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Kia Motors Global Sales Up 3.7% in October

Kia Motors Corporation has announced its October 2015 global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles, recording a total of 251,439 units sold for a year-on-year increase of 3.7%. In October, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in North America (10.6% growth with 56,061 units sold) and domestic ...

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Toyota, Nissan Cut Business with Killer Airbag Maker

Two major Japanese automobile makers, Nissan and Toyota, Friday, severed business relationship with Takata, the embattled Japanese maker of airbags, which have been at the centre of the largest automotive safety recall in history. Nissan and Toyota’s action followed similar move by Honda earlier this week, another Japanese auto maker, which had been the company’s biggest customer. According to a ...

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Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it is setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker’s determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and to apply the technology to other areas of daily life. Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda told Associated Press on Friday that the company ...

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Jeep Renegade Named Car of the Year in Brazil

The Jeep Renegade was named the 2016 Car of the Year in Brazil by Autoesporte magazine (Editora Globo) as part of the most prestigious automotive industry awards in Brazil, which has been hosted annually by the magazine since 1966. The award was presented in a ceremony on Wednesday night at Villa Verico in São Paulo. Since its commercial launch in ...

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VW Emission Scandal Spreads to Petrol Engine

…As Consumer Protection Council Queries VW Nigeria By: MATILDA FRANCES (Motoring World’s London Bureau Chief) While Volkswagen Group was still mopping up the messy aftermath of its confession to cheating on diesel engine emission, the company’s case yesterday got messier, following its management’s admission that inconsistencies have also been detected in CO2 emissions from its 800,000 petrol engine cars. Contrary to the ...

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Nissan Conducts First On-Road Test of Prototype

Nissan has begun testing its first prototype vehicle that demonstrates piloted drive on both highway and city/urban roads. Nissan maintains two corporate visions of a sustainable mobile society: “Zero Emission” and “Zero Fatality.” For Zero Emission, the company’s goal is to eliminate the emission of CO2 gasses from Nissan vehicles, while Zero Fatality is an aspirational goal that aims to ...

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Honda Recalls over 300,000 Accord for Airbag Problem

…as Accidental Airbag Deployment Injures 19 Motorists Honda will voluntarily recall 303,904 model-year 2008-2009 Accord vehicles to update their side Airbags (SRS) software. The SRS threshold setting for the side impact sensor is such that with the vehicle ignition on, if there is a strong, non-vehicular collision impact to the lower body of the vehicle or if a door is ...

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Kia’s Hand-built Concept Car

Kia returns to SEMA this year embracing the spirit of adventure found on the open road with six highly customized, hand-built concepts, each showcasing unique geographic regions found throughout the country. Bringing to life the various car cultures that help define America’s love of the automobile, here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Forte Koup Mud Bogger, representing the adventurous American South ...

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