Mar 31, 2015

Auto output in Japan falls for eighth straight month

Vehicle production in Japan fell 5.3 percent in February from a year earlier to 817,390 units, down for the eighth straight month, as demand shrank following a consumption tax hike last year, an industry body said Tuesday. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said the ...

Mar 28, 2015

Takata sued for $1.9 billion in Canada over faulty air bags

Canadian drivers have launched three class action lawsuits against embattled auto parts supplier Takata over defective air bags linked to at least five fatalities worldwide, lawyers confirmed Friday. The plaintiffs are seeking a total of 2.4 billion ($1.9 billion) Canadian dollars for personal injuries, ...

Mar 26, 2015

Domestic auto output fell 5.8% on year in February

The combined domestic production of Toyota Motor Corp. and seven other Japanese carmakers fell 5.8 percent year on year to 771,945 units in February, down for the eighth month straight, data released by the companies says. The results, released Wednesday, underscored that last April’s ...

Mar 16, 2015

China state TV targets foreign auto firms

Foreign carmakers in China rushed to make amends Monday after being targeted by state television in a ritual naming and shaming of firms for alleged misconduct toward consumers. Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz were among those targeted Sunday by the annual China Central ...

Autonomous car readies for coast-to-coast U.S. road trip

Mar 14, 2015

Autonomous car readies for coast-to-coast U.S. road trip

Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future. An autonomous car developed by Michigan-based auto supplier Delphi Automotive will soon be making a 3,500-mile (5,600-km) journey across the U.S. A person will sit behind the wheel at all times but ...

U.S. to fine Takata $14,000 a day for resisting air bag probe

Feb 21, 2015

U.S. to fine Takata $14,000 a day for resisting air bag probe

Takata Corp. will be fined $14,000 for each day it fails to cooperate with a U.S. investigation into defects in its air bags that have led to millions of car recalls worldwide. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday his agency has requested documents and ...

Japanese carmakers move to counter shifts in key U.S. market

| Feb 17, 2015

Japanese carmakers move to counter shifts in key U.S. market

With car sales booming and the spring trading season about to get underway, Japanese and Korean carmakers are starting to feel the pressure from resurgent American competitors. But the Japanese carmakers, counting on the American market for profits, insist they welcome the competition and ...

Japan's automakers returning to major racing events

Feb 17, 2015

Japan's automakers returning to major racing events

Honda Motor Co. and other Japanese automakers are returning to major international racing events as their earnings, dented by the fallout of the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008, are back into overdrive thanks to the yen’s fall and cost reductions. This year, Honda will ...