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Dec 17, 2015

Yamaha CEO sees room to exceed targets on emerging markets

Yamaha Motor Co. may beat its profit forecasts if emerging markets hold up better than expected, according to Chief Executive Officer Hiroyuki Yanagi, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s interest rate hike in the United States. The motorcycle and boat manufacturer may achieve an operating profit ...

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hitting road block

Nov 30, 2015

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hitting road block

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for Japan to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way. Abe has declared hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles “the ultimate eco-car,” praising their promise for the environment and the nation’s automakers, which ...

Suzuki aims to take some Maruti turf in India

Nov 26, 2015

Suzuki aims to take some Maruti turf in India

After trust issues doomed Suzuki Motor Corp.’s alliance with Volkswagen AG, the Japanese carmaker now has to win over shareholders skeptical of plans for its crucial partnership with India’s largest carmaker. Suzuki wants to set up a wholly owned factory in India and supply ...

Futuristic hydrogen cars come with a curfew — for now

Oct 27, 2015

Futuristic hydrogen cars come with a curfew — for now

Hiroshi Matsushita brims with pride about the staring and pointing that goes along with driving his dream car, Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai fuel cell sedan. There’s just one problem: his new set of wheels came with a curfew. The construction of hydrogen refueling stations is ...

Toyota's driverless car is put through paces in Tokyo

Oct 6, 2015

Toyota's driverless car is put through paces in Tokyo

Touch a button on the steering wheel and put your hands up — this Toyota will take it from here. That is the gist of the experience Toyota Motor Corp. offered to reporters Tuesday in Tokyo. Its “highway teammate” concept car, a modified Lexus ...

Lexus turns to German engineering to create working hoverboard

Aug 6, 2015

Lexus turns to German engineering to create working hoverboard

Imagine, if you will, being handed what looks like a skateboard that almost magically hovers an inch or three above the ground. See yourself running, your hand beneath the board as it floats, suspended in midair. Carefully step on it to test out its ...