AUTOS

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)
Jul 06
Executives at Japan's biggest automakers must have been scratching their heads as the results came in from Britain's vote to leave the European Union: U.K. cities that are home to Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and Honda Motor plants opted for Brexit. (Nikkei)
Jul 05
Investors cheered when Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn announced in May that his company would acquire a 34 percent stake of scandal-tainted Mitsubishi Motors Corp. as part of an expanded strategic partnership. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 30
Toyota Motor has announced the recall of more than 3.3 million vehicles worldwide over possible defects involving fuel tanks and airbags. (NHK)
Jun 23
Nissan Motor President Carlos Ghosn revealed his salary for fiscal 2015 at a shareholders meeting on Wednesday. (NHK)

Jun 21
The fuel economy of the four Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> minivehicle models for which related data have been manipulated were found to be about 11 pct lower on average than their mileage performances reported to the government, transport minister Keiichi Ishii said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 18
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Friday it has confirmed fuel economy data manipulation for five vehicle models, including the Pajero and the Colt, that were sold in the past. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 16
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> falsified fuel economy data for two or more passenger car models that had already been dropped from the product lineup, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 11
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry released Friday a draft report that includes plans for harsh punishments on automakers found to have committed wrongdoing in the future. (the-japan-news.com)
Jun 10
Toyota Motor Corp. will significantly expand its telework system to cover 13,000 career-track employees, informed sources said Thursday. (the-japan-news.com)

Jun 08
The leader of Japan's Suzuki Motor says he will give up his chief executive title at the end of the month, after a shareholders meeting. This follows the firm's admission it failed to use a government-set method to test fuel economy. (NHK)
Jun 01
The head of Japan's Suzuki Motor has admitted that workers failed to follow government rules when calculating the mileage for 26 models. He says the error applies to more than 2 million vehicles. (NHK)
May 26
Toyota Motor plans to boost overseas production and sales. It's building a new passenger car plant in Malaysia. (NHK)
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)