May 22, 2016

Suzuki used weather data to cloud car tests: source

Suzuki Motor Corp. submitted weather data as part of fuel efficiency test results possibly to cover up the fact that it used data from indoor tests rather than road tests as required by the government, sources close to the matter said. Suzuki recently admitted ...

Orders for lower-priced Tesla zoom to surprising 198,000

Apr 2, 2016

Orders for lower-priced Tesla zoom to surprising 198,000

Demand for Tesla Motors’ new lower-priced electric car surprised even the company’s CEO Friday as 198,000 people plunked down $1,000 deposits to reserve their vehicles. “Definitely going to need to rethink production planning,” a surprised CEO Elon Musk said on his Twitter feed. Musk ...

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 ...

U.S. regulator may expand Takata air bag probe

Oct 20, 2015

U.S. regulator may expand Takata air bag probe

U.S. regulators said Monday they could expand their investigation into Takata Corp. air bag inflators beyond the current 11 automakers, amid questions about whether vehicle design played a role in the devices posing a deadly risk to the public. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Sep 11, 2015

Sentiment for big corporations turns positive in July-September

Business sentiment for major companies turned positive for the first time in two quarters in July-September, thanks primarily to a recovery by manufacturers such as automakers, a government survey showed Friday. The business sentiment index for companies with capital of ¥1 billion or more ...