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Toyota back on top for global production

Toyota back on top for global production

Toyota pulled ahead of Volkswagen by a slight margin as the world’s largest automaker. The Japanese group delivered 6,686,122 units in the first eight months of the year, compared to 6,662,700 for its arch rival. The projected numbers for 2016 would give 10,029,000 vehicles for Toyota, versus 9,994,000 for Volkswagen. […]

 
 

Seniors embrace advanced car technologies

Seniors embrace advanced car technologies

Seniors are embracing advanced vehicle technologies, like backup cameras, forward collision warnings and blind spot monitors, but are using them selectively, shows a new study. “They think of them as both friend and foe. They recognize the value in these technologies, but they aren’t entirely comfortable with them either,” says […]

 
 

Fuel economy expected to take a hit

Fuel economy expected to take a hit

For the first time in years, the mileage of the typical vehicle sold in the U.S. dipped slightly in 2016 due to a surge in demand for pickups and SUVs. But fuel economy numbers are expected to take an even bigger hit in 2017 due to a change in testing […]

 
 

Drivers want option to control autonomous cars

Drivers want option to control autonomous cars

Four out of five drivers believe a human driver should always have the option to drive instead of having a full self-driving vehicle, according to a study commissioned by Kelley Blue Book. “People definitely feel like full autonomy with human control available is the sweet spot. They want a vehicle […]

 
 

Volkswagen confirms healthy finances

Volkswagen confirms healthy finances

Despite a recent share fall, Volkswagen says its finances are robust. Some traders linked the dip to a media report saying the U.S. Justice Department is assessing if fines could put the automaker out of business. “The financial strength of Volkswagen is still quite robust. The total special items relating […]

 
 

U.S. Auto sales will continue to slide

U.S. Auto sales will continue to slide

New vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to be 1.43 million units in September, or 0.8 per cent down according to a forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. It would be the fifth out of the past seven months to show a retail sales decline, bringing the seasonally […]

 
 

Union chooses FCA as next target

Union chooses FCA as next target

Unifor, which represents close to 10,000 Fiat Chrysler (FCA) workers in Canada, said talks with the company should begin immediately after the tentative agreement is ratified with General Motors. Once approved, this contract would be used as a template for negotiations with FCA, which is expected to agree to similar […]

 
 

GM tops nominees for vehicle awards

GM tops nominees for vehicle awards

General Motors leads the list of nominees in the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards. GM has seven vehicles among 29 semi-finalists in the three categories determined by the jury. The Hyundai/Kia group is in second place with four nominees. The winners will be announced in January […]

 
 

Cadillac offers buyouts to dealers

Cadillac offers buyouts to dealers

Cadillac is offering up to $180,000 to its 400 smallest U.S. dealers if they give up their franchise, rather than invest in meeting the new standards imposed by the luxury brand. They will have until Nov. 21 to decide whether to take the money and wind down by the end […]

 
 

India joins top five production countries

India joins top five production countries

India’s auto production has surpassed South Korea’s to produce the fifth largest vehicle output. South Korea manufacturers fear a continued setback as its industry suffers from labour unrest and increasing taxes. As proof, the country’s domestic and export car sales hit a seven-year low in August. The world’s top four […]