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Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from ...

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30
Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerativ ...

Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides

Aug. 30, 2015 10:54 CET
Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the tw ...

Honda offers face-lift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid

7:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27
Honda hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version goes on sale in Japan in October and is expected t ...

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET
Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the com ...

How Ford's partnership with Mazda unraveled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
The breakup of the Ford-Mazda partnership illustrated how even the most successful of long-term alliances can unravel under external pressures. ...

Toyota plans Olympic all-stars, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22
Toyota will capitalize on its sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics by launching a string of new models tied to the games, including a taxi and fuel cell cars, a Japanese maga ...

The man charged with meeting Nissan's profit-margin goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15
Trevor Mann, Nissan's chief performance officer and a self-declared efficiency fanatic, has the automaker within striking distance of its goal of an 8 percent operating-p ...

Lear keeps investment plan unchanged in China

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Of the challenges facing global automakers in China, the recent downturn of the country's stock market is relative small potatoes, a top U.S. auto supplier executive says ...

Mazda concept in Frankfurt may preview CX-3 or CX-5 variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Mazda's Koeru crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt auto show could preview a sporty Mazdaspeed version of the CX-3 or CX-5 crossover, or a freshening of the CX-5. ...

Toyota still No. 1 where it counts: Profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Toyota Motor Corp. may have lost its title as world's biggest automaker halfway through the year, but it beat its two top rivals by miles in profits in the latest quarter ...

Mazda will preview new crossover with Frankfurt concept

Aug. 7, 2015 10:15 CET
Mazda will unveil a crossover concept at next month's Frankfurt auto show that may preview a variant of an existing nameplate or an update of the aging CX-9 crossover. ...

How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong

UPDATED: 8/3/15 10:50 am ET - corrected
The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how ...

Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region fo ...

Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Toyota Motor Corp. sees high-tech braking as so critical to its next-generation vehicles, it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run Advics, its brake-makin ...

Denso maps out two-pronged mpg drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2 ...

Aisin aims to increase sales beyond top customer Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Aisin Seiki, Toyota Motor Corp.'s second-biggest supplier, is taking a counterintuitive approach to building business with its top customer. ...

JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his c ...

Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Hiroshi Moriya, CEO of Calsonic Kansei Corp., wants a bigger slice of sales from customers beside Nissan Motor Co., its top shareholder with a 42 percent stake. He also ...

Mitsubishi to end U.S. vehicle output, shutter factory by Nov. if there's no buyer

UPDATED: 7/24/15 6:51 pm ET -- new story
Mitsubishi will shutter its only North American assembly plant by November if it can’t find a buyer for the factory, and will soon start shipping tooling back to Ja ...

High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21
GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automa ...

A pledge to boost Nissan's Japan production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Nissan can manufacture profitably in Japan at any exchange rate when the dollar buys more than 100 yen, but it struggles when the dollar is weaker than that ...

Ghosn pledges to boost Nissan's Japan production

7:20 am U.S. ET | July 16
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn credited the Japanese government for bringing the yen to export-friendly levels and pledged to boost domestic production in the next two years. ...

Honda's car-less CEO holding out for dream wheels -- the Civic Type R

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 14
When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be the new CEO of Honda, he didn't rush out to buy a new car, Honda brand or otherwise. ...

CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the comp ...
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