Tokyo Motor Show

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Diess puts VW back on the offensive

6:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess used his first auto show appearance since the Dieselgate scandal to apologize – again – before reminding the world why VW was on track to become the world's largest automaker prior to its crisis.... Read More »

2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi's electric eX concept hints at a third CUV

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

Mitsubishi plans to slot a new compact crossover into its lineup between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Japanese automaker said.... Read More »

2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The company's latest concept is a low-slung sports car called the RX-Vision powered by a next-generation rotary engine called the Skyactiv-R.... Read More »

2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. The super-sleek IDS Concept showcases a host of new technologies Nissan is developing in its push to roll out increasingly sophisticated autonomously driving cars by 2020.... Read More »

2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to resemble a lounge more than a car.... Read More »

Designer Okuyama on the threat from Google, Apple

11:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry, and change the way people own and drive cars. That's the warning from Ken Okuyama, the high-end Japanese designer of the Ferrari F60 Enzo and Porsche Boxster.... Read More »

2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

New Toyota taxi promises to change Tokyo streetscape

10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Toyota says it will launch a next-generation taxi for the Japan market in 2018 -- a bulbous, hatchback hybrid. The car promises to supplant the ubiquitous Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that are as archetypal of Japanese taxis as their drivers' officious hats and dainty white gloves.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Nissan makes autonomous driving look easy

3:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The Nissan Intelligent Driving prototype vehicle handled a test drive in Tokyo morning traffic nearly flawlessly, giving a clear indication that the future looks bright for autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation.... Read More »

Honda plans to market partial self-driving car in 2020

7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

Honda said it plans to sell a car with automated highway driving functions around 2020, joining the race to market self-driving vehicles that pits traditional automakers against tech firms like Google.... Read More »

TOKYO AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Japanese automakers fuel a return to tradition: The future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative powertrains will be on display as Japanese automakers seek to rekindle the Tokyo Motor Show's reputation for futuristic themes. Expect sporty, green and avant-garde concepts. Here's a rundown of what will be shown.... Read More »

Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the brand's flagship LS.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

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.... Read More »

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Mitsubishi's EV crossover concept shows off new design language

6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Mitsubishi will roll out an all-electric compact crossover concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that showcases its new design language and automated driving ambitions.... Read More »

Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a whacked-out retro concept and pocket-sized humanoid robot.... Read More »

Subaru hints at future vehicles with 2 Tokyo show concepts

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Subaru is about to shift to a new global platform that will underpin its entire lineup and propel what it hopes will be a new phase of growth.... Read More »

Subaru preps midcycle update for Forester at Tokyo show

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Subaru will unveil an update of the Forester at this month's Tokyo Motor Show, freshening the crossover's styling and installing the company's latest safety technology.... Read More »

Nissan's concept aims to engage 'share native' generation

1:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Nissan shares its vision for ultraconnected digital-era driving at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a concept minicar in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is laminated with touch screen displays.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell car in Tokyo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Honda will unveil a near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show late this month, throwing down a challenge to the Toyota's Mirai fuel cell vehicle released this year.... Read More »

Does Mazda concept for Tokyo point to RX sports car's return?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mazda plans to unveil a sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show that is sure to stoke speculation about a possible successor to the RX-8. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders -- all taking cues from the brand's Kodo design language.... Read More »

Mazda concept for Tokyo stokes talk of RX sports car's return

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Mazda, which retired the RX-8 sports car in 2012, will stoke speculation about a possible successor with a new sports concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. A teaser photo shows a black vehicle with a long hood, rear-slung cockpit, rounded fastback and muscular rear fenders.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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 open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

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 open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show.... Read More »

Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014

Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition.... Read More »

 
Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

image
Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
 Read More ›

Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

image
Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
 Read More ›

BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

image
BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
 Read More ›

Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

image
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
 Read More ›

Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

image
VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
 Read More ›

Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

image
Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
 Read More ›

How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

image
Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
 Read More ›

Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

image
Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
 Read More ›

Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

image
General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
 Read More ›

Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

image
Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
 Read More ›

Newsletters & Alerts
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
image
UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
 Read More ›
image
German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
 Read More ›
image
Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
 Read More ›
image
VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
 Read More ›
image
Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
 Read More ›
image
Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
 Read More ›
image
Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
 Read More ›
image
VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
 Read More ›
image
VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
 Read More ›
image
Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
 Read More ›
image
Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
 Read More ›
image
Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
 Read More ›
image
Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
 Read More ›
image
VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
 Read More ›
image
VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
 Read More ›
image
Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
 Read More ›
image
Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
 Read More ›
image
Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
 Read More ›
image
Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
 Read More ›
image
Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
 Read More ›
image
Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
 Read More ›
image
Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
 Read More ›
image
Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
 Read More ›
image
Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
 Read More ›
image
S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
 Read More ›
image
Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
 Read More ›
image
Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
 Read More ›
image
Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
 Read More ›
image
Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
 Read More ›
image
Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
 Read More ›