Hans Greimel

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Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 9:25 pm ET - adds correction
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. ...


Nissan sees styling as the Altima's path to mid-sized sales leadership
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 4:12 pm ET - correction
With the redesigned Nissan Murano, which debuts at the New York auto show this week, Nissan Motor Corp. aims to replicate some of the design magic that worked wonders for ...


Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market
8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. ...


14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 pe ...


Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains
7:22 am U.S. ET | April 11 | UPDATED: 4/11/14 8:16 am ET - adds details
Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month's Beijing motor show with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for Ameri ...


Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines
April 10, 2014 11:56 CET | UPDATED: 4/10/14 8:01 pm ET - adds details
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year. ...


Toyota recalls more than 6 million vehicles
April 9, 2014 09:51 CET | UPDATED: 4/9/14 15:24 CET - adds background/corrects rank
Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for a range of glitches, from faulty airbags and seat rails to defective windshield wipers. The action affects about 2. ...


Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales
3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. ...


Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan
11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. ...


Mitsubishi to drop Lancer Evolution
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on its all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution performance sedan at the end of the nameplate's current generation. ...


Mitsubishi to end Lancer Evolution production, another potential setback for U.S. dealers
7:10 am U.S. ET | March 31
Mitsubishi will pull the plug on the Lancer Evolution, the brand's all-wheel-drive performance sedan, at the end of the nameplate's current generation. ...


Mitsubishi buys defunct Ford plant in Philippines to fuel Asia growth
6:53 am U.S. ET | March 31
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has bought a defunct assembly plant from Ford Motor Co. in the Philippines as part of its push to expand sales in booming Southeast Asia. ...


Members only: How a Japanese Lexus dealer pampers LS owners
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/26/14 8:01 am ET -- correction
From the sparkling Swarovski chandelier to its veined marble paneling, the secluded LS Owners' Lounge at Nagoya's biggest Lexus dealership is one of a kind. ...


A $1.2 billion message: Be candid
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Toyota's settlement of claims by the Department of Justice that it suppressed what it knew about safety flaws brings it a step closer to closing the door on four years of ...


U.S. chip maker muscles into rival's turf
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24
Japan's killer 2011 earthquake was an unprecedented knockout to the country's auto industry. But for U.S. company Freescale Semiconductor Inc., it has been a business bre ...


Akio Toyoda calls recalls a turning point for company
11:45 am U.S. ET | March 20
A day after his company agreed to pay a record $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe into safety issues, the head of Toyota Motor Corp. called the preceding recalls a t ...


Why it might be OK for GM to mirror Toyota on recall decisions
2:01 pm U.S. ET | March 18
On Monday it seemed as though GM's ignition switch recall wouldn't plumb the depths of Toyota's unintended-acceleration debacle back in 2010. ...


Dana: Tech, lightweight parts to drive growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Rising demand for crossovers and SUVs will fuel double-digit sales growth of light-vehicle drivetrain components at U.S. auto supplier Dana Holding Corp., a top company e ...


GM recall is bad, but not yet Toyota-bad
3:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17
As bad as the General Motors ignition switch recall is, the storm still doesn't match the hysteria whipped up four years ago by Toyota's unintended-acceleration crisis. ...


A Lexus van for high rollers? Dealer makes a case
7:11 am U.S. ET | March 12
Speculation never ends about what new segment Lexus might tap into next: seven-passenger SUVs, entry-level compacts, a new top-end super sports car a la LFA. ...


3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. ...


Japanese automakers march into Mexico, set up export base
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
When three-tiered car haulers packed with Mazda3s pulled out of the dusty rail yard in Mexico last month, they represented the latest volley in a south-of-the-border blit ...


Inside Mazda's Salamanca factory
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
Staff Reporter Hans Greimel was on the ground at the opening of Mazda's Salamanca plant and captured images of the technology and workers at the plant. ...


Mazda's challenges in crucial Mexico plant ramp-up
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
Some of the biggest challenges for Mazda Motor Corp.'s first factory in Mexico came from the smallest details. Consider the tiny metal brackets used to secure wire harnes ...


Mazda snaps up engineers in latest sign of rebound
1:44 pm U.S. ET | March 7
Mazda is embarking on a hiring binge in Japan, the latest sign that the former money-losing carmaker is bouncing back. The surge in new recruits will come in engineering ...


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