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Christie covers Asia-based auto makers and the U.S. heavy-truck market.
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The Big Story: The Edge of Mobility
Automakers are embracing and investing in mobility services, including hailing and sharing ventures. Will vehicle ownership become a thing of the past?
Ioniq Lineup a Good Value
Hyundai’s new dedicated green-car lineup has pricing going for it, as well as strong regenerative braking capability in plug-in hybrid and electric models.
Toyota: Ioniq Not Impacting Prius Yet; More Hybrid CUVs Studied
Pricing for all grades of Hyundai’s new hybrid car undercut similar grades of the Prius, which has seen sales slump this year as Americans flock to light trucks.
Toyota Hints at Another Small CUV, Considers C-HR Variants
Toyota will be showing a small CUV concept at next month's New York auto show.
Toyota Makes Exec Changes as February Sales Fall
Soft fleet sales and a continuing decline in car demand, notably at Lexus where a loss of 38.3% was logged, continued to hamstring the No.1 Japanese automaker.
Hyundai Using Predictive Mapping for Ioniq
Tapping into topography data from the navigation system, the hybrid-electric model can better allocate its energy for maximized efficiency, executives say.
Hyundai: Ioniq Has Right Formula to Beat Green-Car Doldrums
The South Korean automaker says its new, dedicated green cars have competitive advantages on price, fuel economy/range and interior space.
Final Nissan Titan Variant Revealed in Chicago
King cab’s second-row seat can be deleted and replaced by tiedowns, making the pickup more suitable for commercial use, the automaker says.
Hyundai Unwraps Next-Gen Elantra Hatch
The South Korean automaker adds a Sport grade to the Elantra GT’s lineup, with a higher-horsepower engine and an upgraded suspension.
Toyota Updates Tundra, Sequoia for ’18 With Standard Safety
Enhanced safety, as well as LED daytime running lights on higher-end grades and a new outdoor-oriented TRD Sport grade, are due for Toyota’s largest light trucks.
Toyota: Driver’s Training Should Educate on Autonomous Tech
Guardian-type autonomous systems that protect drivers by intervention should spur acceptance of true autonomous technology where vehicles operate on their own without restrictions.
Chinese Manufacturing Opposite What Expected; Time to End 50/50 JV
Pricey, well-appointed luxury cars may be what Chinese manufacturers start with here, while more reciprocity is needed between U.S. and China investment rules.
Honda Aims to Make Infotainment More User Friendly
Voice recognition is simplified and faster, while the display audio system has smartphone-like functionality.
Nissan Wants to Sell More of Murano; Titan on Target
Within the midsize CUV segment, the Nissan Murano was one of the lower-volume models in 2016, outsold by entrants from Chevy, Toyota, Subaru, Ford, Hyundai and Honda.
Toyota: Down Sales for Prius, Upside for RAV4 Hybrid
Toyota targets fewer Prius sales this year than last, while the RAV4 Hybrid could be hotter in 2017.
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