Feb 23, 2015

Honda president stepping down amid air bag crisis

Honda said Monday that its president was stepping down as the firm grapples with an exploding air bag crisis linked to at least five deaths that also led to the recall of millions of vehicles. The automaker said the move was squarely aimed at ...

Feb 12, 2015

Honda bets that Chinese tastes will prevail in Japan, too

by Ma Jie

Honda Motor Co. designed the Jade minivan with the extended Chinese family in mind, appealing to the preference for space to carry relatives. The automaker is pitching the same car to Japanese consumers with a twist. Sales of the 1.5-liter engine Jade begin tomorrow ...

Honda's aim in returning to F-1 is to win, president says

Feb 12, 2015

Honda's aim in returning to F-1 is to win, president says

The most important thing in Honda Motor Co.’s return to Formula One is to win races, said Takanobu Ito, the automaker’s president and chief executive officer. “Without a win, 99 percent of the race’s objective cannot be accomplished,” Ito said Tuesday in an interview. ...

Five of Japan's major automakers report record profits

Feb 10, 2015

Five of Japan's major automakers report record profits

Five of the nation’s seven major automakers posted record group operating profits in April-December, thanks chiefly to strong sales in North America and improvements in profitability from overseas operations amid the yen’s weakening. Toyota Motor Corp., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Mazda Motor Corp., Suzuki ...

Nissan overtook Honda in U.S. sales in January

Feb 4, 2015

Nissan overtook Honda in U.S. sales in January

As falling oil prices continue to drive consumers toward sport utility vehicles and trucks, Japanese automakers kicked off 2015 by posting double-digit growth in the U.S. with Nissan overtaking Honda become the fifth-largest automaker in the country, according to data from Autodata Corp. Boosted ...

Jan 24, 2015

Honda to use air bags from Takata competitor in new Accord

Honda Motor Co. has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata Corp. to supply air bags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision said. In the first major defection by a ...

Japanese automakers debut sports cars, pickups at Detroit show

Jan 13, 2015

Japanese automakers debut sports cars, pickups at Detroit show

The North American International Auto Show opened in Detroit with Japanese automakers debuting sports cars and pickup trucks, taking advantage of U.S. market trends toward less fuel-efficient vehicles as fuel prices drop. With an enthusiastic auto industry reporting annual sales in 2014 of more ...