Japan

Will Japan's auto industry consolidate?

10:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade. That's more than car-loving Germany or the far bigger U.S. market....
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N.A., Takata, currency sway Japanese earnings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Better business in North America helped Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi in the October-December quarter. But spiraling costs for the recalls of Takata airbags tempered earnings, and foreign exchange rates were a double-edged sword....
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Dual-sourcing dilemma hits Japan again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota is suspending production at all assembly lines in Japan because of an explosion at a steel plant. The six-day shutdown raises questions as to whether Toyota learned, as it claimed after Japan's 2011 earthquake, the value of dual sourcing all components....
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Mazda says quarterly earnings ease on currency exchange impact

7:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Mazda reported a lower-than-expected operating profit for the third fiscal quarter largely due to a stronger yen against the euro and other currencies, and maintained its outlook for a slightly lower full-year profit....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

No path to profits: Why Ford exited 2 key Asian markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Frustrated by paltry sales, Ford pulled the plug on its businesses in Japan and Indonesia. In both cases, it couldn't crack a Japan Inc. stranglehold: Japanese brands hold more than 90 percent market share in both nations. Ford cut bait to focus elsewhere....
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Toyota to suspend Japan output for 6 days as steel parts run low

8:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Toyota will suspend production at all assembly lines in Japan for six days this month due to a parts shortage, hitting exports of such cars as Lexus luxury vehicles. The shutdown comes after a Jan. 8 explosion at a steel factory in Japan....
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Toyota, crimped by steel shortage, may suspend Japan output

10:18 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Toyota said it may halt production at its plants in Japan early next month due to a steel shortage, following an explosion at a steel plant operated by one of its affiliates....
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Takata says CEO has no plans 'as of now' to step down

Jan. 29, 2016 11:22 CET

Takata said its CEO Shigehisa Takada had no intention to resign "as of now" as the airbag maker struggles with a long-running safety recall crisis....
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Toyota will decide on buying out rest of Daihatsu on Friday, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:56 CET

Toyota and Daihatsu will decide at board meetings on Friday if Toyota will make the minivehicle maker a wholly owned subsidiary, Reuters reported. Toyota already owns a 51.2 percent stake in the smaller automaker....
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Ford to close operations in Japan, Indonesia this year

Jan. 25, 2016 10:18 CET

Ford will close all operations in Japan and Indonesia this year as it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" there, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters on Monday. Ford will exit all areas of business, including shuttering dealerships and stopping sales and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles....
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Some Nissan websites down for 2nd day after hacking attempt

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Nissan websites were down for a second day after an attempted cyberattack by an Anonymous-linked hacker protesting Japanese whaling....
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Penske enters Japan with equity buy into luxury dealership group

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Penske Automotive Group, making a foray into Japan, acquired a 49 percent equity stake in the Nicole Group, a luxury dealership group with operations in Tokyo and Kanagawa....
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Takata may get relief from Japanese automakers, paper reports

6:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Takata shares surged the most in more than a year after the Sankei newspaper reported that Japanese automakers may provide support to the airbag maker to safeguard access to its technology....
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VW scandal could kill U.S. diesel car market, Continental CEO says

Jan. 1, 2016 13:17 CET

Volkswagen's emissions test-cheating scandal could kill nascent markets for diesel cars in North America, Japan and China, Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart told a German newspaper....
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Akio Toyoda resigns from Olympic organizing committee

7:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Toyota President Akio Toyoda resigned from his position as vice chairman of the organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Toyota's tech takes the wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

I had a recent opportunity to see Toyota's autonomous driving system in action on Tokyo's challenging Shuto Expressway. My verdict: Toyota's technology is extremely promising....
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French pledge seen averting crisis at Renault-Nissan for now

Dec. 14, 2015 13:52 CET

The French government's pledge not to interfere in Nissan's governance has averted a crisis for the alliance with Renault, but it fails to solve the underlying imbalance in the partnership, according to a leading Japanese research group....
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U.S. automakers cautious on Pacific trade pact benefits

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

U.S. automakers are unlikely to win a much bigger share of the Japanese vehicle market under special provisions of a new Pacific trade deal, an industry advisory committee report found, although the pact will open new markets in Malaysia and Vietnam....
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Japan bans certain Takata airbag inflators for future cars

6:38 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

Japan banned Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate propellant from future cars and set time frames for the components to be phased out from existing models, taking measures nearly identical to a U.S. regulator’s order one month ago....
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Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks....
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Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way....
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Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: On the road in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2015

During a recent trip to Japan, I couldn’t entirely stop being an auto reporter. Here are some thoughts and observations from my first extended return to Japan in eight years....
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Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection....
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Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Japanese supplier INOAC agreed to plead guilty to fixing prices -- and pay a $2.35 million criminal fine -- on auto parts sold to Toyota between 2004 and 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said today....
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