Hitachi, Honda Merge 4 Partsmaking Units

Hitachi Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. are creating a new company that combines four of their automotive and motorcycle components businesses.


Mahindra Buys Out Peugeot Motorcycles

A European subsidiary of India's Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has agreed to buy the remaining 49% of Peugeot Motorcycles it didn’t already own.  


Yamaha to Stick with Motorcycles

Motorcycle specialist Yamaha Motor Corp., which has partnered with Gordon Murray Design Ltd. on several concept cars, is no longer pursuing any automotive projects.


Honda Accelerates EV Plans

Honda Motor Co. expects all of its European sales will come from hybrid and pure electric vehicles by 2022, three years earlier than previously planned.


Polestar Names 1st N. American Retail Partner

Volvo Cars Corp.’s Polestar electric vehicle unit has selected Groupe Park Avenue in Montreal as its first retail partner in North America.


Harley-Davidson Stops Output of Electric Bike

Harley-Davidson Inc. has stopped production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle model, the LiveWire, because of an undisclosed flaw.


VW Considers Options for Lamborghini Unit

Volkswagen AG reportedly is studying a possible sale, initial public offering or merger into another legal entity for its Lamborghini super car unit.


Honda Relocates HR-V Output in Mexico

Honda Motor Co. says it will move Mexican production of its HR-V small crossover next spring from El Salto, Jalisco, to Celaya, Guanajuato.


Paris Readies “Noise Radar” Tech

Paris has begun testing a device that can automatically measure a vehicle’s noise level and issue a ticket if local laws have been violated.


Amazon Ponders a Stake in Indonesia’s Go-Jek

Amazon.com Inc. reportedly may acquire a stake in Indonesian ride-hailing service Go-Jek Group.


Honda to End Carmaking in Argentina Next Year

Honda Motor Co. says it will stop making cars in Argentina next year and convert its factory there to a motorcycle plant.


Japan’s Musashi Invests in Solid-State Battery Developer

Japan’s Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co. has made an unspecified investment in KeraCel Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based startup developing solid-state batteries that can be produced via 3D-printing technology.


Honda’s Net Profit Falls 29%

Honda Motor Co.’s adjusted net profit dropped 29% to 172 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30.

Car/Ride Sharing

Mitsubishi Invests in Go-Jek Mobility Services

Mitsubishi Corp. and affiliate Mitsubishi Motors Corp. have made an unspecified investment in Go-Jek, an Indonesia-based multi-service mobility platform.

Singh Named CEO of BMW India

BMW AG has appointed Rudratej Singh as the president and CEO of the company’s operations in India, effective Aug. 1.


Uber Debuts “Qute”-based Ride-Hailing Service in India

Uber Technologies Inc. has launched a low-priced ride-hailing service in Bengaluru, India, that uses tiny vehicles touted as “greener” than cars and more comfortable than three-wheel rickshaws.

Car/Ride Sharing

India Pushes Electrification for Commercial Cars

India could require ride-hailing services such as Ola and Uber to switch to electric power for 40% of their vehicles by April 2026.


U.S.-Japan Trade Talks Off to a Shaky Start

Working level talks about avoiding hefty U.S. tariffs on cars from Japan began with the two sides far apart, The Nikkei reports.


First-Quarter Results Sag for Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc.’s first-quarter consolidated revenue fell 10% to $1.4 billion, and net earnings plunged one-third to $128 million.

Fuel Cells

Honda Files Patent for Fuel Cell Motorcycle Tech

Honda Motor Co. has filed a U.S. patent application for an air-intake system for a fuel cell-powered motorcycle.


London Adds New Emission Tax on Older Vehicles

Beginning next week, London will chargedrivers of older cars, vans and motorcycles £12.5 ($16) to gain access to the city center’s “ultra-low emission zone.”


Japanese Developer Plans Flying Motorcycle

A Japanese startup hopes to begin selling a motorcycle-like “hover bike” in its home market by 2022.


BMW Unveils Leaner Board

BMW AG says it is “future-proofing” itself with a leaner top management structure.


Harley-Davidson Buys Maker of Electric Bikes for Kids

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. has acquired StaCyc Inc., a California-based producer of electric bicycles for children.

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