O'Reilly sex allegations prompt advertisers to pull out

Apr 5, 2017

O'Reilly sex allegations prompt advertisers to pull out

Major auto brands have decided to pull advertising from a popular Fox News program following reports of sexual harassment involving host Bill O’Reilly. Companies dropping advertising with “The O’Reilly Factor” included BMW North America, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, according to statements to AFP. “While it’s ...

Uptick in luxury car sales a bright spot amid retail lull

Oct 12, 2016

Uptick in luxury car sales a bright spot amid retail lull

Japanese consumers are raiding discount stores for everything from cheap shampoo to furniture. When it comes to automobiles, it’s the Rolls-Royces and BMWs that are moving off the dealer lots. Luxury imported cars costing ¥10 million ($96,500) or more surged 19 percent in the ...

/ Sep 6, 2016

Imported vehicle sales in Japan rose 5.3% in August

Sales of new imported cars, trucks and buses, including those made abroad by Japanese carmakers, rose 5.3 percent in August from a year earlier to 23,531 units, an industry body said Tuesday. While sales of foreign-brand vehicles added a mere 0.5 percent to 19,782 ...

Exploring Europe on a rented motorcycle

Jun 4, 2016

Exploring Europe on a rented motorcycle

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Gingerly balancing on the foot pegs of the big Ducati motorcycle, I turned the machine down a dirt-path hill between olive trees and grape vines. Instructors from a course offered by the bike’s Italian manufacturer wanted to show how its off-road antilock braking system ...

Luxury foreign cars find favor among Japan's rich

Apr 20, 2016

Luxury foreign cars find favor among Japan's rich

Tokyo businessman Randal Furudera isn’t about to swap his German-made BMW M5 for a “boring” Japanese car, although he’ll give them some grudging respect for their ho-hum dependability. Deep-pocketed buyers like Furudera are driving sales in Japan of high-end foreign brands, which dominate the ...

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

| Mar 28, 2016

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

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From fuel cell vehicles to self-driving cars, new technologies for next-generation autos are gaining traction. In a move likely to accelerate this, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which consists of major car-producing nations and sets international safety and environmental ...

Feb 4, 2016

Sales of imported foreign vehicles fell 0.8% in January

Sales of imported foreign-brand vehicles in Japan in January fell 0.8 percent from a year before to 17,045 units, down for the fifth straight month, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday. The overall momentum created by launching new models of mass-market vehicles has ...

/ Nov 5, 2015

BMW 'unhurt' by Volkswagen scandal, official says

Germany’s BMW AG has no plans to change its diesel sales strategy in Japan, as it sees no fallout from peer Volkswagen AG’s cheating of diesel emission tests, BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer said in a recent interview. He stressed that his company has ...

Volkswagen scandal touches nerve at center of German economy

/ Sep 24, 2015

Volkswagen scandal touches nerve at center of German economy

The pollution cheating scandal that has engulfed auto giant Volkswagen touches one of the main nerve centers of the German economy, given the importance of the car sector both politically and economically. Germany’s mighty automobile sector includes the world’s biggest and best-known names, from ...