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Design

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.

Sales

Suzuki Predicts $1.3 Billion Loss as Sales Slide

Suzuki Motor Corp. warns that slumping sales in India will cut its net profit 22% to 140 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in the current fiscal year ending March 31.

Hybrid

Sony, Yamaha Partner on Autonomous Video Pod

Sony Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co. have developed a self-driving demonstration vehicle that is fitted with large display screens throughout its interior and exterior.

Economics

Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha Falsified Emission, Mileage Data in Japan

Japan’s transport ministry says Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha submitted years of false test results for fuel economy and exhaust emissions.

Materials & Lightweighting

Gordon Murray Launches Low-Volume Manufacturing Firm

Legendary Formula One designer and lightweighting specialist Gordon Murray is launching a low-volume manufacturing company in Dunsfold, England.

Sales

Demand for Motorcycles Fades in Japan

Motorcycle makers in Japan are phasing out models as regulatory costs rise and sales decline.

Business

Honda to Build Scooters in Japan for Rival Yamaha

Honda Motor Co. and Yamaha Motor Co. are pooling production of 50-cc motor scooters in Japan and will collaborate on new models for the domestic market, The Nikkei reports.

Business

India’s Minda Industries Acquires Spanish Lighting Unit

India-based electrical components supplier Minda Industries Ltd. has acquired the global automotive lighting business of Spain’s Rinder Group for €20 million.

Business

Yamaha Targets Cars, Robots in New 3-Year Plan

Yamaha Motor Corp. says it will spend 130 billion yen ($1.1 billion) over the next three fiscal years on r&d and launching new businesses, including a line of minicars.

Auto Industry Accounts for 10% of Top 100 Global Innovators

Three carmakers—Honda, Nissan and Toyota—and seven predominately automotive suppliers were included in this year’s Thomson Reuters' list of the top 100 global innovators.

Robotic Motorcyclist Targets Performance, Safety Improvements

Yamaha Motor Co. is developing a human-like robot to help improve the safety and driving dynamics of future motorcycles.

Yamaha Shows Motorcycle-Like Sporty Concept Car

Yamaha Motor Co. unveiled its Sports Ride subcompact concept car at this week’s Tokyo auto show.

Connectivity

Motorcycle Makers Team Up on Connectivity

BMW, Honda and Yamaha have announced plans to jointly study and develop connected vehicle technologies for motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles.

Yamaha Plans 2-Seat Car

Yamaha Motor Co. tells The Wall Street Journal it will move forward with plans to build a two-seat commuter car and introduce it in Europe as soon as 2019.

Design

Toyota’s Chief Designer Moves to Yamaha

Akihiro Nagaya, the head of Toyota brand design, has been appointed design general manager at Yamaha Motor Co.

Propulsion

Mazda Engine to Power Toyota Small Car

Toyota Motor Corp. will use one of Mazda Motor Co.'s 4-cylinder Skyactiv engines to propel the replacement for its subcompact Yaris five-door hatch in the U.S. next year, Automotive News reports.

Yamaha Ponders Building Gordon Murray-Inspired City Car

Yamaha Corp. may become the first company to adopt an unusual city car architecture and the innovative production process to build it from legendary Formula One race car designer Gordon Murray.

Propulsion

Vehicle Manufacturing in Georgia

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