Dec 21, 2014

Firms agree to cooperate on next-generation assisted driving systems

Japanese automakers, electronics firms and others have reached a basic agreement to unify standards for next-generation assisted driving systems, informed sources told Jiji Press on Sunday. The standards will seek to use the 760 megahertz band, a frequency spectrum left unused since television broadcasting ...

Dec 5, 2014

Mazda to recall over 60,000 vehicles due to brake problem

Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it will recall a total of 61,647 units of the CX-5 sport utility vehicle and Atenza sedan, known as the Mazda6 overseas, produced between February 2012 and September 2013 to fix a break problem. According to a report filed ...

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 ...