Mar 9, 2016

Suzuki touts India-made car's quality at parity with Japan

Suzuki Motor Corp., shipping India-built cars to Japan for the first time, said plants in its biggest market are now capable of making vehicles at the same level of quality as factories at home. The nation’s second-biggest minicar maker began selling the Baleno hatchback, ...

Jan 29, 2016

Toyota to make Daihatsu wholly owned subsidiary in August

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will make Daihatsu Motor Co. a wholly owned subsidiary in August as the world’s top automaker seeks to revamp its low-priced small-car business amid growing demand in emerging markets. Toyota, which holds a roughly 51 percent stake in ...

Daihatsu's tiny Tanto was nation's most popular vehicle in 2014

Jan 8, 2015

Daihatsu's tiny Tanto was nation's most popular vehicle in 2014

As consumers increasingly looked for lower costs in maintaining vehicles following last April’s consumption tax hike, Daihatsu Motor Co.’s Tanto minicar became Japan’s best-selling vehicle last year, industry bodies’ data showed Thursday. The Tanto, first introduced in 2003 and featuring a high body, marked ...

Oct 9, 2014

Daihatsu buys Tokyo office building in minicar expansion push

Daihatsu Motor Co., the maker of minicars that is majority-owned by Toyota Motor Corp., bought an office building in Tokyo to strengthen its business in the nation’s largest metropolitan area. Daihatsu will move its 70 Tokyo employees now working in a rented office to ...

Tanto tops auto sales in April

May 8, 2014

Tanto tops auto sales in April

The Daihatsu Tanto was Japan’s best-selling vehicle in April, the first time in a year that a minicar has topped the rankings, industry bodies said Thursday. Sales of the Tanto doubled from the previous April to hit 19,390 units, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association ...

Dec 5, 2013

Minicar owners will face tax hike

The government plans to raise the tax on owning minicars with engine displacement of up to 600cc from ¥7,200 a year now to over ¥10,000, sources said Thursday. The government is studying two options: raising the municipally levied tax to ¥10,800 or to ¥14,400, ...

Nissan, Mitsubishi kick off joint minicar production

May 21, 2013

Nissan, Mitsubishi kick off joint minicar production

Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. on Monday started manufacturing a jointly developed minivehicle to be launched on June 6 across Japan. The two automakers together command about 10 percent of the minivehicle market. By cooperating, they think they can increase that to ...