As automobile sales spread from China’s crowded east coast cities to the more-rural west, companies that move cars and spare parts by truck from factories to showrooms are expanding to meet the demand.
In 1986, Honda Motor Co. built a pair of robotic legs that could walk in a line. A decade later, it added an upper body. Yesterday in Tokyo, Honda’s latest robot, Asimo, met its first world leader: It chatted in English with U.S. President Barack Obama, then ran, jumped and kicked a soccer ball.
Toyota Motor Corp. , the world’s biggest automaker, said earnings may be reduced by output disruptions following Japan’s earthquake and tsunami last month, which contributed to a record decline in the nation’s auto sales.
Toyota Motor Corp. may delay the production of at least 500,000 vehicles in Japan because of a shortage of parts and electricity after the nation’s record earthquake, said an analyst at Advanced Research Japan.
Nissan Motor Co. led February U.S. sales gains for Asia-based carmakers, with its Altima passing Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry so far this year amid severe winter weather that again was blamed for chilling demand.