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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toyota, Nissan to recall more than 3M more cars over airbag

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:35 PM

UPDATED Japanese automakers will recall more than 3 million more cars globally because of concerns over airbags involved in 8 deaths worldwide

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

APEC-wide e-vehicles road map draft ready by Sept

Apr 24, 2015 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED The road map pushes for the promotion and facilitation of e vehicles in the Asia Pacific

Delayed PH electric vehicles road map eyes Q3 2015 launch

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:44 AM

Hurdling delays the road map is pushing through with or without incentives

APEC dialogue focuses on vehicles, SME integration

Apr 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM

As this year’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation host Manila also puts the spotlight on the electric vehicles road map eyed to be completed within 2015

PH auto industry hits record sales in 1Q 2015

Apr 14, 2015 - 4:12 PM

Toyota buoys the sales with 10 237 units – its highest single month sales to date

Affordable, ‘lifestyle’ cars rev up PH auto industry

Apr 10, 2015 - 1:57 PM

There are two standout automotive trends driving industry growth – affordable small vehicles and versatile vehicles that can be used for multiple purposes an industry leader says

General Motors to shut down factory, axe jobs in Indonesia

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:26 PM

GM will stop making the Spin in Indonesia by end June and shutter the Bekasi factory which employs around 500 people

SHUTTERING SOON. Newly finished Chevrolet Spin are parked at the plant of the US giant carmaker General Motors in Bekasi located outside of Jakarta. GM invested $150 million in the new facility. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Toyota unveils fuel-cell car assembly line

Feb 24, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The world s biggest carmaker plans to produce 700 units of the 4 door Mirai sedan – powered by hydrogen and emitting nothing but water vapor from its tailpipe – by the end of December

Mirai production line's quality gate. Image courtesy Toyota

Rolls-Royce ventures offroad in hunt for growth

Feb 19, 2015 - 6:00 AM

What is key to our strategy of carefully managed growth is that Rolls Royce cars remain rare precious items and absolutely authentic

Coming soon in PH: Aston Martin, James Bond's car

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Car aficionados can soon vroom away in Agent 007’s ride to be distributed in the country through DBPhils Motosports Incorporated

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

PH to save $17B in forex by producing vehicles locally

Oct 17, 2014 - 5:20 PM

After delays the Department of Trade and Industry lays down an ambitious automotive roadmap that targets to sell 400 000 locally made vehicles by 2022

Chevrolet Philippines drives toward ASEAN integration and beyond

Oct 11, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The company remains optimistic of its Philippine market despite challenges from the pending Philippine automotive industry road map and ASEAN integration

Toyota to upgrade Innova

Aug 21, 2014 - 1:26 PM

The investment will increase localization of automotive parts for the Innova which is assembled in Toyota s Sta Rosa plant

Auto assemblers expect to breach 2013 sales target

Aug 12, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Campi and TMA vehicle assemblers see higher than targeted sales this year after a strong performance in the first 7 months

STRONG 7 MONTHS. Vehicle assemblers see higher than target sales in 2013 after a robust performance in the first 7 months. AFP Photo

Triumphant Detroit set to shine at auto show

Jan 13, 2013 - 10:19 AM

The Detroit Three carmakers return triumphantly to their hometown auto show Monday January 14 flush with profits from popular vehicles and the rewards of successful though painful restructuring

The GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 22, 2005. (General Motors/John F. Martin)

Ford posts highest monthly PH sales in October

Nov 08, 2012 - 3:00 PM

The record sales come as Ford the only auto exporter in the Philippines prepares to close down its local manufacturing plant

Ford says goodbye Philippines, hello Thailand

Feb 08, 2012 - 10:32 AM

Amid diminishing government support the country s only auto exporter is moving operations for two of its models to Thailand

Ford says goodbye to the Philippines

Car sales drop 4% in disaster-packed 2011

Jan 09, 2012 - 8:02 PM

Sales dropped 4 in the automotive industry in 2011 as disasters ravaged infrastructure in Japan and Thailand disrupting supply chains