Nissan overtook Honda in U.S. sales in January

Feb 4, 2015

Nissan overtook Honda in U.S. sales in January

As falling oil prices continue to drive consumers toward sport utility vehicles and trucks, Japanese automakers kicked off 2015 by posting double-digit growth in the U.S. with Nissan overtaking Honda become the fifth-largest automaker in the country, according to data from Autodata Corp. Boosted ...

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

Dec 17, 2014

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

While the number of fatal traffic accidents has been on the decline nationwide in recent years, those involving middle-aged and elderly motorcyclists have been increasing, prompting safety concerns among road-traffic authorities. One of the main reasons for the increase is believed to be that ...

Nov 19, 2014

Tokyo to set up 80 hydrogen stations by 2025

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced plans to increase the number of hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles within its jurisdiction to 35 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and to 80 by 2025. “We would like to make a (hydrogen utilization) model first in Tokyo ...

For Panasonic, life after gadgets enriched by self-driving cars

Oct 27, 2014

For Panasonic, life after gadgets enriched by self-driving cars

Panasonic Corp.’s ratings upgrade last week shows that its investment in self-driving autos and car batteries has breathed new life into the company as it scales back on consumer electronics. Japan’s Rating & Investment Information Inc. raised its ranking on the company one level ...

Sep 16, 2014

Parked cars in Saitama turning up scratched

The Kasukabe Police Station in Saitama Prefecture has found that more than 70 cars parked in lots or on the streets have had their hoods and doors scratched in apparent acts of vandalism over the past four days. The police are looking for witnesses ...

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

Aug 29, 2014

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

As Toyota Motor Corp. prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lexus next month, the automaker is aiming to strengthen the luxury brand by keeping production mostly in Japan and expanding its modest lineup. While the Japanese brand keeps an eye on its ...