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Japan readies fuel cell subsidies in bet on Toyota's next big thing

10:44 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Japan is readying subsidies to help Toyota and key suppliers take the lead in hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles that could top $400 million over the next several years if the most bullish projections for the technology play out....
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Japan to dangle nearly $20,000 in subsidies to spur fuel-cell sales

9:05 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Japan's government will offer at least $19,700 in subsidies to speed up the introduction of fuel-cell vehicles coming to market from Toyota and Honda....
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Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

July 18, 2014 11:03 CET
Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language....
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Toyota delays delivery of 23,000 vehicles covered by neighbor's tar, soot

7:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Toyota has to delay delivery of thousands of vehicles, including some 20,000 for export, because it has to clean up a mess left by a neighbor....
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2015 Tokyo Motor Show to return to October after schedule mishap

11:03 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
The Tokyo Motor Show, accidentally booked last year to overlap with shows in Los Angeles and Guangzhou, will return to its traditional late October slot in 2015 in a bid to boost overseas attendance....
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Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co....
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Honda recalls 175,000 hybrids in Japan due to software glitch

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Honda is recalling 175,356 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in Japan, including the Fit subcompact, over a software glitch in the engine control unit....
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Supplier price-fixing crackdown jolts Japan's business culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Compared with just two years ago, Japanese parts makers are scrambling to educate employees on actions that are off-limits. The buzzword of the times: compliance. Compared with just two years ago, Japanese parts makers are scrambling to educate employees on actions that are off-limits....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015....
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Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles....
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Tokai Rubber changes name to Sumitomo Riko in push for overseas growth

2:28 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
Tokai Rubber Industries, a supplier of rubber anti-vibration parts and hoses, will change its name to Sumitomo Riko. to better leverage brand recognition from its being a part of Japan's Sumitomo Group....
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Japanese suppliers' plan: Grab and grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Prodded by a stagnant home market and fast-moving rivals, Japanese suppliers are buying up foreign companies to gain quick access to new technology, customers and markets....
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Infiniti will build Mercedes-designed Q50 engines for Europe in U.S.

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti will begin production of a new Mercedes-designed 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in the United States this month, to power a version of the Q50 sedan for European markets....
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Infiniti to make Q50 engines in Tennessee -- for Europe

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Infiniti will launch production of a new Mercedes-designed turbocharged 2-liter engine in Decherd, Tenn., this month, to power a Japanese-made Q50 that will sell only in Europe....
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Nissan e-NV200 van debuts in Japan, but is it a good fit for N.A?

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Nissan has launched its second electric vehicle, but a North American debut of the e-NV200 compact commercial van is under review because of vehicle range and charging network concerns....
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5 cool innovations at Japan's SAE expo

1:33 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
Japan's premier automotive engineering expo is bustling again along the Yokohama waterfront. A record 488 companies are participating at this year's meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, which runs through Friday. Some 80,000 visitors are expected....
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Japanese automakers team up on engine r&d to take on Europeans

May 20, 2014 12:54 CET
Japanese carmakers are collaborating in engine research with the aim of better competing against their European rivals in fuel-saving technologies....
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Japanese collaborate on r&d for new fuel efficient engines

8:55 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Japan's automakers, aiming to take the lead in fuel-efficient powertrains, have joined forces in a new consortium to develop the next generation of fuel-sipping combustion engines. Their goal: A 30 percent improvement in the fuel efficiency of traditional gasoline and diesel engines by 2020....
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Maserati, VW lead foreign automakers making inroads in Japan

May 12, 2014 11:00 CET
Maserati and VW are among foreign automakers benefitting from a sales rebound in Japan as 302,000 non-Japanese cars were sold in the country in the year ending March 31, the highest number since 1997....
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Toyota's yen windfalls are drying up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
For years, Toyota Motor Corp. lost money as the Japanese yen climbed higher against the dollar and other currencies. It responded by off-shoring production and positioning its U.S. operations as an export base immune from the yen's swings. But now that the yen is on the wane again, Toyota is learning the hard way that yen hedging cuts both ways....
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European carmakers oppose EU-Japan trade deal

May 9, 2014 13:15 CET
European carmakers object to a looming EU-Japan trade deal. They say the accord would make it easier for Japanese automakers to sell cars in Europe without providing the same opportunity to European exporters....
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HANS GREIMEL

Akio's world: When growth is no growth

3:14 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Akio Toyoda is the first to admit it. He doesn't count company growth the same way as other captains of industry -- or Wall Street profit hounds, for that matter....
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Jeep's sales keep climbing in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
As other U.S. brands struggle in Japan, Jeep is forging ahead to its fifth straight year of sales increases and a solidified, if unlikely, spot as the No. 1 American brand here. Jeep sales climbed 56 percent to 1,868 vehicles in the first three months of 2014 and are expected to eclipse 8,000 for the full year and 10,000 in 2015....
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Japan's worst car sales in 16 months usher in tax hangover

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Vehicle sales last month in Japan fell to the lowest since December 2012 after Japan raised its consumption tax for the first time 17 years, according to industry figures released today....
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