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The U.S. auto industry in April rebounded sharply from a bitter and extended winter, with car sales rising 8 percent from the previous year.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
Toyota Motor's decision to move its North American sales headquarters from California to Texas was met by disbelief in Torrance.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Monday with Japanese and Shanghai shares underperforming amid rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.
Nissan is testing a car that can keep itself clean, thanks to special paints that repel water and oils.
Soft corporate earnings weighed on Asia's major indices on Friday, with Tokyo outperforming on the back of a weaker currency.
About 150 S&P 500 companies are scheduled to release results this week, in an earnings season that has been mediocre.
GM's aging Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs won top ratings in crash tests of SUVs by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Tesla have petitioned to permit manufacturers to replace mirrors with digital cameras.
Asian shares were mostly higher on Monday as traders closed out of positions before the end of the quarter.
U.S. regulators said they closed an investigation into fires involving Tesla Motors' popular Model S sedans after finding no "defect trend."
GM has told its dealers to stop selling Chevrolet Cruze small cars equipped with 1.4-liter turbo diesel engines, but gave no reason for the decision.
Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday as investors fretted about tougher sanctions against Russia.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Wednesday, rebounding after the previous day's losses, on hopes of fresh stimulus measures in Europe and China.
Critics are questioning why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration let GM sidestep a recall for the ignition switch issues.
Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, say safety regulators
Some of Tuesday's midday movers:
Asian stocks overcame an uninspiring handover the U.S. to trade higher on Tuesday after posting steep declines in the previous session.
Asian shares were a lackluster sight on Monday, with major indexes across the region registering steep declines.
Asian shares mostly saw subdued trade on Thursday, ahead of Friday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.