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| 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 ...

Maserati, others taking on Toyota at home

May 12, 2014

Maserati, others taking on Toyota at home

Maserati, Volkswagen and other foreign automakers are riding their best sales streak in years in Japan, as the economy improves and drivers like Taichi Matsukura try to stand out amid a sea of Toyotas. “When I opened the door, the colors and interior immediately ...

Toyota cash mountain draws calls for plants

Feb 4, 2014

Toyota cash mountain draws calls for plants

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, whose company has accumulated a cash pile of almost ¥4 trillion, is facing calls to put that money to better use. The world’s largest carmaker is seeing profits surge as the yen weakens and demand rises in the ...

Staying home paying off for Toyota amid weakening yen

Nov 7, 2013

Staying home paying off for Toyota amid weakening yen

Staying at home is paying off for Toyota Motor Corp. The nation’s largest manufacturer, which produces almost half of its vehicles in Japan, has raised its full-year net income forecast by 13 percent as the weaker yen boosted earnings from exported Prius and Lexus ...

Honda Fit designed as 'Prius-killer' in challenge to Toyota

Oct 9, 2013

Honda Fit designed as 'Prius-killer' in challenge to Toyota

Honda Motor Co. wants to remind the world that hybrid means more than the Prius. Japan’s third-largest carmaker last month started selling a new version of its Fit compact at home, including a hybrid designed to take on Toyota Motor Corp.’s global dominance in ...

Subaru's record surge leads FHI to debate staying niche player

Aug 9, 2013

Subaru's record surge leads FHI to debate staying niche player

Which carmaker’s stock has risen the most — some fivefold — since the beginning of 2012, besides Tesla Motors Inc.? Subaru producer Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. Profits and sales are heading toward record levels as Fuji Heavy benefits more than most other Japanese automakers ...

Honda's Fujino readying 'flying Acura'

Jul 25, 2013

Honda's Fujino readying 'flying Acura'

Michimasa Fujino began working on Honda Motor Co.’s aviation project 27 years ago at a hangar in Mississippi. Next year, Fujino, now president of the aircraft unit, says the project may finally get off the ground. If so, Honda would become the first newcomer ...

Nissan's female execs help drive strong sales

Feb 26, 2013

Nissan's female execs help drive strong sales

Among the 780,000 people employed in Japan’s auto industry, only three are women responsible for the rollout of new models. They all work at Nissan Motor Co. Mie Minakuchi is behind the newest Note hatchback, Nissan’s top domestic seller, which has seen sales triple ...

Mazda leads diesel revival as dirty-clunker label fades

Dec 13, 2012

Mazda leads diesel revival as dirty-clunker label fades

Thirteen years after Shintaro Ishihara killed Japanese interest in diesel cars by barring many of them from Tokyo, the technology is making a comeback as manufacturers adopt innovations that improve its sooty image. Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on cleaner diesels, creating a ...

Subaru's lack of China plant pays off

Nov 20, 2012

Subaru's lack of China plant pays off

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga has become a market darling for something he failed to do: build a factory in China. The maker of Subaru cars, the only major Japanese auto brand without a plant in the world’s largest vehicle market, has ...