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Recent articles
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. ...


Subsidy question looms over Toyota FCV
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
A sparse refueling network won't be the only hurdle facing Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. A generous dollop of government subsidies will also be nec ...


In Japan, no airbags are better than hazardous ones
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28
The massive recall of airbags made by Japan's Takata presents a global fix-it fiasco. With millions of cars needing new airbag inflators, it will take months to remedy al ...


Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015
5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25 | UPDATED: 6/25/14 6:39 am ET - adds link to video
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United Sta ...


Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year
June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel ...


Honda, Nissan, Mazda expand recalls over Takata airbag flaw
3:51 am U.S. ET | June 23 | UPDATED: 6/23/14 3:00 pm ET -- adds NHTSA comment
The recall storm embroiling Takata airbags widened today with Honda, Nissan and Mazda calling back nearly 3 million vehicles to fix possibly defective inflator propellant ...


In 1 day, Ford blitzes China with 88 stores
7:22 am U.S. ET | June 23
It must be some kind of record and speaks to the rampant pace of business in China and the bounding aspirations of Ford there. ...


Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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