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April 8, 2014
07:14 EDTGM, TMGM SUVs earn top scores among rivals in crash test, Bloomberg says
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said GM's (GM) Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned the highest scores among mid-size sport-utility cars in a test made to simulate one of the deadliest kinds of front-end crashes, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from IIHS's Chief Research Officer David Zuby. Toyota's (TM) Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating, while the other six cars that were tested were given a "marginal" or "poor" rating. Reference Link
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April 20, 2015
06:50 EDTGMTesla price target slashed to $165 at JPMorgan
After lowering its earnings estimates to reflect adverse currency moves, higher operating costs and slower than earlier expected Model X ramp, JPMorgan cut its price target for Tesla shares to $165 from $175. The stock closed Friday up 9c to $206.79. The firm dropped its Q1 earnings estimate to (38c) from (31c) despite the increase in Q1 deliveries preannounced by the electric car maker. JPMorgan keeps an Underweight rating on Tesla, the firm's equivalent to a sell. It maintains Overweight ratings on Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) with price targets of $19 and $46, respectively, ahead of the Q1 reporting season.
April 19, 2015
13:56 EDTTMToyota to launch two hybrid cars in China in 2015, Reuters says
On the eve of the Shanghai autoshow, Toyota has announced plans to introduce two hybrid cars in China in 2015, says Reuters. The cars, both gasoline-electric hybrid cars, will be called Levin Hev and Corolla will be launched in China in the second half of the year, added Reuters. Reference Link
12:42 EDTGMGM China JV plans $16B investment in new car development, WSJ says
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April 16, 2015
06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
11:21 EDTTMMobileye rises after Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank hike price targets
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09:55 EDTGMBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:08 EDTTMToyota to realign North American manufacturing operations
As reported, Toyota plans to invest in a new plant will be built in Guanajuato, Mexico, to support improved competitiveness in North America. The plant will produce Corolla taking into consideration forecasted steady, mid and long-term growth in North America. Building this plant will be one of Toyota's efforts to realign its North American manufacturing operations and begin a new approach to plant building; featuring new work processes, including Toyota New Global Architecture production engineering innovations, and will be a model for global manufacturing. To more efficiently supply high-quality and attractive vehicles, Toyota will continue regional consolidation of North American production based on vehicle body type and size. In 2019, production of the Corolla will be shifted from the plant in Cambridge Ontario, Canada to the newly opened plant in Mexico and the plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi will continue to produce the Corolla; consolidating compact vehicle production to the Southern U.S. and Mexico. TMMC will then focus its production on mid-sized vehicles of higher value, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
09:06 EDTTMToyota to build new plant in Mexico, expand Chinese joint venture
Toyota announced that it will build a new plant in Mexico and expand its joint venture, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., in China. These investments are grounded on its plans to construct production lines that are more competitive, with greatly reduced initial investment, improved efficiency, flexibility, environmental performance and safety, the company said. The new plant in Mexico and the expansion in China will be designed to accelerate innovation by implementing new technologies into real production lines. These "simple and slim" production lines can be easily lengthened or shortened depending on demand, with over-head conveyance devices eliminated, compact equipment installed on top of the plant floors, and paint-booths that are smaller. Toyota had previously suspended construction of new plants in order to improve capacity utilization of existing plants and plan for reduced model change-over and new plant construction investment. Currently, total capacity utilization is more than 90% and the initial portion of new simple and slim plant costs, including structure and equipment, is expected to be approximately 40% lower when compared to 2008. Production at the new plant in Mexico is scheduled to start in 2019 and the investment will be approximately $1B. Production at the new plant in China is to start as needed after completion of new line 3 in 2017 and Toyota plans to invest about Y52.5B.
April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motors’ new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
12:23 EDTTMFord likely to announce $2.5B investment in Mexico this week, Reuters reports
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06:23 EDTTMToyota to spend $1B to build factory in Mexico, Reuters reports
According to two sources, Toyota will announce plans on Wednesday to invest $1B to build a car factory in Mexico, Reuters reports. The factory, which would be in Guanajuato, is expected to produce about 200,000 cars per year and create about 2,400 direct jobs, one source says. Reuters previously reported that the factory would produce the Corolla car starting in the summer of 2019. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
17:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors confirms raising quarterly dividend to 36c from 30c per share
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13:31 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 84, WSJ reports
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12:58 EDTGMGM says it has resolved Bolt's technical challenges, Financial Times reports
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12:44 EDTGMFiat Chrysler interested in partnering with GM, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler 9FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to make a "mega deal" before stepping down in early 2019 and has shown "particular interest" in partnering with GM(GM), according to Reuters. GM is strong in Asia, an area of weakness for Fiat Chrysler, while GM is looking to expand in Europe, the news service stated. Reference Link
07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
April 12, 2015
19:46 EDTTMToyota plans to build new Chinese factory by 2018, AFP says
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