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'About equality, not politics,' Hamilton says as 6 drivers refuse to take knee

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula One, kneels before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix while wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt

TAKING A STAND. Lewis Hamilton says taking a knee is an 'emotional and poignant chapter in the progress of making F1 a more diverse and inclusive sport.' Photo from Twitter/@F1

Emotional Wallace smiles on NASCAR return as noose probe launched

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Multiple drivers and crew show support for Bubba Wallace as NASCAR launches probe against a noose found in his garage

TOGETHER. Bubba Wallace posts a photo with him and his fellow drivers rallying behind in support of him. Photo from Bubba Wallace's Twitter

Outrage as noose found in garage of NASCAR driver Wallace

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Bubba Wallace is the only black driver who races full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series

SPEAK UP. Bubba Wallace has been outspoken about racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Fiat Chrysler, PSA mega-merger faces EU antitrust probe

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:40 PM

The European Union is concerned about the effect of the planned Fiat Chrysler-PSA merger on Europe's highly-profitable market for vans

Macron unveils 8-billion-euro French auto rescue, champions electric cars

May 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron details a plan to boost the coronavirus-hit auto industry in France, the home of Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

European auto market hit by record sales plunge

May 19, 2020 - 5:45 PM

New car registrations in the 27 European Union markets fall by 76.3% in April 2020

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Car sales in Russia plummet 72% in April 2020

May 12, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Car sales total just 38,922 units across Russia in April 2020, posting the biggest monthly drop since the Association of European Businesses started tracking in 2008

Cars slowly move along a bridge in traffic jam in central Moscow on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Yuri KADOBNOV / AFP)

Virus drives down Toyota profit forecasts

May 12, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Toyota says its operating profit for the fiscal year ending in March 2021 is expected to dive 79.5% as the coronavirus hits the global auto market

MYANMAR PLANT. Toyota will open its first production facility in Myanmar. File photo by  Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

French court orders Renault plant to halt production over virus fears

May 08, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The court says Renault did not 'ensure the safety of workers in the factory facing the risk linked to COVID-19'

This picture taken on May 7, 2020, shows the plant of French Renault car maker in Sandouville, northern France. - Le Havre judiciary courthouse has condemned on May 7, 2020, French car maker Renault to suspend the return to production in Sandouville after protective measures against the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) were considered insufficient. (Photo by Lou BENOIST / AFP)

General Motors profits dive, aims to reopen U.S. plants May 18

May 07, 2020 - 6:45 AM

United States auto giant General Motors reports that earnings plunged 86% to $294 million in the 1st quarter of 2020

ASSEMBLY LINE. General Motors vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan, on February 21, 2020. File photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus deals harsh blow to BMW in Q1 2020

May 06, 2020 - 3:45 PM

BMW sells 21% fewer cars year-on-year at 477,000 in the 1st quarter of 2020

BMW. The car company's logo in front of a dealership building in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 31, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Fiat Chrysler, PSA retain merger target date

May 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

'Notwithstanding these unexpected and unprecedented times, FCA and Groupe PSA remain committed to our 50/50 merger,' says Fiat Chrysler

MERGER. This combination of file pictures shows the logo of Italian auto maker Fiat and the Peugeot logo. Photos by Marco Bertorello and Joel Saget/AFP

Hyundai Motor Q1 net profit drops 42%

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Hyundai's net profit for the 1st quarter of 2020 falls to 552.7 billion won ($448 million) because of the coronavirus pandemic

Virus hurts Renault Q1 sales

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:30 PM

Renault's sales in January-March 2020 fall to 10.1 billion euros ($10.9 billion), a drop of 19.2% from the same period a year ago

RENAULT. The Renault headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, on November 19, 2018. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Slow restart for Toyota factory in French virus lockdown

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Toyota's site in Onnaing is the first car plant to reopen in France during the lockdown, with protective measures in place

An employee of Toyota company works on an assembly line on April 21, 2020 in Onnaing, northern France, during the partial resume of the production at the automotive site, amid the spread of epidemic COVID-19. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)

Peugeot-Citroen sees sales tumble by 30%

Apr 21, 2020 - 3:45 PM

PSA Group sells 627,000 vehicles in January-March 2020, compared to nearly 886,000 vehicles during the same period in 2019

Volkswagen agrees 620-million-euro payout to German 'dieselgate' victims

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Owners will shortly receive a binding agreement from Volkswagen and have two weeks to review the offer before the money is paid out from May 5

VOLKSWAGEN. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant Volkswagen logo at Volkswagen's original headquarters building in Germany, on September 30, 2015. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Virus lockdowns send European car sales down 55%

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:30 PM

All carmakers suffer, but Fiat Chrysler sees the worst drop in March 2020 as it is heavily dependent upon its home market of Italy

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Audi Hungary plant begins tooling up after 3-week production halt

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'Now the most important task for the company is to prepare for continuing complete vehicle production despite the critical situation,' says Audi Hungary head Alfons Dintner

An employee works on an Audi A3 car in the new factory at Gyor on June12, 2013 as the factory is inaugurated. The CEO of the Volkswagen Group, Martin Winterkorn, and the CEO of the Audi Group, Rupert Stadler, gave the official starting signal for the production of the Audi A3 Sedan together with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The company invested a total of more than 900 million euro in infrastructure, buildings and innovative production equipment. AFP PHOTO / STR HUNGARY OUT (Photo by STR / AFP)

PSA seeks to shift Fiat Chrysler merger into high gear

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:40 AM

PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles need the merger in view of the heavy investments that must be made in electric cars

Daimler to restart German factories from April 20

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Daimler finance chief Harald Wilhelm says the coronavirus 'heavily impacts sales on a global scale,' but the automaker is well positioned to weather the blow

DAIMLER JOB CUTS. The company logo of German carmaker Daimler and Mercedes-Benz is pictured before the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin on March 29, 2017. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

BMW in dash for cash as German car sales plummet

Apr 03, 2020 - 9:30 PM

'Circumstances as serious as this can threaten the existence of even a large company,' says BMW boss Oliver Zipse

BMW. The car company's logo in front of a dealership building in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 31, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock

Automakers report lower Q1 U.S. auto sales on virus hit

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'Further historic declines' in United States car sales are likely in April as well

VOLKSWAGEN'S DIESELGATE. A Diesel Volkswagen that the company bought back from consumers is loaded on a trailer in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. File photo by Jeff Kowalsky/ AFP

Horror crash mars end of Daytona 500

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The crash leaves veteran driver Ryan Newman seriously injured and hospitalized

UNFORTUNATE. Celebrations in the Daytona 500 are muted by a last-lap crash that left Ryan Newman hospitalized. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Going green, trade war challenge world auto industry – IMF

Oct 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Near-term prospects for the [auto] industry remain sluggish,' says the International Monetary Fund

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 1, 2017 shows a Chinese employee working on a production line of automobiles at a factory in Changchun in China's northeastern Jilin province. - There is trouble on the horizon for the global auto industry, which faces new European anti-pollution standards, shrinking Chinese tax breaks and rising trade barriers, according to the International Monetary Fund.In a report published October 15, 2019 on the global economy, the IMF casts a glance at this manufacturing sector, which is confronting a fundamental transition: "decarbonization."The industry contracted last year for the first time since the global financial crisis began, contributing to the current global economic slowdown."Near-term prospects for the industry remain sluggish, and efforts to decarbonize pose a fundamental challenge in the medium term," the report said.Auto manufacturing -- which accounts for 5.7 percent of global GDP and eight percent of goods trade -- shrank by 1.7 percent last year by volume of vehicles produced, according to the IMF.In China, the world's largest auto market, auto sales fell by three percent, their first decline in 20 years. Similar declines were recorded in Germany, Italy and Britain. In the United States, sales have continued to rise, but only slightly. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

General Motors workers struggle with daily expenses as strike continues

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 PM

With the General Motors strike in the United States going on for nearly a month now, struggling workers turn to other members of their community for help

Diana Reed, a United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 5960 member that works in the tire room at General Motors (GM) Orion Assembly at her Waterford, Michigan home on October 11, 2019. - Betty Johnson, a veteran of more than 34 working on General Motors assembly lines in Michigan and Tennessee, says she knew a strike by the United Auto Workers against GM would mean personal sacrifice. "Itís not easy," says Johnson. "Iíve got 45 dollars left from my 250 dollars in strike pay. Iím getting ready to hit up my 401K and borrow from myself," she adds she pickets outside the GMís Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Sheís already contacted the United Way, the local community services organization that helps families in distress, for help in stretching out their utility bills and mortgage payments. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Auto suppliers hit as General Motors strike in U.S. grinds on

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The General Motors strike is also affecting companies that supply parts, computer systems, and raw materials to GM

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2019 Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and supporters picket outside of General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, Michigan. - The auto workers strike at General Motors, now in its third week, has cost the carmaker about $1 billion so far, according to a report released on October 1, 2019. The strike, launched last month by the United Auto Workers, halted US production immediately and Canadian and Mexican facilities were progressively affected soon thereafter, said a report by JPMorgan Chase. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

General Motors strike negotiations take 'turn for the worse' – union

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The United Auto Workers says General Motors 'has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate' employees

STRIKE. United Auto Workers (UAW) members picket at a gate at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on September 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

General Motors temporarily lays off 6,000 workers in Mexico due to strike

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The temporary layoffs affect the Silao assembly and transmission plants in central Mexico

Auto workers' strike batters General Motors shares

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:26 AM

Workers from 31 plants opt to walk out after talks between the company and the United Auto Workers Union hit an impasse

FLINT, MI - SEPTEMBER 16: United Auto Workers (UAW) members picket at a gate at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant after the UAW declared a national strike against GM at midnight on September 16, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike after their contract expired and the two parties could not come to an agreement. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP BILL PUGLIANO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Victory Liner is demanding the United Marcoville Barangay Residents Association to leave their premises

4 luxury vehicles among those razed in EDSA fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

BFP Mandaluyong says totally damaged in the blaze at the high-end auto repair shop were a Mustang, Porsche, Subaru, and the Toyota Sequoia of Senator JV Ejercito

A fireman inspects the charred wreckage of cars after a fire hit the Autoplus Supply Corp. at Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City along EDSA on Monday, February 18, 2019. Seven cars, including a sports car and SUV, worth millions were burned. No one was reported hurt during the blaze. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. slams harmful China trade policies, threatens auto tariffs

Nov 29, 2018 - 3:50 PM

'China's aggressive, state-directed industrial policies are causing severe harm to US workers and manufacturers,' says US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

Women mechanics break mold in Philadelphia's Girls Auto Clinic

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The garage with a fleet of women mechanics also has a nail salon for its predominantly female customers can pick up and have your car serviced with valet feature

May 29, 2018 - 4:15 PM

It's a feature designed for those who don't want to use their time to take their car to the repair shop

BEEPBEEP. The automotive shop listing website launches new roadside assistance and valet services. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Bank lending, liquidity both up in February

Mar 28, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Bank loans expand by 19.5% in February, pushing domestic liquidity to an estimated P10.7 trillion for the month, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

The first-timer's guide to buying a home or car

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Planning to acquire your first home or car? We’ve got you covered

As tech ascends, has CES made Detroit Auto Show an afterthought?

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'At Detroit, you see the cars of yesterday. At Las Vegas, you get a glimpse of the cars of tomorrow,' says one industry expert

CORVETTE. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is pictured during the press preview at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan, on January 16, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Honda Philippines raises prices for most cars due to tax reform law

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Prices go up for models below premium levels, while rates for more expensive vehicles are either maintained or even slightly lowered

Alfa Romeo makes Formula One return after 30 years

Nov 29, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The Ferrari-powered team is taking the name Alfa Romeo Sauber in the F1 circuit

ELITE. The Alfa Romeo decal in the new 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio introduced at the Los Angeles Film Festival opening night last June 14 in Culver City, California. Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Spotlight Cinema Networks/AFP

Jaguar Land Rover roars back into PH with new local partner

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:39 PM

The luxury car maker will launch 4 new models in the country with its new local partner: the Jaguar F-Pace and E-Pace SUVs, Land Rover Discovery, and Range Rover Velar

Fuel shortage grips Sri Lanka

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The petroleum minister says, 'I apologize to consumers for this inconvenience, but we rejected the last shipment because we didn't want to give substandard product to our motorists'

SHORTAGE. This file photo taken on July 25, 2017 shows Sri Lankan autorickshaw drivers waiting to buy petrol in Colombo. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Senate files version of tax reform bill seen to exempt 3.2 M Filipinos from income tax

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 PM

The Senate ways and means committee estimates that its version of the bill will earn the government P148 billion in revenue despite exempting an estimated 64% of workers from paying income tax

Google testing browser option to mute auto-playing videos

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Tired of sudden blasts of audio coming from a random browser tab? An upcoming feature for Google Chrome may fix just that

MUTE OPTION. The setting can be found in the 'Page Info' bubble near the the URL box of the browser. Image from Google

'Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite' feature preview: One-button auto combos

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The optional feature lets players use a single button to pull off combos that once required the memorization of button sequences

ULTRON. The Marvel villain debuts in the long-running Marvel Vs. Capcom series. Screenshot from Marvel/YouTube

Higher auto taxes, poor mass transport a 'lose-lose situation' for the public

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Minahalan mo sasakyan di inayos mass transit kawawa dito commuters natin says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Luxury car business grapples with 'drastic' tax hike proposal

May 15, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The price of a Toyota Camry 3 5 V6 A T will surge to over P3 030 million in 2019 from the current P2 153 million based on a pending bill

'DRASTIC.' The proposal could potentially sap demand for luxury cars, local car companies say. Photo by AFP

Ayala Corp in the time of Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The conglomerate is positioning itself to take advantage of the administration s infrastructure push