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I can't find a specific page for Asian Mfgs - maybe it will be added by Monday?
but
the mainpage (generic url) is now showing a BUNCH of micro articles with today's date...
(more can be added when it shows up)


ASIA: Honda Infiniti Nissan

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- Updated: 07/25/14

Over the next eight weeks, brands' product plans will be added on a regional basis. Our reporting team will continuously update product entries as information becomes available.

Honda
Civic Hybrid - Next stage: Redesign in 2016
When the Civic is redesigned, the hybrid version will move from its one-motor IMA system to a two-motor system, which allows extensive electric-only driving. One motor powers the wheels; the other recharges the batteries. It will be a cheaper version of the same system that is in the Accord Hybrid.


Infiniti
Q30 / QX30 - Next stage: New in 2016
The compact Q30 hatch and its sister the QX30 will be imported from Sunderland, England, in early 2016.

Q40 - Next stage: New in 2014
Starting with the 2015 model year, the previous-generation G37 sedan will be sold as the Q40.

Q60
Both the Q60 and Q40 nameplates are temporary offerings until new Infiniti models replace them.

Q50
Infiniti’s new volume leader, the Q50 sedan, is mostly unchanged from 2014.

Q50 Eau Rouge - Next stage: New in 2016
Using the Q50 as its base architecture, the proposed carbon fiber-trimmed Eau Rouge would be to Infiniti what the low-volume GT-R racer is to the mass-market Nissan brand.

QX50
China may influence the fate of Infiniti’s low-selling small crossover.

QX60 - Next stage: Freshen in 2015

Q70 - Next stage: Freshen in 2014

QX70 - Next stage: Redesign in 2016

Q80 / Q90 - Next stage: New in 2018
Infiniti will produce a performance-engine-powered four-door coupe in 2017 or 2018.

QX80 - Next stage: Freshen in 2014
The 2015 full-sized SUV will be freshened when it appears in October 2014.

LE - Next stage: New in 2017
Infiniti’s postponed electric sedan, originally scheduled to launch in 2014, is back in the product plan.


Nissan
Versa Note
Two new trims, the SR and SL, were added to the Versa Note.

Rogue - Next stage: New in 2015
A hybrid-electric version of the Rogue will appear in late 2015 or early 2016.

GT-R - Next stage: Freshen in 2014

Versa sedan - Next stage: Freshen in 2014

Maxima - Next stage: Redesign in 2016
The redesigned Maxima's styling will closely adhere to the Sport Sedan Concept that was unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January 2014

Murano - Next stage: Redesign in 2014
In a bid to give the new version the same visual impact it had when it debuted in 2002, Nissan’s San Diego design studio emphasized the crossover’s curvaceous body lines.

Frontier - Next stage: Redesign in 2015

Titan - Next stage: Redesign in 2015
The next Titan pickup will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit auto show and go on sale as a 2016 model year.

Armada - Next stage: Redesign in 2015
A new generation of the full-sized SUV will follow the Titan’s 2015 redesign.

370Z - Next stage: Redesign in 2017

Leaf - Next stage: Re-engineering in 2017
Nissan is planning a more significant reshaping of the car, probably in model year 2018.
 

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(new) Honda CEO outlines new focus in first address – UPDATE
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by Derek Fung | 'today'


New Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, has held his first press conference since taking the reigns at the Japanese company, and has outlined his vision for the automaker.

According to Automotive News, Hachigo told reporters: “Rather than focusing on numbers, it is important to come up with products that carry dreams and satisfy our customers. We will focus on the development of innovative products.”

Hachigo succeeded Takanobu Ito as CEO in late June, in a move that was announced in February this year. The issues on Hachigo’s plate include reversing the company’s declining profits, as well as stemming the quality problems that have been blamed on the company’s ambitious growth targets and stretched R&D resources.

During his press conference, Hachigo said that Honda will better “utilise regional production capacity” between the six regions that the company is currently divided up into.

Plans are already in place for Europe to be the sole global source of the next-generation Civic hatch – contrary to Honda Australia’s recent statements that it would get the car out of Thailand – while many regions will source the fifth-generation CR-V from the company’s factories in Canada...
 

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Wonder what Honda plans to do to fix its Euro operations.
They are down to offering just 3 vehicles, Jazz (Fit), Civic & CRV.
Honda Europe (Brand) is at the bottom of the EU sales charts , and will be lucky if they move 100,000 units for 2015.
 
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Honda Boss Says There’s ‘Absolutely’ Room For a New Sports Car


“I can’t tell you anything about the ‘baby NSX’ … I could, but I’d probably get fired.”

Those are the words of John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda and a man who is, most likely, intimately familiar with a new mystery sports car the brand appears to be planning.

Recently uncovered patent illustrations seem to indicate that Honda is developing something that looks like a shrunken version of its new NSX supercar. Or not. We really don’t know.

But we’re pretty certain Mendel does and the fact that he even acknowledged this car speaks volumes.

When queried about upcoming vehicles, executives inevitably respond with a carefully rehearsed line about “not commenting on future products.” Read into all of this what you want, but it sounds promising.

Today there’s definitely whitespace in Honda’s lineup for some enthusiast-focused models. Right now the only performance car they offer is the Civic Si and it’s about as hot as a bowl of vichyssoise. When asked if there’s room for a dedicated driver’s machine Mendel said, “Absolutely there is.”

Could the firm be working on a successor to the much-loved S2000 sports car that was discontinued several years ago? We certainly hope so, though the vehicle shown in those patent drawings seems to be something more, perhaps even a budget version of the NSX. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
For more on this story, Honda Boss Says There’s ‘Absolutely’ Room For a New Sports Car and to see additional renderings of the car please visit AutoGuide.com.
 

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...ASIA: Honda Infiniti Nissan
AutoNews - Updated: 07/25/14

Infiniti
Q50 Eau Rouge - Next stage: New in 2016
Using the Q50 as its base architecture, the proposed carbon fiber-trimmed Eau Rouge would be to Infiniti what the low-volume GT-R racer is to the mass-market Nissan brand.
Infiniti kills off GTR-powered Q50 Eau Rouge supersaloon
CarMagazine.co.UK

By Ben Whitworth
17 September 2015

► Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge supersaloon cancelled
► Projected sales vs costs just didn’t add up
► Other performance models considered
 

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partly due to the death of the Scion BADGE,
& stumbling into an article about KIA chasing BMW...


Kia plans first sports sedan next year as it seeks younger, more hip image
Reuters

SEOUL | By Hyunjoo Jin | Feb 3, 2016

Kia Motors (000270.KS) plans to launch its first sports sedan next year, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, seeking to burnish a sporty, younger image as larger sibling Hyundai Motor (005380.KS) builds up its premium offerings.

Kia aims to start producing the sedan, codenamed CK, in May 2017 and will target annual output of 60,000 vehicles, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter, declining to be identified as the plans have not been made official.

The four-door model plans to take on BMW's 4 series (BMWG.DE) as well as the Audi A5 (BMWG.DE), and will feature 2.0-litre, 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre engine options, one person said, adding that it will be Kia's second rear-wheel drive car...

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Kia Niro
AutomotiveNews - PIPELINE

Updated: 11/24/15

Segment: Alternative power
Drivetrain option(s): NA
Powertrain(s): Hybrid


 

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I'm confused, why is Genesis going to be making "near" luxury vehicles? I thought the point was that they're going to be a luxury brand, while Hyundai will offer more mainstream vehicles. When they say "near", do they just mean more entry level models similar to Mercedes and the CLA for example...?
 
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^ imho a lot about Genesis is still guesswork - for me at least
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maybe
they're going to initially offer a wide price-range?
which
could become more focused after they see how/which models sell best & at what ATPs?

altho
somehow I had the idea that their first offering (G90 I guess) was Not going to be the top'o'line flagship
 

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Re: Future Kia GT Targets Audi A7 - GMi

swiped - largely cuz I haven't been following them...
YEH said:
Some more spy shots of the G80's Kia cousin.







While you can see where the designers had to tone things done for the production version, still looks good.

The G80 is going to have to step things up for the MCE or the next gen or else the Kia is going to steal some sales - the Genesis/G80 did 2,724 last month and is on track to hit 30k for the year.

In comparison, the Lexus GS did 1,001 for the month and is on track for less than 15k (but yeah, luxury badge - blah, blah, blah...)






Those rear lights look sexy.
YEH said:
The interior looks promising (better than on the current Genesis - which isn't surprising since Kia tends to do outdo Hyundai when it comes to interiors).






crossreference: a similar FiN Genesis pictorial post...also similarly swiped :angel
 

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Future Product Guide: ASIA - OpEd: Automobilemag

fwiw: a loooong article, minus most of the historic&political stuff...

How Japan is Killing its Domestic Auto Industry
Barriers to ownership and competition, botched Chinese market penetration among the primary issues

Automobilemag,com

By: John R. Harris - June 9, 2016


One thing about Japanese automakers every American knows “for sure”: Their conquest of the U.S. market was orchestrated by a wily government that cunningly kept American brands out of its own...
...you can also make the case that with friends like their own government, Japan’s automakers need no enemies. Especially now that Japan’s bureaucrats seem hell-bent on cooking the goose that laid the golden egg, destroying within a generation their largest and most profitable industry...

...from 2012 through 2015 Japanese makers’ share of the Chinese market declined slightly to 16.6 percent as Europeans (notably Volkswagen) rose by 1.1 percent to 22.3 percent, with a rich German mix. GM and Ford meanwhile—those Detroit zombies risen from the grave—increased their Chinese market share from 11.8 to 12.5 percent. With GM still twice as big as Toyota and Ford closing fast on Japan’s Big Three, Detroit may soon surpass Japan in China. Adding to the humiliation, South Korea’s Hyundai/Kia has left Japanese makers in the dust...

...Earlier this year when CEO Mark Fields signed off on the notice that Ford Motor Company was pulling out of Japan because its market is “closed,” you can bet the Czar of Dearborn had a wry smile on his face. As former CEO of Mazda, Fields knows Japan’s market numbers better than anyone in Detroit. And those numbers tell a story like something out of World War I trench warfare: Everyone gets bloodied, but no one risks losing face by giving up an inch...

...{'home market'} sales volume has dropped almost 13 percent over the past 10 years, in step with a rapidly aging and declining population. Meanwhile, the Germans have swooped in to cherry-pick the premium morsels from the pot.

If all that isn’t enough, Japan’s government “helps” the home teams by mandating an artificial segment that foreigners won’t enter—for good reason.

“Kei-cars,” mini-vehicles limited to 0.7-liter engines, are unique to Japan: pop cans on wheels that wouldn’t pass the crash test in most countries. Spawned by 1950s regulations meant to help farmers motorize, they are favored by generous tax breaks, lower insurance rates, and relaxed parking regulations (more on that later). Plus, in a high gas-tax regime they deliver great fuel economy. No wonder minis account for 40 percent of sales, all to Japanese makers, notably Suzuki and Daihatsu.

This is hardly a gift to the automakers. Sold through Japan’s high-cost sales networks, the average kei-car yields an even thinner margin than the barely profitable compacts Japanese brands sell. They require a separate product development stream, which is why Nissan and Mazda opt for badge-engineered product from Mitsubishi and Suzuki. If instead of kei-cars the manufacturers could each sell an extra 100,000 global B-cars at home, it would at least give them a useful boost in scale.

Worse is the signal this incentive to thrift sends to a nation desperately trying to revive consumer demand and reflate its stagnant economy. Living in tiny dwellings crammed with Gucci bags and big-screen TVs, Japanese have little room for new stuff, but many more could swing a ride to drive with pride if their government didn’t go out of its way to make car ownership such a dismal proposition.

{details @ site} No wonder less than half the households in Japan’s largest and wealthiest city own a car...
{LOTS more details} Since most Japanese commute by train, driving has always been a weekend hobby for men. But now that Japan enforces the world’s strictest blood-alcohol limits—absolute 0—people are too scared to drive after even a sip. Drinking in Japan is way more fun than driving. Guess which one now wins the weekend?

What gets lost with all this?
To sustain a world-leading car industry, a nation needs a vibrant automotive culture that captures the imagination of each successive generation, plus consumers continually willing to reward the home teams’ best efforts. Germany’s always had both in spades, and the U.S. seems to be getting its mojo back.

Meanwhile, Japan persists in dulling down its automotive culture and pushing consumers to buy models no other market will touch. Within a generation that may well destroy the passion for cars and for quality that has driven Japan’s car industry over 50 years...

...The brands will survive, but likely as Japanese in name only. Tokyo and Nagoya may become the automotive answer to Delaware, with brass plates on hollow head offices.

Still, maybe it’s not too late. Instead of stamping it out at every turn, here’s hoping that Japan’s government learns to cherish and cultivate its automotive culture with the same care it shows to kabuki and ikebana.
 

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^...interesting article. One aspect they forgot about is the currency manipulation by the Japanese Bank, that gave the Japanese automakers an advantage in foreign countries by the billions. Which allowed for huge incentives while growing profit margins, while the rest of the world automakers had to take a margin hit to offer incentives.
 

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^ that's part of what I redacted :angel


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Kia GT rendering
KIA-world.net


...The platform that the 2018 Kia GT will ride on is the same as the 2018 Genesis G70 compact sedan.
That means you can expect an RWD model powered by a 3.3-liter turbo V8 that cranks out 389 horsepower.
As far as the transmission goes, it is likely to be the same 8-speed automatic found in the 2017 Genesis G90 sedan.
There is also talk that a hybrid model could be delivered that features an electric motor and a 4-cylinder engine...
 

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Re: Future Product Guide: ASIA - OpEd: Automobilemag

Earlier this year when CEO Mark Fields signed off on the notice that Ford Motor Company was pulling out of Japan because its market is “closed,” you can bet the Czar of Dearborn had a wry smile on his face. As former CEO of Mazda, Fields knows Japan’s market numbers better than anyone in Detroit. And those numbers tell a story like something out of World War I trench warfare: Everyone gets bloodied, but no one risks losing face by giving up an inch...

...{'home market'} sales volume has dropped almost 13 percent over the past 10 years, in step with a rapidly aging and declining population. Meanwhile, the Germans have swooped in to cherry-pick the premium morsels from the pot.

If all that isn’t enough, Japan’s government “helps” the home teams by mandating an artificial segment that foreigners won’t enter—for good reason.

“Kei-cars,” mini-vehicles limited to 0.7-liter engines, are unique to Japan: pop cans on wheels that wouldn’t pass the crash test in most countries. Spawned by 1950s regulations meant to help farmers motorize, they are favored by generous tax breaks, lower insurance rates, and relaxed parking regulations (more on that later). Plus, in a high gas-tax regime they deliver great fuel economy. No wonder minis account for 40 percent of sales, all to Japanese makers, notably Suzuki and Daihatsu.


Other foreign car brands have been doing much better in Japan than Ford because they sold the right cars there. Models that belong to the next popular segments to the kei-cars.
VW for example, even if Dieselgate hurt their sales, they still sell in numbers only Ford could dream of because VW sells a full range of A-segment, B-segment, and C-segment cars.

Ford added the Mk3 Focus to its Japanese lineup but only in expensive Titanium trim, same case with the Fiesta and Ecosport that followed (too late?)
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VW sells multiple trim levels of its Up, Polo, and Golf in Japan (as well as other models) and has established itself in the Japanese market as one of the best selling foreign car brands.

For many years Ford relied on low volume larger-sized vehicles like the Explorer, Mustang, and Navigator in Japan and they wonder why they're not selling in large numbers in a country with narrow streets and crowded cities?

Ford clearly didn't have the right lineup in Japan. It didn't need a kei-car, it needed a full range of small cars that Ford was already selling in Europe.


Small european cars like those of Ford of Europe are a better match for Japanese roads than large American developed models.
 

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^...what you will notice is that the Japanese only buy the German cars in Japan, because it's the only make they feel is an upgrade from their own Japanese models. Americans struggled to buy American cars, with Japanese cars outselling American brands, which told the Japanese that the American product was not better than their own products. So their only upgrade was a German model. VW, even though it's a 'consumer' model, is still German and a label.

But remember, the Japan 'closed' auto market is small, and declined -9.3% in 2015(still declining in 2016) with total registrations of 5,045,511 vehicles, which includes all the tiny home market Kei cars. By comparison, in the US car sales were over 17.5 Million.

Oh....and asside from the Japan government creating a closed Kei car market in Japan, they also installed heavy restrictions/fees for anything larger. Leaving Japan is the best move Ford could make, while putting their focus toward China, where there is actual potential for tremendous growth for Ford and Lincoln.
 

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With the 2017 CR-V moving to 3-row, making room for the smaller HR-V, I wonder what Ford will do with the Escape.

Also, will the new larger CR-V still be considered a compact CUV with 3 rows? The article has it competing more with the 3-row VW Tiguan. Maybe this is the new direction with compact CUVs, 2 and 3 row.



But the smaller HR-V to larger 3-row CR-V is a big gap. HR-V sales seem to be gaining momentum with sales up 158% (36,443)YTD. Outselling the new Fit by about 1k units.

I think Ford has to go more upmarket with a US/EU version of the EcoSport....being less Eco and more premium small CUV. While the current EcoSport with economy as a focus works for developing markets. Hopefully the OneFord plan only relates to parts unseen for this new model for the US and Europe.



But Ford could cover the market with an EcoSport for developing markets, and another for premium markets, along with a new larger 5 and 7 passenger Escape, along with a 5 and 7 passenger Edge.
 

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