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SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor Co. is pitching its new Ioniq hybrid vehicle as the anti-hybrid hybrid: a green car with gusto and good looks.
And the compact hatchback delivered on that promise during a test drive this week on the northern outskirts of Seoul.
On largely deserted roads just outside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone dividing South Korea from its communist n ... Continue reading "Eight things to know about the new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid" » Jan 22, 2016 1:02 pm U.S. ET Permalink
GOTEMBA, Japan -- The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference.
The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version.
And the positive contrasts multiply after you slide the joystick to drive and silently peel off for a ride.
From the planted driver’ ... Continue reading "Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius" » Nov 18, 2015 3:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.
This year’s show, the 44th holding of the biennial event, drew 812,500 people, down from 902,800 visitors in 2013, said the organizer, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association sa ... Continue reading "Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show" » Nov 11, 2015 6:59 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn’t be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany’s famed Nurburgring circuit.
It’s a track the Toyota Motor Corp. CEO has run many times, including behind the wheel of a Lexus LFA du ... Continue reading "How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars" » Nov 9, 2015 6:47 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling.
The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell car.
The powertrain choice would tap a push by parent company Toyota Motor Corp. to expand the use of fuel cells.
Indeed, the Toyota brand is unveiling a fuel cell concept car, the FCV P ... Continue reading "Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo" » Oct 9, 2015 12:30 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week’s historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation.
And rightly so. At least from their point of view.
The deal gives Japan’s automakers almost unfettered access to 11 other countries. It also sets a relatively low bar for localized parts content. ... Continue reading "Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge" » Oct 7, 2015 7:42 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor Corp. executives can’t help but feel some sense of vindication at the unraveling of former partner Volkswagen over its diesel dupe.
After all, it was VW’s backbiting over diesel engines that helped torpedo their ill-fated tie-up that was officially unwound this month after four years of bitter arbitration.
VW incensed Suzuki when it accu ... Continue reading "Suzuki gets last laugh, and vindication, on failed VW partnership" » Sep 25, 2015 6:58 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak its styling, among other things.
Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the wait?
Remember, at a key milestone meeting in 2013, Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota’s executive vice president for r&d, said the proposed des ... Continue reading "Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?" » Sep 11, 2015 10:34 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Riding the yen’s ups and downs can be as much a matter of timing as it is planning. Nissan is working both angles.
For years, as the Japanese yen climbed higher against foreign currencies, the nation’s carmakers scrambled to buy more parts overseas where their currency had better purchasing power.
But now that the yen has done an about-face and is we ... Continue reading "Nissan plays yo-yo purchasing amid yen’s wild ride" » Sep 8, 2015 10:25 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Three years ago this September, Japanese automakers learned a nasty lesson about the power of history and nationalism in China.
Their sales in the world’s No. 1 market plunged amid a violent public backlash against Japanese cars following a territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing. Their market share has yet to recover.
Unfortunately for the Japanese auto ... Continue reading "Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China" » May 25, 2015 7:51 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- From the beginning, Mazda Motor Corp.’s deal to build a small car for Toyota Motor Corp. at Mazda’s new plant in Mexico was a marriage of convenience. But the debut this month of the vehicle, the Scion iA sedan, raises the question of which company is getting the better bargain.
Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Ko ... Continue reading "Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?" » Apr 21, 2015 11:00 am U.S. ET Permalink
SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China have once again proved where there’s a will, there’s a way.
And this time, they found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year’s Shanghai auto show. The new code had been foisted upon exhibitors by organizers looking to clean up an image largely associated with plunging necklines, see-through blouses ... Continue reading "Shanghai show cleans up its act" » Apr 20, 2015 6:36 am U.S. ET Permalink
TOKYO -- Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda Motor Corp., making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker?
Just months after he floated the dream, his studio debuted a futuristic bicycle and avant garde sofa at an art exhibit in Milan, Italy, today. The “Mazda-designed artworks” are ... Continue reading "Mazda gets artsy in Milan" » Apr 14, 2015 7:38 am U.S. ET Permalink
SEOUL -- Cony Motor Co. doesn’t have a factory or a single customer. Its vehicles aren’t even street-legal yet.
But South Korea’s youngest would-be automaker -- at less than a year old -- just splurged on a front-and-center stand at the country’s premier auto show, right next to Bentley no less.
The audacious startup hopes its prime and pricey pos ...