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April 17, 2014
08:10 EDTVLKAY, TM, DDAIF, NSANY, BAMXY, HMCJapanese, German car manufacturers benefiting on Korea deal, Reuters says
Japanese and German car manufacturers are benefiting more than their U.S. rivals from a free trade deal between Washington and Seoul, according to Reuters, citing numbers inferring U.S. brands are not reaping the rewards they may have foreseen from the agreement. Car-makers in Germany include Volkswagen (VLKAY), BMW (BAMXY) and Daimler (DDAIF). Car-makers in Japan include Toyota (TM), Honda Motor (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY). Reference Link
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August 25, 2015
06:44 EDTBAMXYArcelorMittal finds success in Northern France plant, WSJ reports
ArcelorMittal (MT) has found improbable success investing heavily in Europe, particularly in rust belt Northern France, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company's most profitable business unit is located in Northern France, and the European Union is still the globe's most prestigious automotive market, where companies such as Audi (AUDVF) and BMW (BAMXY) make nearly a trillion dollars worth of cars a year, the report says, meaning higher demand for locally produced steel. Reference Link
06:32 EDTTMToyota tests possible alternatives to Takata air bag inflators, Reuters reports
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August 24, 2015
13:42 EDTTMToyota to halt Prius production in Thailand, Nikkei Asian Review reports
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07:15 EDTDDAIFDaimler to cut 1,500 truckmaking jobs in Brazil, Bloomberg reports
Daimler is cutting 1,500 jobs at its Brazilian truckmaking unit amidst lack of recovery for demand for commercial vehicles in the country, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTVLKAYGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
17:32 EDTTMToyota extends Tianjin production shutdown through August 26, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
18:42 EDTHMCNHTSA launches probe into 2008 Honda Accord air bag controller, Reuters says
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10:02 EDTHMCHome Depot, Honda Power Equipment expand supply partnership
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), and marketer of a comprehensive range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the expansion of its partnership with The Home Depot (HD). Beginning September 1, a number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.
08:11 EDTDDAIFDaimler AG could collaborate with Google, Apple, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTTMToyota to purchase air bag inflators from Nippon Kayaku, Reuters reports
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August 20, 2015
10:32 EDTNSANYRenault-Nissan to cut nearly 1,000 jobs at plant in Chennai, Times of India says
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10:00 EDTNSANYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:53 EDTNSANYNissan upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan (yesterday)
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06:38 EDTTMToyota to ask parts makers for price cuts, Nikkei reports
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August 19, 2015
18:40 EDTVLKAYAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
09:40 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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August 17, 2015
18:20 EDTVLKAYRegulators question Volkswagen over airbag rupture, Reuters says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested information from Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Takata (TKTDY) over a previously-reported incident involving the rupture of a side air bag, Reuters reported. Volkswagen has not yet recalled any vehicles in connection with Takata's allegedly faulty air bags, the report noted. A Takata spokesperson said, "We believe [the Volkswagen incident] is unrelated to the previous recalls, which the extensive data suggests were a result of aging and long-term exposure to heat and high humidity." Reference Link
07:42 EDTTM, HMCNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
07:04 EDTHMCGarmin expands mutliyear navigation partnership with Honda
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August 16, 2015
14:30 EDTTMToyota pauses three Chinese production lines, Bloomberg says
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