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Recent articles

The shunning of Takata

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9
The debate is over: Takata is expendable. ...

Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. ...

New Toyota taxi promises to change Tokyo streetscape

10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Toyota says it will launch a next-generation taxi for the Japan market in 2018 -- a bulbous, hatchback hybrid. ...

Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation. ...

Akio Toyoda's aggressive reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
Akio Toyoda is rolling out an aggressive overhaul of Toyota Motor Corp. that aims to improve everything from manufacturing and product planning to design and human resour ...

Japan brands' impact on U.S. economy expands, study says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24
Japanese automakers delivered record contributions to the U.S. economy last year, both in the number of people it employs and in workforce compensation, driven by booming ...

Nissan's prototype Leaf tests new autonomous technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23
Nissan, aiming to put autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, has unveiled its latest prototype, a sensor-laden Leaf electric vehicle that can change lanes, pass cars an ...

Japanese automakers fuel a return to tradition: The future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative powertrains will be on display as Japanese automakers seek to rekindle the Tokyo Motor Show's reputation for futuristic t ...

Toyota shoots to be CO2-free; now comes the hard part

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Toyota has spelled out its bold plan to virtually wipe out deployment of traditional gasoline engines by 2050 in a bid to slash its corporate carbon footprint. ...

Prius greener, but will it be meaner?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Toyota popped the hood of its next-generation Prius, detailing a litany of impressive high-tech upgrades to the flagship hybrid in everything from fuel economy to safety. ...

Toyota tech keeps driver in seat with hands off wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17
As shown by an impressive demonstration on a crowded Tokyo freeway, Toyota's vision for autonomous driving keeps customers always in the driver's seat even if their hands ...

Toyota outlines ambitious plan to slash CO2

6:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Toyota aims to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles and 7 million additional hybrids by 2020 as part of a sweeping new environmental plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions. ...

Toyota, aiming for new showcase, packs Prius with tech

UPDATED: 10/13/15 9:49 am ET - adds details, link
Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means “t ...

Mitsubishi to unveil new design direction with crossover concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
A low-slung, all-electric compact crossover concept Mitsubishi will debut this month at the Tokyo Motor Show showcases a new design language for the brand. ...

No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at ...

Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel ce ...

Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept targets social media junkies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Nissan will unveil a concept minicar this month at the Tokyo Motor Show in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is envisioned laminated with touch-screen displays ...

Aggressive makeover for Impreza?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Subaru's Impreza 5-Door Concept to be unveiled this month at the Tokyo Motor Show previews the next-generation Impreza expected in the U.S. in late 2016. ...

Forester gets fresh fascia, wider stance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
A midcycle update of Subaru's Forester includes fresh styling touches and new safety technology. ...

Toyota unveils self-driving safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
Toyota, aiming to deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020, will deploy technology this year that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind-spots, warn of changi ...

Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9
Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month's Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling. The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell ...

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. ...