| Jan 29, 2015

Carmakers face rosy quarter as commodity prices slump

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are benefiting from a decline in the price of commodities like steel and rubber, which will make it cheaper to produce cars and give an extra boost to profits. Seven analysts who cover the industry said in ...

Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

Jan 21, 2015

Toyota crowned world's biggest automaker for third year

Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world’s top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs, according to the 2014 tally announced by the company Wednesday. Worldwide sales for Toyota, including its Hino Motors ...

Subaru puts China production plans on hold as car demand wanes

Jan 19, 2015

Subaru puts China production plans on hold as car demand wanes

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the only Japanese automaker without Chinese government approval to start a joint venture, has put efforts on hold to build cars in the country, where demand growth is slowing. Sales in China would not be enough to guarantee profitability, Akira ...

Jan 16, 2015

Legislation eyed to enable probe of auto parts makers

The government is eyeing a law revision giving the transport ministry powerful authority over auto parts makers in the wake of the issue of defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., sources said Thursday. If realized, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport ...

Japanese, European carmakers unveil top models at L.A. auto show

Nov 28, 2014

Japanese, European carmakers unveil top models at L.A. auto show

Leading automakers from Japan and Europe have unveiled their latest luxury models at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show, one of the key exhibitions in the U.S. market with the lucrative upper-end segment particularly treasured by foreign automakers. Honda Motor Co. displayed an upgraded ...

Nov 27, 2014

U.S. EPA seeks tighter ozone standards to cut pollution

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter curbs on ground-level ozone, a pollutant linked to several serious health conditions. Industry groups said the move would place a heavy burden on the U.S. economy. The Environmental Protection Agency said it would set the National Ambient ...

Nov 13, 2014

Automakers unveil plan to guard car computers against hacking

U.S. trade groups representing the largest automakers have agreed for the first time to privacy protections that may prevent hackers from gaining access to increasingly computerized cars. The accord, which was to be announced Thursday, calls for heightened security for information such as driver ...

Nov 9, 2014

Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles over faulty Takata air bags

Nissan announced Saturday that it is recalling more than 52,000 vehicles for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. ...