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Feb 28, 2011

Toyota: hybrids to fuel Europe sales to 1 mln by 2014

GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects the
addition of at least 10 new hybrid models to help drive a rise in
European sales to 1 million vehicles by 2013 or 2014, up about a
quarter from last year, a top executive said on Monday.

Toyota Motor Europe President Didier Leroy also said the world’s
top automaker would aim to boost sales in the region by 10 percent
this year from the 808,000 sold in 2010 — higher than the 7 percent
gain that headquarters had forecast in December.

Feb 28, 2011

Ghosn seeks new story for auto alliance

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Even for Carlos Ghosn,
the supremely confident CEO of the Renault-Nissan automotive
alliance, criticism sometimes hurts.

In those moments, he turns to a pile of boxes filled with
news clippings documenting his stewardship of Japanese automaker
Nissan , a debt-ridden company more than a decade ago
that some feared was heading toward bankruptcy.

Feb 28, 2011

Special Report: Ghosn seeks new story for troubled auto alliance

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Even for Carlos Ghosn, the supremely confident CEO of the Renault-Nissan automotive alliance, criticism sometimes hurts.

In those moments, he turns to a pile of boxes filled with news clippings documenting his stewardship of Japanese automaker Nissan, a debt-ridden company more than a decade ago that some feared was heading toward bankruptcy.

Feb 28, 2011

Ghosn seeks new story for troubled auto alliance

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Even for Carlos Ghosn,
the supremely confident CEO of the Renault-Nissan automotive
alliance, criticism sometimes hurts.

In those moments, he turns to a pile of boxes filled with
news clippings documenting his stewardship of Japanese automaker
Nissan , a debt-ridden company more than a decade ago
that some feared was heading toward bankruptcy.

Feb 25, 2011

Exclusive: Renault-Nissan CEO rules out merger between companies

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn on Friday ruled out a merger between Renault and Nissan, the two auto giants he heads, but said he would review the capital structure of the partnership after pressure from investors in the struggling French car maker.

The issue of Renault’s (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) capital tied up in Nissan Motor (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has become a major talking point in the financial market, which was disappointed that Renault’s six-year business plan, announced this month, lacked a more immediate catalyst to free up cash for the company’s growth.

Feb 25, 2011

Renault-Nissan CEO rules out merger between

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn on Friday ruled out a merger between Renault and Nissan, the two auto giants he heads, but said he would review the capital structure of the partnership after pressure from investors in the struggling French car maker.

The issue of Renault’s (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) capital tied up in Nissan Motor (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) has become a major talking point in the financial market, which was disappointed that Renault’s six-year business plan, announced this month, lacked a more immediate catalyst to free up cash for the company’s growth.

Feb 25, 2011

Renault-Nissan CEO rules out merger between companies

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn on Friday ruled out a merger between Renault and Nissan, the two auto giants he heads, but said he would review the capital structure of the partnership after pressure from investors in the struggling French car maker.

The issue of Renault’s (RENA.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) capital tied up in Nissan Motor (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) has become a major talking point in the financial market, which was disappointed that Renault’s six-year business plan, announced this month, lacked a more immediate catalyst to free up cash for the company’s growth.

Feb 16, 2011

Toyota, defying strong yen, opens new Japan plant

OHIRA VILLAGE, Japan, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor
(7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) inaugurated its first new factory in Japan in nearly two
decades on Wednesday, betting that advanced, low-cost Japanese
production techniques can prevail even as a strong yen drives many
manufacturers abroad.

The 120,000 unit-a-year plant at its subsidiary Central Motor
will add to a growing production base for Toyota in northeastern
Japan, just as the world’s biggest automaker is losing money on
many export-bound cars with the yen JPY= trading not far above
80 to the dollar — a stone’s throw from a record high set more
than 15 years ago.

Feb 9, 2011

Nissan Q3 falls but forecasts lifted on higher sales

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co’s (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) quarterly profit fell 15 percent on a stronger yen and sliding Japanese demand, but the decline was the slimmest among local automakers and it lifted its outlook on growing overseas sales.

Nissan, which overtook Honda Motor as Japan’s second-biggest automaker last year, has been a standout particularly in China, where a lineup of small cars that qualified for tax incentives fuelled 36 percent sales growth last year.

Feb 9, 2011

Nissan Q3 down 15 percent, ups forecast to match consensus

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co’s (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit fell 15 percent on a stronger yen and sliding Japanese sales, but the decline was the slimmest among local automakers as a slew of new models helped Nissan beat the sector’s growth in key markets.

Nissan, which overtook Honda Motor as Japan’s second-biggest automaker last year, has been a standout particularly in China, where a lineup of small cars that qualified for tax incentives fueled 36 percent sales growth last year.

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