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Study finds low levels of ultraviolet a light protection in automobile side windows

WASHINGTON: An analysis of the ultraviolet A (UV-A) light protection in the front windshields and side windows of automobiles finds that protection was consistently high in the front windshields while lower and highly variable in side windows, findings that may in part explain the reported increased rates of cataract in left eyes and left-sided facial skin cancer. Ultraviolet A is ... Read More »

Nissan Takes 34 Percent Controlling Stake in Mitsubishi

TOKYO: Nissan has confirmed that it will take a 34 percent equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (valued at 237 billion yen or $2.2 billion) after the two automakers signed an agreement to form a new strategic alliance. Both companies have been collaborating to some extent for the past five years, thereby lengthening the existing partnership under this new agreement. As ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Chief Sees Self-Driving Technology in Five Years

LONDON: WINDSOR, Ontario In the last year, Sergio Marchionne took a few test rides in Google’s self-driving car, and he came away impressed with the speed. But it is the breathtaking pace at which the technology is advancing, not how fast the car travels, that has really grabbed his attention. “Each time it got better and better,” said Mr. Marchionne, ... Read More »

Ford’s China sales up 7% from January to April

CHICAGO: US automaker Ford said Thursday that it sold a total of 391,294 vehicles in China in the first four months of this year, up 7 percent from last year’s record-setting sales. According to information posted on its website Thursday, Changan Ford Automobile (CAF), Ford’s passenger car joint venture in China, sold 303,213 units in the first four months, up ... Read More »

Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept Teases the World from Australia

CANBERRA: Car enthusiasts have a strong affinity for the practical, sensible shape of a station wagon, so this Toyota 86 Shooting Brake concept is a huge tease. There are no plans to put it into production, even though the new bodywork would seriously increase the practicality of Toyota’s rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. The concept takes the body of a regular Toyota ... Read More »

German railway operator lines up driverless automobile service

BERLIN: State-owned German rail operator Deutsche Bahn [DBN.UL] is looking to operate a fleet of driverless cars to carry passengers, its boss told a German newspaper. Chief executive Ruediger Grube explained in Thursday’s WirtschaftsWoche that the logic for the move was that Deutsche Bahn was already promoting its services as allowing passengers to use their travel time productively or enjoyably. ... Read More »

Japanese automobile company brings chassis dynamometer system to test vehicles

TOKOYO: Tokyo-based Company Meidensha, which is engaged in the manufacturing and selling of generators, substation equipment, water treatment equipment, electronic equipment and information equipment, is experimenting something indispensable for the development of the automobile in Japan. “This system is called the chassis dynamometer system and is for testing finished vehicles,” said Yukimasa Maneki of Meidensha Corporation. The company checks the ... Read More »

U.S. auto makers report mixed sales in April

CHICAGO: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Company reported their best April sales in a decade, while General Motors Company’s April sales dropped slightly, the Detroit News reported on Tuesday. Fiat Chrysler sold 199,631 cars and trucks in April, up 5.6 percent from 189,027 sales in April 2015, and also the strongest April sales of the automaker in 11 ... Read More »

Fiat Stock: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Next Project Could Be Huge

ROME: Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU), recently reported that his company delivered sharply higher earnings. The results, which exceeded expectations, did not produce a matching response from Fiat Chrysler stock. Fiat’s debt overshadowed its performance, but Fiat stock’s future performance will receive a little financial “get-up and go”. During a conference call with analysts, Marchionne said ... Read More »

Nissan to recall 3.53 million vehicles: air bags may not deploy

YOKOHAMA: Nissan Motor Co Ltd said here the other day that it will recall 3.53 million vehicles, most in the United States, citing passenger-side air bags that may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction. The Japanese automaker said this is the fourth recall since 2013 to address problems with occupant classification systems that may fail to properly identify ... Read More »

Supreme Court ban on 2000 cc diesel cars stays

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday adjourned hearing on the plea of automobile giants pleading to allow registration of diesel cars of more than 2000cc in Delhi NCR. The ban on registration of diesel vehicles will continue till further orders. In a stringent dictat to the stakeholders involved in causing vehicular pollution in the NCR region, the Supreme Court, ... Read More »

VW sees light at end of tunnel after US emissions deal

WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen, battling to rebuild its reputation following a scandal over rigged emissions tests, said on Thursday it could see light at the end of the tunnel following a deal with US authorities last week. Europe’s biggest carmaker said that deal, coupled with cost cutting and a new business plan due later this year, would lay the groundwork for a ... Read More »

Cambria Automobiles (LON:CAMB) Analyst Target Prices

LONDON: Recently stock market analysts have updated their consensus ratings on shares of Cambria Automobiles (LON:CAMB). Cambria Automobiles has a 50 day moving average of 77.97 and a 200 day moving average of 76.12. The stock’s market capitalization is 73.50M, it has a 52-week low of 52.30 and a 52-week high of 89.10. The share price of the company (LON:CAMB) ... Read More »

Over 800,000 Chryslers, Dodges, and Jeeps Recalled for Shifter Updates

TURIN: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) issued a recall affecting 811,586 mid-sized SUVs and full-sized cars for an issue involving drivers who have exited their car before placing the transmission into “Park.” This recall comes after NHTSA launched an investigation into the problem earlier this year. The recall concerns vehicles equipped with electronic shifters that are designed to return to the ... Read More »

Iran to import Opel automobiles

TEHRAN: Iranian Ministry of Industry has approved of importing cars produced at Germany’s Opel Automobile manufacturer company. Following the announcement of the list of authorized imported vehicles by the Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) of Iran, Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, in a letter to TPO, announced its agreement with licensing German Opel cars in two models of Adam and ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Is Testing a New SUV, Spyshots Reveal

TURIN: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to build a pair of SUVs larger than the current Jeep Renegade/Fiat 500X pair. The prototype in the image gallery of this story was spotted by our friends at CarPix, and its size is similar to the Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Qashqai, and Ford Kuga. While the vehicle is covered in a thick layer of ... Read More »

Sales of vehicles in Q1 surge 6%

BEIJING: China sold 6.53 million vehicles in the first quarter of the year, a 6 percent increase year-on-year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. A total of 2.44 million cars were sold in March, a 54.3 percent surge from February and an 8.8 percent rise from the same month last year. Experts said the March performance is usually ... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to slash jobs at Michigan Sedan factory

NEW YORK: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV announced that it plans to cut 1300 jobs at its factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where the automaker assembles the low-selling mid size Chrysler 200 sedan. This is going to be Fiat’s large-scale lay off since 2009, the time it had emerged from bankruptcy. From that time, the company has added around 11,000 hourly ... Read More »

Earthquakes, blockade take toll on automobile sales

KATHMANDU: Registration of new vehicles fell by 12.87 percent in the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2015/16, as the earthquakes and Indian blockade took toll on automobile sales. Statistics of Department of Transport Management (DoTM) shows altogether 147,782 units of vehicles were registered with transport management offices across the country in the review period compared to 169,613 units in ... Read More »

Sinomach Automobile’s 2015 profit down 43.8%, Q1 profit up 16%

BEIJING: Sinomach Automobile Co Ltd says 2015 net profit down 43.8 percent y/y at 480.6 million yuan ($74.25 million) and 2016 Q1 net profit up 16.0 percent y/y at 188.9 million yuan. Read More »