Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

May 22, 2014

Toyota cheers plan for U.S. hydrogen stations

Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American chief said California’s plan for more than 50 hydrogen fuel stations within two years is making executives feel “bullish” about the outlook for its Camry-sized fuel cell car due in 2015. Plans by the state to provide about $47 ...

May 19, 2014

New group to lead joint research into automobile engines

by Masaaki Kameda

A joint research initiative for developing car engines will be led by the Research Association of Automobile Internal Combustion Engines (AICE), it was announced Monday. The aim of consolidating the industry’s research into nonpolluting, fuel-efficient engines is to reduce development costs at each of ...

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

May 13, 2014

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

by Masaaki Kameda

The fiscal year ending March 2015 is looking less rosy for Japanese automakers, who are unlikely to benefit any further from the weakened yen because of fierce overseas competition, experts say. Profit growth at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor. Co. ...

Maserati, others taking on Toyota at home

May 12, 2014

Maserati, others taking on Toyota at home

by Ma Jie and Yuki Hagiwara

Maserati, Volkswagen and other foreign automakers are riding their best sales streak in years in Japan, as the economy improves and drivers like Taichi Matsukura try to stand out amid a sea of Toyotas. “When I opened the door, the colors and interior immediately ...

Toyota gives California push with hydrogen fuel stations

May 2, 2014

Toyota gives California push with hydrogen fuel stations

Toyota Motor Corp. is funding a startup led by General Motors Co.’s former marketing chief to accelerate the opening of hydrogen fuel stations in California for zero-emission cars. Toyota is backing FirstElement Fuel, led by Joel Ewanick, with an investment of at least $7.2 ...

Apr 24, 2014

Domestic car output up fourth year

The combined domestic output of Japan’s top eight automakers rose 3.6 percent from to 9,379,989 units in fiscal 2013 ended last month, up for the fourth consecutive year, data released by the firms showed this week. The growth was backed by new models and ...

Apr 21, 2014

Carmakers pin China hopes on Beijing Auto Show

Japanese automakers faced lingering political tensions between Japan and China as the Beijing auto show opened to the media over the weekend. The motor show, the largest in the world’s biggest car market, has attracted more than 2,000 companies from 14 countries and regions. ...

Toyota looks to overhaul Scion brand

Apr 18, 2014

Toyota looks to overhaul Scion brand

by Alan Ohnsman

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Scion line, a U.S. experiment intended to win over young buyers with idiosyncratic designs and low prices, will overhaul its lineup amid fading sales as the brand reaches adolescence. Beginning in 2015, 12 years after Scion’s establishment as Toyota’s third U.S. ...

Apr 17, 2014

Automakers show off new SUV, luxury models in New York

Japanese carmakers revealed new and redesigned sedans and sport utility vehicles at the annual New York International Auto Show on Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. launched the 2015 Camry with a revamped exterior, quieter passenger cabin and three engine choices, including a hybrid option. The ...