Taiwan-based automobile carbon brush manufacturer Fuyung Carbon Co Ltd has bagged major orders to supply its product to Tier 1 component makers in India, who in turn supply their starter motors as a finished product to top two-wheeler manufacturers in the country like Bajaj Auto, India Kawasaki Motors, Royal Enfield and Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. According to corporate level sources in the company, Fuyung has started supplying carbon brushes to India-based automobile starter makers like Varroc and Flash, from whom the company won sizeable orders. Fuyung is supplying 80,000 pieces of carbon brushes per month to Varroc while it ships 200,000 pieces to Flash. The company has also bagged a few orders from some start-up Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers involved in making starter motors for the automotive industry in India. However, the Fuyung sources have not disclosed the specific two-wheeler customers of Varroc and Flash in India. According to Fuyung, carbon brushes play a key role … [Read more...] about Fuyung of Taiwan bags carbon brush orders from Tier 1 suppliers to 2-wheeler OEMs in India
Max Mosley, chairman of Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP), speaks to Sumantra B Barooah about the Safer Cars for India campaign and the GNCAP journey so far. You come from a Formula One background. That's quite a contrast to the entry-level cars that GNCAP has tested this year. Now, you have an interest in enhancing the safety of entry level cars. What led you personally to get involved in an initiative focusing on making cars safer?Well, that's quite interesting. Back in 1994, we had a weekend in Italy where Ayrton Senna was killed, and an Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger was killed. So, I started a big safety campaign and I set up a committee headed by somebody who was a neurosurgeon but also a scientist to look scientifically at improving the safety of Formula One cars. At some point I said, 'You know at the moment, 50,000 people are killed on the roads of the 12 EU countries. Let's look at what the governments are doing because we could probably learn something from … [Read more...] about We would like to (keep testing cars in India), subject to everybody in NCAP agreeing to it.
Following its launch in Peninsular Malaysia, the facelifted Subaru Forester has officially arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In conjunction with the launch, Sebangga Auto also took the opportunity to announce its role as the authorised dealer of Subaru cars in Sabah. All variants are now available in Sabah, with the Forester 2.0i priced at RM148,009.90, the Forester 2.0i-P at RM157,549.90 and the top-of-the-range Forester 2.0XT at RM211,504.56. Prices quoted are on-the-road figures for East Malaysia, excluding insurance. The 2.0i and 2.0i-P variants are locally-assembled CKD units, while the 2.0XT is a CBU unit, fully-imported from Japan. All variants come with a five-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package as well. The facelifted Forester gets a new grille design, with a repositioned Subaru logo. The base 2.0i gets a different bumper from the 2.0i-P and XT, along with halogen reflector headlamps and DRLs. As for wheels, the 2.0i and 2.0i-P share the … [Read more...] about 2016 Subaru Forester facelift officially launched in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – priced from RM148k to RM211k
The Nissan X-Trail is already a stand out in the midsize mass market SUV segment thanks to its extra two seats. The third row may be tight, but kids can be squeezed in at a pinch, avoiding certain “I think we’ll need two cars” situations. Three generations in three rows, a good family car. Also helping the third-gen X-Trail’s cause is its new styling direction that moves away from the trademark boxy shape of the first two generations. Today’s T32 is handsome and has substantial size and presence to match. It’s a smooth and relaxing car to drive as well, typical of CVT-equipped Nissans. A likeable family SUV, as noted in our review of the Malaysian-spec 2.0 2WD and 2.5 4WD from earlier this year. There’s a new X-Trail Hybrid variant that’s already on sale in Japan and Thailand, promising superior economy and more grunt. Should it come to Malaysia – which has incentives for locally assembled hybrids – the petrol-hybrid T32 … [Read more...] about Nissan X-Trail Hybrid – first impressions from Japan
Import duties for cars from Japan and Australia will be gradually reduced to zero by 2016, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has said, according to various reports. The issue of excise duties, which forms a significantly larger percentage sum in the scheme of things, is reportedly under consideration, even though it was stated last year that there were no plans to reduce the excise duties on cars. According to Bernama, import duties for cars from Japan and Australia currently stand at 15% and 13.6% respectively (supposedly, the gradual reduction will be in made in a five percent drop annually, in the case of duties for Japanese imports, so by 2016 this will be down to zero). Another source reports that this reworking of the import duties covers vehicles of up to 2.5 litres engine capacity, and that currently, vehicles from Japan with an engine capacity of 2.5 to 3.0 litres are already fully exempt from import duties. The move is said to cover … [Read more...] about Import duties for cars from Japan, Australia to be reduced – MITI
UPDATE: Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 2.4 launched in Malaysia – RM129,363.00 By now, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that Mitusbishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is a busy company for 2010 with a trio of new models for the Malaysian market. The legendary Pajero will be the first to debut later this month, and they’ve announced that the ASX compact crossover will be here in the fourth quarter, so here’s the last piece of the jigsaw – the Lancer Sportback that was recently snapped by some of you. Launched in 2007, the Lancer sedan has very done well in Malaysia for a product out of the Toyota/Honda/Nissan triumvirate. Malaysian carbuyers are generally a distrusting lot, so our acceptance of the Lancer can be due to two main factors – the pent up desire for a “real Lancer” and the ninth-generation car’s hot looks. Continue reading the report after the jump. I still remember clearly when I first drove the Lancer GT the weekend after … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Test Drive Review from Japan
If you were able to catch the final two rounds of the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship then you should be familiar with a Japanese driver by the name of Kamui Kobayashi. Kobayashi has been serving as the third driver at Toyota’s Formula 1 outfit since November 2007, after replacing Franck Montagny. The Toyota F1 driver is also competing in the GP2 series which is another feeder series for Formula 1. Kobayashi’s non-testing driving role in the Toyota F1 team actually started at this year’s Japanese Grand Prix when he replaced Timo Glock for the first two practice sessions, following Glock’s health-related issues. Glock then had a crash during qualifying and did not compete in the race the next day. Glock’s health advisers then recommended the German not to take part in the remaining two races of the season. Glock’s misfortune was a blessing for Kobayashi as he was then summoned to race in Brazil and in last weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In … [Read more...] about Kamui Kobayashi: next Schumacher from Japan?
Recent comments on today’s Japan’s C4C program post and 487 billion similar web posts since Al Gore invented the internet make it clear that there is a lingering misunderstanding about the import of US cars to Japan. Specifically, that Japan has managed to stave off a tsunami of Chevy Cavaliers and all the other wonderful American cars that the rest off the world has been snapping up by the imposition of certain restrictions, barriers or other obstacles. It’s way time to shed a bit of light on the Toyota Cavalier and this subject of great import. The vehicle you see above is a Toyota Cavalier. No joke! In response to concerns about the trade imbalance, and to help stave off any further US restrictions of Japanese imports to the US (more on that later), Toyota entered into a deal to help facilitate imports of genuine made in the US Chevys and other good GM stuff of the era. Not only did Toyota offer help, advice and facilities for the cars imported (without the … [Read more...] about The Toyota Cavalier And The Truth About Japanese Import Barriers
Nobody dares to say it aloud, but parts of the “Buy American” contingent are secretly high-fifing when bad news from Japan is on TV or on the net. U.S. car companies themselves aren’t so sure, one missing chip, or an absent acceleration sensor can bring a whole line down. And of course they won’t be caught saying something reprehensible. Leave it to the Deutsche Bank and The Nikkei to end the (dis)grace period and to come out with their analysis of which carmaker might gain from the Tohoku tsunami. First of all, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache is taking down his 2011 light vehicle U.S. sales forecast from 13 million to 12.5 million. This, says Lache, will be caused by a “severely constrained” supply of vehicles from Japanese auto plants. The supply is and will be restrained alright. How he arrived at his number is anybody’s guess. In my calls to Japanese makers, I hear that they don’t know which and how many cars they will make a few … [Read more...] about Who Will Gain From Japan’s Loss?
The Mazda 6 is one of our favorite vehicles, period—with clean, flowing styling and crisp handling, it’s definitely at the head of the mid-size-sedan pack in terms of both aesthetics and driving enjoyment. But the 10Best Cars–winning model it does lack at least one option that many of its competitors offer: four driven wheels. While that won’t change here for the short term, Europeans (and Australians) now have a chance at snagging one so equipped. In Japan, the Atenza—that’s what they call the Mazda 6 there—has been available with all-wheel drive for some time on both the sedan and not-for-the-U.S. wagon body styles. It can be had with a manual or an automatic transmission, but the engine is restricted to a 173-hp 2.2-liter diesel. Now it’s being offered outside of its home market, as Mazda officially launched an all-wheel drive version for Europe to considerable fanfare at the auto show in Vienna, Austria. It features same … [Read more...] about Mazda 6 AWD Models Spreading from Japan to Elsewhere—Can We Get Them Here?
Renault has realized a new trend: Imports are hot in Japan. Nissan established a new company, Renault Japon Co., Ltd., to import and sell Renault vehicles in Japan, effective April 2, 2012. Previously, Renaults were sold in Japan by a division of Nissan. While American automakers sit sulking in a corner and complain about mythical import restrictions to Japan, European makers are looking back at a great year exporting their cars to the island nation. While the Japanese market as a whole dropped 14 percent, imports to Japan rose 22.5 percent. With 3,068 units sold in 2011, Renaults are not necessarily brisk sellers in Nippon. Renault’s alliance partner Nissan on the other hand is the second largest import brand with 53,337 units imported in 2011. King of the hill is and remains Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group imported 72,028 units to Japan in 2011. You will not hear them complain about a closed market. Because of the weak euro and strong yen, the car exported from Europe to Japan … [Read more...] about Renault Opens Import Company In Allegedly Closed Market Japan
Doug DeMuro recently discussed both sides of the “investment car” issue, those cars that may actually appreciate in value and those that probably won’t despite their supposed collector status. The problem with this ad on the Detroit area Craigslist for a 1991 Mercury Capri (that’s the little car that Bob Lutz wanted to be the Ghia Barchetta but ended up being a FWD “sports car” imported from Australia), is that it doesn’t even approach the collector status of the cars on Doug’s “don’t invest” list. We can debate the possible upside to buying a Buick Grand National, but do you think that there really is another person, other that this seller, who appreciates the future collector value of a ’91 Mercury Capri? Beyond that, would even a Capri collector pay $20K for this. I’m having a hard time imagining even one person that thinks that a ’91 Capri could be worth twenty grand but the ad is real, so there … [Read more...] about This Seller Car Needs A Psychiatrist To Find An Owner Who Appreciates Future Collector Condition – No Kidding
Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email Another year in the rearview mirror means a fresh batch of cars legally importable to the United States under the so-called 25-year rule. Also, you know, another opportunity to make resolutions and chart a path for personal improvement and growth. But on to the important stuff: the cars. It’s a mixed bag this time around, perhaps even moreso than the class of 1991. By 1992, Japan’s economic bubble was pretty well burst, sending the country into economic doldrums from which it has yet to fully escape. That meant much less capital for oddball offerings, but while the money still flowed freely, a few cool cars that were greenlit made it to production. The Soviet Union had just collapsed, yet Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod still managed to shove out a new(ish) model, to the delight (?) of the international motoring press. And despite this global uncertainty, companies were still forging a crop of truly modern supercars. Now, 25 years later, … [Read more...] about 1992 cars importable to the United States under the federal 25-year rule
According to U.A.W. talking points, the Japanese car market is closed to foreign imports, and the yen is kept artificially low. Utter insanity on both counts. The customs duty on new cars imported to Japan is exactly zero, and the yen is so obscenely expensive that Japanese carmakers openly threaten to leave and privately are shifting as much production as possible out of the country. Unbeknownst to talking point readers, Japan has had a thriving car import market for decades. For more than a year, imports to Japan showed an uptick. TTAC has been taking about this for quite a while, here, then here and also here. Today, The Nikkei [sub] did wise up to the fact that imports are getting hotter in Japan despite a tepid new car market. The Nikkei sent a reporter to an Audi showroom, interviewed a BMW customer, and noted a societal change: “My wife prefers foreign cars, so that’s why we bought one,” a bank employee who traded his domestic car for a BMW told The Nikkei. … [Read more...] about Guess Which Cars Sell In Japan? Imports. Now Guess Which Ones
The United Nations UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is likely to adopt many Japanese safety rules for hybrid and electric http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/japan-to-set-world-standard-for-hybrids-and-evs/vehicles as a global standard, says the Nikkei [sub]. Currently, there are no ECE safety standards for hybrid and electric http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/japan-to-set-world-standard-for-hybrids-and-evs/vehicles. Japan has pushed its domestic safety rules to be adopted as international standards. Chances for adoption are good, Japanese companies and rulemakers are the pioneers in the field. Europe, which usually dominates ECE rule making, is lagging behind in the dehttp://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/japan-to-set-world-standard-for-hybrids-and-evs/velopment of hybrid and electric http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/japan-to-set-world-standard-for-hybrids-and-evs/vehicles, and doesn’t … [Read more...] about Japan To Set World Standard For Hybrids And EVs
Imagine what happened if the representative of a large Japanese or Chinese car company would demand that America should close some car factories before easier access to foreign markets would be contemplated. All hell would break loose, and the Seventh Fleet would steam in the direction of the loose cannon – if it is not already there. What happens if the representative of Ford says that Japan should be required to reduce the size of its auto industry before being allowed into regional free trade talks with the United States and eight other countries in the Asia Pacific? Business as usual. Steve Biegun, Ford’s vice president for international government affairs, showed symptoms of severe disorientation when he gave an interview to Reuters. Not only did the former foreign policy adviser to Sarah Palin require that Japan shutters some car plants before the country is admitted into the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact. Biegun also claims that Japan is “the … [Read more...] about Ford Demands Ultimate Sacrifice From Japan: Kill Some Car Factories, Then We Talk
The first Honda Civic made its way to the United States during the Nixon administration. Honda began building Civics in the United States in 1986. Two years later, Honda of Canada Manufacturing began Civic production, as well. In 2016, with an assembly plant in Greensburg, Indiana, and Alliston, Ontario, Honda is building more than 38,000 Civics per month in North America. Yet seven years after Honda discontinued the Civic in its Japanese home market, Civic production is returning to Japan. Civic sales resume in Japan this summer, and some of those Japanese-built Civics, Automotive News reports, might make their way to America. Based on prevailing conditions, Honda’s North American assembly plants may increasingly be called upon to build HR-Vs, CR-Vs, and Pilots and not Fits, Civics, and Accords. In fact, we’ve already seen Fit production migrate back from Mexico to Japan as Honda sources a greater number of HR-Vs from the company’s Celaya, Mexico, facility. With the … [Read more...] about Your Next Honda Civic May Come From Japan, Of All Places
Now and then a story comes along that’s right in a writer’s wheelhouse. Yesterday, Chrysler filed a lawsuit in US District Court alleging that Pure Detroit, a small chain of gift shops specializing in Motor City memorabilia, was infringing on their trademark “Imported From Detroit” tagline, popularized in Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad starring rapper Eminem. Pure Detroit started selling their version of the shirts on Feb. 7th, the day after the Super Bowl, followed by Chrysler’s own shirts a few days later, which sold out in short order. Chrysler is donating the profits from those sales to Detroit area charities, and the company says that it tried to work out a similar arrangement with Pure Detroit. Pure Detroit did agree to stop online sales, but they continued to sell the shirts in their retail stores, resulting in the lawsuit. Courts have been pretty consistent that owners of intellectual property have to diligently defend it. According to a leading … [Read more...] about Chrysler Sues Over “Imported From Detroit” T-Shirts & They’ll Probably Win Too
When Autoblog was invited to one of those hurried and harried press conferences at the Shanghai Auto Show, and asked GM China president Bob Socia about car exports from China to America, they were told: “It could very well happen. It could very well happen. You know, I’m not sharing any plans with you, but we try to keep open as to what makes sense … We’re open to be doing that. There’s no reason why we can’t be exporting to the States.” We gave the matter short shrift. We know China-made Honda Fits are in Canada and elsewhere without giving people fits. Also, we have been following GM China’s export activities for many years. GM started exporting the Sail from China in 2010, making it “the first time a world-class automaker will export from China a model it developed in the country,” as the Nikkei said. Actually, it was GM that got China’s heretofore sputtering auto export machine going. For some folks, like Chris … [Read more...] about GM Denies Car Exports From China, Grows Nose
Once, while I was reading prewar classic car restoration expert David Greenlees’ fine site The Old Motor, there was an article about a custom 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom with round doors, a museum piece. The article mentioned how the body was the second one fitted to that chassis as the first, a custom Hooper body, was apparently rejected by the lady who ordered it, “Mrs. Hugh Dillman of Detroit, MI.”. The name rang a bell so I looked it up on a search engine and every result on the first page said the same thing, that the Rolls had been ordered by Mrs. Dillman but for some reason she didn’t like it and never took delivery. Other than “Mrs. Hugh Dillman of Detroit, MI.”, pretty much repeated verbatim, there wasn’t much info on Mrs. D. Digging deeper I found out why her name was familiar. Hugh Dillman was Anna Dodge’s second husband. Her first hubby was Horace Dodge, who along with his brother John founded the Dodge Brothers car company. All … [Read more...] about Audi Kicks Off “Heritage” Ad Campaign With Historic Detroit Poet Used In Chrysler’s Imported From Detroit Ads