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Europe 2020 auto sales to plunge record 25% – industry group

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association calls on governments to help the car industry recover and safeguard jobs

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

U.S. auto plants get back to work after coronavirus halts

May 19, 2020 - 7:25 AM

Some workers express concerns about the risks of assembly line activity, but automakers say they will be able to work with safety measures in place

WARREN, MICHIGAN - MAY 18: United Auto Workers members leave the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Warren Truck Plant after the first work shift on May 18, 2020 in Warren, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler along with rivals Ford and General Motors Co., restarted the assembly lines on Monday after several week of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Peugeot, Fiat Chrysler move step closer to possible merger

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) If Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot merge, they would form the world's 4th largest automaker in terms of sales

The logos of automobile companies (LtoR) Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant on May 27, 2019 in Turin, northern Italy. - French and Italian-US auto giants Renault and Fiat Chrysler are set to announce talks on an alliance, with a view to a potential merger, informed sources said on May 26, 2019. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

U.S. auto industry legend Lee Iacocca dies age 94

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Iacocca is credited with creating the iconic Ford Mustang and saving Chrysler from bankruptcy

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 17, 2005 Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca attends the unveiling of the new Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57S at Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills on October 18, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. Lee Iacocca, the automobile industry executive who helped launch the Mustang at Ford and save Chrysler from bankruptcy, and a successful salesmen, died July 2 at his home in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, said his daughter Lia Iacocca Assad. He was 94. Matthew Simmons / Getty Images North America / AFP

China fines Ford joint venture in latest hit on U.S. firm

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The fine imposed on Changan Ford Automobile stems from violations of China's anti-monopoly laws

TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'Lifestyle-Asia-cities-China,FEATURE' by Marianne Barriaux  Picture taken on June 3, 2011 shows new cars parked at the Ford-Changan joint venture plant in China's southwestern city of Chongqing. A forest of buildings and cranes rises through thick fog above roads jammed with cars in a Chinese city the size of Austria and home to more than 32 million people -- the southwestern megacity of Chongqing is bursting at the seams. AFP PHOTO / LIU JIN (Photo by LIU JIN / AFP)

Ford to cut 7,000 jobs, 10% of global salaried staff

May 21, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The layoffs come as Ford phases out most sedan models in the United States and ramps up investment in electric cars and autonomous driving technology

EXIT. American automaker Ford plans to cease operations in Indonesia and Japan starting the second half of the year, due to weak profit outlook. File photo by AFP

General Motors shuttering plants, cutting 15% of workforce

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The moves include shuttering 7 plants worldwide as the company responds to changing customer preferences and focuses on popular trucks and SUVs and increasingly on electric models

GENERAL MOTORS. Two electric vehicles are getting charged at the General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario, on November 26, 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Scandal-hit Volkswagen set to name new CEO

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:32 PM

According to reports, Herbert Diess, head of the VW brand, is slated to take Matthias Mueller's place

Tax reform law seen to put brakes on PH's auto sales growth in 2018

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:30 AM

With most mass market vehicles costing more because of the tax reform law, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Incorporated (CAMPI) projects flat growth in sales this 2018

Tesla's lower-priced Model 3 to start production Friday

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:16 AM

The first 30 customer Model 3 Tesla cars are slated to be ready on July 28

TESLA CARS. A view of a Tesla car at "Late Night Letters" during the 2017 Nantucket Film Festival - Day 4 on June 24, 2017 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Nantucket Film Festival/AFP

176 China-made firetrucks of BFP defective, says COA

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The firetrucks were found with defective safety features and engines according to a COA report

Without efficient public transport, higher auto taxes 'unfair'

Jun 08, 2017 - 5:15 PM

It s not going to be fair to the commuting public that we don t have that efficient transport system and yet we are shelling out big amounts in order to buy private vehicles says the Automobile Association of the Philippines

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Mar 21, 2017 - 6:14 PM

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Toyota target of Trump's latest Twitter broadside

Jan 06, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Japan s government rises to the automotive industry s defense with trade minister Hiroshige Seko saying that Japanese automakers have contributed to creating 1 5 million jobs in the United States

TOYOTA AND TRUMP. A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. File photo by  Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

CONVERSATION: Share with us your best driving stories and tips

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:49 PM

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US finds evidence of criminality in VW probe – report

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:52 AM

The Justice Department is now negotiating a settlement which may involve significant financial penalties for the company The Wall Street Journal reports

A blue-and-white checkered pattern reflected in a VW€ vehicle's badge, in Munich, Germany, August 2, 2016. Peter Kneffel/EPA

South Korean auto, shipbuilding workers to go on strike

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:05 PM

Employees at Hyundai Motor and Hyundai Heavy Industries will walk off the job this week

epa04911972 Unionized workers march at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., the country's leading shipbuilder, in the southeastern city of Ulsan, South Korea, 04 September 2015, after launching a partial strike to demand higher wages, better working conditions and other benefits. The workers put down their tools at eight in the morning, and the walkout lasted until noon. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Car that crushed actor Anton Yelchin under recall over gear issue

Jun 21, 2016 - 8:12 AM

Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler s US unit issued a recall for hundreds of thousands of Jeep Grand Cherokees and other models in April to address the problem

In this file photo, actor Anton Yelchin poses during the photocall of the movie 'Cymbeline' presented in the Orizzonti selection at the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2014 at Venice Lido. Gabriel Bouys/AFP

EU ignoring diesel pollution despite Volkswagen scandal – NGO

Jun 07, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Brussels based group Transport Environment T E accuses regulators of not addressing over pollution

epa05195105 Marc Oliver Dahl, head of the repair shop of a Volkswagen (VW) dealer, runs a diagnosis program at a VW Passat TDI in Solingen, Germany 04 March 2016. Volkswagen started a massive recall of diesel cars to update the emissions software in a move to regain customers' trust lost in the Volkswagen emission scandal. EPA/MARIUS BECKER

Nissan throws $2.2B lifeline to scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors

May 12, 2016 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED Nissan will become Mitsubishi Motors top shareholder following their deal

Newest Tesla electric Model 3 car will aim at middle market

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Analysts say the new car is critical to Tesla at a time when cheap gasoline is challenging all green cars

Germany's BMW celebrates 100th anniversary

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The century old carmaker now has more than 116 000 employees and 88 billion in annual sales

epa05097864 The BMW M2 Coupe at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA, 11 January 2016. Auto manufacturers from around the globe come to show off their latest models and concepts. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Toyota gives up on hipster brand Scion

Feb 04, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The car maker will stop selling its Scion line noting changes in buying habits of American millennials

The Toyota Scion tC is introduced at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan on Monday, 05 January 2004. EPA/ROB WIDDIS

Volkswagen to shed more light on pollution-cheating scandal

Dec 10, 2015 - 11:27 AM

The aim of the press conference is to inform the public of the current state of the investigations into the diesel affair and the company s strategic re orientation according to the invitation

VOLKSWAGEN'S HEAD. CEO of Volkswagen AG, Matthias Mueller, speaks during a press conference at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, November 20, 2015. File Photo by Julian Stratenschulte/ EPA

French police raid Volkswagen offices in emission scandal

Oct 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

France opens a probe into possible fraud over the pollution cheating software installed in diesel engines by Volkswagen which has admitted that 11 million vehicles worldwide are equipped with the program that dupes emission testing

Scandal-hit Volkswagen names Porsche boss new CEO

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Calling the cheating a moral and policy disaster the company s supervisory board chief Berthold Huber says the group is now looking to Matthias Mueller who knows the company and its brands to tackle the crisis

NEW CEO. Matthias Mueller, new chief executive of Volkswagen AG, attends a press conference at the VW factory in in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Ole Spata/EPA

Volkswagen admits 11M cars have pollution cheating device

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED German auto giant Volkswagen reveal that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide are equipped with devices that can cheat pollution tests a dramatic escalation of the scandal that has wiped a third off the company s market value and now threatens to topple its chief executive

PULLED OUT. A damaged Volkswagen car stands on the grounds of a scrap dealer in Hanover, central Germany, on September 22, 2015. Photo by Julian Stratenschulte / DPA / Germany Out / AFP

German auto giant Volkswagen slams into huge false emission scam

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:07 PM

Volkswagen the world s largest automaker by sales in the first half of this year says it had halted all diesel vehicle sales in the United States during a probe into the scandal which could lead to fines of more than 18 billion

Stock market values of German car and car parts makers are displayed on September 21, 2015 at the stock exchange in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Shares in German auto giant Volkswagen plummeted more than 20 percent after it emerged that nearly half a million of its diesel cars in the United States had been fitted with software that falsified emissions data. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND

Takata doubles US airbag recall to record 34M vehicles

May 20, 2015 - 10:15 AM

After refusing for years Takata is also admitting for the first time that its airbags installed in the cars of 11 major automakers are defective

UNDER SCRUTINY. A file picture dated February 5, 2015 shows a Takata company tag seen on a car seat for children, in Tokyo, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Toyota, Nissan recall 6.5M cars globally over exploding airbag fears

May 13, 2015 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED The recall is the latest chapter of an exploding airbag crisis linked to at least 5 deaths

A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Toyota still world's top car maker

Jan 21, 2015 - 2:32 PM

Toyota sold 10 23 million vehicles last year but a shaky outlook for 2015 could see it lose the title to its German rival Volkswagen

A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

US-Cuba thaw could spell end for island's iconic cars

Dec 22, 2014 - 12:47 AM

These cars have one thing in common: they survived the Cuban Revolution the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union

CLASSIC. An old American car is seen in a street of Havana, on December 19, 2014. Photo by Yamil LAGE/AFP

Japan's Takata denies cover-up of 'secret' faulty airbag tests

Nov 13, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The denial comes as Takata customer Honda announced an additional recall of more than 170 000 vehicles worldwide

Latin America: Where cars are deadlier than crime

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Welcome to Latin America where crosswalk lights are more decorative than functional speed limits are ignored right of way to pedestrians is a myth and traffic lights are disdained

ROAD MONSTERS. Picture taken during a traffic jam at 23 de Maio Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Toyota to recall 1.75M vehicles globally

Oct 15, 2014 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED The Japanese giant points to three problems in several models including its luxury Lexus brand and upmarket Crown Majesta

A Toyota Motors logo, shown on its vehicle 'SAI', at its headquarters in Tokyo on August 5, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Google's self-driving car has no steering wheel

May 28, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Google s self driving car prototypes reach a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour

SELF-DRIVING. Google's self-driving car. Screen shot from YouTube.

Sales of imported cars climb 13% in January-March

Apr 21, 2014 - 3:26 PM

The solid performance of pick up trucks vans and passenger cars in the first quarter gives distributors reason to expect double digit growth by end 2014

47 killed in Togo road crash

Apr 16, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Togo s ministers of security and transport report 47 dead and 15 seriously injured following a collision between a truck and a commercial bus

TOGO CRASH. A collision between a truck and a bus leaves 47 dead in Togo.

Paris lifts partial car ban after drop in pollution

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Ecology Minister Philippe Martin says Monday s ban has led to results showing a clear trend of improvement which meant it would not be necessary to continue the measure into Tuesday

DOUBLE THE SAFE LIMIT. This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows cars driving on the Champs Elysee in Paris. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Toyota suspends Indian auto production amid labor unrest

Mar 17, 2014 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED Toyota locks out 6 400 employees from its two Bangalore plants in response to threats against management and deliberate assembly line stoppages

LOCKING OUT BANGALORE. The president of Toyota Motor Company Akio Toyoda during the launch of Toyota's Ethios car, in Bangalore December 1, 2010. Photo by Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Polluted Paris forces thousands of cars off the road

Mar 17, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Paris will set alternating driving days to curb its air pollution which has grown to be more than double the safe limit

DOUBLE THE SAFE LIMIT. This picture taken on March 13, 2014 shows cars driving on the Champs Elysee in Paris. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Vehicle sales up in January

Feb 11, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Car sales are up 27 from January 2013 but slightly lower compared to December s

CAR SALES. Calling January a slow month for sales, CAMPI president Rommel Gutierrez expects 2014 to be a good year.

Fiat changes name, disappoints with profits

Jan 29, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Fiat s name change comes after the purchase of US automaker Chrysler to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and would list its shares in New York and Milan

NAME CHANGE. This handout picture released on January 29, 2014 by the Fiat Press Office shows the new logo of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Italian car giant Fiat announced on January 29, 2014 it was changing its name after completing the purchase of US automaker Chrysler to "Fiat Chrysler Automobiles" and would list its shares in New York and Milan. AFP Photo

Luxury car sales decline amid natural disasters

Jan 15, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The luxury cars segment had declining sales in November and December amid the destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda and the rehab efforts that followed

CAR SALES. Despite sales targets being met luxury cars were not selling as well in the last two months of 2013

Toyota's hydrogen-powered car coming in 2015

Jan 13, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Toyota s car of the future a hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle FCV is one year away from becoming a reality

COMING SOON. Toyota's hydrogen-powered car is slated for a 2015 release date in California. Photo by Rappler / Michael Josh Villanueva

The anatomy of the Rolls-Royce Phantom

Dec 04, 2013 - 3:47 PM

The flagship model of the famed British luxury automobile brand is in the Philippines – in style

THE ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM. With its oversized front grille, boxy front clip and iconic Spirit of Ecstacy hood ornament, the Phantom is an imposing piece of machinery that demands attention. All photos courtesy of Vault Magazine

Enzo Pastor bags 4th place in NASCAR race

Apr 11, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Filipino racecar driver Enzo Pastor impresses the international racing scene at the Euro Racecar NASCAR race

FAST RIDE. Enzo Pastor's car in the Circuit Paul Armagnac NOGARO racetrack. Photo from the Enzo Pastor Facebook page

IN PHOTOS: 18th Annual Motorsports Awards

Apr 06, 2013 - 2:12 PM

The country s best drivers are awarded in the presence of car enthusiasts and in a hall full of gorgeous vintage cars

CLASS CHAMPIONS. Champions, first and second runner-ups of divisions 1 to 3 competitions pose with their trophies. All photos by Andrew Robles

WINNERS: 18th Annual Motorsport Awards

Apr 05, 2013 - 10:10 PM

Here is the list of winners updated as they are announced

WHO ARE THE COUNTRY'S BEST DRIVERS? We find out at the 18th Annual Motorsport Awards organized by AAP. Image from

GM loses global crown to Toyota

Jan 14, 2013 - 10:36 PM

General Motors lost the global sales crown once again to Toyota as its sales grew just 2 9 to 9 2M vehicles