Filed under: Earnings/Financials , Plants/Manufacturing , UAW/Unions , Honda , Nissan , Subaru , Toyota , Japan , United States The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages. Continue reading West Coast labor dispute hampers Japanese automakers’ US plants West Coast labor dispute hampers Japanese automakers’ US plants originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
TOKYO, Japan, Feb. 12, 2015 — Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers will be determined at a later date.
Filed under: Green , Honda , Nissan , Toyota , Japan , Hydrogen Toyota, Nissan and Honda will collaborate to accelerate growth of hydrogen infrastructure to help push fuel-cell vehicles. Continue reading Toyota, Nissan, Honda will work together on hydrogen filling stations Toyota, Nissan, Honda will work together on hydrogen filling stations originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Etc. , UAW/Unions , Honda , Subaru , Toyota , United States A labor dispute between a West Coast dockworkers union and management is forcing Honda and Subaru to fly in parts to their US factories to avoid production delays. It costs about $60 million more per month to bring the components in by air rather than by ship. Continue reading Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Government/Legal , Recalls , Acura , Chrysler , Dodge , Fiat , GM , Honda , Jeep , Pontiac , Toyota , Safety , United States Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda and Toyota will recall 2.1 million vehicles built in the early 2000s for airbags that could deploy unexpectedly. These vehicles had previously been recalled, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that they are still defective. Continue reading 2.1 million vehicles recalled again over faulty airbags 2.1 million vehicles recalled again over faulty airbags originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Car Buying , Honda , Toyota , Earnings/Financials , Ownership Oh, what a difference a year has made. When the numbers were tallied for 2013, the Honda Civic was riding high by claiming its segment’s sales crown in the US despite being challenged by the latest generation of the Toyota Corolla for part of the year. However, with just a month to go in the battle for C-segment supremacy in 2014, it looks like Toyota gets to hoist the trophy this time. Looking at November sales numbers, Honda moved 300,644 Civics through the first 11 months of the year, down 2.1 percent in volume. Furthermore, for the month alone, the company sold 23,060 Civics, a 12.3 percent drop. Meanwhile, on Toyota’s side, business has been booming comparatively. Through the first 11 months it sold 309,373 Corollas, a 10.6 percent jump, and for November alone it moved 25,609 examples, a 14.2 percent improvement. With fewer than 10,000 cars between them, it would take quite a December slump for the Corolla to lose this fight. According to The Truth About Cars , the Civic actually started out the 2014 somewhat positively with 5 percent growth over the previous year, though still behind the Corolla’s figures . However, the Honda has seen a slide since then with five consecutive months of sales drops.
Filed under: Recalls , Safety , BMW , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Mazda , Mitsubishi , Nissan , Subaru , Toyota Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, since it’s the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its models are a health hazards. The Detroit News reports that Toyota , Honda , General Motors , Ford , Chrysler , Mazda , BMW , Nissan , Mitsubishi and Subaru met in a hotel conference room near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week to sort out a way to understand the technical issues involved. So far, faulty airbag inflators have been ruled the cause of five deaths and 50 injuries around the world, but neither Takata nor investigators understands exactly why the inflators are malfunctioning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently asked Takata to issue a national recall , Takata declined , citing a minuscule failure rate and the fact that it’s still investigating the issue. Toyota and Honda then made an industry-wide appeal for “a coordinated, comprehensive testing program” that would pinpoint the problem inflators and get them replaced, and that’s what the Detroit meeting was about. Numerous issues, however, will make this a long row to hoe: simply getting the parts to replace the nearly 20 million inflators in cars recalled around the world so far – even working with other suppliers – will take a years , but more importantly, no one knows if the replacement inflators currently being installed will suffer the same issue. Answers will hopefully come quickly with Takata, the ten automakers and NHTSA all independently investigating the problem. 10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .