Japanese automakers prepare to bounce back

“We believe we can achieve 5 percent operating margin eventually,” Uchida said. “But if you look at the immediate challenges today in fiscal year 2021, there is a big impact from semiconductor and commodity price hikes. So at this point in time, in operating profit, we foresee coming out even.”

Many of Nissan’s Japanese rivals, by contrast, are now reloading for a rapid rebound, after a year of being hammered by pandemic-forced factory shutdowns and supply chain bottlenecks.

Most of the group last week released forecasts for their new fiscal year that plot a big bounce back as they put

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What, Exactly, Is an Automotive Platform?

“Platform sharing.” Sharing anything suggests altruism or ecological benevolence. Sharing an automotive platform or architecture therefore seems like a good thing, while the closely related phrase, “badge engineering,” is loaded with negative baggage. A Cadillac Cimarron was a cynically badge-engineered Chevy Cavalier unworthy of its wreath and crest, while we’re all thrilled that the fun-loving Toyota GR Supra coupe shares the BMW Z4 roadster platform.

In the early days of automotive platform sharing, defining the platform was easy. The rolling chassis of Volkswagen’s humble Beetle easily rolled right under the Karmann Ghia’s stylish coupe bodywork, and the bare-bones Citroën 2CV

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Fisker and Sharp Create Technology Partnership for Creation of Next Generation Automotive Screens and Interfaces

  • Fisker and Sharp to co-develop interior interface technologies to support the Fisker Ocean SUV, Project PEAR, and potentially two additional Fisker vehicles.

  • Innovative display technologies to deliver class-leading resolution balanced with optimized power consumption.

  • Optimized global sourcing strategy to support the planned growth of Fisker vehicle manufacturing – also reflecting Sharp’s global production footprint.

Fisker Inc. (NYSE: FSR) (Fisker) – passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – today announced it has serially nominated Sharp Corporation (TSE: 6753) (Sharp), part of the Hon Hai Technology Group, to develop technologies supporting next generation in-vehicle screens

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Tesla Roadster Will Go On Display At Petersen Automotive Museum

Several folks took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the all-new, next-gen Tesla Roadster will move into the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for viewing soon. Tesla has plans to reveal a new Roadster release candidate sometime this summer, but it seems the existing prototype version will be the one to go on display for the public.

With Tesla’s continued delays and production constraints, it’s hard to even imagine vehicles like the Tesla Roadster, Tesla Semi, and Cybertruck coming to market any time soon. With the Model S Plaid coming, and delayed repeatedly, one would think there’s really

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Eau Claire Police Department teams up with automotive service to deter catalytic converter theft

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire Police Department and Victory Automotive have teamed up to prevent catalytic converter theft at zero cost to the public.

Two stripes of high heat paints will be painted onto your catalytic converter to deter a thief from stealing the device. The service will be free of charge on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victory Automotive on Hamilton Avenue in Eau Claire.

Police and Victory Automotive say this will not damage your car or the health of those inside the vehicle. A minor smell can be expected for a

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Porsche GT1 User’s Guide Video Is Pure Automotive Bliss

Prepare yourself for thirteen minutes of automotive fascination. The team over at DK Engineering TV created an in-depth guide into the incredibly rare Porsche GT1 Straßenversion homologation special that our best glimpse into this rare vehicle. Have you ever wondered how to check the oil in a Porsche GT1 or how to open the rear clamshell? Well, today is your lucky day as we get to learn every little detail about this incredible car.

In the mid-1990s Porsche decided it wanted to compete in the top level of sports car racing and intended to join the BPR Global GT Series.

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