Nov 24
Toyota Motor plans to make its new C-HR compact sport utility vehicle a key global model, aiming to shore up a weak link in its lineup as small SUVs grow more popular. (Nikkei)
Nov 19
Toyota Motor Corp. notified the Japanese transport ministry on Wednesday that it will recall a total of 443,460 vehicles made between September 2006 and August 2013 for free repairs, due to defects in the continuously variable transmission system and other devices. (The Japan News)
Nov 18
Nissan Motor Co. has found that an air bag made by Takata Corp. ruptured abnormally and injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle last month, the transport ministry said, announcing the first such case in Japan. (Japan Times)
Nov 09
The number of visitors to the 44th Tokyo Motor Show, which ended Sunday, totaled 812,500, down from 902,800 in the previous show in 2013, the organizer of the event, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said. (Japan Times)
Nov 06
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday reported a half-year jump in profits even as car sales declined in most regions, as it moves to cut costs and squeeze more productivity out of its plants worldwide. (The Japan News)
Nov 05
Honda reported a quarterly profit of 127.7 billion yen ($1 billion) Wednesday, up 7% from its revised result from the year before, even as costs of a massive recall related to defective air bags dented the boost from healthy sales. (Japan Today)
Nov 03
A Takata Corp.-made front passenger seat air bag in a Nissan Motor Co. vehicle burst apart violently and injured a passenger in eastern Japan last month, Nissan said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 01
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show opened on Oct. 29. Cars presented by Nissan, Honda and Toyota feature in this video clip taken by the Digital Media Bureau's streaming team. (The Japan News)
Oct 29
The Tokyo Motor Show, featuring state-of-the-art fuel-cell cars as well as driverless vehicles, opened for a media preview on Wednesday. (NHK)
Oct 28
Toyota was the world's top-selling automaker for the first nine months of this year, selling nearly 7.5 million vehicles, and overtaking Volkswagen which was in the No. 1 spot for the half year. (The Japan News)
Oct 28
Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday unveiled new versions of its fuel cell vehicle and NSX sports car at its research center in the town of Haga, Tochigi Prefecture. (The Japan News)
Oct 26
Presidents of major Japanese auto makers drove their companies' epoch-making cars in central Tokyo on Saturday in a parade to promote the motor show starting in the Japanese capital late next week. (Jiji Press)
Oct 24
At least 36 of 230 diesel vehicles made by Germany's Volkswagen AG and privately imported to Japan were found equipped with software designed to cheat emissions tests, transport minister Keiichi Ishii said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 23
Work to create rules for putting self-driving vehicles into practical use is kicking into high gear as progress continues on the development of such vehicles. (The Japan News)
Oct 23
Mazda Motor will exhibit a rotary-engine concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, fueling hopes for a revival of its signature technology. (Nikkei)
Oct 22
Japanese automakers will unveil prototypes of their world premiere models targeting young people at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, which begins at Tokyo Big Sight with the preview day on Oct. 29. (Jiji Press)
Oct 13
Toyota Motor Corp. released details for its fourth-generation Prius on Oct. 13, promising that improvements in the battery, engine, wind resistance and weight mean better mileage for the world's top-selling hybrid car. (Asahi)
Oct 01
Leading domestic diesel-engine carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. sought to reassure its customers Sept. 29 that it does not engage in emissions shenanigans like rival Volkswagen AG of Germany. (Asahi)
Sep 27
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Saturday it will sell its remaining shares in Volkswagen AG following the breakdown of a tie-up arrangement between the automakers, bringing in an extraordinary profit of about 36.7 billion yen ($304 million). (Kyodo)
Sep 23
Nissan Motor Co CEO Carlos Ghosn said it would be difficult for an automaker to conceal internally an effort to falsify vehicle emissions data, such as has happened at Volkswagen AG. (Japan Today)
Sep 18
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling about 195,000 passenger cars in Japan due to the risk of stalling. (NHK)
Aug 31
Volkswagen AG will sell a Suzuki Motor Corp. stake valued at about ¥463 billion back to the carmaker following a decision from arbitrators that ended a four-year dispute over a failed partnership. (The Japan News)
Aug 05
Toyota on Tuesday said its net profit for the three months to June jumped 10 percent to US$5.2 billion, crediting a weak yen and cost cuts, while it also boosted its annual sales forecast. (Japan Today)
Jul 24
Japan's Mitsubishi Motors plans to end automobile manufacturing in the US state of Illinois to focus on production in Asian countries such as Thailand and Indonesia. (NHK)
Jul 15
Honda Motor Co. is to make English its official language by around 2020 as part of efforts to communicate better with foreign employees, the company has said. (The Japan News)
Jul 08
Nissan Motor Co. on July 8 said an air bag made by Takata Corp. installed in one of its cars had deployed with too much force and caused a fire in a light crash in Shizuoka Prefecture, marking the automaker's first such case in Japan. (Asahi)
Jul 01
Japan's Suzuki Motor has chosen a new president. (NHK)
Jun 30
Honda Motor plans to make English the official language for international communications within the company around 2020, the automaker said in a report Monday. (Nikkei)
Jun 26
Troubled Takata Corp.'s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Shigehisa Takada offered an apology on Thursday over the company's defective air bags, making his first appearance since the crisis arising from its potentially deadly products deepened last year. (Kyodo)
Jun 23
Nissan Motor President Carlos Ghosn disclosed that his earnings in fiscal 2014 topped one billion yen, or more than 8 million dollars. (NHK)
Jun 17
Toyota Motor Corp. shareholders approved a controversial new class of stock on Tuesday that will bring in more long-term investors, but which faced opposition from foreign funds as the shares are only readily available in Japan. (The Japan News)
Jun 09
Nissan Motor Co.'s new wagon-type cabs made their debut in Tokyo on Monday with the aim of giving a more comfortable ride to luggage-toting foreigners and aging Japanese alike. (Japan Times)
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)