Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks.... Read More »

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.... Read More »

Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. CEO Osamu Masuko wants to channel limited resources into areas where the carmaker is strongest.... Read More »

Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Japanese supplier INOAC agreed to plead guilty to fixing prices -- and pay a $2.35 million criminal fine -- on auto parts sold to Toyota between 2004 and 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said today.... Read More »


VW faces $72 million lawsuit in Australia over emissions scandal

Nov. 19, 2015 11:46 CET

VW is facing a class action lawsuit in Australia from people who own diesel vehicles caught up in the group's emissions scandal. Lawyers are seeking total damages in excess of $72 million.... Read More »

Ford, Fiat Chrysler benefit as Turkey production set to hit record

Nov. 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Renault are set to benefit further after Turkey's automotive industry association raised its production and export forecasts to record highs.... Read More »

Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata.... Read More »

Renault and Nissan will share technology for autonomous driving

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault will benefit from the autonomous driving technology that Nissan is developing and vice versa. Renault plans to sell cars that can autonomously drive in traffic jams starting next year.... Read More »

U.S. trade chief defends Pacific trade deal auto rules

10:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended rules governing trade in autos as part of a Pacific trade pact and warned that trying to renegotiate parts of the deal could unravel the whole thing.... Read More »

Mazda quarterly profit surges on higher sales, cost cutting

8:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Mazda today reported a major increase in operating profit in the latest quarter on the back of rising sales in Europe and Japan and aggressive cost cutting.... Read More »

Suzuki lifts annual profit outlook on strong India, VW stake sale

Nov. 4, 2015 11:38 CET

Suzuki says it has lifted its annual net profit forecast by 14 percent, citing better-than-expected earnings in India and the sale of its stake in Volkswagen Group.... Read More »


Toyoda says sexiness is in, utility is out for Lexus vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Anxious to boost Lexus' sex appeal, Akio Toyoda is making clear which categories of vehicles will work for the luxury brand and which simply aren't seductive enough.... Read More »


Japan Inc.'s 2020 vision: Self-driving cars on the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Japan's big automakers, long known for their fondness for automation, finally are ready to make a big push into self-driving cars. Honda, Nissan and Toyota used the stage at last week's Tokyo Motor Show to outline their next steps.... Read More »

Nissan to check Takata airbags in Japan again after injury

7:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Nissan said it would carry out a repeat inspection of vehicles in Japan which had initially been cleared of airbag defects after a passenger was injured when her Takata airbag deployed during a collision last week.... Read More »

Subaru chief seeks to limit sales growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Subaru sales keep growing. But global head Yasuyuki Yoshinaga says there is such a thing as too big. He wants to keep sales in the 1 million unit-plus range to preserve the brand's niche appeal.... Read More »


In changing times, Honda's Hachigo says he's open to partnerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Honda, known for its independence, now is open to collaboration with other automakers, said CEO Takahiro Hachigo.... Read More »


Nissan's Ghosn says missing margin goal carries consequences

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is warning heads might role if the automaker doesn't achieve his ambitious target of an 8 percent operating profit margin by March 31, 2017.... Read More »

ZF boosts business with Japanese automakers after TRW acquisition

Oct. 30, 2015 19:05 CET

ZF will quadruple sales to Japan automakers to 1.6 billion euros this year because of the acquisition of TRW Automotive.... Read More »


Volkswagen likely to recall 100,000 cars in India, report says

Oct. 29, 2015 11:58 CET

Volkswagen Group is likely to recall 100,000 cars in India affected by the diesel emission scandal, a report said. The country's emissions testing agency has been examining Volkswagen vehicles and plans to submit a report to the government by the end of this month.... Read More »


Honda takes on Toyota Mirai with roomier fuel cell sedan

6:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Honda will begin sales of a $63,000 (7.66 million yen) hydrogen-powered sedan in March that has a longer driving range and a roomier interior than Toyota's Mirai fuel cell car.... Read More »

Nissan seeks end to Renault control in power struggle

Oct. 27, 2015 12:50 CET

Nissan has drawn up proposals to exit Renault control by purchasing a larger stake in its French alliance partner, sources told Reuters. The move comes amid a power struggle between Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and the French state, Renault's biggest shareholder.... Read More »

Hyundai quarterly profit falls 23% on China slowdown

8:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2015

Hyundai reported quarterly profit fell 23 percent after a slump in China deliveries overshadowed gains in SUV sales in the U.S., Europe and South Korea.... Read More »

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