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Mar 2, 2011

Common standards for electric cars key to mass appeal

GENEVA, March 2 (Reuters) – Automakers will need broad,
political support to come up with a common standard for plugs
and infrastructure for electric cars if they are to become a
convenient option for consumers, they said.

Auto executives gathered at the Geneva auto show this week
said a lack of standardisation could become an issue when the
zero-emission cars start to sell in larger numbers by
mid-decade, as they compete with low-emission hybrids.

Mar 1, 2011

Korea ups pace against Japan automakers in Europe

GENEVA/SEOUL, March 1 (Reuters) – Already hammered by a
strong yen, Japanese automakers face an even tougher race in
Europe against Hyundai Motor (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) this year as South
Korea’s top brand steps up its product drive and starts to
benefit from a free-trade deal with the European Union.

Hyundai, the world’s fifth-biggest carmaker along with
affiliate Kia Motors (000270.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), has replaced Toyota Motor
(7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as the biggest threat for global auto makers in recent
years, as their inexpensive but high-quality cars attract an
increasingly cost-conscious consumer base.

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.

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