Jan 16, 2015

Toyota labor unions to demand minimum ¥6,000 pay hike

The federation of labor unions at Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it plans to make a unified demand for a pay-scale hike of at least ¥6,000 per month during the spring wage talks this year. It will be the Federation of All Toyota Workers’ ...

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

Jan 15, 2015

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

by Shinya Ajima

Industries are increasingly pressing pushing for the adoption of hydrogen fuel technology because they sense potential market opportunities worldwide. But problems abound, including the comparatively high cost of fuel-cell vehicles and the need for specialized hydrogen fuel stations. Also unresolved is how to generate, ...

Jan 9, 2015

GM CEO sees U.S. auto market flattening out but room for growth

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said she expected the U.S. auto market to flatten out this year, although growth is possible because of the strong economy and falling gasoline prices. Barra said on Thursday that the No. 1 U.S. automaker expected ...

Automakers end 2014 with strong U.S. car sales

Jan 6, 2015

Automakers end 2014 with strong U.S. car sales

Lifted by an improving economy and falling fuel prices, Japanese automakers ended 2014 on a strong note with Toyota Motor Corp. hitting a double-digit increase in December sales and Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. each breaking annual sales records, data released Monday ...

Behind the wheel: Honda thinks outside the box

Jan 3, 2015

Behind the wheel: Honda thinks outside the box

by Ayako Mie

When it comes to business, no one wants to settle for second best. Companies, almost by definition, are always trying to ensure that they are in front of their rivals in terms of market share, sales and brand recognition. Despite often leading the pack ...

Dec 25, 2014

Toyota's China dealers demand lower sales targets to ease losses

A group representing Toyota Motor Corp. dealers in one of China’s richest provinces is demanding that the automaker increase financial support and cut its sales targets to help reduce distributor losses. More than 80 percent of the dealers in Jiangsu province for Toyota’s joint ...

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 ...