Dec 26, 2014

Honda delays Legend sedan to guard against another quality lapse

Honda Motor Co., the automaker struggling with mounting recalls, said it’s further delaying the start of sales for the redesigned Legend sedan to conduct additional checks on its radar safety system and hybrid powertrain. Deliveries of Honda’s most expensive sedan will begin Feb. 20 ...

Dec 24, 2014

Major carmakers cut domestic production in November

The nation’s top three carmakers on Wednesday reported weaker domestic production for November as the lingering impact of the consumption tax hike in April dented sales and their strategy to build more vehicles overseas led to reduced exports. Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest ...

Sales tax hike stymies domestic car sales: JAMA

Dec 22, 2014

Sales tax hike stymies domestic car sales: JAMA

by Kazuaki Nagata

Major Japanese carmakers may have benefited from the yen’s sharp decline this year, but they were also hurt by the consumption tax hike and prospects for the domestic market appear dim, Fumihiko Ike, chief of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said Monday. “2014 has ...

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Nov 21, 2014

Transport ministry tells Takata to investigate air bag problems

Transport minister Akihiro Ota said Friday he has directed Takata Corp. to investigate its defective air bags and that the ministry is directly in touch with the firm over the issue. The ministry usually relies on automakers themselves to report incidents and announce recalls, ...

Lawsuit links Takata air bag death to delay in Honda alert

Nov 18, 2014

Lawsuit links Takata air bag death to delay in Honda alert

Honda Motor Co.’s U.S. unit advised dealers not to contact customers about a potentially fatal defect because of a parts shortage, one week before shrapnel from an exploding air bag left a woman looking as if she had been killed with a knife, lawyers ...

Nov 14, 2014

Takata to face U.S. Senate grilling over deadly air bags

Japanese auto parts maker Takata will face the heat of a U.S. Senate hearing next week as lawmakers investigate the firm’s defective air bags now linked to at least five deaths. The Senate Commerce Committee said it had set a hearing for next Thursday ...