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  1. October 6, 2013

    South African auto employees end strike

    Union leaders said on Sunday that they were ending a four-week strike in South Africa’s auto industry that has severely...

  2. September 9, 2013

    Fresh blow as South African car strike is resolved

    Thousands of workers in South Africa’s auto-manufacturing sector returned to work on Monday as a near three-week wage strike...

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  1. September 8, 2013

    Dubai group makes bid for Kenya car dealer

    Dubai’s Al-Futtaim Group is poised to launch a takeover offer for Kenya-based car dealership CMC Holdings as one of the...

  2. August 1, 2013

    Pick-up trucks keep US car growth strong

    All three big US-based carmakers posted double-digit domestic sales increases for July as the economic recovery and...

  3. July 30, 2013

    Japan suffers industrial output drop

    Japan’s industrial output declined for the first time in five months in June, contracting 3.3 per cent, but manufacturers’...

  4. July 2, 2013

    US car sales on pace for strongest month since December 2007

    Strong appetite for pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles lifted US car sales in June, with all three big domestic...

  5. June 13, 2013

    Industrial process

    Within a year of Henry Ford’s introduction of the first modern assembly line at his factory near Detroit in 1913, the system...

  6. June 11, 2013

    Revamped Lincoln to launch by year-end

    Ford Motor’s Lincoln brand looks ready to launch before the end of the year, the second of four models meant to revive the...

  7. June 3, 2013

    Demand for trucks drives US car sales

    US carbuyers’ continued enthusiasm for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles helped all three big domestic carmakers...

  8. 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...

  9. May 16, 2013

    Japanese growth surges on Abe impact

    Japan’s economy grew at the fastest pace among Group of Seven countries last quarter, with solid growth in consumer spending...

  10. April 3, 2013

    Fuel efficiency drive focuses on engines

    At the new vehicle launches last week before the New York International Auto Show, carmakers flashed up on overhead screens...

  11. March 31, 2013

    GM urges Seoul to act over currency

    The chief executive of General Motors in South Korea has urged the new government to act against its rising currency, as...

  12. March 15, 2013

    Land of the rising optimism

    Back in early December I wrote here that I expected Shinzo Abe to be elected prime minister of Japan and that when he was...

  13. March 6, 2013

    TomTom in Daimler live traffic data deal

    TomTom will supply Daimler with live streaming traffic data for built-in navigation systems in Mercedes-Benz cars, one of...

  14. March 4, 2013

    Toyota’s gamble on the Prius

    The story In 1993 the US administration of President Bill Clinton announced an initiative to encourage the development of...

  15. February 22, 2013

    Digital disruption

    This year will see an onslaught of digital disruption-focused announcements from major companies across all industries in an...

  16. February 14, 2013

    Japan remains mired in recession

    Japan secured fresh ammunition against charges that it is recklessly expanding its monetary policy and weakening the yen...

  17. February 9, 2013

    White details potential conflicts of interest

    Mary Jo White, the Manhattan litigator nominated to lead the US securities regulator, has detailed a litany of potential...

  18. February 5, 2013

    Yen and Toyota: ups and downs

    During the yen’s long rise, the bosses of Japan’s export giants have been like executives forced into too-tight suits. Now a...

  19. February 5, 2013

    Indonesia’s 2012 growth hits 6.2%

    Demand for everything from cement to instant noodles has continued to drive robust economic growth in Indonesia, defying the...

  20. February 4, 2013

    The Week Ahead: February 4 – February 8

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  21. February 1, 2013

    US carmakers defy slow economy

    All three US carmakers defied the slowing economy in their January US sales, with General Motors and Chrysler both...

  22. January 27, 2013

    Strong car exports to slash trade deficit

    By 2015, something unusual will happen at the large car plant in Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool: the factory will begin...

  23. January 24, 2013

    Japan records its largest trade deficit

    Japan’s trade deficit nearly tripled in 2012 to Y6.93tn ($77bn), an unprecedented shortfall for the traditional export...

  24. January 22, 2013

    Japan: the big easing

    So investors are bullish on Japan once again. Yet much of the $28bn in foreign money that has flowed into Japanese stocks...

  25. January 17, 2013

    UK car exports drive industry’s revival

    Britain exported more cars last year than ever before, underlining the strides made by the automotive sector after being...

  26. January 16, 2013

    Advertisers turn silver into gold

    An earnest, 20-something American woman leans into the camera, saying she made her parents sign up for Facebook accounts...

  27. January 15, 2013

    Asian rivals in drive for US market share

    Three of the biggest Asian carmakers on Monday made clear their intention to renew their challenge to the industry’s US...

  28. January 11, 2013

    This time it’s different? Here’s hoping

    We probably all did something we regret over the festive period. Overdone it at the office party, perhaps. Overindulged at...

  29. January 9, 2013

    GM chief sees ‘green shoots’ at Opel

    General Motors is seeing “green shoots” in its troubled European Opel division after a restructuring and despite continuing...

  30. January 3, 2013

    US auto industry shrugs off uncertainty

    US car sales jumped by more than 13 per cent in 2012, the fastest growth rate in more than two decades, as the sector fought...

  31. January 3, 2013

    US carmakers try to reclaim luxury market

    Along 11th Avenue, on the west side of Manhattan, two showrooms illustrate the challenge facing the US’s upmarket car...

  32. December 17, 2012

    Monetary policy moves to forefront in Japan

    There is nothing like finding someone to blame as a way of rallying support, and Shinzo Abe appears to have found a fine...

  33. December 13, 2012

    Honda recalls 871,000 vehicles

    Honda is recalling 871,000 vehicles to fix a fault that could cause them to roll away after they have been parked. The...

  34. November 26, 2012

    Tokyo-backed fund to rescue Renesas

    An investment fund controlled by Japan’s government has agreed to rescue Renesas Electronics by buying a majority stake in...

  35. November 5, 2012

    Hyundai and Kia – off the gas

    Chances are that Mom doing the school run in her Hyundai Accent did not notice she was getting about two miles less per...

  36. October 2, 2012

    Chrysler leads US carmakers in September

    Chrysler emerged strongest of Detroit’s big three carmakers with preliminary US sales figures up 12 per cent year on year in...

  37. September 28, 2012

    Hop out of this Nest before it’s too late

    On Monday, about 600,000 low-paid workers get a pay cut. It’s only 1 per cent, and the pensions industry hopes they’ll...

  38. September 9, 2012

    US needs Japan as its best ally in Asia

    Since the second world war, the “special relationship” with Britain has been crucial to US foreign policy. This relationship...

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