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Mitsubishi to end U.S. vehicle output, shutter factory by Nov. if there's no buyer

UPDATED: 7/24/15 6:51 pm ET -- new story
Mitsubishi will shutter its only North American assembly plant by November if it can’t find a buyer for the factory, and will soon start shipping tooling back to Ja ...

High-performance Cadillacs roar into Japan

7:23 am U.S. ET | July 21
GM is introducing two high-performance V-Series Cadillac nameplates in Japan that outspoken presidential hopeful Donald Trump famously blasted as closed to Detroit automa ...

A pledge to boost Nissan's Japan production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Nissan can manufacture profitably in Japan at any exchange rate when the dollar buys more than 100 yen, but it struggles when the dollar is weaker than that ...

Ghosn pledges to boost Nissan's Japan production

7:20 am U.S. ET | July 16
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn credited the Japanese government for bringing the yen to export-friendly levels and pledged to boost domestic production in the next two years. ...

Honda's car-less CEO holding out for dream wheels -- the Civic Type R

7:02 am U.S. ET | July 14
When Takahiro Hachigo returned to Japan in March after years overseas to be the new CEO of Honda, he didn't rush out to buy a new car, Honda brand or otherwise. ...

CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the comp ...

Honda to make English official work language by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Honda said English will be the official language for all inter-regional communications at the Tokyo automaker by 2020. ...

Ex-Toyota exec Hamp freed without charges; Hayakawa new CCO

July 8, 2015 10:54 CET
Former Toyota executive Julie Hamp was released from custody in Japan today without being charged, following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing oxy ...

New Honda CEO Hachigo wants exciting cars, maximum capacity use

July 6, 2015 08:39 CET
Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, aims to reboot the automaker by developing more exciting cars, steering clear of numerical targets and maximizing use of the company's ...

A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. ...

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members. ...

Honda to make English official language by 2020

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 3
Former Honda Motor Co. CEO Takanobu Ito famously said five years ago that it was “stupid” to make English the official work language of a Japanese company. ...

Suzuki patriarch appoints son as president and likely successor

UPDATED: 6/30/15 10:37 am ET -- corrected
Osamu Suzuki, the outspoken patriarch of Suzuki Motor, positioned his son Toshihiro as his successor, appointing him president and COO of the family's namesake carmaker. ...

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a pers ...

Bosch positions for electrification growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
German supplier Robert Bosch and Japanese battery partner GS Yuasa are “on a good path” toward developing a lithium ion battery that costs half as much as tod ...

Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automake ...

Toyoda defends 'close friend' Hamp after arrest

UPDATED: 6/19/15 10:35 am ET - adds link, video
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda defended his "close friend" and global communications chief Julie Hamp a day after her arrest for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers and prom ...

Subaru adds Impreza Sport Hybrid, its second hybrid, for Japan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 19
Subaru is adding a second hybrid vehicle to its lineup, a gasoline-electric version of the Impreza hatchback it hopes will tap booming demand for the fuel-efficient techn ...

Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19
Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines. ...

Hyundai wants to gain performance cred

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 13
For the last three years, a team of select engineers at Hyundai's sprawling Namyang technical center outside Seoul has been toiling on a project to spice up the brand's h ...

Japanese launch plan for cars to help power electric grid

8:11 am U.S. ET | June 8
Japanese automakers aim to solidify their global leadership in electric-vehicle charging standards by extending the technology to vehicle-to-infrastructure energy transfe ...

Subaru raising 'brand value' to offset costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 7
The head of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries says the all-wheel-drive specialist needs to raise its “brand value” to offset the increased costs for green te ...

Nissan names Toyota Europe veteran as sales chief

June 3, 2015 08:57 CET
Nissan named Toyota Europe veteran Daniele Schillaci as its new global head of sales and marketing, filling the final major vacancy left by last year's departure of forme ...

Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2
Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eve ...

Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1
Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broade ...
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