Aston Martin appoints Nissan exec Andy Palmer as CEO

Sep 2, 2014

Aston Martin appoints Nissan exec Andy Palmer as CEO

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has tapped Nissan Motor Co. executive Andy Palmer to run the 101-year-old U.K. sports car maker, ending almost nine months without a leader. Palmer, 51, will join Aston Martin as chief executive officer following a transition period from his current ...

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

Aug 29, 2014

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

As Toyota Motor Corp. prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lexus next month, the automaker is aiming to strengthen the luxury brand by keeping production mostly in Japan and expanding its modest lineup. While the Japanese brand keeps an eye on its ...

Aug 11, 2014

Lexus hints at return of $375,000 LFA supercar

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 of them, may build a successor to the 552-horsepower car, according to Executive Vice President Mark Templin. The long-term plan has President Akio Toyoda’s backing, ...

Aug 4, 2014

China auto factory ignored warnings about dust blast risk

Local government officials in China repeatedly warned a car parts factory that was rocked by a deadly blast over the weekend that high levels of dust could spark an explosion, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported Monday. The blast at the Kunshan Zhongrong ...

Aug 2, 2014

Toyota rises to No. 2 automaker in July U.S. sales, outranks Ford

Rising consumer confidence in the United States drove Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to double-digit sales gains in July, with Toyota overtaking Ford Motor Co. to become the second-largest automaker in the market, data released by Autodata Corp. show. The robust figures, ...

Abe tours ancient pyramids with Mexican leader

Jul 27, 2014

Abe tours ancient pyramids with Mexican leader

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up a two-day visit to Mexico on Saturday, taking a break from sealing energy deals to tour pyramids with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Abe and Pena Nieto visited the pre-Columbian city of Teotihuacan with their wives, Akie Abe and ...

Jul 27, 2014

Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that Nissan North America Inc. is recalling certain lines of its Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder ...

Jul 19, 2014

New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company’s Sienna minivan has a feature called “Driver Easy Speak.” It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent’s voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it ...