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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....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

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....
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WOMENOMICS

Japan's diversity drive is pushing women out of 'office lady' status and up to new heights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Japan's long male-dominated auto industry is evolving. Today, women are reaching new heights, from holding key r&d posts and achieving chief engineer status to running key overseas units. What's more, Japanese automakers are pursuing publicized targets to promote more women....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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JAPAN'S BIG THREE: TALKING STRATEGY

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....
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2015 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

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....
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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....
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JAPAN'S BIG THREE: TALKING STRATEGY

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....
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JAPAN'S BIG THREE: TALKING STRATEGY

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....
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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....
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2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

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....
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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....
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Nissan exec leads $10 billion quest to discover the next Elon Musk

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2015

Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga is on a $10 billion quest to discover Japan’s top entrepreneurs, who can start companies as globally competitive as Tesla and Apple....
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3 execs tied to supplier accused of price fixing

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

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. have been indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a price-fixing scheme....
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3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain’s ongoing price-fixing scandal....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge

7:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week's historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so....
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Pacific trade deal cuts U.S. tariffs on light vehicles, sets new duty-free benchmark for local content

9:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Pacific trade ministers reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation that will lower U.S. tariffs on light vehicles, revamp global auto production and open Japan's market to U.S.-built vehicles....
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Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says

8:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. vehicles, a source close to the trade negotiations said....
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VW damaged trust in auto industry, Japan car group chairman says

6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

VW compromised consumer trust in the auto industry by equipping its diesel engines with software that cheated emissions tests, the chairman of Japan’s car manufacturers’ trade group said....
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Japan orders probe of diesel emissions after VW confession

8:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Japan's transport ministry has ordered carmakers to investigate whether their diesel vehicles meet the country's emission norms after Volkswagen admitted to rigging some cars to cheat on U.S. tests....
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Autos key to driving Pacific trade deal over finish line

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

For auto parts makers in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the fine print of a Pacific trade deal negotiators aim to wrap up this week could make or break an export industry boom built up over the last 20 years that is now worth $60 billion....
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Turning wood and orange peels into car parts stronger than steel

7:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The molecules of plant fibers are being transformed into a lightweight material five times stronger than steel that can be used to make everything from auto parts to electronic displays. No wonder the technology, called cellulose nanofiber, has piqued the interest of executives in Japan....
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Mercedes will promote diesel cars in Japan despite VW scandal

Sept. 28, 2015 14:14 CET

Mercedes will continue to promote diesel cars in Japan despite the negative impression that VW's emissions test cheating has had on the fuel technology. Mercedes is aiming to double the proportion of diesel cars it sells in Japan to 10 percent in 2015....
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