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 ...