Japan

Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. He also said he targets increased North American operating profit margin of at least 8 percent, thanks to an influx of high-margin nameplates such as the Murano crossover and Maxima sedan....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere....
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Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen....
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Honda CEO Ito resists moves for his ouster, report says

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Honda, Subaru airlifting parts amid West Coast port labor talks

7:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Japanese carmakers including Honda and Subaru are shipping some auto parts to the US by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries....
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Mazda profits dinged by lower-margin models, higher taxes

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A higher tax bill and a sales mix of richer in lower-margin models undercut profits at Mazda in the October-December quarter, despite rising global volume....
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Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday....
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Toyota, Honda in talks to put 6,000 fuel cell cars on road in Tokyo by 2020 Olympics

6:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Japan's capital will build 35 stations to fuel hydrogen-based fuel cell vehicles and is in negotiations with Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to put 6,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2020....
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Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags....
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Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles....
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Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said....
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HANS GREIMEL

Exchange rate windfalls a mixed bag for Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
After trading at record highs for several years, the Japanese yen has tanked against the dollar and many other foreign currencies. The shift is generating huge windfalls for Japan's Big 3 automakers: Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. But the jackpot won't benefit the rivals equally....
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Could record Honda fine stoke Japan backlash?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Japanese regulators have fretted that the Takata airbag recalls might spur a backlash against the country’s carmakers. Honda's $70 million in US fines could feed those concerns....
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Takata stock rises after lender expresses support

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Shares in Takata, the maker of airbags that led to millions of vehicle recalls by global carmakers, rose to the highest price in more than two months as a major lender said it would support the troubled supplier should it fail....
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Subaru scraps plan to shift Crosstrek production to U.S., report says

7:50 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2014
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its plant in the United States and will instead make the SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans told Reuters....
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Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of....
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Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices....
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Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties....
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Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls to China, Japan

Dec. 4, 2014 13:07 CET
Toyota has widened a U.S. recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags made by Takata to include some of the same models in China and Japan, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls after Japan scrapyard rupture

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota Motor widened a recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags to include some of the same models in Japan and China, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Takata chief called to explain airbag crisis to Japan's industry ministry, report says

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Japan's powerful industry ministry has summoned Shigehisa Takada, chairman and CEO of Takata, to explain what the company is doing to resolve a crisis over potentially deadly airbags, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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