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UK car sector warns 1 in 6 jobs in virus danger

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Britain's carmakers are ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, with the sector already shedding more than 6,000 jobs in June 2020

New Jaguar cars are pictured on the forecourt of a Jaguar Land Rover new car show room in Tonbridge, south east England, on May 24, 2020. - Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), owned by India's Tata Motors, was on Sunday said to be in talks with Britain's government in the hope of to securing a loan following a drop in sales due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

India's Tata Motors reports $1.3-billion loss as coronavirus bites

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek cites 'subdued demand across segments.' But the company expects sales to gradually recover for the rest of the financial year.

TATA MOTORS. The company is badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from Tata Motors website

Volkswagen invests 2 billion euros in Chinese electric vehicle sector

May 29, 2020 - 9:20 PM

Volkswagen will take a 50% stake in JAG – the parent company of state-owned JAC Motors – and a 26% share of Chinese battery supplier Gotion High-Tech

VOLKSWAGEN. The company's logo on the roof of its headquarters in Germany. Photo from Shutterstock

Toyota Motor Philippines launches new products and services for the 'new normal'

May 29, 2020 - 12:42 PM

The automotive manufacturer adjusts to the needs of its consumers by delivering services especially for the quarantine season

TOYOTA MOTOR PHILIPPINES. The leading automotive car sales in the country adjusts its services to customer needs. Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Philippines.

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

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

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

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

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Some experts say building critical care ventilators will require different techniques and procedures from what a car factory normally sees

This handout picture made available on March 30, 2020 by Spanish automobile manufacturer SEAT shows workers assembling ventilators manufactured at the company's plant of Martorell. - Throughout Europe, in the face of a shortage of masks, gloves or ventilators, all kinds of industries are striving to adapt their production line to put it at the service of the fight against the coronavirus. (Photo by Handout / SEAT / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SEAT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Shifting to ventilators will be a challenge for GM

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The pivot from cars to ventilators for the coronavirus crisis will be no easy feat for General Motors

LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 21: General Motors Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave vehicles go through the assembly line at the General Motors Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant on February 21, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. The plant, which employs over 2,500 workers, is home to the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Today the three millionth vehicle, a 2020 Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition, rolled off the assembly line at the plant. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

GM, Ford promise more ventilators after Trump criticism

Mar 28, 2020 - 9:00 AM

General Motors says it will work with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators at its Indiana auto plant, while Ford says it is 'pulling out all the stops' to provide vital equipment

OPERATIONS DISRUPTED. General Motors is among the companies dealing with operational challenges due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Shutterstock

Trump invokes defense powers to order GM to produce ventilators

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Trump invokes the rarely-used Defense Production Act to order GM to speed up its commitment to make ventilators in one of its auto plants after delays in negotiations

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. File photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. automakers to shut North American plants due to virus

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 'Big Three' carmakers – General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford – will halt operations in North America through the end of March 2020

Workers leave FCA Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly after the Detroit three automakers have agreed to UAW demands to shut down all North America plants as a precaution against coronavirus, on March 18, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. - This plant produces the Ram 1500 trucks. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

LOOK: New Toyota PH president takes public transportation to see 'daily struggles' of Pinoys

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:57 PM

'For me, it was a good learning experience,' says Toyota Motor Philippines president Atsuhiro Okamoto who capped his Metro Manila public transportation experience with a tricycle ride to Tondo

GO AND SEE. New Toyota Motor Philippines president Atsuhiro Okamoto rides a jeepney to experience the daily struggles of Filipino commuters. Photo from TMP President's Office / Hiro Okamoto Facebook page

General Motors to suspend Korea assembly line as virus hits parts supply

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:50 PM

One of the two assembly lines at GM Korea's Bupyeong complex will be closed next Monday and Tuesday, February 17 and 18

GENERAL MOTORS. Tens of thousands of General Motors workers are on strike in the United States. Photo from Shutterstock

Novel coronavirus hits Chinese push into India auto market

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:45 PM

An executive of Great Wall Motors says the firm's Chinese staff did not travel to India for a major expo as the novel coronavirus might provoke 'negative feelings for some people'

Haval brand SUVs made by China's Great Wall Motor are seen outside a showroom in Beijing on August 22, 2017. - China's Great Wall Motor signalled on August 21 its intention to make an ambitious acquisition deal with Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles following a report that it wants to buy the Jeep brand. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Hyundai Motor to invest $1.5 billion in Indonesia factory

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Hyundai will build a car plant in Bekasi, Indonesia. The target is to start production in 2021.

Photo from Shutterstock

LOOK: Could this PUV be the new 'King of the Road'?

Nov 10, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The model developed by Toyota Motor Philippines Inc. (TMPI) costs P998,000 per unit and is targeted to be released before the end of the year. But already, some netizens have given it a thumbs down.

MODERN HILUX. Toyota Motor Philippines Inc.  unveiled a Hilux Class 1 modern public utility vehicle manufactured for the DOTr's PUV modernization program. Photo from DOTr's FB page

Toyota eyes Olympic platform to boost hydrogen tech

Oct 26, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Adoption of fuel-cell electric vehicles has been slow compared with electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries

HYDROGEN. Toyota's Mirai hydrogen-powered concept car is seen on display during the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on October 23, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

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

Some 46,000 General Motors auto workers strike in U.S.

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The move to strike comes after General Motors' 4-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement

STRIKE. A sign hangs on the fence outside of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 22 that wants General Motors to invest in them on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. -Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Fearing no-deal Brexit, UK carmakers slam brakes on investment

Jul 31, 2019 - 11:15 PM

New investment in the United Kingdom's automotive industry plummets by 70% in the 1st half of 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 06, 2017 Opel cars are prepared for distribution at Vauxhall's production plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire, north-west England. - French carmaker PSA warned it could shut down a plant in northwest England if the factory becomes unprofitable because of Brexit, the Financial Times reported on July 29, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Renault warns Nissan it will block governance reshuffle

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:17 PM

(UPDATED) Renault reportedly fears the overhaul will reduce its influence in Nissan, and ties between the partners have already frayed since Carlos Ghosn's arrest and skepticism at the Japanese automaker

New law requires seat belts for children in all motor vehicles

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:58 PM

The new law penalizes a driver transporting children without a 'child restraint system' in the vehicle, and bars kids below a certain height to take the front seat of a car

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi unveil new joint board post-Ghosn

Mar 12, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'We have decided to join our forces again, to enhance the strength of our collaboration,' says Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard

JOINT BOARD. Nissan Motors president and CEO Hiroto Saikawa (C), Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard (L) and Mitsubishi Motors chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko (R) take their seats at the start of a press conference at the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture on March 12, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/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 /

Ghosn out on bail after more than 100 days

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn leaves the detention center in northern Tokyo flanked by guards, wearing a blue cap, a white medical face mask, and a work jacket with orange reflective stripes

ON BAIL. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the Tokyo Detention House following his release on bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn makes fresh bail request

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:27 PM

It is the first bail request filed by the 64-year-old since he shook up his legal team as he crafts his defense to 3 charges of financial misconduct

BAIL REQUEST. This file photo taken on September 15, 2017 shows then-Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gesturing as he addresses a press conference in Paris. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Nissan taps new Renault boss to replace Ghosn on board

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The decision to turn over Carlos Ghosn's board seat to Jean-Dominique Senard must still be ratified by shareholders, and the company says it has set an April 8 date for an extraordinary shareholders' meeting

NEW LEADERS. French carmaker Renault's newly appointed board chairman Jean-Dominique Senard (L) delivers a speech next to new chief executive Thierry Bollore during a press conference at the headquarters of the French car manufacturer Renault in Boulogne Billancourt, near Paris on January 24, 2019. File photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

House won’t abolish graft-ridden Road Board, says Andaya

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Senators are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the bill that would scrap the graft-ridden agency that oversees the funds from the road users' tax

NO ABOLITION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the plenary already withdraw its support to the bill abolishing the Road Board. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ghosn 'faces new underreporting charge worth $35M'

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Reports say Tokyo prosecutors plan to 'rearrest' the business tycoon along with his right-hand man and former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly by Monday, December 10

GHOSN. In this file photo taken on May 12, 2011, Carlos Ghosn, president of Nissan Motors, speaks at a news conference to announce the company's fiscal year 2010 earnings in Yokohama. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan court extends Ghosn detention

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:03 PM

A Tokyo court extends the detention of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn. This means the 64-year-old tycoon could remain in a Tokyo cell until December 10.

A man looks at a television showing a news programme featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn (L) and representative director Greg Kelly (R) in Tokyo on November 30, 3018. A Tokyo court on November 30 extended the detention of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, local media said, after his arrest on allegations of financial misconduct that have shaken the auto industry. Kazuhiro NOGI / 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

Mitsubishi Motors sacks Ghosn as chairman

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) The move follows Carlos Ghosn's ouster as Nissan chairman, as he faces allegations that he underreported his salary and misused corporate funds

CARLOS GHOSN. Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Carlos Ghosn. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Tesla under U.S. criminal probe for Model 3 comments – source

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The probe concerns whether the automaker told investors it was on track with targets for the closely-watched build-out of the Model 3 car despite knowing it could not meet such goals

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the “Interplanetary Transport System” which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference he gave during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR GUERRERO

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Speed-crazed women drivers are bound to turn heads in the deeply conservative desert kingdom, which overturned the world's only ban on female motorists in June

SPEED. Rana Almimoni, a 30-year-old Saudi motor racing enthusiast, drifts a car on a track in Dirab motor park, on the southern outskirts of the capital Riyadh, on July 19, 2018. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Tesla board forms committee to consider going private

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:46 PM

By going private, Tesla could operate without requirements for financial reports and other pressures of a publicly traded firm. But it could also lose visibility and limit its ability to raise capital.

TESLA'S FUTURE. Elon Musk hopes the Model 3 will propel the California manufacturer into the mass market. Photos from Elon Musk and Tesla Motor's Twitter profiles.

Converting LTO extension offices into regular ones will shorten lines – Poe

May 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

6 bills converting LTO extension offices into regular offices are approved on second reading on Tuesday, May 22

PUBLIC SERVICES. Senator Grace Poe holds a hearing about public services, the committee she chairs, on February 20, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'King of the road': Meet the heir to the iconic Sarao jeepney business

May 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

For Ed Sarao, the jeepney is the lifeblood of the Philippines

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

Eastern Petroleum, Russian automaker to launch vehicles in PH

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The local oil firm will be the exclusive distributor of GAZ commercial vehicles in the Philippines

FLEET MODERNIZATION. The two firms also agree that GAZ Group would supply in the country Gazelle Next buses, which fully meet the requirements of the government's fleet modernization program. Screenshot from

DTI's Lopez, Hyundai face plunder, estafa complaint

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption accuses Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez of favoring Hyundai, which the group claims should not have been given P1.1 billion in tax exemptions

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

Malam tahun baru, Polisi waspadai pergerakan geng motor

Dec 28, 2017 - 9:48 AM

"Kalau lihat ada 20-30 (anggota geng motor) ngebut-ngebut kita antisipasi, kita hadirkan anggota."

Kapolda Metro Jaya Idham Azis. Foto oleh ANTARA

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

Singapore to freeze number of cars on its roads

Oct 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The growth cap for all passenger cars and motorcycles will be cut from 0.25% a year to zero with effect from February, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) says

ON THE HIGHWAY. This photograph taken on May 31, 2016 shows motorists enter the central business district during morning peak period in Singapore. Roslan Rahman/AFP