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Tesla becomes richest auto group as Detroit giants see sales drop

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Tesla shares have risen steadily since late 2019 as it met key production targets for its Model 3 car, with the automaker topping Japan's Toyota in market valuation

TESLA. A Tesla model S sits parked outside of a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn on July 5, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese carmakers show goods in Geneva as sales tank at home

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:40 PM

New Chinese players come out in force this year in Europe's biggest annual car show, which has typically been a showcase for luxury cars from historic manufacturers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 5, 2019: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster sports car debut at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show. VanderWolf Images /

For auto tech at CES, 'user experience' becomes the key

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:38 PM

With full autonomous driving still likely years away, there is a growing interest in making cars a place to live, work, communicate and enjoy the ride

MAKING CARS BETTER. Visteon's exhibit at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show included a prototype cockpit for cars which can be adapted for autonomous driving on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas. Photo by Robert Lever/AFP

Toyota investing $1 billion in Grab

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Japanese automaker plans to expand beyond its core business into the 'mobility' sector 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

German court paves way for diesel driving bans

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:50 AM

A top German court rules that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution

RUSH HOUR. Early morning traffic makes its way on the motorway in Munich, southern Germany, of November 7, 2017. Christof Stache/AFP

Meet the Filipino company behind this 'secret weapon' for engines

Dec 01, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Pertua has been around for 30 years, and it has gained a cult following for helping bring old cars and motorcycles back to life

Filipino inventor Juanito Simon talks about Pertua engine oils in an interview on November 21, 2017

EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The proposal has to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament

ON THE ROAD. Cars drive on the Peripherique in Paris on December 8, 2016. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

GM to recall 2.5M vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

GM and its joint venture partner Shanghai GM will start withdrawing vehicles fitted with the potentially faulty airbags beginning next month and will include Chevrolet and Buick cars

PRODUCTION LINE. In this file photo, laborers work in the Qingdao branch of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province on January 9, 2014. Stringer/AFP

China mulls petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:31 PM

As the measure looms foreign auto makers have announced plans to boost the production of electric cars in China

ELECTRIC RIDES. A man walks past electric cars and tricycles on a sidewalk in Beijing on April 25, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

Tesla begins to deliver electric car for the masses

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Tesla rolls out the first of its keenly awaited Model 3 cars aiming to disrupt a world accustomed to automobiles powered by pollution spewing fossil fuel

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Environment minister Michael Gove is due to present the government s keenly awaited £3 billion 3 9 billion 3 4 billion euro air pollution plan

LONDON TRAFFIC. Union flags fly above and in front of Britain's Houses of Parliament as a black London taxi cab and red London bus wait at traffic lights in central London on March 20, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

San Miguel's latest venture: BMW vehicles

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

San Miguel Corporation sets up a new unit called SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation marking its entry into the motoring business

MOTORING BUSINESS. The diversified conglomerate led by Ramon Ang says SMC Asia Car will be 65% owned by San Miguel, while the remaining will be owned by Jose Alvarez. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy protection

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:20 AM

3rd UPDATE The Tokyo based car parts giant is facing lawsuits and huge costs over an airbag defect linked to at least 16 deaths globally

CONTROVERSIAL. Logo of the Japanese auto parts maker Takata is seen a car showroom in Tokyo on June 23, 2017. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Ayala acquires German auto parts manufacturer

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The P1 49 billion investment is part of AC Industrials expansion spree

DTI backs proposal to raise car taxes

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says the luxury car segment will not die if the proposal to impose higher excise tax on new vehicles is approved

Fiat Chrysler announces creation of 2,000 U.S. jobs

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The American Italian firm will invest 1 billion by 2020 in two of its factories in the Midwestern states of Michigan and Ohio where the new jobs will be based

A die is shown at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sterling Stamping Plant August 26, 2016 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

Ford cancels Mexico plant, will boost U.S. output

Jan 04, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Ford s decision to cancel the 1 6 billion investment in the state of San Luis Potosi is a big blow to Mexico

STAYING IN THE U.S. This file photo taken on January 7, 2015 shows a lineup of Ford Focus vehicles seen on an assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Saul Loeb/AFP

Ayala to government: It's time for CARS 2.0

Nov 30, 2016 - 9:06 PM

In response Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says his department will look into creating a CARS type incentives program for electronics

NICHE. IMI has found a niche in manufacturing extremely complex safety and control systems for automobiles, Zobel de Ayala says. Rappler file photo

Ayala Corp sees 11% growth in net income

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The conglomerate s healthy earnings trajectory is buoyed by contribution from banking real estate and automative businesses

BUOYED. Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala at the annual stockholders meeting of Ayala Corp. on April 19, 2013. Rappler file photo

Toyota recalling nearly 6M more Takata airbags

Oct 26, 2016 - 2:54 PM

Toyota s recall brings its total of called back Takata airbags to 23 1 million

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

Regular car maintenance: A cheat sheet

Sep 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Important questions about care and prevention for your car – answered

Lexus, BMW showcase hybrid supercars at PH auto show

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:43 PM

The luxury brands demonstrate their idea of the future of driving at the Philippine International Motoring Show

SCENE STEALER. The eye-catching Lexus is one of the stars of PIMS 2016. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH imports up 39.3% in May 2016

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Among 11 selected Asian countries only the Philippines posted a double digit growth while other countries declined says NEDA

Tesla Model 3 orders hit 325,000

Apr 08, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Tesla Motors says interest has spread completely organically and it did not advertise or pay for any endorsements

epa05238727 An undated handout photo made available by Tesla late 31 March 2016 shows the Tesla Model 3 electric car that was unveiled in Hawthorne, California, USA, 31 March 2016. According to the Tesla media relations website, 'the Model 3 should be the safest car in its class once testing completes. This, combined with over 200 miles of range while starting at 35,000 US dollars before incentives, makes Model 3 an extraordinary mid-size sedan. Model 3 will begin production in late 2017, ramping Tesla vehicle production to 500,000 vehicles per year.' EPA/TESLA / HANDOUT FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Tesla racks up 276,000 Model 3 orders in just days

Apr 04, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Orders are piling up fast and exceeding the expectations of the company for its Model 3

An undated handout photo made available by Tesla March 31, 2016 shows the Tesla Model 3 electric car. Tesla handout/EPA

High hopes for Archer and Delta’s last run

Feb 11, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Cheer on DLSU and cars from other Philippine schools by watching the Shell Eco Marathon from March 3 to 6 at the Luneta Park Circuit

Mitsubishi to invest P4.3B to build Mirage models in PH

Feb 10, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The move allows Mitsubishi to join the CARS Program says its global chairman who met with President Aquino in Manila

Toyota says halting Japan assembly for a week on parts shortage

Feb 01, 2016 - 8:50 AM

UPDATED The decision is made due to a parts shortage resulting from a recent industrial explosion at Toyota affiliate Aichi Steel Corp the world s top automaker says

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

Ford to exit Japan, Indonesia

Jan 25, 2016 - 11:49 PM

Ford plans to halt operations dealerships and importation in the 2 countries in the second half of 2016

File photo by AFP

French carmaker Renault to recall 15,000 vehicles to check engines – minister

Jan 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

UPDATED French carmaker Renault under the spotlight over high levels of harmful emissions is recalling 15 000 vehicles before they go on sale to check their engines

The logo of French car manufacturer Renault is on display in front of the company headquarters in Boulogne Billancourt, near Paris, France, January 14, 2016. Yoan Valat/EPA

Gov’t to roll out incentives program for auto firms

Jan 14, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Car and car parts manufacturers in the country can begin applying for the CARS program on January 15

VW chief apologizes over emissions scandal on first US trip

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:16 AM

UPDATED Matthias Mueller also says Volkswagen plans to make an additional 900 million investment in the United States to build a new mid size SUV

A picture made available November 4, 2015 shows Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, standing after a tour in the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, October 21, 2015. Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Drive smarter: 3 step-by-step guides

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:06 PM

A driver with bad habits is a road hazard

INFOGRAPHIC: City driving survival guide

Dec 04, 2015 - 6:18 PM

It’s a jungle out there Learn a few keys to your survival behind the wheel

6 ways to upgrade your driving skills

Nov 27, 2015 - 4:50 PM

Make the streets safer by improving the way you handle the wheel

David SyCip: The visionary ideas behind ASEAN integration

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED A look at the ideas that influenced the creation of the ASEAN single market through the thoughts and writings of local visionary David SyCip

VISIONARY. David SyCip, business leader and one of the early proponents of an ASEAN community. Photo courtesy of the SyCip family

Driving in the modern world

Nov 02, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Today’s smart drivers need the right kind of features in their cars to match

Volkswagen to recall 8.5 million vehicles in Europe

Oct 16, 2015 - 12:36 AM

The raids at VW s Italian headquarters in Verona and Lamborghini s base in Bologna came after Italian consumer rights group Codacons filed a fraud suit on behalf of 12 000 Italian owners over the VW made vehicles

Police raid VW headquarters as probe mounts in Germany, US

Oct 09, 2015 - 5:38 AM

Private apartments were also raided in Volkswagen s hometown of Wolfsburg and other cities as police sought to secure documents and digital data that could point to those responsible for the deception of global proportions

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL. An employee looks through a pair of binoculars as he stands next to a corporate logo of Volkswagen (VW) on the rooftop of an office building of the German car manufacturer in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

PH to APEC economies: Let's make our region bike-friendly

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 PM

The Philippines is set to propose a framework to APEC member economies that will develop sidewalks and encourage walking and biking as the first two modes of transportation

INCLUSIVE MOBILITY. The Philippines will propose before the APEC member economies an inclusive mobility initiative – aimed at making walking and cycling the first two modes of transportation.

US Volkswagen chief admits knew of emissions problem in 2014

Oct 08, 2015 - 2:22 PM

Michael Horn offers a sincere apology for Volkswagen s use of a software program that served to defeat the regular emissions testing regime

CONTROVERSIAL. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant Volkswagen logo at VolksWagen's original headquarters building, now under renovation in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on September 30, 2015. John Macdougall/AFP

Metro Manila has ‘worst traffic on Earth’ – Waze

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:56 PM

The 2015 Global Driver Satisfaction Index conducted by the navigation app Waze reveals that the Philippines is among the countries with the worst driving experiences

File photo by Kevin de la Cruz / Rappler

VW revs up recall plan, hunts for culprits in pollution scam

Oct 01, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Since the revelations on September 18 the VW share has seen nearly 40 of its value go up in smoke

UNDER REPAIR. A worker stands on a scaffold lift, under a giant VolksWagen logo at VolksWagen's original headquarters building, now under renovation in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on September 30, 2015. John MacDougall/AFP

Trade Secretary Domingo resigns – Palace

Sep 12, 2015 - 5:02 PM

3RD UPDATE Domingo s resignation is still under consideration says Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr

PH ranks 1st in East, Southeast Asia for June imports growth

Aug 25, 2015 - 5:58 PM

The 22 6 growth in June is the highest for 2015 so far thanks to increases in imports of raw materials and intermediate goods

Proposed traffic solutions: Regulate car sales, relocate industries

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

A congressman renews proposal to sell cars only to those with proof of parking spaces; an ex senator says factories commercial establishments should move to the provinces

EVERYDAY BURDEN. Thousands of Metro Manila residents endure the worsening traffic jams in Metro Manila. Rappler photo

Isuzu not giving up hope of joining CARS program

Aug 09, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Lacking the volume necessary to join the new automotive incentives program Isuzu hopes the government will eventually relax its requirements

Toyota wants PEZA’s help ahead of investment in CARS

Aug 09, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Toyota urged PEZA to encourage more investments in parts manufacturing to make participation in the new CARS program easier

Honda recalls another 4.5M cars over exploding airbags

Jul 09, 2015 - 2:45 PM

Japanese automaker Honda says it is recalling another 4 5 million vehicles globally as a scare over a potentially deadly defect in Takata made airbags widens

Honda's logo is seen on a wheel of a vehicle displayed at the car maker headquarters' showroom in Tokyo, Japan, April 28, 2015. Franck Robichon/EPA