Jun 20, 2014

Rebates to promote fuel cell cars likely in 2015, METI says

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to offer subsidies to drivers who purchase fuel cell vehicles from fiscal 2015. The rebates are part of a road map adopted Thursday to bring hydrogen into common use as an energy source toward 2040. The ...

Jun 5, 2014

Tanto returns to top sales in May

The Daihatsu Tanto remained Japan’s best-selling car in May, taking the top slot for the second month in a row, industry bodies said Thursday. Year-on-year sales of most other models fell due to the 3-point consumption tax hike in April, but Tanto sales soared ...

Jun 5, 2014

Automakers in bid to unify parts

Toyota Motor Corp. and 13 other Japanese automobile and motorcycle makers have set up a joint panel to study the idea of unifying parts specifications to reduce costs and improve international competitiveness, sources said Thursday. The automakers are targeting parts that are widely used, ...

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

Jun 5, 2014

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

by Kaori Shoji

“Need for Speed” is an ode to the automobile and not the green, hybrid kind either. The vehicles in this movie are sleek, sexy, gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing planet-destroyers, and director Scott Waugh revels in shooting them from every conceivable angle (plus a few you never ...

Apr 12, 2014

Japan rejects U.S. proposal to abolish auto tariffs over 30 years

The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on imported Japanese vehicles over 30 years in bilateral talks related to a wider Pacific free trade pact, but Japan rejected it because the phaseout period is unusually long, sources close to the matter said Friday. The ...

Youths taking to auto repair classes

| Mar 14, 2014

Youths taking to auto repair classes

Toyota Motor Corp. is conducting a class in Aichi Prefecture so young people can discover the fun of building cars by learning how to repair popular old cars such as the Publica and Sports 800. Engineers from the Toyota group volunteer as teachers so ...

Jan 7, 2014

Toyota and Honda see record sales in China

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. said their sales of new vehicles in China hit record highs in 2013, a turnaround from the previous year when demand for their products fell sharply due to the territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing. Toyota’s sales ...

Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

Dec 31, 2013

Toyoda says car industry must be more aggressive

by Masaaki Kameda

The auto industry must take the initiative to be more competitive until the benefits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-busting economic policies are fully felt, according to Akio Toyoda, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. “In a word, the industry (as a whole) ...

Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

Dec 19, 2013

Acura gets U.S. twist in bid for pizazz

by Alan Ohnsman

Honda Motor Co.’s No. 2 executive, asked to identify the automaker’s weak spot, spoke bluntly: Acura luxury sedans have to get better. The world will soon learn whether they have. Next month Honda will introduce the Acura TLX to replace its aging TL, the ...

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

Nov 25, 2013

Foreign cars small fry in domestic market

by Patrice Novotny

Spotting a foreign car on Japanese streets is fairly uncommon — particularly from the big American companies — a point being underscored at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is the third time major U.S. automakers, including General Motors and Ford, have skipped the show, ...

Toyoda tries to revive love for cars

Oct 8, 2013

Toyoda tries to revive love for cars

by Anna Mukai

While Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda is on the cusp of a record year for profit, kids nowadays make him nervous. They’re so clueless that boys without cars have the nerve to ask girls out. “In the past, if you wanted to date ...