DETROIT (AP) — Elaborate new transmissions are helping automakers meet rising fuel economy standards, but they're also requiring more trips to the repair shop.
Transmission problems tripped up Honda, Nissan, Jeep and other brands in Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey. Drivers reported rough shifting, clutch failure and even transmissions that had to be replaced twice in the first year of car ownership.
7. Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050 - Friday, October 09, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.
The automaker promised to involve governments, affiliated companies and other "stakeholders" in its push to reduce average emissions from Toyota cars by 90 percent by about 2050, compared with 2010 levels.8. Toyota shows self-driving technology being readied for 2020 - Friday, October 02, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.9. US auto sales jump last month at Nissan, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler - Friday, September 25, 2015
Major automakers booked double-digit sales gains last month in the U.S. market, helped by strong growth from key brands like Jeep and a later Labor Day holiday.
Ford saw 23 percent sales growth in September, Nissan surged 18 percent, and Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales jumped nearly 14 percent. Sales at General Motors, meanwhile, rose 12 percent.
10. Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show - Friday, September 11, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A sense of impending disruption hangs over all the shiny new cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.11. Rocky Top in Nashville: Good for city, bad for Vols - Friday, September 04, 2015
I can’t help but get fired up for a college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech in front of 150,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Too bad “The Battle of Bristol” won’t happen until Sept. 10, 2016.12. Nissan's quarterly profit up on cheap yen, US sales growth - Friday, July 24, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's April-June profit jumped 36 percent as the Japanese automaker benefited from a cheap yen and better sales in the U.S. and Europe.
Nissan Motor Co., which makes the March subcompact, Leaf electric car and Infiniti luxury models, reported Wednesday a fiscal first quarter profit of 152.8 billion yen ($1.2 billion). Quarterly sales grew nearly 18 percent to 2.9 trillion yen ($23 billion).13. Nissan, Toyota, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells - Friday, June 26, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan, Toyota and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."
Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution. They run on the power created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air to make water.14. Takata CEO: Air bag defect still under investigation - Friday, June 19, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — The CEO of Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of more than 33.8 million vehicles, appeared at a news conference Thursday for the first time since the problems emerged but shed little light on the underlying cause of the problems.15. CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020 - Friday, May 15, 2015
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.16. Things to know about accidents involving self-driving cars - Friday, May 08, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small fleet of cars that maneuver through traffic using an array of sensors and computing power is driving on California roads and highways.
Since September, seven companies have received permission from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test these cars of the future in public. Four of the 48 vehicles have gotten into accidents, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.17. Small, midsize SUVs drive April US auto sales gains - Friday, May 01, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as Nissan, General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler all reported U.S. sales gains.
Several of the companies reported their best April totals in years. Overall, sales were mostly in line with analysts' predictions of a 6 percent increase compared with a year ago. All automakers were scheduled to report sales on Friday.
18. Auto workers president rejects lower-tier of wages - Friday, March 20, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The leader of the United Auto Workers union has rejected a third tier of lower wages for members who make auto parts.
Speaking Wednesday at the union's national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages.
19. Nissan to build $160M supplier park in Smyrna - Friday, March 13, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. announced plans Tuesday to build a new $160 million supplier park at its Tennessee assembly plant that the Japanese automaker projects to attract more than 1,000 jobs.20. Honey, we shrank the SUV – and Europe loves it - Friday, February 27, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — In Europe, SUV now stands for: Shrinking Utility Vehicle.
An array of small sport utility vehicles is going on display this week at the Geneva International Motor Show. Automakers are piling into the segment as one of the best hopes for growth in a still-weak European market.21. Mississippi auto parts workers in union drive plan protest - Friday, February 20, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.22. Haslam wary of gas tax hike after ‘Insure’ loss - Friday, February 20, 2015
Despite low gas prices, a backlog on road projects and prevailing winds for fuel-tax reform, Gov. Bill Haslam is pulling back from a gas-tax increase this session.
After floating the possibility of raising the tax in December, the Republican governor appears to be changing course, in part because of his loss in a Senate committee on Insure Tennessee, the Medicaid expansion alternative that failed to make debate in the full House or Senate.23. Nissan raises profit forecast after sales grow in US, Europe - Friday, February 06, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.
The Japanese automaker said Monday that sales were strong in the U.S. and Europe and the cheap yen boosted overseas revenue, offsetting a decline in its home market.24. Nissan refuses mediation of union complaints on Miss. plant - Friday, January 30, 2015
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. has declined U.S. State Department mediation of its dispute with the United Autoworkers over the union's attempts to organize a Mississippi plant.25. Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash - Friday, January 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.26. Europe car sales end 6-year slump, grew 5.7 percent in 2014 - Friday, January 16, 2015
MILAN (AP) — Europe's automakers' association ACEA has confirmed that the industry's six-year decline ended last year, reporting a 5.7-percent increase in car sales in 2014 to 12.5 million vehicles.27. Tennessee auto industry hits the accelerator: Nissan, GM, VW find ‘best employees’ here - Friday, January 16, 2015
Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.
Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.28. As cheap gas shifts car buyers' habits, automakers power on - Friday, January 09, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Inside the auto show here, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels.29. Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology - Friday, January 09, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously.
Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development partnership for autonomous vehicle systems so they can eventually be applied to commercially sold cars.30. UAW rival eyes membership at VW plant - Friday, December 12, 2014
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A labor group seeking to rival the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says it won't submit its list of members to the management until next month.
Supporters of the American Council of Employees told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1A8PcA2) for Sunday's editions that they want a voice under the new labor policy Volkswagen announced in November that requires a minimum of 15 percent of workers to qualify for regular meetings with management and access to plant meeting space.31. Kia’s ‘Soulful’ first electric car - Friday, November 21, 2014
Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one.
The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge capability.32. US factory output increases 0.2 pct in October - Friday, November 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks.
Output at manufacturing plants rose 0.2 percent in October, the Federal Reserve said Monday. Gains came from the rising demand for machinery, plastics, clothing and furniture. Factory output has risen 3.4 percent over the past 12 months.33. Nissan pledges further expansion of Mississippi plant - Friday, October 31, 2014
CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce 507,000 vehicles a year at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex.34. Senators ask gov't for nationwide air bag recall - Friday, October 17, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.35. Rogue, Leaf help Nissan sales jump 18.5 percent in September - Friday, September 26, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan sales rose 18.5 percent to 102,955 in September. Sales of the newly revamped Rogue crossover jumped 52 percent, while sales of the electric Leaf were up 47 percent. Both are assembled in Smyrna.36. Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address - Friday, September 19, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps.
General Motors' 112-year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city's founder, is moving its headquarters to New York.
37. US retail sales rise in August on auto sales - Friday, September 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending.
The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 percent compared with the prior month. Sales are up 5 percent in the past 12 months. July sales were also revised upward from flat to a 0.3 percent increase.
38. Toyota profit up nearly 5 percent on sales growth - Friday, August 01, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.39. Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant - Friday, July 25, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.40. Nissan profit rises on strong sales, cheap yen - Friday, July 25, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit rose nearly 37 percent, helped by a favorable exchange rate and healthy sales in North America and China.
Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday a better-than-expected net profit of 112 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for the April-June first fiscal quarter, up from 82 billion yen a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast a quarterly profit of 85 billion yen ($835 million). Quarterly sales jumped 10 percent to 2.466 trillion yen ($24.2 billion).41. After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell - Friday, July 11, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.
Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.42. Toyota expands recall for air bag glitch - Friday, June 06, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.43. Hiring to push Mississippi Nissan employment over 6,000 - Friday, May 23, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.44. Nissan profit rises as sales outpace industry - Friday, May 09, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit edged up nearly 5 percent as sales grew around the world and a favorable exchange rate helped earnings.
Nissan Motor Co. reported Monday that January-March profit totaled 114.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion), up from 109.7 billion yen the year before. Quarterly sales rose more than 20 percent to 3.2 trillion yen ($31 billion).45. Toyota chalks up record profit, vehicle sales - Friday, May 02, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecast Thursday a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.
Expenses such as the $1.2 billion penalty it paid in a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year for hiding information about defects in its cars dented its profit for January-March quarter, according to Toyota.46. Toyota moving US base from California to Texas - Friday, April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota delivered a surprise pink slip to California on Monday, announcing the company would move its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas.47. Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets - Friday, April 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.
The tech giant's self-driving cars already can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control. But city driving — with its obstacle course of jaywalkers, bicyclists and blind corners — has been a far greater challenge for the cars' computers.
48. Nissan settles worker's labor practice charge - Friday, April 04, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss.49. Bhutan, Nissan partner on electric cars - Friday, February 21, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil.50. Bridgestone agrees to plead guilty - Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $425 million criminal fine in a Justice Department probe that has swept the automotive parts industry.51. UAW: Workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voting Feb. 12-14 - Friday, January 31, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide next week whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.
German automaker Volkswagen AG said Monday that it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant Feb. 12 through 14. The plant, which makes the Passat sedan, has around 3,000 workers.
52. Honda 3Q profit doubles, sales get weak yen boost - Friday, January 31, 2014
TOKYO (AP) — Honda's quarterly profit doubled from a year earlier as sales got a big perk from a weak yen.
Honda Motor Co. reported on Friday a 160.7 billion yen ($1.58 billion) net profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 77.4 billion yen the year before.53. GM predicts modest pretax profit gain this year - Friday, January 10, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it expects a modest gain in pretax profits this year as global sales growth slows.
The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007.
54. China's auto sales rise 15.7 percent in 2013 - Friday, January 03, 2014
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 15.7 percent last year to 17.9 million vehicles, boosted by strong demand in December, an industry group reported Thursday.
Sales growth in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, has slowed but still outstrips Western markets. Automakers including General Motors and Toyota reported record China sales in 2013 and BMW said this country became its biggest market.55. Mary Barra, a child of GM, prepares to lead it - Friday, December 20, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — When Mary Barra was born in 1961, General Motors was selling half the cars on U.S. roads.
In her booming middle-class suburb north of Detroit, the woman who will soon become GM's CEO remembers pining as a 10-year-old for her cousin's red Camaro convertible and tinkering in the garage with her father, a die maker who spent four decades at GM.56. Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival - Friday, November 29, 2013
HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.57. Toyota profit jumps 70 percent despite sales slip - Friday, November 01, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.58. Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi to expand cooperation - Friday, November 01, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — The Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday they will expand cooperation in developing new vehicles, including small cars and full-size sedans.59. Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan post big Oct. gains - Friday, November 01, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.
The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. Chrysler even predicted stronger industry sales for the month than most analysts.
60. Nissan recalling nearly 152,000 SUVs to fix brakes - Friday, October 18, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 152,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs to fix faulty brake control software that could increase the risk of a crash.61. Leaving the driving to a computer has big benefits - Friday, October 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don't drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don't do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.62. Nissan sales increase by 83% in China - Friday, October 11, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales grew at their fastest rate in eight months in September as Nissan and other Japanese brands rebounded from a slump sparked by political tensions with Tokyo.
Nissan Motor Co.'s monthly sales soared 83.4 percent to 117,100 vehicles, accelerating from 2 percent growth for the first nine months of the year. Toyota Motor Corp. said sales jumped 63.5 percent over the same month last year after declining by 0.5 percent in January-September.63. Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea - Friday, September 27, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.64. Nissan to build 'Sunny' in Myanmar - Friday, September 20, 2013
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will build a car assembly plant in Myanmar to begin manufacturing the Nissan Sunny compact sedan in 2015.65. Nissan says 2014 Rogue is more efficient - Friday, September 06, 2013
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Nissan Motor Co. says its revamped Rogue SUV will be cheaper and more fuel-efficient than its rivals when it goes on sale in the U.S. in November.
Nissan unveiled the 2014 Rogue Tuesday at its North American technical center near Detroit. The Rogue's European counterpart, the X-Train, was revealed at the same time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. The X-Train goes on sale early next year.66. Nissan pledges to make self-driving cars by 2020 - Friday, August 23, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it will make cars that drive themselves by 2020.
The Japanese automaker made the pledge Tuesday at an event in California.67. Cummins to add 500 jobs building Nissan turbo V8 - Friday, August 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Cummins Inc. plans to add 500 jobs over several years to build V8 turbo diesel engines for Nissan Motor Co.'s next generation Titan pickup truck, the Columbus-based engine maker said Tuesday.68. GM to invest $167M more at Spring Hill factory - Friday, August 02, 2013
NASHVILLE (AP) - General Motors plans to spend another $167 million at its Tennessee factory so it can build two new midsize vehicles.
The investment disclosed Tuesday is on top of a previously announced $183 million investment. The spending is expected to create or keep 1,800 jobs, but GM wouldn't say how many new people would be hired.69. GM knocks 12.5 percent off Volt price - Friday, August 02, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is knocking 13 percent off the sticker price of the Chevrolet Volt electric car as it tries to keep pace with rivals in the market for plug-in vehicles.
The automaker said Tuesday that the 2014 Volt will start at $34,995, including shipping — $5,000 less than the current model. The new model is scheduled to reach showrooms late this summer.
70. Toyota profit up on cheap yen, forecasts raised - Friday, August 02, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said its profit for the first quarter of the fiscal year nearly doubled from a year ago, and set an ambitious, worldwide production goal that would break industry records if reached.71. Honda quarterly profit slips despite solid sales - Friday, July 26, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co.'s net profit for the first quarter of its fiscal year slipped 7 percent, largely on financial expenses and other spending, although its auto sales increased outside of Japan.72. Yen fall boosts Nissan quarterly earnings to $820M - Friday, July 19, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Without doing much different, Nissan made its shareholders a lot more money last quarter.
The Japanese automaker's April-June profit jumped 14 percent from the previous year to 82 billion yen ($820 million) and its operating earnings, which factor out its tax bill and one-time quirks, increased even more strongly.73. Nissan re-launches Datsun in India after 30 years - Friday, July 12, 2013
NEW DELHI (AP) — Nissan launched a new Datsun in India on Monday, three decades after shelving the brand that helped win Western acceptance of Japanese autos.
The company hopes that bringing back the brand that built its U.S. business will fuel growth in emerging markets with a new generation of car buyers.74. China's June auto sales rise 9.3 percent - Friday, July 05, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales growth held steady in June and Japanese brands rebounded from a slump despite a credit crunch and slowing economic growth.
Auto sales rose 9.3 percent over a year earlier to 1.4 million vehicles, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers reported Wednesday. That was in line with May's 9 percent growth.75. GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles - Friday, June 28, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.76. Nissan CEO promises growth, calls pay average - Friday, June 21, 2013
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn promised strong sales growth to shareholders Tuesday in a turnaround from natural disasters and a boycott in China set off by a territorial dispute.77. US factory output rise just 0.1 percent in May - Friday, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, a sign that manufacturing is providing little support for the economy.
The Federal Reserve said Friday that factory production rose just 0.1 percent in May from April. Output fell 0.4 percent in April and 0.3 percent in March.78. US manufacturing gauge sinks to June 2009 level - Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure of U.S. manufacturing fell in May to its lowest level since June 2009 as slumping overseas economies and weak business spending reduced new orders and production.
The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. That's the lowest level in nearly four years and the first time the index has dipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction.79. US auto sales see big gains in May - Friday, May 31, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Price cuts at Nissan and strong demand for pickup trucks helped U.S. auto sales rebound in May after a slight dip in April.
General Motors reported its strongest monthly sales since September of 2008. Chrysler, Ford, and Toyota also reported increases. Nissan Motor Co. notched its highest May sales ever after cutting prices on seven popular models early in the month. Only Volkswagen said sales fell compared with May of last year.
80. Cheap leases offered to spur electric car sales - Friday, May 24, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars.
Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third, following similar moves by other automakers. Honda also is throwing in other goodies, such as a free home charging station and unlimited mileage.
81. World markets mixed after Japan market dip - Friday, May 24, 2013
AMSTERDAM (AP) — With U.S. markets closed, world stocks were mostly higher Monday, with Japan the notable exception as the Nikkei sold off sharply for the second time in a week.
The decline came after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Karoda said over the weekend Japanese interest rates could rise without causing instability, despite the country's large national debt.
82. US auto factories cutting back on summer downtime - Friday, May 17, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit automakers are largely forgoing the traditional two-week summer break at their factories and speeding up production to meet buyers' growing demand for new cars and trucks.83. Nissan chief welcomes yen fall for luxury brand - Friday, May 10, 2013
KAMINOKAWA-MACHI, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. President Carlos Ghosn welcomed the yen's recent decline to what he called "neutral" levels for the Japanese automaker's profitability, but said Tuesday it must drop further to be "normal."84. Toyota profit more than doubles on yen, cost cuts - Friday, May 03, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit more than doubled to 313.9 billion yen ($3.2 billion) as cost cuts and better sales worked with a weakening yen to add momentum to the automaker's comeback.
Toyota Motor Corp., which last year reclaimed the title of world's top-selling automaker, said Wednesday it expects the strong results to continue in its new business year that ends March 2014. It projected a 1.37 trillion yen ($13.8 billion) profit, up from 962 billion yen for the year ended March 2013.85. Detroit boosted by truck sales; Honda, Nissan gain - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.
A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they've kept since the Great Recession.
86. Chrysler US sales up 11 percent in April - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Strong demand for the Ram pickup truck helped drive Chrysler's sales up 11 percent last month as the company posted its best April in six years.
The increase is another sign that Americans continue to buy cars and trucks despite high unemployment and mixed economic signals. All automakers report monthly sales Wednesday, and industry analysts expect an overall increase of around 10 percent over April of last year. That would make it the best April since 2007.87. Nissan cuts prices on 7 US models - Friday, April 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is cutting prices on seven of its 18 models in the U.S., hoping its cars and trucks will show up in more Internet searches by shoppers.
The price cuts vary with the amount of equipment on each model and run from 2.7 percent, or $580, on the top-selling Altima midsize car to 10.7 percent, or $4,400, on the Armada big SUV. Other models getting price cuts include the Sentra compact car, Juke small crossover SUV, Murano midsize crossover, Rogue small crossover and the Maxima full-size car.88. Honda's quarterly profit rises despite China woes - Friday, April 26, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Honda's fiscal fourth quarter profit rose nearly 6 percent as the Japanese automaker's recovery from floods in Thailand the previous year offset recent sales losses in China.
Honda Motor Co. reported Friday a quarterly profit of 75.7 billion yen ($765 million), up from 71.5 billion yen the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales jumped 14 percent to 2.74 trillion yen ($27.7 billion).89. Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals - Friday, April 12, 2013
SHANGHAI (AP) — These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.
Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market.90. Japanese, other automakers hit with air bag recall - Friday, April 12, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — Six automakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3.4 million older-model vehicles worldwide because of defective air bags that can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment.91. Nissan to increase pay at Tennessee, Mississippi plants - Friday, April 12, 2013
Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Tennessee and Mississippi.
The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Smyrna assembly plant and Decherd engine plant, as well as its Canton, Miss., assembly plants.92. Nissan to increase pay at Tennessee, Mississippi plants - Friday, April 05, 2013
Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Tennessee and Mississippi.
The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Smyrna assembly plant and Decherd engine plant, as well as its Canton, Miss., assembly plants.93. Toyota, Honda, Nissan announce air bag recall - Friday, April 05, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 2 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.94. China's March auto sales up 13.3 percent - Friday, April 05, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales in March rose 13.3 percent over a year earlier but Japanese automakers suffered more declines, an industry group reported Thursday.
Customers in the world's biggest vehicle market bought 1.6 million cars, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. It said total sales including trucks and buses were just over 2 million vehicles.95. Nissan, Honda, Toyota shares boosted by Japan stimulus - Friday, April 05, 2013
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. shares of Japanese automakers are soaring Thursday as investors expect them to benefit from Japan's aggressive actions to stimulate its economy.
Shares of Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. all rose more than 4 percent after the Bank of Japan said it will increase the amount of cash in circulation.96. Lawmakers mull $100 million in bonds for Nissan - Friday, March 22, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering giving a development agency the capacity to use $100 million in bonds toward the construction of buildings for suppliers of Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton plant.97. China's auto sales up 19.5 percent in Jan-Feb - Friday, March 08, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales accelerated in the first two months of this year, rising 19.5 percent over the same period of 2012 in a possible positive sign for an economic recovery.
Automakers sold 2.8 million cars in January and February, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported Monday. Total sales, including trucks and buses, rose 14.7 percent to 3.4 million vehicles.98. China's January auto sales surge 46 percent - Friday, February 08, 2013
BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 46 percent in January to a monthly record on strong demand for SUVs in pre-Lunar New Year shopping, an industry group reported Friday.
Customers bought just over 2 million vehicles last month in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.99. Nissan quarterly profit dives on China sales slump - Friday, February 08, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. reported a 35 percent plunge in October-December profit to 54.1 billion yen ($579 million) as global sales languished, especially in China, where anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute.100. Toyota raises annual forecasts on profit rise - Friday, February 01, 2013
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. raised its fiscal year profit forecast Tuesday to triple what it eked out for the disaster-struck previous year, as the world's top automaker continued on a comeback roll as sales surged, especially in the U.S.