Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

Business / Corporate | FOCUS May 8, 2015

Toyota courts mom-and-pop investors with long view

Billionaire investors like Dan Loeb may be heroes on Wall Street, but Toyota Motor Corp. would prefer more people like Hisashi Nakanishi. The 77-year-old Japanese retiree plans to invest in an unusual new stock from the carmaker that hedge funds are unlikely to touch. The ...

Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

Business / Corporate Apr 15, 2015

Toyota backs Prius in next-gen auto wars

When Scott Fisher bought his 2006 Prius, there weren't many other choices that gave him use of the carpool lanes on his drive to work in New York. That changed last year when the Long Island lawyer traded in his car for a Honda ...

Toyota's recovery revives automaker's hometown

Business / Corporate Mar 31, 2015

Toyota's recovery revives automaker's hometown

Takako Sugiyama isn't sure how old her two grandchildren's school is. She knows this: the building, in the city of Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, was dated when her three kids — now in their 50s — attended. This year, things will finally change. With Toyota Motor ...

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

Business Jan 21, 2015

Honda warns against 'stupid' loans driving U.S. sales gains

A top U.S. executive at Honda Motor Co. said competitors are doing "stupid things" to boost auto sales, including making seven-year-long car loans that harm buyers. Automakers are increasingly selling vehicles with 84-month loans that reduce monthly payments while making it tougher to repay them ...