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Jul 16, 2014

Driverless cars will require industry shift, Nissan scientist says

Automakers intending to develop driverless cars need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, according to the researcher leading Nissan Motor Co.’s automated-vehicle program. Making cars that are “deliberative” in assessing road conditions, rather than just reactive, requires artificial intelligence, said ...

Honda's Acura projects second-half lift from TLX model in U.S.

Jul 11, 2014

Honda's Acura projects second-half lift from TLX model in U.S.

Honda Motor Co.’s Acura, struggling to boost U.S. deliveries amid competition from bigger luxury brands, should see faster growth starting in August with the arrival of a new sports sedan, the division’s U.S. chief said. The midsize TLX, priced from $30,995, goes into production ...

Apr 18, 2014

Fit-based crossover gets U.S. push

Honda Motor Co. is expanding its lineup with the HR-V sport-utility vehicle in an effort to boost sales by tapping a growing U.S. market for small crossovers. The 2015 HR-V, which shares a platform with the subcompact Fit hatchback, will debut “this winter,” the ...

Toyota looks to overhaul Scion brand

Apr 18, 2014

Toyota looks to overhaul Scion brand

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Scion line, a U.S. experiment intended to win over young buyers with idiosyncratic designs and low prices, will overhaul its lineup amid fading sales as the brand reaches adolescence. Beginning in 2015, 12 years after Scion’s establishment as Toyota’s third U.S. ...

Toyota tweaks Camry as Sonata makes gains

Apr 16, 2014

Toyota tweaks Camry as Sonata makes gains

Toyota Motor Corp. is making rare styling changes in the Camry sedan just halfway into the car’s usual design cycle, a sign the automaker is eager to stem gains made by Hyundai Motor Co.’s Sonata, which also is being reworked for 2015. The latest ...

Apr 4, 2014

Toyota's N. America chief bullish on fuel cell sedan advances

Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American chief, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he’s “bullish” about advances in the company’s fuel cell system and wants more U.S. supply of the Japan-built cars. Toyota, the world’s largest seller of hybrid-electric autos, is to ...

Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

Jan 9, 2014

Nissan set to double Leaf sales: Ghosn

Nissan Motor Co., which reported record U.S. sales of Leaf hatchbacks in 2013, is optimistic that it can soon double deliveries, Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said. Sales of the battery-powered Leaf jumped 130 percent last year to 22,610 vehicles, aided by 2,529 deliveries ...

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

Jan 7, 2014

Toyota eyes California hydrogen station network

Toyota Motor Corp., which is getting ready to sell Camry-size sedans powered by fuel cells in the U.S. next year, plans to help create a network of hydrogen stations that may include pumps at car dealers and even trash dumps. The world’s largest automaker ...

Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

Dec 19, 2013

Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

Honda Motor Co.’s No. 2 executive, asked to identify the automaker’s weak spot, spoke bluntly: Acura luxury sedans have to get better. The world will soon learn whether they have. Next month Honda will introduce the Acura TLX to replace its aging TL, the ...