AUTOS

May 25
Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. (Japan Today)
May 19
Hon Hai Precision Industry Chairman Terry Gou has tapped right-hand man Tai Jeng-wu to lead the turnaround of embattled Japanese electronics giant Sharp as its new president. (Nikkei)
May 19
Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> said Wednesday it has confirmed fuel economy test data manipulation for five automobile models including the Pajero sport-utility vehicle, on top of the already confirmed four minivehicle models. (Jiji Press)
May 18
The president and the vice president of Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday confirmed that they will step down, after the company informed Japan's transport ministry of further findings concerning rigged fuel economy tests. (Nikkei)
May 18
NHK has learned that Suzuki Motor also used a method different from the one stipulated by the government to measure the fuel efficiency of its mini-vehicles. (NHK)
May 17
The South Korean government plans to fine the local unit of Nissan Motor for manipulating emissions on a sports-utility vehicle model that runs on diesel fuel. Nissan officials deny any wrongdoing. (NHK)
May 17
To become reality, Tokyo's dream to have approaching 1 million hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on Japan's streets in 15 years time will require huge investment and major government support, analysts say. (thenational.ae)
May 12
Nissan Motor plans to take a controlling stake in scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors. Nissan says it will spend 2.2 billion dollars to buy 34-percent of Mitsubishi, becoming its largest shareholder. (NHK)
May 12
Soaring costs could diminish the number of major Japanese car makers to just three or four players by 2021, according to automotive research firm Kelley Blue Book. (cnbc.com)
May 12
Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker under investigation for lying about fuel economy data for some models, said Wednesday such tampering is suspected in all of its vehicles sold in Japan. (AP)
May 12
Nissan Motor is making final arrangements with scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors to provide over 1.8 billion dollars to become the top shareholder in the ailing firm. (NHK)
May 11
Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday forecast sharp falls in its group operating and net profits for the year through next March amid the recent appreciation of the yen, after posting record-high profits in the previous year. (Kyodo)
May 10
The transport ministry has ordered the nation's automakers to make further recalls of vehicles fitted with Takata Corp. air bag inflators of the kind being replaced in the United States, ministry officials said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
May 07
Toyota Motor Corporation has restarted production at all its domestic assembly plants for the first time since a series of strong earthquakes hit Kyushu Island in Japan's southwest last month. (NHK)
May 06
US Transportation Department officials say as many as 40 million additional vehicles with Takata airbags will be subject to recall. (NHK)
May 02
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. (Japan Times)
Apr 27
The Toyota Motor Corp. group ranked top in global vehicle sales in fiscal 2015, overtaking Volkswagen AG of Germany, data released Tuesday by the Japanese automaker showed. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 27
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday that it has ignored state regulations on ways to collect vehicle fuel economy test data for 25 years. (Jiji Press)
Apr 26
NHK has learned that automaker Mitsubishi Motors used data from 2-wheel-drive vehicles when providing regulators with 4-wheel-drive test figures. (NHK)
Apr 25
Toyota Motor has announced plans to produce and sell plug-in hybrid cars in China. The company wants to take advantage of a growing demand there for fuel-efficient vehicles. (NHK)
Apr 25
Telecom giant Softbank and a venture firm have jointly established a company that will work to sell an automated navigation system for buses by 2018. (NHK)
Apr 25
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) plans to set up an internal investigation team to gain a clearer overall picture of how data was falsified for fuel efficiency tests, but the effectiveness of such efforts remains questionable given the string of wrongdoings that have been revealed. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 23
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to compensate customers in a bid to limit the fallout from a fuel-efficiency cheating scandal, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. (globalpost.com)
Apr 23
General Motors Co. said Friday that it will shut down production at four North American assembly plants for two weeks starting Monday due to supply-chain problems caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan. (wsj.com)
Apr 21
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has revealed it improperly manipulated the fuel economy data of 2 of its mini-vehicle models as well as 2 others it manufactures for Nissan Motor. In all, 625,000 units are affected. (NHK)
Apr 17
Toyota Motor Corp, the world's biggest-selling automaker, said on Sunday it would suspend much of its production at plants across Japan this week after earthquakes in the country's south led to a shortage of parts, while some other manufacturers extended stoppages due to damage to factories. (Japan Today)
Apr 16
Chrysler's Jeep has been declared green by the Japanese government, becoming the first gasoline-engine American-made U.S.-brand vehicle to qualify for this nation's green-car tax incentive. (Japan Today)
Apr 13
Toyota Motor Corp. has opened to media for the first time the new assembly line for the Lexus ES luxury car model at its Kentucky plant in Georgetown. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 07
Officials at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say a ruptured Takata airbag killed a 17-year-old girl in a crash in Texas last month. (NHK)
Apr 06
Toyota Motor is getting a hand from Microsoft in setting up a new company dedicated to big data collection and analysis. (Nikkei)
Apr 05
Honda Motor Co. said Monday that it will recall a total of 164,388 units of its mainstay Fit subcompact car and Vezel sport-utility vehicle in Japan, due to defects in the idling stop and power steering systems. (Jiji Press)
Mar 26
The World Car Awards judging panel said Thursday that it has chosen Mazda Motor Corp.'s MX-5 sports car as the 2016 World Car of the Year. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 22
Toyota Motor Corp. says it will make automatic emergency braking standard on almost all Toyota and Lexus models sold in the U.S. by the end of 2017. (Japan Times)
Mar 18
Honda Motor is gearing up to take a second stab at the top-end sports car market dominated by European heavyweights by bringing out a state-of-the-art vehicle made in the U.S. Aside from the car itself, the fact the Japanese automaker chose the U.S. to make the car has intrigued motor enthusiasts. (Nikkei)
Mar 16
Toyota Motor Corp. and its labor union are expected to settle for a pay scale hike of ¥1,500 per month in the ongoing "shunto" annual wage talks, half the level demanded by the union side, informed sources said Tuesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 11
Honda has put on sale a new fuel-cell vehicle that can travel 30 percent longer on a single charge of hydrogen, compared with previous models. (NHK)
Feb 15
Toyota Motor has resumed operations at all its assembly plants in Japan. (NHK)
Feb 13
Mazda Motor Corp. has started production of the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays an important roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales. (autonews.com)
Feb 12
Camper vans people can sleep in are becoming more popular in Japan, with industry organizations saying ownership of camper vans has doubled in the last 10 years. Another boom has arrived that has not been seen since the days of the bubble economy, with sales also increasing. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 11
A tiny Kyoto start-up, which began with twice as many interns as staff and still relies on borrowed factory space, is on course to become the first Japanese carmaker to go public for almost 30 years. (ft.com)