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Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

Apr 15, 2015

Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

When Scott Fisher bought his 2006 Prius, there weren’t many other choices that gave him use of the carpool lanes on his drive to work in New York. That changed last year when the Long Island lawyer traded in his car for a Honda ...

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 ...