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The decision to withdraw Datsun from Russia reverses the ambitious global growth plans for the brand envisaged by Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Reviving the Datsun name, previously used by Nissan for export markets until 1981, was a key strategy of Ghosn, who wanted to expand in emerging markets by using older alliance technology to
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MEXICO CITY — German supplier Bosch said it has received government approval in Mexico to restart operations, which had been suspended since late March due to measures taken to curb the spread of coronavirus. Government officials in mid-May said auto-related companies would be able to exit mandatory coronavirus lockdown before June 1 provided safety measures
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Organizers said they were canceling the New York auto show this year after it had previously been pushed back until August, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the venue’s use as a field hospital. The show, which was initially set for early April and is typically used to unveil many new vehicles, was previously postponed
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A German startup run by a former Audi engineer has received backing for his planned makeover of the assembly-line approach to carmaking introduced by Henry Ford a century ago. The company, Arculus, wants automakers to abandon rigid production lines and adopt its more flexible platform in which self-driving robots move half-built cars to different sections. London-based
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European passenger car sales slumped in April when the first full month with restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic dragged sales to a record drop. Registrations plunged 78 percent to 292,182 in the European Union, Britain and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, industry association ACEA said in a news release on Tuesday.
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TOKYO — Toyota, Honda and Mazda all intend to keep stoking their heavy spending on costly next-generation technologies, even as the COVID-19 pandemic inflicts financial pain on them. Toyota  saw net income tumble 86 percent in the January-March quarter, and Honda plunged to a net loss. But both said cash reserves are fine and that
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Daimler is suspending production at a Mercedes-Benz SUV plant due to a shortage of parts supplied from Mexico. The Vance, Alabama, operation won’t build vehicles next week, according to an internal notice viewed by Bloomberg. Workers are being given the option to use vacation time or go without pay and file for state and federal
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TOKYO — Honda plunged to a 5.6 billion yen ($51.9 million) operating loss in the latest quarter amid slumping sales as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the global economy. Operating profit swung into the red in fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, from 42.3 billion yen ($392.4 billion) the year before, the Japanese automaker said in
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Tesla sued local authorities in California as the company tried to reopen a factory there and CEO Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada. Musk has been pushing to restart Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory after Alameda County’s health department said the company must not reopen
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Coronavirus-related factory stoppages have affected every automaker, but some are suffering more than others, a new analysis has found. Companies with more capacity in China, where the lockdowns were relatively short and focused on the province of Hubei, fared better than those heavily invested in Europe, India and North America, LMC Automotive said Thursday. Overall
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