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    Japan: Toyota recalls hybrids

    Following an investigation into complaints regarding braking issues in the Prius, Toyota is recalling 436,000 hybrid cars globally. The recall includes 223,000 cars in Japan, and 150,000 units in North America. Reuters, citing documents filed by Toyota with Japan’s transport ministry, said the recall affects the company’s 2010 Prius, new…

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  • Germany: Audi on target for 1 million sales in 2010

    Audi has announced that it delivered around 77,800 cars worldwide in January 2010, equivalent to sales growth of around 39% from the delivery level of 56,138 in January 2009. In the latest month, 16,798 vehicles were delivered in China – almost 115% higher than January 2009’s total of 7,816. Sales

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  • US: Volvo Group in partnership with Penn State

    Volvo Group has formed a new academic partnership with Penn State (The Pennsylvania State University. The alliance with Penn State is Volvo’s first academic partnership in North America. The OEM launched its Academic Partner Program globally last year to foster research cooperation with certain universities in the areas of production

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    US: Ford to fix faulty brake software on hybrids

    Ford has warned that the braking system in some of its 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid models may be faulty. The problem lies in the software controlling the regenerative braking system. “We have received reports that some drivers have experienced a different brake feel when the hybrid’s…

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  • Israel: Better Place opens first EV trial centre

    Better Place has announced the opening of the company’s first electric vehicle (EV) demonstration centre in Israel, which is constructed inside a refurbished oil tank, symbolising what the EV services provider says is “the transition to electric transportation taking place worldwide.” The company marked the occasion by announcing the signing…

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  • China: Porsche adds dealerships as sales accelerate

    In an interview with Bloomberg television, Helmut Broeker, chief executive officer of Porsche (China) Motors Ltd, has asserted the company aims to sell over 10,000 cars in the country this year as rising wealth makes luxury vehicles more affordable. Porsche’s sales in the country in 2009 rose around 9% to

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  • Germany: MAN board member resigns

    MAN SE has announced that Stefan W Ropers will resign from its supervisory board, effective as of the end of the company’s next annual general meeting on 1 April 2010. Ropers, a member of Bayerische Landesbank’s board of management, has been part of the MAN supervisory board and audit committee

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  • Finland: Nokian plans new stock option listing

    Nokian Tyres has announced that the company is to apply for listing of the stock options 2007B on the NASDAQ OMX (Helsinki Stock Exchange) so that the listing will commence on 1 March 2010. The total number of stock options 2007B is 2,250,000. Each stock option 2007B entitles its holder…

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    US: Tesla hires Toyota manufacturing expert

    Tesla Motors has announced that former Toyota production engineering general manager Gilbert Passin will lead the company’s vehicle manufacturing operations. Passin has previously worked for Toyota, Volvo, Mack and Renault across North America and Europe. He has a degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris and also taught Dynamics

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  • UK: Smith/Proton Power in fuel cell range extender link

    Proton Power Systems has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Smith Electric Vehicles, the commercial electric vehicle division of the Tanfield Group.  Under the agreement, both parties will collaborate to build and market a battery-powered commercial vehicle, equipped with a Proton Power fuel cell system as

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  • US: Nissan takes EV push to Texas

    Nissan is taking its electric vehicle push further into the US through a new agreement with the City of Houston in Texas. The announcement was made at the Houston stop of the Nissan Leaf Zero Emissions Tour, a US-wide promotional tour of Nissan’s upcoming EV model. Houston is one of…

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    US: Toyota to resume production today

    Toyota plans to resume production today, 8 February, at its US facilities temporarily halted due to a massive recall, reports Detroit News. The OEM had briefly stopped production and sales of eight models covered under a sticking accelerator pedal recall announced on 21 January 2010. The production halt affected Toyota

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    Germany: Bernhard given new role at Mercedes-Benz Cars

    Daimler plans to make Wolfgang Bernhard, currently head of the Mercedes-Benz Vans division, a full member of the board of management of Daimler AG, with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz Cars Production and Procurement as well as the vans unit. In support of the move, supervisory board chairman Manfred Bischoff will propose to

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