Jun 2, 2014

Korean FTA to erode automakers' share in Colombia

Japanese automakers may lose traction in Colombia as a free trade agreement between that country and South Korea takes effect. Under the FTA signed in December 2013, Colombia will incrementally reduce tariffs on automobiles imported from South Korea from 35 percent to zero within ...

May 19, 2014

New group to lead joint research into automobile engines

by Masaaki Kameda

A joint research initiative for developing car engines will be led by the Research Association of Automobile Internal Combustion Engines (AICE), it was announced Monday. The aim of consolidating the industry’s research into nonpolluting, fuel-efficient engines is to reduce development costs at each of ...

Apr 24, 2014

Domestic car output up fourth year

The combined domestic output of Japan’s top eight automakers rose 3.6 percent from to 9,379,989 units in fiscal 2013 ended last month, up for the fourth consecutive year, data released by the firms showed this week. The growth was backed by new models and ...

Apr 10, 2014

Mexico passes Japan to become No. 2 car exporter to the U.S.

Mexico’s booming auto industry has reached a major milestone, claiming to have overtaken Japan as the second-biggest car exporter to the United States in the past three months. The Latin American nation now only trails Canada, but experts say Mexico could become the top ...

Feb 5, 2014

Mazda ups group profit forecast to record ¥110 billion

Mazda Motor Corp. on Wednesday raised its projected group net profit for the business year to a record ¥110 billion, up from an earlier forecast of ¥100 billion, citing benefits from the yen’s depreciation and robust sales of vehicles equipped with its Skyactiv fuel-efficient ...

Dec 26, 2013

Mazda says auto brake system was fine

Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it has found no problem with its CX-5 sport utility vehicle through its joint investigation with police into an accident during a test drive last month. During the drive on Nov. 10 to test the vehicle’s automatic brake system ...

Automated driving tech comes to the fore

| Dec 23, 2013

Automated driving tech comes to the fore

by Atsushi Kodera

In November, a prospective customer was at the wheel of Mazda Motor Corp.’s new sport utility vehicle during a demonstration in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture. With a sales rep in the passenger seat, the 38-year-old man drove the car toward a urethane mat hanging 7 ...

Critics name Atenza car of the year

Nov 13, 2013

Critics name Atenza car of the year

Mazda Motor Corp.’s Atenza has won the car of the year award from the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan, the group said Wednesday. The Atenza, known as the Mazda6 overseas, was chosen for its energy efficiency and fun driving experience, the organization ...