Jun 30, 2014

U.S. probes 360,000 Nissan cars for unintended acceleration

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced Saturday it was investigating Nissan sedans for unwanted acceleration, and Chrysler pickups. Nissan is being probed over 360,000 Versa and Versa Note vehicles manufactured from 2012 to 2014. There were four reports that floor mats hindered ...

Jun 25, 2014

Five Japanese firms among top 10 global green brands

U.S. consulting firm Interbrand said Tuesday that five Japanese companies were among the 10 best global green brands in 2014, recognizing their work on tackling environment problems. Ford Motor Co. took the top spot for its commitment to electric vehicles, ousting Toyota Motor Corp., ...

Ghosn to top executive pay scale again

Jun 24, 2014

Ghosn to top executive pay scale again

Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn earned more than ¥1 billion last year, putting him on track to become the best-paid Japan executive for the fourth time in five years. Ghosn was paid ¥995 million in salary and bonuses for the fiscal ...

Jun 11, 2014

N.Y. plan for fleet of Nissan taxis ruled legal

New York’s plan for a new fleet of cabs from Nissan Motor Co. is legal, an appeals court ruled, overturning an earlier judgment that said the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission had overstepped its authority by requiring owners to buy a specific vehicle. The ...

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

Jun 9, 2014

Nissan to launch first electric minivan

by Masaaki Kameda

Nissan Motor Co., moving to expand its lineup of eco-friendly vehicles here, said Monday it will launch its first all-electric commercial-use vehicle in October. “While our competitors are coming to market with their first electric vehicle, we’re breaking convention once again by expanding and ...

Jun 4, 2014

Buoyant U.S. buyers drive up Japan auto sales

Improving consumer confidence in the U.S. boosted new car sales for Japanese automakers in May, with Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. posting double digit gains, and Honda Motor Co. rising by 9 percent. Autodata Corp. also said Tuesday that warmer weather and ...

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 ...

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

May 13, 2014

Yen losing force as driver of automakers' profits

by Masaaki Kameda

The fiscal year ending March 2015 is looking less rosy for Japanese automakers, who are unlikely to benefit any further from the weakened yen because of fierce overseas competition, experts say. Profit growth at Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor. Co. ...