AUTOS

Dec 10
A flurry of deregulation will help cut the cost of building hydrogen stations in Japan by half, prompting many companies to offer fuel for fuel cell vehicles. Seven-Eleven Japan, for one, is moving to open convenience stores annexed to such filling stations. (Nikkei)
Dec 09
Honda Motor says it will recall about 5.4 million vehicles in the United States due to potentially defective airbags. (NHK)
Nov 28
Scything along an expressway towards Japan's north coast in one of the most expensive sports cars on the planet, sublime threatens to take a left turn towards ridiculous as first one snowflake and then several kiss off the windscreen. (theage.com.au)
Nov 27
Executives at Toyota Motor say they will upgrade safety features in almost all of their cars by 2017. (NHK)
Nov 26
Japan's transport ministry last week set up a special task force to deal with air bag-related recalls and has urged automakers to speed up replacements of potentially defective Takata-made air bag inflators, Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Nov 25
Honda Motor Co. told U.S. safety regulators Monday a recently completed third-party audit shows the automaker did not report 1,729 accident claims involving an injury or death since 2003, including eight cases tied to defective air bag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. (Kyodo)
Nov 18
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will start selling its Mirai hydrogen-powered vehicle in Japan on Dec. 15, becoming the world's first automaker to launch a fuel-cell vehicle for general consumers. (Kyodo)
Oct 28
Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. (The Japan News)
Oct 24
Honda Motor is recalling several models, including the Fit hybrid, for defects. (NHK)
Oct 24
Japanese automakers are flying high on brisk North American sales and a weaker yen, with Toyota Motor expected to report a record operating profit for the six months through September. (Nikkei)
Oct 16
Toyota said Wednesday it would recall 1.67 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that pose a fire risk, the latest in a string of problems for the world's biggest automaker. (Japan Today)
Oct 15
Japan's electric vehicle market is off to a slow start, but German automaker Volkswagen is about to give it a go anyway. (Nikkei)
Oct 14
Mazda Motor Corp.'s Demio compact car has won the car of the year Japan award for 2014 to 2015, the CTYJ executive committee, comprising representatives from automotive and other magazines, announced Monday. (Japan Times)
Oct 01
Toyota is recalling nearly 800,000 pickup trucks sold mainly in North America due to a defect that could damage their fuel tanks and cause fires. (NHK)
Sep 19
The United States charged seven Japanese executives with price-fixing Thursday in a long-running probe into illegal practices in the auto parts industry. (Japan Today)
Sep 19
Suzuki Motor Corp on Thursday issued a recall of 453,225 minivehicles in Japan to fix a defect in the blower fan motor of the air-conditioning unit that has resulted in three fires so far. (Japan Today)
Sep 16
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing, people familiar with the matter said, in a new reversal on electric cars that has re-opened deep divisions with alliance partner Renault. (businessinsider.com.au)
Sep 13
For the first time in seven years, Mazda Motor has revamped its Demio compact, which now comes with eco-friendly diesel engine technology. (Nikkei)
Sep 10
Volkswagen AG, vying with Toyota Motor Corp. for the lead in the global auto industry, said cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle catching on beyond Japan's borders. (detroitnews.com)
Sep 09
Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on a more eco-friendly future with its new fuel cell vehicle "Mirai" that is set to hit showrooms by the end of fiscal 2014. (Asahi)
Sep 05
Mazda Motor Corp. unveiled a new version of its iconic MX-5 Miata sports car Thursday for the first time in nine years, counting on the model to help sustain rising sales. (Japan Times)
Aug 29
Nissan Motor Co. premiered its new Datsun mi-DO hatchback at the Moscow International Automobile Salon, which opened to the media on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Aug 26
Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing back the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan, catering to nostalgic demand for the rugged off-roader that's favored for challenging terrains and as an aid agency vehicle in disaster zones. (The Japan News)
Aug 24
Back when Chika Kako was a junior engineer for Toyota Motor Corp., she had to run the gantlet of cringe-worthy questions from her predominantly male cohorts. "Why aren't you married?" (autonews.com)
Aug 21
Mazda plans to become effectively debt-free during the year ending March 2017, by tapping increased cash inflows from its core business to repay liabilities. (Nikkei)
Aug 06
All seven of Japan's big automakers posted higher net profits for the April-June quarter, overcoming the initial blow from a Japanese sales tax hike and a loss of thrust from a weak yen. (Nikkei)
Aug 05
Increasingly stringent environmental regulations in major markets are spurring automakers to develop a new generation of green cars. Toyota Motor, which led the way in popularizing hybrids, is now positioning itself as the company that will bring hydrogen-fueled, zero-carbon-emission vehicles into the mainstream. (Nikkei)
Jul 30
Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. (nydailynews.com)
Jul 29
Mazda Motor will dissolve its tie-up in passenger-vehicle production with Ford Motor, taking over the U.S. carmaker's assembly lines at their sole jointly run facility, located in Thailand. (Nikkei)
Jul 21
Japan will offer at least 2 million yen in subsidies for fuel-cell vehicles, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said according to media, as the government and Japanese carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp join forces to speed up the introduction the vehicles. (Japan Today)
Jul 20
Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker. (AP)
Jul 18
Mazda Motor Corp. began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model. (autonews.com)
Jul 16
JX Nippon Oil & Energy plans to set up 100 Japanese hydrogen stations by fiscal 2018 in an effort to develop the infrastructure needed for the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. (Nikkei)
Jul 11
Automaker Honda said on Thursday it was recalling about 175,000 vehicles in Japan due to on-board software problems that resulted in 11 minor accidents. (channelnewsasia.com)
Jul 05
Thailand will continue to play a major role for Japanese automakers as a manufacturing and export base. (The Nation)
Jul 02
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced on July 1 the Japan-market release of the TRICITY, the first in a series of vehicles that offer users new values through Yamaha's "Leaning Multi Wheel (L.M.W.)" mechanism. (itar-tass.com)
Jun 25
Toyota officials want to take the lead in the market for eco-friendly vehicles. They plan to start selling fuel-cell cars at about 70-thousand dollars each by next March. (NHK)
Jun 24
Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn earned 995 million yen (about $9.8 million) in the 2013 business year ended in March, up from 988 million yen the previous year, making it almost certain he will remain the highest-paid executive among listed companies in Japan. (Kyodo)
Jun 24
Japanese car makers will recall more than 800,000 vehicles after finding defects in their air bags. (NHK)
Jun 21
Nissan Motor Co. said it will expand the number of sales outlets designed for female customers who are increasingly calling the shots in auto purchases. (Asahi)