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  1. April 16, 2014

    Toyota launches restyled Camry at NY show

    Japan’s Toyota took a big step in its drive to produce more exciting vehicles when it launched a restyled Camry sedan on the...

  2. April 11, 2014

    Optimism for India car sales despite second annual slump

    Car sales in India slumped for a second straight year, but analysts are eyeing a modest recovery during 2014 as India’s...

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  1. March 31, 2014

    Shipbuilders: full steam ahead

    One look at Rongsheng Heavy’s numbers could put investors off shipbuilders for life. If its full-year loss of Rmb8.7bn...

  2. March 18, 2014

    After annexing Crimea, Russians move to carve up the spoils

    While the people of Simferopol celebrated Russia’s annexation of Crimea, 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre on Balaklava...

  3. March 4, 2014

    Hyundai hopes new model Sonata is a smash

    Hyundai Motor’s media preview of its new sedan on Tuesday included the unusual step of smashing it into a wall at 65kph in...

  4. March 2, 2014

    Hyundai to test Europe’s taste for luxury

    Hyundai will take its first tentative steps into the European luxury market this year in an attempt to test the water for a...

  5. February 11, 2014

    South Korea releases jailed executives

    South Korean courts have commuted the prison sentences for fraud of two of the country's most prominent businessmen,...

  6. February 5, 2014

    Hyundai chairwoman faces legal action over family feud

    A Swiss elevator maker is suing the chairwoman of Hyundai Group after becoming caught in the crossfire of a feud between two...

  7. January 26, 2014

    UK car sector gears up for another year of robust sales

    The UK car industry expects to smash official growth forecasts for 2014, as executives dismiss fears of a saturated market...

  8. January 19, 2014

    Foreign carmakers seek to ride US revival

    There are new faces in the chief executive’s office at three of the US’s biggest foreign carmakers. But the pressing concern...

  9. January 13, 2014

    Sporty Toyota highlights rebrand efforts

    There could hardly be a stronger contrast between the low-slung, bright-red sports car that Toyota introduced to the public...

  10. January 5, 2014

    S Korean builders’ Mideast success hurts

    Engineers from Hyundai E&C travelling to the Ugandan city of Jinja to build a bridge spanning the river Nile are taking part...

  11. January 2, 2014

    Hyundai and Kia brace for sluggish sales growth in 2014

    By Song Jung-a in Seoul Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors are bracing for their weakest sales growth in more than a...

  12. December 10, 2013

    Auto industry: Hybrid carmakers

    The power couple of the car industry, Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche, make for an odd pair. Mr Ghosn, an effervescent...

  13. beyondbrics

    December 9, 2013

    India autos: sales down - prices up?

    The Indian economy is growing at under 5 per cent and car sales are in decline. Yet car manufacturers are planning to raise...

  14. November 26, 2013

    Hyundai’s premium push with Genesis faces a global test

    By Song Jung-a and Simon Mundy in Seoul and Henry Foy in London Chung Mong-koo, Hyundai Motor’s chairman, brimmed with pride...

  15. November 19, 2013

    Bodywork: Aluminium leads the race for greater efficiency

    In 1948, Land Rover built its first Defender vehicle with a body made not from steel, which was scarce and expensive after...

  16. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2013

    Should South Korea still be an emerging market?

    Developed? The MSCI, the US company from which beyondbrics gets its definition of an emerging market, today issued revisions...

  17. November 6, 2013

    Toyota boosts full-year guidance as weak yen drives revenues

    Toyota has raised its full-year profit expectations after the weaker yen and stronger US sales pushed up interim net profit....

  18. November 6, 2013

    South Korea aims to become defence powerhouse

    As potential customers from Botswana and Peru milled around their tanks and howitzers last week, South Korean defence...

  19. November 5, 2013

    Small businesses battle to make mark alongside South Korean conglomerates

    South Korea is a nation of exporters. The manufacturing-driven conglomerates such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG have been at...

  20. beyondbrics

    October 25, 2013

    New York headlines

    * China court throws out Bo Xilai appeal * Japan’s Meiji quits China baby milk market * Doubts cloud strong S Korean growth...

  21. August 22, 2013

    Dacia leads charge of emerging market cars in Europe

    That Europe’s fastest-growing car brand is a Romanian marque says much about global carmakers’ product strategies in...

  22. July 25, 2013

    Hyundai / Nissan: tricky comparisons

    One beats sales expectations helped by a surge in Chinese business; the other does likewise in spite of a China slowdown....

  23. beyondbrics

    July 25, 2013

    India's Ambassador taxi: indestructible?

    India’s Ambassador taxis may have been displaced by models made by Peugeot, Hyundai and Fiat. They may rumble uncomfortably...

  24. beyondbrics

    July 18, 2013

    Ford Transit: UK's loss, Turkey's gain

    The closure on July 26 of Ford’s Transit production plant at Southampton may spell the end of an era for vehicle...

  25. June 28, 2013

    Big auto charts its return to racetrack

    There’s a buzz in the pit lane. Big auto is back. Carmakers may have deemed it too costly and extravagant during the...

  26. June 26, 2013

    Auto industry: Skills provide magnet for investors

    Fiat Automobile Serbia: €1bn investment signals vote of confidence Where Nato’s bombs once fell, here now stands the site of...

  27. June 26, 2013

    Competition is fierce for slices of a smaller pie

    In Gyor in Hungary, exactly halfway between Vienna and Budapest – and a stone’s throw from the border with Slovakia – stands...

  28. June 26, 2013

    Russian automotive: Kaluga creates cluster template

    Around 2005, Anatoly Artamonov came across a small article in a Moscow newspaper stating that Volkswagen wanted to start...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 24, 2013

    Park's China visit shows Korea keen to do business

    South Korea’s new President Park Geun-hye’s visit to China is a big deal – not just for her but also for the country’s...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 18, 2013

    S Korea 'likes' Zuckerberg

    South Korea’s new president has put technological innovation at the heart of her drive for a “creative economy”, and she is...

  31. The World

    May 31, 2013

    The dark side to the South Korean miracle

    South Korea is, in many ways, an incredibly impressive place. It was as poor as India in the 1950s, but now has wealth...

  32. beyondbrics

    May 31, 2013

    Further reading: back to blackouts

    Friday’s picks from beyondbrics: why India’s blackouts this summer could be even worse than last year’s; Hyundai tries to...

  33. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2013

    Turkey: infrastructure issues

    Major infrastructure projects in Turkey are seldom less than controversial and the ground breaking ceremony for the third...

  34. May 30, 2013

    Korea’s chaebols are looking cheap

    One consequence of the financial crisis has been a slowdown in the supply of new issues. The initial public offering...

  35. May 26, 2013

    Toyota and Hyundai: the pit-stop factor

    Take two carmakers. Assume they will manage similarly moderate growth in terms of cars sold. One trades at a price, relative...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 13, 2013

    Chart of the week: who's afraid of the weakening yen?

    Complaining about the effect of Japan’s monetary easing on the value of the yen is virtually de rigeur among the country’s...

  37. May 8, 2013

    Japan overtakes S Korea in battle for automotive dominance

    Toyota’s Camry midsize saloon has dominated its competition for so long that another car of the year award, in a small...

  38. beyondbrics

    April 29, 2013

    Hyundai: one labour dispute resolved, but a few still remain

    After that ad, and a drop in profits, some good news for Hyundai. To the relief of many investors, the labour union has...

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