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Business

Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai Group Top IIHS Safety Ratings

Tougher headlight criteria reduce number of Top Safety Pick+ winners

Marketing

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Sales

Foreign-Brand Sales Climb 6% in U.S.

U.S. deliveries of foreign-brand passenger vehicles rose 6% to more than 788,000 units in November.

New ’Vette, Ram HD, Kia Telluride Win Motor Trend Awards

Motor Trend has named the Chevrolet Corvette, Ram Heavy Duty pickup and Kia Telluride SUV/crossover vehicle as its Car, Truck and SUV of the year, respectively.

Business

Japanese Brands Lead CR Reliability Ratings

Lexus, Mazda and Toyota captured the top three spots in this year’s Consumer Reports Auto Reliability Survey rankings.

Mini Readies Pricey Works GP Speedster

BMW AG’s Mini unit says the latest John Cooper Works GP model will be the fastest and most expensive vehicle in the brand’s 60-year history.

Economics

Subaru, Mitsubishi Cut Forecasts as Sales Cool

Subaru Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. are the latest Japanese carmakers to lower their sales and profit guidance, blaming sagging demand and a stronger yen.

Next-Gen Subaru WRX to Get Coupe Treatment?

Subaru Corp. may shift its WRX and WRX STI from their current sedan layouts to coupes, a body style the compact performance cars haven’t used in about 20 years.

Business

Former Hyundai Marketing Chief Joins Cars.com

Dean Evans, who quit as marketing chief for Hyundai Motor Co.’s U.S. unit last month, has been appointed executive vice president of digital retailer Cars.com.

Sales

U.S. Sales Grow 3% for Foreign Brands

An extra selling day, coupled with hefty retail incentives, boosted October deliveries of foreign brand cars and light trucks in the U.S. by 3% to 744,300 units.

Business

Subaru Recalls More Than 466,200 Cars in U.S.

Subaru Corp. is launching two recalls in the U.S. to fix faulty electronic engine controllers and emission controls in some 466,200 vehicles.

Marketing

Hyundai U.S. Marketing Boss Departs

Dean Evans, who joined Hyundai Motor Co. four years ago to head the carmaker’s U.S. marketing operations, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Production

Typhoon Idles Subaru Plants in Japan

Subaru Inc. says it has suspended vehicle production in Japan for a week because some of its suppliers were flooded by Typhoon Hagibis on Oct. 12.

Regulations

Subaru to Recall 366,300 Cars for Airbag Flaw

Subaru Inc. is preparing to call back 366,300 of its Forster crossover vehicles in the U.S. to fix a loose electrical connection that could turn off the passenger airbag system.

Sales

U.S. Sales Drop 13% for Foreign Brands

Sales of foreign-brand passenger vehicles in the U.S. fell 13% to 704,300 units in September.

Business

UPDATE: Toyota Hikes Its Stake in Subaru

Toyota Motor Corp. is raising its stake in Subaru Corp. above 20% and will post a share of Subaru profits in its own financial reports.

Subaru Previews New Japanese Models

Subaru Corp. will unveil a prototype of the second-generation Levorg wagon and a special-edition version of the WRX STI performance sedan at next month’s Tokyo auto show.

Semi-Finalists Chosen for N. American Vehicle Awards

Fifty North American journalists have chosen semi-finalists for the North American car, truck and utility vehicles of the year.

Business

Subaru Tops 10 Million Sales in U.S.

Subaru Inc. has sold its 10 millionth vehicle in the U.S. since launching sales in the country 51 years ago.

Luxury Models Dominate 10-Best “UX” List

Six models named to Wardsauto.com’s 10 Best User Experience (UX) list are luxury vehicles, including four German brands.

Denso, BlackBerry Launch Integrated HMI

Denso Corp. and BlackBerry Ltd. are launching an integrated digital cockpit system that allows multiple human machine interface (HMI) devices to share a single microcontroller.

Autonomous Vehicles

The Rush to Automated Driving: Why?

The race is on to be first to deliver autonomous driving – but what is the true destination in the market?

Assembly

Brazil’s CAOA May Buy Ford Factory

CAOA—the Brazilian carmaker, Ford dealer and importer of Hyundai and Subaru vehicles—has reached a tentative deal to buy Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Reuters reports.

Interiors & Electronics

Subaru Outback Offers Water-Friendly Interior

Subaru Corp. is debuting a water-resistant seating upholstery on upscale versions of the redesigned 2020 Outback midsize crossover vehicle.