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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 engineer admits probably wouldn't fly elsewhere, represents a bid to win the coveted 20 ...

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 ...

Toyota, Mazda form partnership to share technologies, confront cost challenges

UPDATED: 5/13/2015 8:35 am ET -- adds details, background
Toyota and Mazda have agreed to form a “long-term partnership” that deepens collaboration on products, manufacturing and technologies as carmakers race to spr ...

Nissan operating profit falls 13% as strong N.A. sales offset by Japan, China weakness

5:17 am U.S. ET | May 13
Operating profit at Nissan declined 13 percent in the latest quarter, as falling sales in key markets such as Japan and China offset gains from a favorable exchange rate ...

Subaru will add capacity 4 years ahead of schedule

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Red-hot Subaru, gunning for a seventh year of record U.S. sales, is boosting production capacity in North America four years ahead of schedule. ...

Toyota quarterly profit jumps 46% on U.S. sales, weak yen

UPDATED: 5/8/15 3:52 pm ET - adds photo
Booming North American sales and big foreign exchange gains powered surging profits at Toyota in the latest quarter while propelling record full-year earnings. Operating ...

Subaru maker reports 21% profit increase; plans more U.S. capacity

3:31 am U.S. ET | May 8
The maker of Subaru vehicles, Fuji Heavy Industries, reported a 21 percent surge in quarterly operating profit as advantageous exchange rates and surging U.S. sales deliv ...

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo. ...

Honda troubles take toll on N.A. profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
North America is no longer Honda Motor Co.'s go-to cash cow. ...

Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its ...

Honda fiscal Q4 operating profit falls 32% on recall costs, flat car sales

6:08 am U.S. ET | April 28
Tepid sales and a barrage of recall costs hammered profits at Honda in the latest quarter, forcing the carmaker to miss its main targets for full-year earnings and unit s ...

China's cheap car strategy for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test hi ...

To EV or not to EV: The China question

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beiji ...

Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. ...

Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year. ...

Q80 Inspiration concept's design flourishes arrive in Infiniti lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Futuristic design flourishes from Infiniti's Q80 Inspiration concept are already creeping into the lineup. Now Infiniti shows, via the long-wheelbase Q70 sedan unveiled i ...
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