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. (
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. (
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. (
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. (
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. (
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. (

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. (
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)