Theron Mohamed, provided by Published 7:40 am CDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 Thomson Reuters Suzuki plans to recall around 2 million vehicles after cheating on safety tests, filing false fuel-efficiency reports, and failing to conduct proper inspections. Japan's third-biggest car company expects to book a one-off loss of ¥80 billion ($700 million), a big chunk of its projected net income of ¥220 billion($2 billion) for the year ended March 31. Suzuki investigated its factories and found evidence of faulty brake checks, data tampering, and inspections being conducted by uncertified staff — assistant inspectors still in training. Suzuki's recall follows similar incidents at Japanese rivals Nissan and Subaru. Watch Suzuki trade live. Suzuki plans to recall around 2 million vehicles in Japan after admitting it cheated on safety tests, filed false fuel-efficiency reports, and failed to conduct proper inspections. Japan's third-biggest car company — it … [Read more...] about Suzuki is recalling 2 million cars after cheating on safety tests
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It feels like a magic carpet ride. Sitting in the back of a self-driving car, I am dazzled by how flawlessly the vehicle negotiates freeway onramp merges, stops before a pedestrian crossing in a school zone, and smoothly avoids a careless human driver turning into its lane at an intersection. In the 30 years that I’ve been in the technology industry, the challenge of making a car drive itself has been one of the most complex and multifaceted ones I have experienced. It takes an intricate blend of artificial intelligence (AI), physics, semiconductor technology, mechanical engineering, optics, and software that all come together to do something we humans find almost to be second nature. When innovators get this technology right–and they will–the impact on society will be huge, and the mammoth businesses will be transformed. The automotive industry represents 3.5% of U.S. GDP, and the freight transportation sector is a whopping 9% of the entire U.S. GDP. The … [Read more...] about Not so fast: Driverless cars will change everything–but not anytime soon
0 Have your say Scotland’s new car market pulled ahead of the rest of the UK last month, new figures reveal, with industry leaders saying there was potential for further growth. Registrations of new motors in February totalled 6,183 north of the Border, an increase of just over 13 per cent compared with February 2018.Sandy Burgess, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, described it as an “outstanding result” noting that the year-to-date figure was showing growth of just below 11 per cent.He said: “It’s very encouraging to see registration growth in February. While the percentage is significant overall there is still some potential for further growth, especially for electric and hybrid models.“Car manufacturers have made huge commitments to bring to market an ever-increasing range of exciting zero and ultra-low emission vehicles and give buyers greater choice.“These cars still only account for a fraction … [Read more...] about Scottish new car sales in the fast lane
By Trefor Moss WSJ Fri., Jan. 25, 2019 SHANGHAI—Long known for being cheap but ugly, Chinese cars are starting to turn heads as domestic manufacturers poach star designers from foreign rivals. Lured by top-dollar salaries—and the chance to put their stamp on an entire line of vehicles—designers from Rolls-Royce, Audi, Volvo, BMW and other prestigious marques have been signing on to make Chinese cars contenders in the looks department. For decades, the main focus for China’s auto makers was the exploding market at home as Chinese families acquired cars at a breakneck pace. If they exported at all it was to emerging markets, where the premium was on cheap wheels. Competing on a global scale has become more pressing as China’s own auto market, while still the world’s largest, plateaus after years of dependable growth. Chinese passenger-car sales declined 3% in the first 11 months of 2018 year-over-year. Intensifying competition at … [Read more...] about Chinese Cars Are Still Cheap. But They’re No Longer Ugly.
By Chester Dawson WSJ Sun., Jan. 13, 2019 DETROIT—Cheap small sedans and hatchbacks have long been the gateway into the auto market for many generations of American drivers. But demand for these models is shrinking fast in favor of larger, more versatile crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, and more auto makers are dropping them altogether from their U.S. lineups, creating fewer options for budget-minded buyers looking for new cars priced around $20,000 or less. General Motors Co. late last year said it was phasing out the Chevy Cruze compact car in the U.S. It also plans to end U.S. sales of its Chevy Sonic subcompact, people familiar with the matter say. Both small-car models made their debuts less than a decade ago as the company’s answer to then-rising gasoline prices. Ford Motor Co. is dropping the Focus, one of the industry’s most recognizable compact-car nameplates, from its U.S. dealerships. It is also ending U.S. sales this year of … [Read more...] about Small Cars Are Losing Their Place in U.S. Auto Lineups