month.

Due to a 12.1 percent decline in car shipments, Japan’s export to the United States dropped by 5.2% year-on-year in July.

A statement released by a MOF official in charge of compiling the data, reads, “The drop in U.S.-bound car exports was the outcome of abrupt sales seen there in the previous year, due to decline in oil prices and also due to the solid U.S. economy.”

The statement further reads, “We cannot say for certain that it was affected by trade tensions with the United States.”

Laying emphasis on the U.S. auto sector’s trade deficit with countries like Japan and Germany, President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has made the threat of heavy tariffs a core part of his agenda, giving rise to speculation of restrictions on U.S.-bound car exports.

However, so far no Japanese carmaker has shown no signs of increasing its car shipments to the United States.

According to Takeshi Minami, chief economist at Norinchukin Research Institute, “While caution over U.S. trade policy is increasing, U.S. car sales are also simultaneously leveling off, which in turn is leveling off Japan’s car exports as well.”

He further added, “As a result of this, if capital outflows from emerging economies accelerate, it would lead to a marked slowdown in global economy, which would further affect Japan’s exports.”

Led by motors, liquefied petroleum gas, and crude oil, Imports from the United States rose 11.0 percent in the year to July.

Which caused Japan’s trade surplus with the United States to fall by 22.1 percent year-on-year to 502.7 billion yen ($4.55 billion).

In comparison to the previous year, Exports to China, Japan’s largest trading partner, rose 11.9 percent in July from a year ago.

Led by sales of electronic parts for China, semiconductor production equipment, and sales of steel to Thailand, Shipments to Asia, which make up for more than half of Japan’s overall exports, rose 8.0 percent.

Overall imports rose 14.6 percent in the year to July, partially matching economists’ median estimate.

The trade figures are seen on Thursday (August 16th) came after gross domestic product (GDP) data in the previous week showed Japan’s economy,( World’s Third-largest), rallied in the second quarter from a January-March dip.

Analysts claim that even as global economic growth would most likely aid Japan’s exports, the same cannot be said for international trade conflicts as they are an ever-present risk to Japan’s export-reliant economy.

Several Analysts have also predicted that higher U.S. tariffs on Japanese automotive exports would make a significant impact on the broader economy.

As it shows recovery from an earlier contraction, Japan’s economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.9 % in the second quarter mainly due to business and household spending.

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IIHS side crash tests for minivans; Sienna rated 'marginal' while Odyssey rated 'good'

Automotive Business Review - 16 août 2018 - 05:15
The 2018 Toyota Sienna rated marginal in the IIHS' latest passenger-side small-overlap front crash tests, while the 2018 Honda Odyssey received a good rating.

Musk may face national security review in a Tesla-Saudi deal

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 20:21
Elon Musk will likely need clearance from U.S. national security officials for any proposal to take Tesla private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology.

Musk may face national security review in a Tesla-Saudi deal

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 20:21
Elon Musk will likely need clearance from U.S. national security officials for any proposal to take Tesla private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology.

Mercedes, Porsche models banned by Swiss over emissions

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 20:02
Swiss authorities have halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz Vito and Porsche Macan and Cayenne vehicles which had diesel engines that disguised emissions levels.

U.S. auto tariffs could doom Trump's Korea trade deal

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 18:17
The trade pact that the Trump administration renegotiated with South Korea this year is in jeopardy as the U.S. considers imposing tariffs on light-vehicle imports.

More evidence suggests Elon Musk tweeted too soon

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 15:45
A week after Elon Musk shocked the markets by proclaiming Tesla may become a private company, evidence has piled up that the mercurial CEO was tweeting too soon.

More evidence suggests Elon Musk tweeted too soon

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 15:45
A week after Elon Musk shocked the markets by proclaiming Tesla may become a private company, evidence has piled up that the mercurial CEO was tweeting too soon.

Ford's blue sky CEO has investors treading water

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 14:47
Two more potential problems at Ford -- leadership and liquidity (namely, Ford's capacity to pay dividends) -- have come into sharp focus recently. Neither will be addressed in a hurry.

Expect Elon Musk vs. SEC to take time to resolve

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 11:37
As the Tesla go-private saga enters its ninth day, many are wondering when regulators will decide whether Elon Musk broke the rules by dripping out details so haphazardly.

Expect Elon Musk vs. SEC to take time to resolve

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 11:37
As the Tesla go-private saga enters its ninth day, many are wondering when regulators will decide whether Elon Musk broke the rules by dripping out details so haphazardly.

Porsche teams with video game maker Epic Games in design tools breakthrough

Automotive Business Review - 15 août 2018 - 05:01
Porsche has partnered with video game maker Epic Games and Nvidia, a leader in graphic processing hardware, to demonstrate what they tout as a breakthrough in computer design rendering.
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