AUTOS

May 21
Mazda Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch the fourth-generation model of its Roadster two-seat convertible sports car on Thursday. (The Japan News)
May 20
Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. (Japan Times)
May 16
Honda Motor Co on Friday began sales of the all-new Honda SHUTTLE compact wagon. (Japan Today)
May 14
Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have agreed to expand their tie-up to include cooperation in the fields of eco-friendly and safety technology, the two companies said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
May 13
Japanese car giants Toyota and Nissan are recalling a total of 6.5 million cars globally to replace potentially faulty airbag inflators made by Takata. (BBC)
Apr 30
Tesla Motors wants to increase free, rapid-charging stations for its electric vehicles in Japan to about 30 this year and eventually have hundreds scattered across the country. (Nikkei)
Apr 26
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron has written to Renault boss Carlos Ghosn to defend the government's surprise stake increase in the carmaker and reject claims it endangers the Renault-Nissan alliance. (The Japan News)
Apr 21
Japan's Toyota Motor has unveiled new hybrid models for the Chinese market that for the first time use locally-developed motors and batteries. (NHK)
Apr 07
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Aqua subcompact hybrid was the best-selling car in Japan in fiscal 2014, keeping the top slot for the third straight year, industry data showed Monday. (The Japan News)
Mar 31
Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will release the S660 two-seater on Thursday, the company's first convertible sports minicar in 19 years. (The Japan News)
Mar 25
Mitsubishi Motors will build a new 500 million-dollar plant in Indonesia's West Java Province. (NHK)
Mar 16
Toyota Motor Corp. reached an agreement on Sunday with the labor union to a pay scale hike of ¥4,000 per month, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Mar 13
Major automakers and electronics makers are expected to agree to a pay-scale increase substantially higher than last year's, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Feb 26
Leading automaker Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus ranked top among 28 car brands in the United States for the third straight year in 2015 in both vehicle performance and reliability terms, Consumer Reports magazine said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Feb 25
Toyota Motor started full-scale manufacturing on Tuesday of the world's first commercial fuel-cell car. (NHK)
Feb 24
Honda Motor's first change of president in six years comes amid a slew of troubles, including recalls and falling profits, stemming from President Takanobu Ito's backfiring strategies to deal with plunging demand. (Nikkei)
Feb 22
Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said Saturday. He was 105. (Japan Today)
Feb 15
Nissan Motor Co. has reported that Japan now has more places to charge electric vehicles than gas stations. ()
Feb 04
Toyota Motor (TMC) has raised its operating profit guidance as a weaker yen has increased the value of overseas sales and is helping compensate for slumping demand back home. (ibtimes.co.uk)
Jan 27
Toyota Motor has unveiled luxury minivans that can park themselves. (NHK)
Jan 24
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will increase production in 2016 and later of its Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which was released in Japan in December. (The Japan News)
Jan 21
Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world's top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs, according to the 2014 tally announced by the company Wednesday. (Japan Times)
Jan 20
Nissan Motor Co. plans to begin in-house production of minicars in fiscal 2016, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jan 16
Honda Motor Co. took the wraps off its Acura NSX supercar production model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. (The Japan News)
Jan 09
Daihatsu Motor's Tanto was the best-selling vehicle in Japan last year with sales of 234,456 units. It's the first time a minicar topped the list in 6 years. (NHK)
Jan 03
Nissan Motor will release two new electric vehicles and add a hybrid version of its mainstay compact as early as fiscal 2016, aiming to broaden its selection of environmentally friendly vehicles. (Nikkei)
Dec 28
When you get to be as big a company as Toyota, you can afford to go out and get A-list talent for your commercials. (rocketnews24.com)
Dec 26
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 U.S. plant in Indiana and will instead make the crossover SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans said. (Japan Today)
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)