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Nissan Looking for Cheaper Car Batteries for Leaf

TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co is discussing with Panasonic Corp and overseas companies including Chinese firms the possible sale of its controlling stake in a car battery manufacturing venture, the Nikkei daily reported on Friday. The Japanese automaker wants to sell its 51 percent stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, which is jointly owned by NEC Corp,

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Daimler’s Blacklane is Expanding Globally

The German car-booking service Blacklane has raised its largest-yet financing round, in an eight-figure Series C round. What’s particularly interesting about this round is that it was led by existing investor Daimler, which wants Blacklane to expand its global business. Daimler (or more specifically its Daimler Financial Services business) is very active on the mobility services front at the moment.

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Japan may Beat U.S. to Allowing Camera-based Side Mirrors

The first Tesla Model X renderings may have shown unobtrusive camera pods in place of side-view mirrors, but production models have conventional mirrors. That’s because Tesla couldn’t convince U.S. regulators to allow it to replace door-mounted mirrors with cameras. Japanese regulators have a different view on the matter, it seems. Japan may be the first country to allow mirror-less cars

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MERCEDES Opens Virtual Reality Showroom in Central Tokyo

Potential car buyers visiting a Tokyo showroom for Mercedes-Benz may be surprised to discover there are no tires to kick and no leather interiors with the familiar “new car” smell: In fact, there isn’t a German luxury car in sight. Mercedes-Benz Japan Co. opened the doors to its virtual reality showroom on July 13 at Daikanyama Tsutaya Books in Shibuya

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PSA’s Brands Introduce BlueHDI Diesel Models in Japan

The Japanese automotive market is one almost totally biased towards gasoline engines – though diesel models have a larger following there than in America. But offering a diesel model on the market is kind of an adventure, because of the emissions regulations that are very strict. But PSA Peugeot Citroen seems to have faith in its prowess – especially given

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JAPAN’s DeNA Says Get on the Self-Driving Bus

Japanese mobile internet company DeNA Co. on Thursday said it would start a transportation service in Japan that uses self-driving buses, its latest push into autonomous driving. DeNA will use the EZ10 electric shuttle produced by EasyMile, a French driverless technology startup, that it has dubbed the “Robot Shuttle.” It will begin offering services next month at a large park

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