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  • Japan: Honda develops new large car hybrid system

    According to Tomohiko Kawanabe, chief operating officer of automobile R&D at Honda, the OEM is around three years away from introducing a new hybrid powertrain system for larger cars. Kawanabe was quoted in an interview with Reuters as saying: “We’ve left the research stage and entered the field of development.”…

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  • US: Bridgestone breaks ground for new Akron tech centre

    Bridgestone Americas has formally broken ground for a new US$100m Technical Center in Akron, Ohio that will eventually house around 1,000 workers. Construction on the Technical Center is expected to begin in April with completion of the 260,000sq-ft facility targeted for late 2011 or early 2012. The complex is the…

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    UK: Toyota to close Burnaston for two weeks

    Toyota will stop production at its Burnaston plant in the UK for two weeks, idling 3,500 workers, reports The Times. The halt will take place between 29 March and 9 April, spanning over the Easter holiday weekend. Toyota’s Burnaston plant builds the Auris and Avensis models, both of which have…

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  • US: Cummins’ tech chief elected to national academy

    Cummins has announced that its vice president and chief technical officer John Wall has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a move that is regarded as one of the highest professional accolades that can be given to an engineer. New members are elected each year by existing Academy

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    Japan: Bridgestone targets net profit of ¥45bn in 2010

    Bridgestone has reported details of its financial performance in the year ended 31 December 2009, highlighting a significant improvement in profitability in the second half of the year. This improvement was sufficient to allow the tyre supplier to record profits at all levels for the full year, albeit significantly down

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    US: Fisker details Karma’s aluminium space frame

    Fisker Automotive has outlined details of the advanced aluminium space frame that underpins the Fisker Karma, emphasising the high levels of rigidity and strength that it claims gives the premium plug-in hybrid electric vehicle world-class ride and handling characteristics. It will debut at the Geneva motor show, commencing 2 March

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    Switzerland: Vauxhall Flextreme GT/E to debut at Geneva

    The Vauxhall/Opel Flextreme GT/E concept will make its global debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The model demonstrates the adaptability of GM’s extended-range hybrid technology for a range of models, from compact cars like the upcoming Ampera to large or mid-sized models. Vauxhall calls the strategy underpinning Flextreme GT/E,

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    China: Car imports seen to improve by 20% in 2010

    Vehicle imports in China are expected to increase by 20% compared with the figures recorded in 2009 to 420,000 units in 2010. Shanghai Daily, citing Ding Hongxiang, chairman of China Automobile Trading Co, said a recovering economy and increased demand in China’s second- and third-tier cities led to a recovery…

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  • India: Aggarwal named CEO of Volvo-Eicher CV

    Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the joint venture between Volvo and Eicher Motors, has announced changes to the company’s senior management structure. Accordingly, Vinod Aggarwal, currently the JV’s chief financial officer and president of Eicher Trucks and Buses, will take over as the chief executive officer of VECV, with effect from…

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  • US: Sloan succeeds Wilson as chairman of Spartan Motors

    The board of directors at Spartan Motors, a manufacturer of speciality chassis and vehicles, has elected Hugh Sloan as the new chairman of the company’s board. Sloan was elected at Spartan Motors’ 2010 annual meeting. The move to elect a new chairman follows the planned retirement of David Wilson, effective…

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  • Japan: Isuzu to consolidate domestic sales functions

    Isuzu Motors has announced plans to consolidate domestic sales functions into Isuzu Network, a subsidiary which handles its after-sales service. Accordingly, a new company will be launched on 1 April, with Isuzu Network as its core, a report carried by Asia Pulse (Asia in Focus) said. Isuzu Network was set…

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  • US: Accuride’s reorganisation plan confirmed by court

    The US bankruptcy court for the district of Delaware has confirmed automotive components manufacturer Accuride Corporation’s plan of reorganisation to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On 8 October 2009, Accuride’s US entities filed a voluntary petition for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy

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    US: Toyoda to testify before Congress on 24 February

    Toyota president Akio Toyoda has agreed to testify at a Congressional hearing on 24 February, concerning the company’s massive recalls in the US. Toyoda was invited to testify by Congressman Edolphus Towns, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the main investigative committee in the US House

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