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Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America....
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HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket....
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Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The UK's car industry is staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda....
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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car....
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Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months....
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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

6:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets....
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Jeep first U.S. brand to crack Top 10 in Japan's Car of Year Award

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Jeep has made history by becoming the first brand from the United States to crack the top 10 in this country's Car of the Year Award. The honor came down this week for the Jeep Cherokee, which was tapped as one of the 10 Best Cars for 2014-15. It was a first for any American nameplate....
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Former Showa exec indicted in U.S. price-fixing probe

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A former executive of Japanese auto parts supplier Showa has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold to American Honda and others....
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Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles....
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HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders....
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Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics....
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Toyota supplier Denso considers Japan expansion as yen weakens

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Denso is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The supplier, an affiliate of Toyota and the automaker's biggest supplier, said it’s considering expanding production in Japan....
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Japanese automakers idle domestic plants as typhoon strikes

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Toyota halted production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that hit the region....
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Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition....
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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home....
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HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda survived the atomic bomb, by a split hair

10:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Mazda, the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's infamous atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair....
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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today....
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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick....
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Athletic Mazda2 debuts as test on many levels

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Mazda unveiled a more athletic fourth-generation Mazda2 hatchback late Wednesday, deploying its latest Skyactiv drivetrain and chassis technologies into the subcompact segment. The upgrade is sorely needed to keep the pint-sized car relevant in an increasingly competitive field against such upstarts as the hot-selling Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta....
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Mazda splurges on MX-5 Miata debut and celebration

7:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
Mazda is a tiny carmaker on a shoestring budget. So nothing attests more to the import of the MX-5 Miata's debut than the company's big splurge on a laser-lit, smoke-machined three-continent, simultaneously live-streamed global reveal....
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Why GM struggles in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014
Selling General Motors' U.S.-built vehicles in Japan has never been easy and these days it is harder than ever. GM's lineup is paltry and its lackluster brand images were further tarnished by the company's bankruptcy in 2009 and recalls this year....
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Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States....
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Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
As antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, a longtime "business model" in the supply chain is now in danger, says an automotive purchasing executive. That model essentially sees parts makers collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers, and then charge even more for the same parts supplied as replacements to dealerships and repair shops....
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Subaru casts wider net with safer, greener WRX

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Subaru hopes the redesigned WRX line will capture a wider customer base with better fuel economy and safety features after spinning off the nameplate from its Impreza stablemate....
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