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July 14, 2014
07:55 EDTTM, FToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
Toyota (TM) has halted production of the Corolla, Hilux and Fortuner models at its Durban plant in South Africa starting tomorrow due to a strike in the metals industry, Bloomberg reports. Reuters earlier reported that Ford (F) has temporarily ceased production at one of its South African facilities due to the strike. Reference Link
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September 11, 2014
15:14 EDTTMToyota says no new or pending projects with Tesla, WSJ reports
After a question about Tesla Motors' (TSLA) soon-to-end deal to supply batteries and drive systems to Toyota (TM) for an electric RAV4 was posed to Tesla CEO Musk, the executive said earlier this week that his company may reach a new partnership with the Japanese company in the next two or three years, but Toyota’s chief U.S. spokeswoman has now told The Wall Street Journal that its RAV4 EV project with Tesla has been "mutually beneficial" but that the companies "currently have no new, or pending projects under discussion.” Reference Link
13:35 EDTFFord's Lincoln to launch Navigator marketing push, Automotive News says
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13:30 EDTTMToyota to recall 130,000 Tundra pickups due to air bag problem
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September 10, 2014
15:27 EDTTMToyota searching for Mexico assembly plant site, Bloomberg reports
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09:17 EDTF, TMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
September 9, 2014
10:57 EDTTMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:28 EDTTMMobileye price target raised to $62 from $48 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Mobileye (MBLY) shares to $62 saying it left day one of the ITS World Congress feeling better about its thesis regarding the company landing Toyota (TM) as a client. Citi says Toyota is one of few remaining large OEMs that has yet to enter production with Mobileye. It believes Toyota recognizes Mobileye’s distinct technological advantages and expects to source more ADAS suppliers over the medium-term. William Blair this morning said it believes Tesla (TSLA) and GM (GM) are using Mobileye for their automated highway driving assist technology while Morgan Stanley upped its price target for shares to $65. The stock is trading up 6% to $56.23 in pre-market trading.
07:17 EDTFThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTF, TMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
17:47 EDTFFord downgrade a buying opportunity, Barron's says
Ford's downgrade at Morgan Stanley is a buying opportunity and investors should buy the dip, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
13:26 EDTFFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTTM, FAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
10:06 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:12 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTFMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:34 EDTTMU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:51 EDTTMTesla head says 'not surprised' if Toyota deal happens, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTFFord downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Ford two notches to Underweight from Overweight and lowered its price target to $16 from $17. The firm recommends reducing positions due to competitive pressures, cycle maturity, high expectations, and execution risk to the new truck changeover.
September 5, 2014
10:58 EDTFFord China venture recalls 191K cars over fuel leak chance, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFFord China reports August sales up 9% to 77,506
Ford China sales are up 30% in the year to date, with 717,537 vehicles sold compared with 551,738 in the first eight months of 2013. In August this year alone, Ford sold 77,506 vehicles in China, up 9% from 71,183 sold in August last year. Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, sold 522,394 vehicles in the first eight months of 2014, up 33% from 394,017 sold during the same period last year. August sales for CAF reached 60,306 vehicles, up 13% from August 2013. Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, sold 171,169 vehicles in the year to date, up 19% from 143,322 vehicles sold during the same period last year. JMC’s monthly sales were steady, with 16,200 vehicles sold in August compared with 16,549 vehicles in August 2013.
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