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*Ford to close Southampton plant, Dagenham stamping plant. LONDON/ BASILDON, England, Oct 25- Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, a union leader said, as part of a plan by the U.S. car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.
*Ford to close Southampton plant, Dagenham stamping plant. LONDON/ BASILDON, England, Oct 25- Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, as part of a plan by the U.S. car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.
LONDON, Oct 25- Ford will announce on Thursday that it is closing its van factory at Southampton, ending more than a century of vehicle production by the company in Britain, trade unionists and a source close to the U.S. car maker said.
*Hyundai shares up 3.9 pct after recent battering. Hyundai, which with affiliate Kia Motors is the world's fifth-biggest car maker, said its total shipments rose less than 1 percent in July-September- hit by the industrial action that cost the company lost production of more than 82,000 cars worth $1.5 billion.
*Hyundai shares up 3.2 pct in Seoul; down 13 pct this month. SEOUL, Oct 25- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co reported July-September net profit of $1.97 billion, up 13 percent on last year and in line with market forecasts, with growth held back by labour strikes in South Korea even as overseas sales rose.
SEOUL, Oct 25- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co reported July-September net profit of 2.17 trillion won, an increase of 13 percent and in line with market forecasts, with growth held back by labour strikes in South Korea even as overseas sales rose.
SEOUL, Oct 25- Hyundai Motor Co drove up sales in France by 40 percent last month and had a record September in the United States, but it has since had nearly $7 billion wiped off its market value as investors query the South Korean automaker's go-slow on expanding capacity.
TOKYO, Oct 24- Japan's Nikkei share average snapped a seven-session winning streak on Wednesday as poor U.S. earnings prompted investors to pocket gains on export-focused firms, although better-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data helped limit losses.
Exporters shed after a rally propelled by a weaker yen over the past week and a half, with automakers Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co down 1.3 and 1.4 percent respectively, and construction machinery maker Komatsu Ltd slipping 2.1 percent.
*Asbury plans to repurchase $25 M- $30 M of stock per year. Oct 23- U.S. auto dealership groups Sonic Automotive Inc and Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted higher third-quarter adjusted earnings as vehicle sales rose and costs stayed about flat.
A 40 mile stretch of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio, Texas will allow drivers to go 85 miles per hour — the highest speed limit on any highway in the U.S.
Chalk another one up for the recession and how it has altered life in America. New analysis by the automotive research firm Polk shows Americans can now expect to buy fewer new cars during their lifetime.
By Adam Tempkin and Charles Williams. Moreover, with frequent issuers Hyundai, Honda, Ally, World Omni and Ford already having tapped the market with large deals in recent weeks, issuance is bound to taper off, potentially focusing more on the so-called off-the run and esoteric sectors, as well as smaller auto issuers.
Electronics Corp for JPY 200 billion- NIKKEI. *The innovation network corp. of Japan to invest JPY 150 billion to acquire. *Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, Denso Corp, Panasonic Corp, others to invest about JPY 50 billion combined-NIKKEI.
Investigators will determine if the problem is bad enough for Honda to recall the SUVs. The brakes can come on without drivers stepping on the pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday. Honda says it's cooperating with the investigation and starting its own probe.
BEIJING, Oct 12- Vehicle sales in China fell 1.8 percent in September from a year earlier as Japanese automakers' sales collapsed. Industry-wide sales in China, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles, totalled 1.62 million vehicles in September, compared with 1.65 million a year ago, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.---------------------------------------------------------------.
to' sell' from' under perform', while maintaining its' sell' rating on Hero MotoCorp. ,citing weak demand growth, a consumer shift to scooters over motorcycles, and rising competition. *The brokerage says this shift in sales trend would most benefit Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, the domestic two-wheeler unit of Honda Motor Co.
TOKYO, Oct 11- Toyota Motor Corp has "high hurdles" to achieving its Lexus luxury brand's 2012 global sales target of 500,000 vehicles after sales of Japanese car brands plummeted in China, a company executive said on Thursday.
DETROIT, Oct 11- Ford Motor Co, vying to challenge Toyota Motor Corp's dominance in the hybrid market, said on Thursday that its 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid gets 100 miles per gallon, beating the 2012 Prius by about 5 percent.
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