AUTOS

Jan 14
Japanese car parts maker Takata has agreed to pay $1bn in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects in its exploding airbags. (BBC)
Jan 10
The president of Japanese automaker Toyota says his company will invest 10 billion dollars in the United States over the next 5 years. (NHK)
Jan 09
Nissan is halting joint development of luxury cars with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, sources close to the companies told Reuters, suspending a key project in their seven-year partnership and potentially hitting profitability at a new shared factory in Mexico. (Japan Today)
Jan 07
Japanese firms are shocked by Donald Trump's Twitter bomb dropped on Toyota Motor Corp. over a planned factory in Mexico, as their concerns about an attack by the U.S. president-elect have become reality. (Jiji)
Jan 06
Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized a plan by leading Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> to build a new factory in Mexico. (Jiji)

Jan 04
South Korea's Environment Ministry has banned sales of 2 Nissan Motor models after the company submitted falsified emissions data. (NHK)
Dec 25
Japanese auto firms are stepping up business operations in Myanmar, where market growth is projected in Asia's final frontier. (NHK)
Dec 07
Chinese car companies are building big factories in Southeast Asia, weaponizing low prices in an attempt to encroach on Japanese rivals' 70%-plus share in the region. (Nikkei)
Nov 23
Nissan said Tuesday it is selling its stake in auto parts company Calsonic Kansei as the Japanese firm casts off non-core businesses to focus on electric vehicles and self-driving cars. (Japan Today)
Nov 16
Launched in October 20, 1966, Toyota Motor's Corolla has been an integral part of Japan's automotive landscape over the past 50 years. (nippon.com)

Nov 09
Toyota Motor's sales and profits for the April-to-September period fell from a year earlier, the first drop in 5 years. Company executives say the stronger yen hurt overseas earnings. (NHK)
Nov 08
Toyota Motor Corp. is considering fully entering the electric vehicle market, with mass production slated to begin by 2020, company sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
Nov 07
Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius hybrid topped Japan’s new car sales rankings in October, becoming the best seller for the first time in two months, industry data showed Monday. (the-japan-news.com)
Oct 22
Toyota Motor will pioneer Japanese sales of hydrogen fuel cell buses in 2017, broadening its offerings in zero-emissions vehicles. (Nikkei)
Oct 21
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Thursday he will become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., vowing to help reform the struggling automaker. (Japan Times)

Oct 13
Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. said Wednesday that they will study forming a business partnership in fields including environmental, safety and information technologies. (the-japan-news.com)
Oct 06
Japan's shrinking motorcycle market has pushed onetime enemies Honda Motor and Yamaha Motor into an alliance aimed at freeing up resources for use in more promising regions. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
US automaker Tesla Motors is rolling out an electric SUV this week in Japan. It says the model, featuring its largest capacity battery, can travel 542 kilometers on a single charge. (NHK)
Sep 02
Japanese automaker Mazda said Thursday it was recalling more than two million vehicles globally over a defect in their tailgates. (Japan Today)
Aug 31
Japan's transport ministry said Tuesday it has newly found that the fuel economy in eight of Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s vehicle models affected by a fuel efficiency scandal was up to 8.8 percent worse than their catalog figures. (Kyodo)

Aug 26
Honda Motor says it will revamp its luxury sports car NSX for release in Japan next year. (NHK)
Aug 04
Toyota Motor reported a 14.5% slide in net profit for the three months ended in June as a stronger yen took its toll, forcing the company to cut its earnings projections for the full year. (Nikkei)
Aug 03
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> missed at least two opportunities to detect mileage data falsification by its workers before the misconduct came to light this year, a special inquiry panel said in a report on Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 29
Toyota Motor Corp. lagged behind Volkswagen AG by global deliveries in the first half of the year, as demand for the newly redesigned Prius hybrid slumped in a U.S. market dominated by trucks and sport utility vehicles. (the-japan-news.com)
Jul 14
Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday that it plans to launch a Serena minivan equipped with autonomous driving technology designed for expressway use in single-lane traffic in late August. (the-japan-news.com)