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Recent articles
Booming Ford banks on China product blitz
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25
Ford, on a rampage in China, aims improve on its 4. ...


Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise
6:41 am U.S. ET | April 24 | UPDATED: 4/24/15 7:44 pm ET - corrected
Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales. ...


Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years
7:47 am U.S. ET | April 24
Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years. ...


Toyota makes noise with Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
10:18 am U.S. ET | April 24
For all its silence, Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle actually can be pretty noisy. ...


Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?
11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21
Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Kodo design language. Scion, meanwhile, is rolling the dice on a car even Mazda thinks U.S. demand ...


Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the brand's image through design. ...


Lexus retools ES with bolder looks for U.S., China
12:57 pm U.S. ET | April 20
Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. to come up with the more aggressive looks of the refreshed ES sedan that goes into production in the United States later th ...


Shanghai show cleans up its act
6:36 am U.S. ET | April 20
Automakers in China found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year's Shanghai auto show. When doors opened to the press today, there were plenty of ...


Ghosn says China needs to boost incentives to move EVs
8:25 am U.S. ET | April 20
Nissan CEO and EV champion Carlos Ghosn says he is disappointed with electric vehicle sales in China and that the government needs to step up incentives to help the green ...


New markets, production for GM Korea
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
General Motors' massive operation in South Korea lost a big reason for being when bosses in Detroit decided in late 2013 to pull the plug on the Chevrolet brand in Europe ...


Subaru aims to expand STI performance line
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18
Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line. ...


South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers
10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17
South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. ...


Toyota investments in Mexico, China to usher in new cost-efficiency strategy
9:00 am U.S. ET | April 15 | UPDATED: 4/15/15 10:48 am ET - adds link
Opening its purse after a three-year expansion freeze, Toyota announced plans today to spend nearly $1. ...


Mazda gets artsy in Milan
7:38 am U.S. ET | April 14
Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda, making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker? ...


Japan electronic giants embrace autos after consumer-goods struggles
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Japan's storied electronics companies are struggling in the cutthroat consumer goods market amid cheaper, and often more innovative, rivals from South Korea and China. ...


Honda sees return to roots in S660
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The Honda S660 mini sports roadster that went on sale in Japan this month may never be sold in the U.S., but could presage Honda's sports cars of the future. ...


Nissan may add Rogue hybrid in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Nissan unveiled the X-Trail Hybrid for the Japan market. It is considering a hybrid version of the crossover's sister vehicle, the Rogue, for the U.S. ...


Toyota's new engine lineup grows with 1.2-liter turbo
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11
Toyota is stepping up a global engine upgrade of 14 high-efficiency powerplants through 2015 with the deployment of a new downsized turbo unit. ...


Congressional grilling was Akio Toyoda's defining moment
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Akio Toyoda's moment of self-discovery came on what could have been the worst day of his life, sitting before a U.S. ...


Hyundai's advanced safety goes mainstream
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Hyundai Motor Co., aiming to outpace rivals, will ramp up use of low-cost advanced safety systems and new autonomous driving features by 2020. ...


Meet South Korea's newest automaker
11:10 am U.S. ET | April 3
Cony Motor doesn't have a factory or a single customer. Its vehicles aren't even street-legal yet. ...


Hamp, Toyota's first female senior exec, says building trust is top priority
12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 3
Julie Hamp this week became Toyota's first female senior executive, overseeing global communications from Toyota City. ...


Mitsubishi reworks Outlander for loud looks, quiet ride
11:30 am U.S. ET | April 2
Mitsubishi unveiled a heavily reworked 2016 Outlander with a racy black-and-chrome grille, plus a skid plate effect in the rear, and metallic body cladding beneath the do ...


Hyundai debuts 3-door compact crossover in Seoul
6:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Hyundai is bending segment definitions again with the Enduro compact crossover concept. ...


Kia debuts Novo coupe-styled sedan at Seoul show
8:00 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Kia unveiled a compact coupe-styled sedan concept at the Seoul Motor Show that previews future design directions with sporty creasing and a new nose. ...


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