While there are still a few off-the-wall cars shown at the Detroit Auto Show, these days, what you see very well may be what you get.
The persisting turmoil in commodity markets ignited risk aversion in most Asian stock markets on Wednesday, with Tokyo and Sydney equities finishing at fresh lows.
Asian stock markets enjoyed an upbeat session on Friday, but volatile trade played out in Shanghai, with the benchmark index closing down 0.2 percent after jumping to a more than 4-year high.
Asian equity markets raked in gains on Thursday, as the fall in oil prices abated, while a positive finish on Wall Street overnight lifted trading sentiment.
Automakers reported strong December U.S. sales, boosted by falling gas prices, but analysts cautioned that growth would slow this year.
Toyota is likely to miss its 2014 objective of selling over 1.1 million cars in China because of an economic slowdown and resulting auto price wars.
Asian bourses largely rose amid thin post-Christmas trading, as markets in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines remain shut.
On the last trading session before Christmas, Asian indices largely rose, with the exception of China, as a strong U.S. growth report card revived risk sentiment.
Nissan Motor said it has ordered the recall of more than 80,000 vehicles sold in Mexico to check for potential defects stemming from Takata airbags.
Asian equities largely recovered from the week's rout on Wednesday as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve's monthly meeting.
Chinese authorities said Honda and its two joint ventures in China would recall 569,769 cars due to potentially defective air bags.
Asian bourses slid again on Thursday, as falling oil prices and a worse-than-expected machinery orders report from Japan reinforced jitters about a sluggish global economy
Honda Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co will expand their recalls over Takata Corp air bags, the Japanese transport ministry said Thursday.
Asian indices were mostly lower on Wednesday as sluggish economic data from China spooked markets that were already under strain from political uncertainty in Greece and a rout in oil prices.
Honda and Mazda said they will expand a recall to replace potentially lethal Takata air bag inflators.
Roughly 85 percent of the vehicles Nissan expects to sell in the U.S. next year will be produced in North America.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Asian stock markets rallied on Thursday on the back of strong U.S. data, with China's benchmark index leading the gains.
Takata acknowledged that it still does not know what is causing air bag explosions but insisted a broader recall to remedy the problem is misguided.
Honda Motor on Wednesday said it will expand a recall of automobiles with Takata driver's side air bags to include all 50 states.