Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

Dec 19, 2013

Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

by Alan Ohnsman

Honda Motor Co.’s No. 2 executive, asked to identify the automaker’s weak spot, spoke bluntly: Acura luxury sedans have to get better. The world will soon learn whether they have. Next month Honda will introduce the Acura TLX to replace its aging TL, the ...

Dec 19, 2013

Honda unveils compact hybrid SUV with direct injection engine

Honda Motor Co. unveiled on Thursday its new Vezel compact sport utility vehicle. The hybrid model, hitting the Japanese market Friday, is equipped with a 1.5-liter direct injection engine and a high-power motor that get 27 kpl, the best fuel-efficiency in Japan among SUVs, ...

Honda says profit will determine pay

Dec 13, 2013

Honda says profit will determine pay

by Matthew Winkler and Alan Ohnsman

Honda Motor Co. Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura said the automaker will set pay based on reaching profitability targets rather than government directives on how fast to increase compensation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called four meetings since September with union and business leaders ...

Dec 5, 2013

Honda's Fit remains best-selling car

Honda Motor Co.’s Fit compact remained the best-selling car on the domestic market in November for the second straight month after the hybrid model was fully renovated in September, industry bodies said Thursday. The Fit sold 26,235 units, up 181.5 percent from a year ...

Toyota, Nissan, Subaru record strong U.S. sales

Dec 4, 2013

Toyota, Nissan, Subaru record strong U.S. sales

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. posted double-digit gains in November in U.S. sales of new cars, beating overall market growth, while Honda Motor Co. marked a slight dip, according to data from Autodata Corp. Dealers sold 1.25 million new cars and light ...

Nov 22, 2013

Honda makes English official language for global talks

Honda Motor Co. made English the official language for global meetings as the carmaker shifts decision-making power to regional units. Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito informed global employees of the change in April, John Mendel, executive vice president of the Tokyo-based company’s U.S. sales ...

Fuel-cell cars make splash at auto shows

Nov 21, 2013

Fuel-cell cars make splash at auto shows

Cars that run on hydrogen and emit only water vapor are emerging to challenge electric vehicles as the world’s transportation of the future. At auto shows on two continents Wednesday, three automakers unveiled hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to be delivered to the general public as ...

Nov 21, 2013

Ghosn joins hydrogen car skeptics

Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn says consumers won’t take to fuel-cell vehicles before the decade’s end, joining Tesla Motors Inc.’s Elon Musk in questioning the future of hydrogen-powered cars. Such vehicles only have a few locations to refuel and the required ...

Nov 12, 2013

Honda to show prototype in L.A.

Honda Motor Co. says it will exhibit a prototype of a fuel-cell electric vehicle it plans to launch in Japan and the United States in 2015 at the L.A. Auto Show later this month. The automaker released a sketch Monday of the FCEV Concept. ...

Honda and Nissan log strong sales in China

Nov 5, 2013

Honda and Nissan log strong sales in China

Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. said sales of their new vehicles in China surged in October compared with last year, when they were severely hit by the flare-up in the Senkaku territorial dispute. Honda’s sales more than tripled to 75,150 units, compared ...