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A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. ...

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members. ...

Honda to make English official language by 2020

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 3
Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was “stupid” to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. ...

Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor

UPDATED: 6/30/15 10:37 am ET -- corrected
Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. ...

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a pers ...

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as tod ...

Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automake ...

Toyoda defends 'close friend' Hamp after arrest

UPDATED: 6/19/15 10:35 am ET - adds link, video
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda defended his "close friend" and global communications chief Julie Hamp a day after her arrest for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers and prom ...

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19
Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient techn ...

Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19
Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines. ...

Hyundai wants to gain performance cred

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 13
For the last three years, a team of select engineers at Hyundai's sprawling Namyang technical center outside Seoul has been toiling on a project to spice up the brand's h ...

Japanese launch plan for cars to help power electric grid

8:11 am U.S. ET | June 8
Japanese automakers aim to solidify their global leadership in electric-vehicle charging standards by extending the technology to vehicle-to-infrastructure energy transfe ...

Subaru raising 'brand value' to offset costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
The head of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries says the all-wheel-drive specialist needs to raise its “brand value” to offset the increased costs for green te ...

Nissan names Toyota Europe veteran as sales chief

June 3, 2015 08:57 CET
Nissan named Toyota Europe veteran Daniele Schillaci as its new global head of sales and marketing, filling the final major vacancy left by last year's departure of forme ...

Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2
Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eve ...

Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broade ...

Designers aim at China's new generation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31
The brash design of Nissan's designed-for-China Lannia sedan, which even its chief product specialist admits probably wouldn't fly elsewhere, represents a bid to win the ...

Honda expands airbag recall in Japan

4:32 am U.S. ET | May 28
The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators. ...

Can 4th-gen MX-5 Miata renew interest in small sporty cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segmen ...

Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China

7:51 am U.S. ET | May 25
With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaching, Japan is watching nervously to see whether its carmakers will be hit by another anti-Japan backlash in C ...

Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24
Wrapping up several years of opening factories, Nissan will now channel investment into new products and technologies, including electrified drivetrains, fuel cells, auto ...

Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22
For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors op ...

N. America revs up Nissan's profit engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
North America has returned as Nissan's top profit engine thanks to reined-in incentives, smoother production starts and a rush of new product. ...

What drew Mazda, Toyota together?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17
Akio Toyoda and Masamichi Kogai sounded more like lovebirds than CEOs when they announced a shared vision for wide-ranging Toyota-Mazda cooperation. ...

Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

UPDATED: 5/14/15 8:54 pm ET - adds Nissan details
The Takata airbag recall expanded by millions more vehicles for the second time in as many days, with Honda and Daihatsu calling back more inflators. The latest recalls a ...
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