Tetsuya Komatsu

For Tetsuya Komatsu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Prius hot, but at other models' expense?

Jun 11, 2009

Prius hot, but at other models' expense?

Toyota Motor Corp.’s new Prius hybrid won more than 80,000 orders even before going on sale, prompting departing President Katsuaki Watanabe to call it the carmaker’s “savior.” Investors don’t share his faith. “Toyota shouldn’t be happy just because Prius orders are going up,” said ...

May 2, 2009

Chrysler Chapter 11 threatens Nissan vehicle supply deal

Nissan Motor Co. will review its vehicle supply agreement with Chrysler LLC following the U.S. company’s bankruptcy filing. Nissan, Japan’s third-largest automaker, is examining the terms of an agreement struck in 2008 to make small cars for Chrysler for sale in the United States ...

Mar 4, 2009

Honda weathers crisis with Asia motorbike niche

Vanida Paipong, a 33-year-old noodle factory worker in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, will pay installments of 5,000 baht (about ¥13,600) a month on her 100cc Honda CZ-i motorcycle. She bought the bike in February after her last Honda motorbike lasted 10 years, hauling friends and ...