Apr 10 Toyota to recall 6.39 mil. vehicles globally
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling a total of 6.39 million vehicles involving 27 model types globally due to a wide range of problems related to seats and electrical systems. (Kyodo )
Apr 05 Toyota Aqua 2013's best-selling vehicle
Toyota Motor's Aqua compact hybrid car is the best selling vehicle in Japan for the second straight year. (NHK )
Mar 20 Toyota to pay 1.2-billion-dollar penalty in U.S.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> has agreed to pay 1.2 billion dollars in financial penalty over the unintended sudden acceleration problem that led to massive recalls by the leading Japanese automaker in the United States in 2009-2010. (Jiji Press )
Mar 01 Mazda opens new plant in Salamanca, Mexico
Mazda Motor Corp. chairman Takashi Yamanouchi opened the company's new small-car assembly plant in Mexico Friday, calling it the company's "most important global strategic base." (autoweek.com )
Feb 23 Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US
Mexico is on track to become the United States' No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, overtaking Japan and Canada in a manufacturing boom that's turning the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home by migrants. (Washington Post )
Feb 22 Owners in Japan asked not to drive new Porsche model after fires
Porsche Japan K.K. decided Friday to ask owners of the new Porsche 911 GT3 sports car in Japan not to drive their cars until the causes of recent fires involving the model in Europe are discovered. (Jiji Press )
Feb 10 Toyota to end Australian production by 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017. (NHK )
Feb 10 Honda debuts XS1 Concept: It's compact, sporty, utilitarian; not quite an SUV
Japanese automakers are making a strong showing in the compact car segment of the 12th Auto Expo 2014, currently underway in New Dehli. (akihabaranews.com )
Feb 04 Japan's new car sales soar 27.5 pct in Jan.
Japan's domestic new car sales, excluding mini vehicles, soared 27.5 percent on yearly basis to 292,446 units in January, rising for five consecutive month, local media reported Monday. (Global Times )
Jan 30 Toyota group annual output tops 10 mil. units
The Toyota Motor group produced more than 10 million vehicles last year, becoming the first automaker to reach that figure. (NHK )
Jan 29 Mass production of FCVs to begin
Automakers are ready to begin full-fledged production of fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs), dubbed "the ultimate form of eco-friendly cars." (The Japan News )
Jan 24 Toyota sets global sales target
Toyota Motor expects all-time high global sales of vehicles next year, renewing its record for the 3rd year in a row. (NHK )
Jan 15 Toyota likely the world's top seller again in 2013
Toyota Motor appears to have grabbed the Number 1 spot among global carmakers for the second straight year. (NHK )
Jan 15 Toyota's sports coupe unveiled at Detroit show
Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled its boldly designed FT-1 sports coupe concept car on the opening day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. Toyota hopes that the FT-1 will attract young people partly because of its race car exterior. (The Japan News )
Jan 14 Brash image keeps Big 3 tiny in Japan
Japanese automakers dominate their home market with more than a 90 percent share, and have also captured more than a third of the United States market. American automakers say the playing field is tilted against them. (New York Times )
Jan 10 Toyota's Aqua top-selling car in Japan in 2013
Toyota Motor's Aqua hybrid compact car was the top-selling vehicle in Japan in 2013. (NHK )
Dec 25 A minicar named Hustler? Japan's brand names raise eyebrows
Suzuki Motor Corp had little idea that the name "Hustler" for its new, boxy minicar aimed at outdoorsy Japanese customers might cause mirth among English speakers for its association with an adult magazine - but it's not alone. (Reuters )
Dec 11 Japanese carmakers regain top share in China
Japanese automakers regained the top share in China's foreign car market last month. Their sales nearly doubled from a year earlier. (NHK )
Dec 04 In Japan, General Motors has high hopes, low sales
General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year. (miamiherald.com )
Nov 26 Nissan tests automatic car on public road
Nissan Motor staged a test run of a self-driving car on a highway in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo. (NHK )
Nov 24 Volkswagen Golf named Car of The Year Japan
Major German automaker Volkswagen AG's mainstay Golf small passenger car was selected as the Car of The Year Japan on Saturday, becoming the first imported car winning the award that was created in 1980. (Jiji Press )
Nov 22 Yamaha, known for bikes, unveils car at auto show
Yamaha Motor Co. has unveiled a prototype of its Motiv small vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Yomiuri )
Nov 22 Toyota strikes first-ever hybrid parts sharing deal in China
Toyota said Thursday it plans to develop components for hybrid vehicles with two Chinese automakers, in an unprecedented technology-sharing deal aimed at boosting green car sales in the world's largest vehicle market. (AFP )
Nov 21 Media preview held for 2013 Tokyo Motor Show
Journalists have been given a glimpse of this year's Tokyo Motor Show, a venue for global automakers to show off their next-generation models. (NHK )
Nov 20 JAMA chief plays up Japanese tech ahead of Tokyo Motor Show
Japanese automobile industry leader Akio Toyoda on Tuesday emphasized advanced technologies held by the nation's automakers ahead of the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show scheduled to open to the public on Saturday. (Jiji Press )
Nov 15 Mitsubishi Motors cuts Japan electric car price by up to $9,100
Mitsubishi Motors Corp has slashed the price of its i-MiEV electric minicar in Japan by up to $9,100, aiming to boost sluggish sales as makers of electric vehicles face slower-than-expected acceptance of the technology. (Reuters )
Nov 13 Nissan says to bring luxury Infiniti badge home
Nissan Motor Co Ltd will start selling Infiniti-badged cars in Japan for the first time as it tries to position the brand as a global competitor to prestige European cars, the company said on Monday. (Reuters )
Nov 12 Mazda's SUV with auto stop system crashes in test drive, injuring 2
A CX-5 sport-utility vehicle of Mazda Motor Corp. has slammed into a fence during a public event to test the newly released model's automatic braking system in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, injuring two men, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press )
Nov 10 Abe rides in automated cars
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a ride in experimental automated cars designed to help prevent collisions and other traffic accidents. (NHK )
Nov 08 76 vehicles to make world debuts at Tokyo Motor Show
A total of 76 vehicles are set to make their world debuts at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show to be held from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the organizer of the event, said Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Nov 08 Honda Fit retakes top spot in Japan
Honda Motor Co.'s Fit subcompact was the top-selling car in Japan in October, returning to the No. 1 slot for the first time since April 2011, industry data showed Thursday. (Yomiuri )
Nov 06 Toyota color-changing car to debut at Tokyo Motor Show
A chameleon-like vehicle that changes color according to the driver's mood, suggests destinations based on facial expressions, and warns of cars in blind spots forms part of Toyota Motor Corp.'s vision for the future. (newsday.com )
Nov 06 Nissan, Mitsubishi to cooperate on car development
Two major Japanese auto makers, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors, say they will consider working together to jointly develop and produce electric vehicles. (NHK )
Oct 26 Mitsubishi to launch Hello Kitty Mirage
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has announced it will sell Mirage compact cars decorated with Hello Kitty motifs on Nov. 1, the 40th birthday of the popular Sanrio Co. character. (Yomiuri )
Oct 24 Honda to exhibit micro sports car at auto show
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday that it will showcase the S660 Concept micro sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show, which will be opened to the public from Nov. 23. (Yomiuri )
Oct 11 Toyota unveils cars with auto pilot
Toyota on Friday unveiled the next generation of cars featuring an auto pilot system that will swerve to avoid collisions and also keep to the middle of the road, all without drivers touching the wheel. (deccanchronicle.com )
Oct 10 Court voids New York's exclusive Yellow Cab contract with Nissan
A New York state court issued a ruling Tuesday invalidating New York City's contract to give Japan's Nissan Motor Co. the exclusive vehicle supplier status for the next Yellow Cab fleet. (Jiji Press )
Oct 10 Mazda to launch remodeled Axela on Nov. 21
Mazda Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will launch its fully remodeled Axela in Japan on Nov. 21. (Yomiuri )
Oct 04 Fuji Heavy to install new EyeSight system
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has announced that its next-generation EyeSight collision avoidance system will be installed in new vehicles it will launch in 2014. (Yomiuri )
Oct 01 Lamborghini signals luxury shift from China to U.S., Japan
After years of profiting from China's appetite for high-priced toys, makers of hyper-luxury cars are shifting their focus back to more traditional markets such as the U.S. and Japan. (Bloomberg )
Sep 28 Toyota recalls 615,000 minivans
Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. because they can inadvertently shift out of park and roll away. (Yomiuri )
Sep 25 Electric sports car to travel around Japan
A customized sports car powered by electricity set out Tuesday on a trip around Japan to tout the appeal of zero-emission electric vehicles. (Jiji Press )
Sep 25 Mazda unveils driver-friendly display
Japan's Mazda Motor is planning to roll out a new model that company officials say will help motorists keep their eyes on the road. (NHK )
Sep 21 Green cars take center stage at auto show
The 21st Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), one of Asia's biggest automobile shows, kicked off on Thursday at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, with automakers aiming to step up their sales of eco-friendly cars. (Jakarta Post )
Sep 18 Eiji Toyoda, key figure in Toyota's rise, dies at 100
Eiji Toyoda, a member of Toyota's founding family who helped create the super-efficient "Toyota Way" production method, has died. He was 100. (Japan Today )
Sep 13 Honda unveils new Accord for Chinese market
Japan's Honda Motor has unveiled a new model of its key passenger car line for the Chinese market. (NHK )
Sep 05 Honda unveils world's most fuel-efficient HV
Officials at Honda Motor have unveiled what they're calling the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle. (NHK )
Aug 29 Nissan plans to sell self-driving cars by 2020
Officials at Japanese automaker Nissan have announced plans to put self-driving cars on the market by 2020. (NHK )
Jul 25 Toyota, Ford end hybrid partnership
Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have ended a partnership to jointly develop gas-electric hybrid systems for trucks and sport utility vehicles, the automakers said Tuesday. (Japan Times )
Jul 24 80,000 U.S. auto workers back tough line with Japan
More than 80,000 hourly and salaried U.S. auto workers signed a petition urging Congress to oppose approving a free-trade deal including Japan without significant changes on auto policy and currency by the world's third-largest economy. (detroitnews.com )
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