Gas-sipping EVs now 'fun to drive,' automakers say

Mar 24, 2016

Gas-sipping EVs now 'fun to drive,' automakers say

When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry. For years, automakers pushed fuel efficiency to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, in an era of cheap ...

Mar 21, 2016

Toyota-linked steel maker restarts output after January explosion

Aichi Steel Corp., a steel maker affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp., restarted its plant in Tokai, Aichi Prefecture, on Monday following a more than two-month suspension that temporarily halted domestic production by the world’s biggest automaker. Aichi Steel resumed operations at the plant — ...

Daniel Craig's favorite Bond car is a Toyota

Mar 20, 2016

Daniel Craig's favorite Bond car is a Toyota

Daniel Craig’s favorite Bond car isn’t an Aston Martin. It’s a Toyota. Craig famously said he loved the Toyota 2000GT Sean Connery drove in “You Only Live Twice” for its long Coke-bottle shape and the fresh drop-top aesthetic. Investors love it for its reliability ...

Mar 15, 2016

Toyota set to agree on ¥1,500 per month pay-scale hike

Toyota Motor Corp. and its labor union are expected to settle on a pay-scale hike of ¥1,500 per month in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations — half the level demanded by the union side, sources said Tuesday. Still, Toyota management is expected to ...

Mar 15, 2016

Japan's first test of renewably produced hydrogen fuel planned

Toyota Motor Corp. and two other Japanese companies said they will operate forklifts using hydrogen produced using renewable technology in a test program starting this autumn. It will be the first industrial use of hydrogen in Japan, the companies said Monday. The two other ...

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

Mar 12, 2016

Nagoya's big names, trains and automobiles

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Mount Fuji whizzes by as I drive the Tokaido N700 series shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya. “Don’t let the speed go above 270 kilometers per hour,” warns Kaori Takagi. I heed the warning, though Takagi is not a shinkansen driver instructor. We are, in ...

Mar 10, 2016

Toyota eyes pay-scale hike of ¥2,000 per month

The management of Toyota Motor Corp. is considering a pay-scale hike of around ¥2,000 per month in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, sources said Thursday. An agreement would mark the third straight year of hikes at the automaker. It is also considering using ...