AUTOS

May 02
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. (Japan Times)
Apr 27
The Toyota Motor Corp. group ranked top in global vehicle sales in fiscal 2015, overtaking Volkswagen AG of Germany, data released Tuesday by the Japanese automaker showed. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 27
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday that it has ignored state regulations on ways to collect vehicle fuel economy test data for 25 years. (Jiji Press)
Apr 26
NHK has learned that automaker Mitsubishi Motors used data from 2-wheel-drive vehicles when providing regulators with 4-wheel-drive test figures. (NHK)
Apr 25
Toyota Motor has announced plans to produce and sell plug-in hybrid cars in China. The company wants to take advantage of a growing demand there for fuel-efficient vehicles. (NHK)
Apr 25
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) plans to set up an internal investigation team to gain a clearer overall picture of how data was falsified for fuel efficiency tests, but the effectiveness of such efforts remains questionable given the string of wrongdoings that have been revealed. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 23
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors plans to compensate customers in a bid to limit the fallout from a fuel-efficiency cheating scandal, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. (globalpost.com)
Apr 23
General Motors Co. said Friday that it will shut down production at four North American assembly plants for two weeks starting Monday due to supply-chain problems caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan. (wsj.com)
Apr 21
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors has revealed it improperly manipulated the fuel economy data of 2 of its mini-vehicle models as well as 2 others it manufactures for Nissan Motor. In all, 625,000 units are affected. (NHK)
Apr 17
Toyota Motor Corp, the world's biggest-selling automaker, said on Sunday it would suspend much of its production at plants across Japan this week after earthquakes in the country's south led to a shortage of parts, while some other manufacturers extended stoppages due to damage to factories. (Japan Today)
Apr 16
Chrysler's Jeep has been declared green by the Japanese government, becoming the first gasoline-engine American-made U.S.-brand vehicle to qualify for this nation's green-car tax incentive. (Japan Today)
Apr 13
Toyota Motor Corp. has opened to media for the first time the new assembly line for the Lexus ES luxury car model at its Kentucky plant in Georgetown. (the-japan-news.com)
Apr 07
Officials at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say a ruptured Takata airbag killed a 17-year-old girl in a crash in Texas last month. (NHK)
Apr 06
Toyota Motor is getting a hand from Microsoft in setting up a new company dedicated to big data collection and analysis. (Nikkei)
Apr 05
Honda Motor Co. said Monday that it will recall a total of 164,388 units of its mainstay Fit subcompact car and Vezel sport-utility vehicle in Japan, due to defects in the idling stop and power steering systems. (Jiji Press)
Mar 26
The World Car Awards judging panel said Thursday that it has chosen Mazda Motor Corp.'s MX-5 sports car as the 2016 World Car of the Year. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 22
Toyota Motor Corp. says it will make automatic emergency braking standard on almost all Toyota and Lexus models sold in the U.S. by the end of 2017. (Japan Times)
Mar 18
Honda Motor is gearing up to take a second stab at the top-end sports car market dominated by European heavyweights by bringing out a state-of-the-art vehicle made in the U.S. Aside from the car itself, the fact the Japanese automaker chose the U.S. to make the car has intrigued motor enthusiasts. (Nikkei)
Mar 16
Toyota Motor Corp. and its labor union are expected to settle for a pay scale hike of ¥1,500 per month in the ongoing "shunto" annual wage talks, half the level demanded by the union side, informed sources said Tuesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Mar 11
Honda has put on sale a new fuel-cell vehicle that can travel 30 percent longer on a single charge of hydrogen, compared with previous models. (NHK)
Feb 15
Toyota Motor has resumed operations at all its assembly plants in Japan. (NHK)
Feb 13
Mazda Motor Corp. has started production of the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays an important roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales. (autonews.com)
Feb 12
Camper vans people can sleep in are becoming more popular in Japan, with industry organizations saying ownership of camper vans has doubled in the last 10 years. Another boom has arrived that has not been seen since the days of the bubble economy, with sales also increasing. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 11
A tiny Kyoto start-up, which began with twice as many interns as staff and still relies on borrowed factory space, is on course to become the first Japanese carmaker to go public for almost 30 years. (ft.com)
Feb 10
Toyota Motor will begin tests of hydrogen as a power source at production facilities as early as this year, aiming to tame rising carbon dioxide emissions by expanding on its experience as the developer of the first fuel cell car on the market. (Nikkei)
Feb 09
Whoever said that "cats rule and dogs drool?" Subaru brings back the Barkleys with five new amusing car commercials! (rocketnews24.com)
Feb 08
Toyota Motor Corp. suspended on Monday all production at its factories in Japan due to a steel shortage following an explosion in January at a steel plant in central Japan. (Kyodo)
Feb 04
Toyota is killing its Scion brand after years of slumping sales. Beginning in August, 2017 model-year Scion vehicles will be rebadged as Toyotas. (Japan Today)
Feb 01
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will suspend production at all assembly plants in Japan next week in the wake of a steel factory explosion, interrupting the supply of crucial models including the new Prius hybrid. (bloomberg.com)
Jan 30
Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that it will take full control of minivehicle subsidiary Daihatsu Motor Co. on Aug. 1. (Jiji Press)
Jan 27
Toyota Motor Corp. said Jan. 27 that it sold 10.151 million vehicles in 2015, retaining its status as the world's top-selling automaker for the fourth straight year. (Asahi)
Jan 26
Ford Motor is pulling out of Japan and Indonesia, saying that market conditions in each country have made it difficult to grow sales or make sustained profits. (cnbc.com)
Jan 20
Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that the number of orders received for its fully revamped Prius hybrid had reached 100,000 units in the first month of its release. (the-japan-news.com)
Jan 12
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus is rolling out its highest-performance model since the LFA supercar to burnish its reputation among buyers of prestige luxury autos. (Japan Times)
Jan 09
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Aqua compact hybrid vehicle ranked top in new car sales in Japan for the first time in two years in 2015, industry data showed Friday. (the-japan-news.com)
Jan 07
Toyota Motor Corp.'s research and development company, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said it hired a team of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots. (the-japan-news.com)
Jan 06
Sales of new cars in Japan declined last year, as a tax rise affected sales of mini-vehicles. (NHK)
Jan 04
Honda Motor Co. says a defective air bag made by Takata Corp. was responsible for the death of a driver near Pittsburgh. (Japan Times)
Dec 10
Toyota said Wednesday it expects annual sales of its newly-released fourth generation Prius hybrid to reach as many as 350,000 vehicles despite a big drop in oil prices making traditional gasoline cars cheap to run. (the-japan-news.com)
Dec 09
Mazda Motor Corp's all-new Mazda Roadster (known as MX-5 outside Japan) has been named the 2015-2016 Car of the Year in Japan. (Japan Today)