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Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Mitsubishi will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions. ...

Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8
Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a ...

Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge

7:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week's historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was one of elation. ...

Toyota responds to U.S. inquiry over vehicles being used by ISIS

7:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
Toyota says it is cooperating with a U.S. inquiry into why its trucks are falling into the hands of the terror group ISIS. ...

Subaru hints at future vehicles with 2 Tokyo show concepts

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Subaru is about to shift to a new global platform that will underpin its entire lineup and propel what it hopes will be a new phase of growth. ...

Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, sc ...

Subaru preps midcycle update for Forester at Tokyo show

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Subaru will unveil an update of the Forester at this month's Tokyo Motor Show, freshening the crossover's styling and installing the company's latest safety technology. ...

Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is ...

Honda will show fuel cell car in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Honda will unveil a near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show late this month, throwing down a challenge to the Toyota's Mi ...

Does Mazda concept for Tokyo point to RX sports car's return?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Mazda plans to unveil a sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that is sure to stoke speculation about a possible successor to the RX-8. ...

Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. ...

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omn ...

Designing Jeep for a new era of overseas conquests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
The new compact Renegade is the first Jeep designed expressly for the international market. It's a balancing act for the design team at Jeep. ...

Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family re ...

Suzuki gets last laugh, and vindication, on failed VW partnership

6:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Suzuki executives can't help but feel some sense of vindication at the unraveling of former partner Volkswagen over its diesel dupe. ...

2 suppliers steer in opposite directions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Two of the world's biggest steering suppliers have diametrically opposed views of the importance of steer-by-wire to the future of autonomous driving. ...

Hyundai unveils a more refined Elantra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Hyundai's redesigned Elantra sedan gets more streamlined styling, higher engine output, better fuel economy and improved driving dynamics through use of lightweight high- ...

Is strident Suzuki up to going solo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13
With the company's small global footprint and r&d budget, Suzuki's bid to remain independent after splitting with estranged partner Volkswagen will be a key test of wheth ...

Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11
Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car&# ...

6th-gen Hyundai Elantra gets new design, more safety tech, better mpg

6:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9
Hyundai pulled the wraps off a redesigned Elantra compact sedan that gets more mature, streamlined styling, higher engine output and better fuel economy. ...

Honda open-wheeled concept demonstrates 'floating' driver's seat

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Honda will debut an open-wheeled sporty car that features a dangling roofless “floating” driver's seat and “creative craftsmanship” at this month' ...

Nissan plays yo-yo purchasing amid yen’s wild ride

10:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
For years, Japan's carmakers scrambled to buy more parts overseas where their currency had better purchasing power. ...

GM fights U.S. sedan slump with exports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
Call it a new opportunity in international arbitrage. Sales of large sedans in the U.S. are in a funk. But sales of foreign cars in South Korea have never been hotter. ...

Discrete joint ventures and projects

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
Toyota exploits a mixed bag of discrete ventures where they make the most sense, while largely avoiding deeper entanglements. The objective is to learn what it can from i ...

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 ...
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