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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...