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Mitsubishi Materials says units falsified product data for cars

Nov. 23, 2017 10:06 CET
Mitsubishi Materials said its subsidiaries falsified data about products, including parts for cars, for at least a year. It is the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers including Nissan, Subaru and Kobe Steel.

Subaru sees $177 million in costs linked to Japan inspection scandal

6:23 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2017
Subaru said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and that it expected to incur about $177 million in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at domestic plants.

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Trump might have the right prescription for Toyota

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COMMENTARY: President Donald Trump may have stumbled onto a useful home truth in his criticism of Japan's car industry.

Nissan resumes Japan production as fresh inspection issues emerge

Nov. 7, 2017 11:43 CET
Nissan said it is resuming most domestic production suspended in the wake of a scandal over uncertified technicians signing off on final inspections. The automaker also said it has found new evidence that inspection staff had not been properly trained.

Nissan to resume domestic production of vehicles for Japan

10:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017
Nissan plans to resume production of vehicles for its home market at five of its domestic plants Tuesday after Japan's transport ministry approved changes to the improper final-inspection procedures that forced a major vehicle recall.

Subaru says improper inspections conducted for over 30 years

Oct. 27, 2017 11:12 CET
Subaru has said it failed to follow proper inspection procedures for vehicles destined for the domestic market for more than 30 years. Rival Nissan made a similar admission last month and has been forced to recall 1.2 million vehicles.

Nissan said to have conducted unauthorized checks since 1979

Oct. 27, 2017 10:48 CET
Nissan has been conducting its current inspection process for vehicles sold in Japan -- deemed faulty by the government last month-- since at least 1979, Bloomberg reported.

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Nissan's big vision: Rolling Titan into global markets

6:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017
Still in launch mode for the Titan pickup in the U.S. market, Nissan is contemplating selling the full-size truck to various global markets.

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Japan's automakers look beyond scandals to future

Oct. 24, 2017 09:29 CET
Japan's automakers will present their futuristic visions for electric and autonomous vehicles at the Tokyo auto show this week as the industry continues to reel from scandals that have hit automakers including Nissan and suppliers such as Kobe Steel and Takata.

Kobe Steel plant under inspection by Japan ministry, report says

8:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017
One of the Kobe Steel plants at the heart of a product data cheating scandal is being inspected by Japan's transport ministry, Kyodo News reported

Subaru completes two new test tracks in Japan

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017
Subaru, looking to further strengthen its safety chops, has finished construction of two new test tracks in Japan.

Nissan halts Japan-market output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2017
Nissan has suspended production of Japan-market vehicles for two weeks after it concedes uncertified workers kept inspecting cars after earlier recall.

Toyota resumes Japan production after typhoon

7:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017
Toyota said it was operating second shifts as normal at its Japanese plants, after suspending first shifts as a typhoon precaution. Four people were reported killed in the wake of Typhoon Lan.

Nissan's inappropriate inspections started at least 20 years ago, report says

Oct. 20, 2017 11:05 CET
Nissan's inappropriate inspection practices have been going for at least 20 years, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The report followed a decision by the automaker to suspend domestic vehicle production to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures, which has led to a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in Japan.

Nissan suspends Japanese output for 2 weeks; exports to continue

Oct. 19, 2017 12:48 CET
Nissan will suspend all Japanese car production for about two weeks as the fallout from the company's lapse in vehicle quality inspection worsens.

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Toyota to unveil fuel cell family cruiser and city bus

Oct. 18, 2017 11:17 CET
Toyota is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride fuel concept that will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show.

Nissan used uncertified inspectors in Japan even after misconduct found

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017
Nissan said it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories.

U.S. authorities seeking Kobe Steel documents related to data scandal

6:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2017
U.S. authorities are seeking Kobe Steel documents related to the company's data cheating scandal, the Japanese steelmaker said.

Industry braces for Kobe Steel scandal fallout

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017
Global automakers and suppliers are scrambling to learn how much trouble they face after the revelation that Kobe Steel falsified inspection data on metals they used.

Kobe scandal shows cost of race to keep improving metals

10:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2017
Behind the scandal engulfing Kobe Steel over the falsification of data for some of the materials it supplied is a harsh reality for Japanese steel companies: the need to provide higher quality metals to compete.

Kobe Steel scandal expands to engines and tires

Oct. 13, 2017 11:47 CET
Kobe Steel's fake data scandal expanded after the company admitted "inappropriate actions" related to steel wire used in engines and to strengthen tires.

Toyota seeking to halve Japan car models as domestic market shrinks, report says

6:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2017
Toyota is aiming to halve the number of car models it sells at home by 2025, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

GM joins Toyota, others checking impact of Kobe Steel data cheating

Oct. 12, 2017 10:18 CET
GM said it is checking whether its cars contain falsely certified parts or components sourced from Kobe Steel, the latest major automaker to be dragged into the widening scandal.

Toyota, Nissan among automakers checking parts hit by metals scandal

Oct. 10, 2017 10:28 CET
Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.

Nissan recall shows how strict Japan is

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2017
Nissan recalls every passenger vehicle it has sold in Japan over the past three years, thanks to an administrative gaffe. The misstep shows how the heavy regulations that foreign automakers often cite as hurdles in Japan can come back to bite local players too.

 
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