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Tesla, Panasonic agree to team on U.S. gigafactory
7:02 am U.S. ET | July 31
Tesla Motors and Panasonic have agreed to cooperate on the construction and operation of the American carmaker's so-called gigafactory, its envisioned large-scale battery ...

Lexus' plans exclude China plant
5:13 pm U.S. ET | July 30
Lexus has no plans to join the rush of carmakers manufacturing in China because it has to learn to crawl in that market before it runs, a top executive says. ...

Toyota luxury boss says sub-$30K car 'wouldn't be a Lexus'
3:10 pm U.S. ET | July 30
A senior Lexus executive said that a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the brand, in an indirect dig at German rivals who have been moving downmarket. ...

Nissan vows to keep it quirky after cutting Cube
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
After dropping two polarizing nameplates for 2015 -- the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet -- Nissan pledges to add an "iconic" design to keep its lineup quirky. ...

Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. ...

Nissan pledges to keep it quirky after cutting Cube
6:35 am U.S. ET | July 23
Nissan pledges to add an “iconic” design to keep its lineup quirky after cutting two of the brand's most polarizing nameplates, the Cube and Murano CrossCabri ...

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial real ...

Nissan's Ghosn offers auto-driving reality check
10:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, whose company made waves last year by pledging to develop autonomous cars by 2020, dialed back those expectations. ...

Toyota delays delivery of 23,000 vehicles covered by neighbor's tar, soot
7:18 am U.S. ET | July 16
Toyota has to delay delivery of thousands of vehicles, including some 20,000 for export, because it has to clean up a mess left by a neighbor. ...

2015 Tokyo Motor Show to return to October after schedule mishap
11:03 am U.S. ET | July 15
The Tokyo Motor Show, accidentally booked last year to overlap with shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, will return to its traditional late October slot in 2015 in a bid ...

Toyota's massive engine overhaul
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. ...

Hyundai, Kia tune into tuning
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
A wave of deregulation has opened the door for Hyundai and Kia to finally bring out some bling. ...

Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option. ...

Infiniti will move ahead even without de Nysschen
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Dealers and employees at Infiniti understandably may feel some unease following last week's news that President Johan de Nysschen, 54, is leaving the brand after just two ...

How Infiniti will move ahead without de Nysschen
6:55 am U.S. ET | July 11
Johan de Nysschen's unexpected departure from the helm of Infiniti to Cadillac comes at a delicate time for Nissan's luxury brand, just as things were falling into place. ...

GM hires de Nysschen to replace Ferguson as Cadillac chief
8:16 am U.S. ET | July 11 | UPDATED: 7/11/14 12:27 pm ET - updates start date
General Motors is hiring Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive who is leaving Nissan's Infiniti, to lead global Cadillac sales, GM said today. ...

Infiniti boss de Nysschen leaving Nissan's luxury brand
9:30 pm U.S. ET | July 10 | UPDATED: 7/10/14 11:26 pm ET
Johan de Nysschen, the former Audi executive lured away in 2012 by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to jumpstart the Infiniti luxury brand, is leaving the Japanese carmaker. ...

Next-gen BRZ planned, says Subaru boss
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Subaru plans another generation of the BRZ, the sporty coupe jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corp. ...

Subaru struggles to satisfy customers
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Subaru, flush with record profits and poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, may be a little too hot for the liking of Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. ...

Chrysler to sell small cars from Mitsubishi in Mexico
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. ...

Supplier price-fixing crackdown jolts Japan's business culture
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4 | UPDATED: 7/7/14 3:59 pm ET
Compared with just two years ago, Japanese parts makers are scrambling to educate employees on actions that are off-limits. The buzzword of the times: compliance. ...

Chrysler to sell Mitsubishi-supplied small cars in Mexico
10:28 pm U.S. ET | June 30
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November. ...

Next-gen Prius launch delayed 6 months
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Toyota Motor Corp. has delayed the start of production for the fourth-generation Prius from next spring until December 2015. ...

Toyota's new Prius hybrid delayed 6 months
June 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has delayed the launch of its fourth-generation Prius hybrid from the second to the fourth quarter of 2015. A source said the carmaker was continuing to work on ma ...

Ford's China explosion: 88 stores open in just 1 day
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Over the span of just one day, June 19, Ford opened 88 dealerships in the country, bringing its total to 750 outlets in the world's biggest auto market. ...

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