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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home....
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HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda survived the atomic bomb, by a split hair

10:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Mazda, the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's infamous atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair....
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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today....
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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick....
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Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta....
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Mazda splurges on MX-5 Miata debut and celebration

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a shoestring budget. So nothing attests more to the import of the MX-5 Miata's debut than the company's big splurge on a laser-lit, smoke-machined three-continent, simultaneously live-streamed global reveal....
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Why GM struggles in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014
Selling General Motors' U.S.-built vehicles in Japan has never been easy and these days it is harder than ever. GM's lineup is paltry and its lackluster brand images were further tarnished by the company's bankruptcy in 2009 and recalls this year....
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Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States....
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Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
As antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, a longtime "business model" in the supply chain is now in danger, says an automotive purchasing executive. That model essentially sees parts makers collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers, and then charge even more for the same parts supplied as replacements to dealerships and repair shops....
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Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza stablemate....
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HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside....
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Subaru shows glitzy new global HQ befitting new stature

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Subaru today christened a glistening new global headquarters more befitting of the hot brand's bigger international profile. The glass-and-steel digs, in Tokyo's trendy Ebisu district, replaces a cramped, gloomy 48-year-old monolith it sold in 2010....
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China levies record $200 million fine on Japan suppliers

Aug. 20, 2014 12:11 CET
China has fined 12 Japanese suppliers a record 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) for alleged price fixing amid one of the broadest investigations since the nation's antitrust law came into effect six years ago....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

8:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations....
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RYAN BEENE

Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster....
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Toyota cutting the andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

Aug. 5, 2014 19:38 CET
Toyota is retiring the “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year....
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HANS GREIMEL

Are fuel cell cars worth 40%-plus subsidies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to make his country's auto industry the global leader in hydrogen fuel. The effort hinges mainly on incentives and plans to extend the infrastructure. But, surprisingly, some voices in Japan say even massive incentives lack oomph....
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Denso's quarterly profit falls on Japan labor costs, compact car shift

1:28 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Denso, the Toyota-affiliated auto supplier, posted a 16.7 percent drop in April-June quarterly operating profit from a year earlier as domestic labor costs rose and as automakers sold more compact cars in Japan that tend to be less profitable....
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Mazda, Subaru profit from strong U.S. sales amid downturn in Japan

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Japanese automakers Mazda and Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries said they are on track for record full-year profits after strong sales in the United States powered double-digit profit growth in the April-June quarter....
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Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says

9:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg....
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Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The renovations at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant in central Japan aim to cut the cost of body assembly 30 percent....
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