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For Craig Trudell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

Jan 21, 2015

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

A top U.S. executive at Honda Motor Co. said competitors are doing “stupid things” to boost auto sales, including making seven-year-long car loans that harm buyers. Automakers are increasingly selling vehicles with 84-month loans that reduce monthly payments while making it tougher to repay ...

Air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

Oct 27, 2014

Air bag maker in crisis used unique chemical explosive

The emerging crisis over air bags traces back to a little-known Tokyo company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Air bags made by Takata Corp. are linked ...

| Sep 3, 2014

Nissan's defections continue to mount

Nissan Motor Co.’s loss of its second executive since July is fueling concern that the pool of talent surrounding Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn is drying up. Tuesday’s disclosure that Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer will quit to lead Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. came ...

Toyota's hydrogen car may come with ¥3 million rebate

Jul 25, 2014

Toyota's hydrogen car may come with ¥3 million rebate

Japan is raising the bar for subsidizing zero-emission cars as incentives may exceed ¥3 million a vehicle for Toyota Motor Corp.’s first hydrogen-powered sedan. Rebates from the central and prefectural governments may top a combined ¥3 million per car. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said ...

Coup fallout: Sony joins Panasonic in avoiding travel to Thailand

May 27, 2014

Coup fallout: Sony joins Panasonic in avoiding travel to Thailand

Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are among companies advising workers against traveling to Thailand, as evidence mounts that political turmoil in the country is undermining business activity there. European hotel operator Accor SA has seen its hotel business in Bangkok plunge about 30 percent ...

Scrutiny ushers in era of big recalls

Apr 10, 2014

Scrutiny ushers in era of big recalls

Recall first, ask questions later. After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. — two of the world’s largest carmakers — were criticized for dragging their feet on recalls of defective models in recent years, automakers have begun gearing up their responses to safety ...

'Gods' edging out robots at Toyota facility

Apr 7, 2014

'Gods' edging out robots at Toyota facility

Inside Toyota Motor Corp.’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to ...

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

Oct 29, 2013

Camry loses Consumer Reports nod

Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation for Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry sedan and said post-bankruptcy General Motors Co. is among the automakers cracking Japanese brands’ dominance in fielding reliable cars. Consumer Reports isn’t recommending any version of the Camry, the top-selling U.S. car the past ...