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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Canada's auto industry may need to accept concessions in Pacific trade talks, prime minister says

6:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Automakers with assembly plants in Canada might not be happy with some of the conditions in a proposed 12-nation Pacific trade pact, but the nation must be part of the sweeping deal, Prime Minister Harper says....
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BLOG: Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the extra wait?...
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BLOG: Nissan plays yo-yo purchasing amid yen’s wild ride

10:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

For years, Japan's carmakers scrambled to buy more parts overseas where their currency had better purchasing power. But now that the yen has done an about-face and is weak again, carmakers are switching to buy more at home -- at lightning speed....
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NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 million U.S. fine for price-fixing, obstruction

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Japanese auto supplier NGK Insulators has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $65.3 million fine for fixing prices of automotive parts and attempting to obstruct the ongoing global investigation into auto parts bid rigging, the U.S. Department of Justice said today....
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Toyota plans Olympic all-stars, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Toyota will capitalize on its sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics by launching a string of new models tied to the games, including a taxi and fuel cell cars, a Japanese magazine reported....
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Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags....
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Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry....
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Toyota still No. 1 where it counts: Profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. may have lost its title as world's biggest automaker halfway through the year, but it beat its two top rivals by miles in profits in the latest quarter, thanks largely to currency gains....
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Honda's $16,000 coupe sells out in Japan after first production run

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Honda has sold out all 8,600 of its new roadsters slated for production this year and is fully booked through June. The only problem: four in five buyers of the $16,000 sports car are over 40....
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BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

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

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries....
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Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa....
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Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks....
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Subaru parent's operating profit jumps 70% on surging U.S. sales

6:20 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, posted a 70 percent jump in quarterly operating profit as sales continued to climb in the United States, its biggest market, and a weak yen boosted the value of earnings overseas....
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Mitsubishi Motors' April-June net falls 15%

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Mitsubishi Motors today said its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 15 percent to 23.99 billion yen, or $195.56 million, brought down by widening losses in Japan, poor performance in Europe and a drop in global factory unit sales....
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Japan auto lobby chief warns of 'downward spiral' in China

11:51 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The head of Japan's auto lobby, warning of a "downward spiral," says China's economic situation looked tough and that he was not optimistic about the outlook for the country's auto market....
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High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automakers....
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Hyundai expects 'tepid' global sales growth amid uncertainties

6:32 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Hyundai Motor Group expects “tepid growth” for global auto sales in the second half of this year because of economic uncertainties and a weak won....
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