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Toyota to unveil fuel cell family cruiser and city bus

UPDATED: Oct. 18 17:00 CET - new story

Toyota is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride fuel concept that will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show.

New Mitsubishi plan targets 30% jump in revenue

Mitsubishi unveiled a three-year plan to boost global vehicle sales by 40 percent and revenue by more than 30 percent as it rebounds from a fuel economy scandal by strengthening its utility vehicle lineup and targeting rapid...

Toyota expands mobility, AI reach with 2 concepts

Toyota plans to broaden its vision of future mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show with two tiny electric runabouts that predict the driver's emotions and guide them away from danger.

Industry braces for Kobe Steel scandal fallout

Global automakers and suppliers are scrambling to learn how much trouble they face after the revelation that Kobe Steel falsified inspection data on metals they used.

Tokyo show spotlights home team's EV ambitions

Japan's automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of battery-powered cars as well as visions for autonomous driving and connectivity under the banner "Beyond the Motor."

Mazda rotary: What goes around comes around

Mazda is on the verge of bringing its rotary engine back to the United States -- but not as fans used to know it.

Nissan names new chief information officer

Nissan is getting a new chief information officer to oversee the Japanese carmaker's digital and information technology.

Mazda signals new engine, design language

Mazda will showcase future trends in drivetrain technology and exterior design with two concept cars at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan recall shows how strict Japan is

Nissan recalls every passenger vehicle it has sold in Japan over the past three years, thanks to an administrative gaffe.

Toyota looks to past and future for Tokyo

Toyota will update two of its most staid and storied nameplates at the Tokyo Motor Show while exploring new hybrid ideas with a sporty car and crossover concept.

Toyota readies sporty, boxy hybrid concepts for Tokyo

Toyota is taking its hybrid know-how into new territory at the Tokyo Motor Show with electrified concepts for a sleek sporty coupe and big boxy crossover.

Toyota Century enters 21st century with hybrid upgrade

Toyota is upgrading the Century, its flagship limousine in Japan, with the brand's trademark hybrid drivetrain but keeping the overall styling rooted in old school opulence.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution greener and smarter, thanks to AI

Mitsubishi's upcoming e-Evolution Concept not only sports a three-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain, it gets a dose of artificial intelligence to make driving safer and easier.

Toyota plans modern take on ancient nameplate

Toyota will unwrap the future styling for one of its oldest nameplates at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a tech-savvy take on the storied, but stodgy Crown.

Honda to close Japan plant amid refocus on EVs

UPDATED: 10/4/17 9:43 am ET -- adds details, background

Honda is taking the rare step of shuttering a Japanese assembly plant as it rearranges its domestic factory footprint to shift manufacturing toward electrified cars.

Nissan to show electric concept, sporty Leaf in Tokyo

Nissan will tout its electric ambitions at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a new concept car alongside a sporty version of its just-unveiled next-generation Leaf EV.

Nissan to show electric concept, sporty Leaf in Tokyo

Nissan will tout its electric ambitions at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a new concept car alongside a sporty version of its just-unveiled next-generation Leaf EV.

Toyota gets help to play EV catch-up

A partnership with Mazda and Denso seeks to create a toolbox of components that Toyota and Mazda can dip into when making their own EVs.

Genesis wants retail spinoff done by end of 2020

The move is part of a retail overhaul to give Genesis a distinct identity and cut the number of dealers selling the brand.

Subaru concept may hint at next Legacy, WRX

At the Tokyo auto show next month, Subaru will show a concept sedan that may preview the next Legacy.

Japan offers proof of Jeep's global appeal

Jeep's success in Japan is testimony to global brand power that is attracting acquisition interest from China and beyond. It also counters the notion that it's impossible to sell American vehicles there.

Self-driving tech on factory floors

As Japanese carmakers race to put autonomous vehicles on the road, one of their biggest suppliers is working to use the same technology to automate the small vehicles used in auto assembly plants.

Honda will debut sporty EV

Honda, which is moving into EVs as automakers race to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards, will unveil an all-electric sporty concept car at the Tokyo auto show.

Toyota will partner with Mazda, Denso in electric car venture

Toyota will partner with Mazda and Denso to form a joint venture for developing electric vehicles, as Japan's biggest automaker plays catch-up in the expanding race for battery driven cars.

Let there be light for Genesis

Hyundai's luxury spinoff brand Genesis is off to a good start, despite a number of headwinds.