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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 ...

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 ...
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