Jan 8, 2014

Nissan, Toyota, Honda China sales hit record

Nissan, Toyota and Honda posted record-high sales in China in 2013, data from the firms show. Nissan Motor Co. saw its new automobile sales in the Chinese market jump 17.2 percent year on year to 1,266,200 units. Sales came to 917,500 units for Toyota ...

Jan 7, 2014

Toyota and Honda see record sales in China

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. said their sales of new vehicles in China hit record highs in 2013, a turnaround from the previous year when demand for their products fell sharply due to the territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing. Toyota’s sales ...

Jan 6, 2014

SUVs are making a comeback here

Sport utility vehicles are on the verge of a revival in Japan, with Toyota Motor Corp. and other domestic automakers promoting them as a key engine of growth. One of the most popular SUVs in the country is a crossover type designed for use ...

Jan 4, 2014

Japanese automakers post solid gains in U.S. sales

Japanese automakers marked steady increases in sales of new vehicles in the United States this year as the overall market exceeded 15 million units for the first time in six years, data by a U.S. research company shows. Toyota Motor Corp. posted a 7.4 ...

Dec 29, 2013

Small firms lack contingency plans for major earthquake in Tokyo

While major businesses are prepared to keep their head offices running if a huge earthquake strikes Tokyo, smaller businesses are lagging with their contingency plans, posing a threat to the supply chains of the big manufacturers. The Central Disaster Management Council says there is ...

Automated driving tech comes to the fore

| Dec 23, 2013

Automated driving tech comes to the fore

by Atsushi Kodera

In November, a prospective customer was at the wheel of Mazda Motor Corp.’s new sport utility vehicle during a demonstration in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture. With a sales rep in the passenger seat, the 38-year-old man drove the car toward a urethane mat hanging 7 ...

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 ...