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Dec. 16, 2015, 10:33 AM
- Automobile stocks are racing higher across the board.
- There's self-driving car news out of Ford and Google, amid the larger story of the continual slide in oil prices.
- Notable movers today include Honda (HMC +3.1%), Nissan(OTCPK:NSANY +3%), Ford (F +1.8%), Tata Motors (TTM +1.9%), and Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.6%).
- Across the broader vehicle industry, there's also some buying activity with Kandi Technologies (KNDI +6%), Navistar (NAV +1.6%), Gentherm (THRM +2.5%), and Delphi Automotive (DLPH +2.1%).
Dec. 10, 2015, 3:07 AM
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) the automaker is now barreling down the runway. The FAA has just certified the HondaJet, a $4.5M entry level business jet, which has been in development for almost three decades.
- With leather seats for as many as seven passengers, the company bills HondaJet as the fastest, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.
- Other features? Its jet engines are located on top of the wings, increasing fuel efficiency by about 15% and freeing up about 20% more cabin space than comparable aircraft.
Dec. 9, 2015, 9:53 AM
- The NHTSA proposes adding new safety categories to its ratings systems with an aim to accelerate technology innovation and integration.
- Safety features such as forward collision warnings, blind-spot alerts, lane departure information, and rear cameras would be part of the ratings system under the changes.
- The push from the regulator could help some auto suppliers such as Delphi Automotive (DLPH +1.4%) and Mobileye (MBLY +2.5%), notes the WSJ.
- Autoliv (ALV +2.1%), WABCO Holdings (WBC +1.5%), Borg Warner (BWA +1.3%), and Meritor (MTOR +1.3%) are all ahead of market averages in early action today, perhaps due to the NHTSA strategy reveal.
- Related auto stocks GM, F, TM, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:BAMXY, TSLA, TTM, OTC:HYMLF.
- NHTSA press release
Dec. 1, 2015, 12:52 PM| Dec. 1, 2015, 12:52 PM
Nov. 30, 2015, 11:29 AM
- Automobile production in Japan fell 0.5% to 813,110 units in October, according to data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- Sales have now been down for 16 consecutive months after a sales tax increase was initiated by the Japanese government.
- Exports rose during October as demand from Europe continues to improve.
- JAMA release
- Japanese automakers: OTCPK:NSANY, TM, HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:MMTOF.
Nov. 24, 2015, 2:06 PM
- TrueCar forecasts new automobile sales will rise 3.9% Y/Y in November to 1,352,500 units. That level of sales would set a record for November.
- Black Friday promotions are anticipated to boost sales volume at the end of the month. Several automakers are already advertising specials for the post-Thanksgiving weekend.
- Sales growth projections by manufacturer: BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) -0.2% to 36K, Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) +0.5% to 38.1K, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) +4.1% to 179.1K, Ford (NYSE:F) +4.2% to 194.1K, General Motors (NYSE:GM) +5.7% to 238.6K, Honda (NYSE:HMC) +0.4% to 122.3K, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +6.2% to 57K, Kia +0.6% to 45.2K, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +4.1% to 107.4M, Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) -1.7% to 44.5K, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +4.2% to 191K, Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +1.3% to 54.2K.
Nov. 17, 2015, 8:22 AM
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) car registrations +5.4% to 9,709 units in October, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- Overall EU registrations +2.9% Y/Y to 1,394,223 units in October, led by strong demand in Italy and Spain. Registrations in Germany and France were up 1%.
- Honda market share: 0.9% vs. 0.9% a year ago.
- Honda YTD registrations -2.9%.
- EAMA release (.pdf)
Nov. 12, 2015, 9:07 AM
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) plans to introduce the Clarity fuel cell vehicle to North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
- The FCV model is due to hit showrooms in Japan durin the spring of 2016. A U.S. roll-out will be very limited due to infrastructure limitations.
- The Clarity uses hydrogen to power its battery with a clean emissions byproduct of only water.
Nov. 4, 2015, 10:45 AM
- Honda (HMC -2.9%) is lower after reporting FQ2 results and finally severing ties with scandal-ridden Takata. FQ2 profit missed the estimate of analysts.
- The automaker showed weak demand in its home nation again, partially offset by improved results in China and the U.S.
- Honda lowered FY16 unit sales forecasts for motorcycles, automobiles, and power products.
- Previously: Honda Motor reports FQ2 results (Nov. 04 2015)
Nov. 4, 2015, 7:36 AM
- Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC): FQ2 EPS of ¥70.88.
- Revenue of ¥3,621B (+15.6% Y/Y).
Nov. 4, 2015, 3:05 AM
- The NHTSA is imposing a fine of up to $200M on Japanese air bag maker Takata (OTCPK:TKTDY) for providing inaccurate information about its explosive safety devices that have so far been linked to eight deaths.
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) didn't take the news lightly. The automaker immediately dropped its longtime partner as an air bag provider, stating it had "misrepresented and manipulated test data."
- Inflator suppliers that could see a boost from the news: Autoliv (NYSE:ALV), TRW Automotive (NYSE:TRW) and Daicel.
Nov. 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
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Nov. 3, 2015, 11:12 AM
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) unit sales +8.6% to 131,651, roughly in-line with expectations.
- Honda division truck sales stood out with a 19% increase.
- Sales in the Honda division increased +9.3% to 115,572 units, while Acura sales were up 0.5% to 16,079 units.
- Sales growth by model: Accord +11% to 30,121; Civic +15% to 27,789; Pilot +63% to 12,913; CR-V -0.8% to 29,032; Acura ILX +15% to 1,860; Acura TLX +18% to 5,777.
- YTD Honda sales +3.0% to 1,281,777 units.
Oct. 31, 2015, 12:51 PM
- The European Automobile Manufacturers Association issued a statement this week in which it forecasts that a "substantial number" of diesel models will have to be phased out earlier than anticipated.
- The harsh assessment was mirrored by several heavyweight CEOs at the Tokyo Motor Show. The major focus of the event has been next-gen concepts like hydrogen-powered cars and self-driving features, while execs such as Nissan's Carlos Ghosn have marginalized the future of diesel.
- Many automobile industry insiders have noted that diesel was in decline due to the focus on emissions even before Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) rocked the industry with a cheating scandal.
- The mix of technology, EV, hydrogen, and powertrain changes have kept analysts buzzing over the proper valuations to assign to major players. A reset of demand expectations in China also factors in significantly.
- Automobile industry stocks: DAN, BWA, MTOR, TRW, FDML, DLPH,GNTX, SMP, AXL, MPAA, ALV, MOD, DLPH, VC, THRM, WPRT, GM, F, TM, FCAU, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, TTM, TSLA, THRM, BWA, JCI, TEN, CPS, LDL, TOWR, OTCPK:PEUGF, OTC:RNSDF, OTCPK:RNLSY.
- Previously: Hydrogen and self-driving cars the talk at the Toyota Motor Show (Oct. 29)
Oct. 29, 2015, 10:03 PM
- BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) says it will introduce the 740Li sedan sometime after 2020 after compressed hydrogen technology is worked out. The top fuel cell exec at the German automaker says the driving range of the hydrogen-powered car will top the 435 mile range of the Toyota Mirai.
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) is receiving high marks after giving a sneak peek at the Clarity fuel cell sedan. Car and Driver and Wired both issued positive reviews after brief looks at the car. The automaker will roll out the Clarity FCV next year in select markets in Japan.
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) showed off the futuristic IDS Concept EV which will incorporate advanced autonomous driving features. The preview was one of the most detailed looks at how a self-driving mode could be used in the industry. Nissan also made it clear that it's setting a very high target on driving range.
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) weighed in on the sustainable future of hydrogen. The company says the FCV Plus will be able to generate electricity from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle.
- Though the buzz on hydrogen was positive out of Tokyo, questions on infrastructure and costs still need to be worked out.
- Details on the Tokyo Motor Show
Oct. 29, 2015, 7:03 AM
- Toyota (NYSE:TM) steered away from the Japanese supplier network for an important component of the new Corolla model in what could be a critical development for the automobile supplier industry.
- The automaker picked German firm Continental (OTC:CTTAF) over Denso (OTCPK:DNZOF, OTCPK:DNZOY).
- The Japanese business style called keiretsu (tight control) has held back innovation in the opinion of some experts.
- Related stocks: HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:NSANY.
Honda Motor Co Ltd develops, produces and manufactures motor products, including small general-purpose engines and scooters and specialty sports cars. The Company operates in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia and Other Regions.
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