They don't make them like this any more
In developed economies the name Datsun has some value, especially among those nostalgic for a vintage jalopy.
But the retro appeal isn’t really the point in India. Will Datsuns take off as low-cost options in a growing economy with a rising middle-class? Continue reading »
The territorial dispute between China and Japan has already given business a jolt between the two nations, especially car sales.
On Thursday, three of the big Japanese carmakers released numbers showing how the spat has hurt production. The numbers are grim, but could have been grimmer. Continue reading »
Nissan Motor on Friday announced plans to start manufacturing its luxury Infiniti model in China, in the latest investment news from the car industry in advance of next week’s Beijing motor show.
The Japanese group is hardly the first international maker to launch the assembly of upmarket cars in the Middle Kingdom. BMW and Daimler have been manufacturing in China for years.
But it’s evidence that the industry isn’t discouraged by last year’s slowdown in the Chinese car market or by forecasts of decelerating economic growth, not to mention warnings of a possible hard landing. With all eyes on Auto China 2012, Ford Motor and Volkswagen have also announced new Chinese factories this week. Continue reading »