Uptick in luxury car sales a bright spot amid retail lull

Business Oct 12, 2016

Uptick in luxury car sales a bright spot amid retail lull

Japanese consumers are raiding discount stores for everything from cheap shampoo to furniture. When it comes to automobiles, it's the Rolls-Royces and BMWs that are moving off the dealer lots. Luxury imported cars costing ¥10 million ($96,500) or more surged 19 percent in the first ...

Business / Corporate Sep 6, 2016

Imported vehicle sales in Japan rose 5.3% in August

Sales of new imported cars, trucks and buses, including those made abroad by Japanese carmakers, rose 5.3 percent in August from a year earlier to 23,531 units, an industry body said Tuesday. While sales of foreign-brand vehicles added a mere 0.5 percent to 19,782 units ...

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

Reference | EXPLAINER Mar 28, 2016

Mirrorless cars a reflection of auto industry's future

by Shusuke Murai

From fuel cell vehicles to self-driving cars, new technologies for next-generation autos are gaining traction. In a move likely to accelerate this, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which consists of major car-producing nations and sets international safety and environmental standards ...

Business Jul 17, 2014

BMW to recall 1.6 million cars over concerns on Takata air bags

German automaker BMW said Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp. because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers. The recall affects 3 Series vehicles produced between May 1999 and ...

Business May 8, 2014

Volkswagen protects top spot as imports slide 24.4%

Sales here of new imported vehicles, including those built abroad by Japanese automakers, dropped 24.4 percent in April from a year earlier to 15,578 units, the Japan Automobile Importers Association said Thursday. Sales of foreign-brand cars fell 20.6 percent to 12,915 units and those of ...

Business Apr 4, 2014

Sales of imported vehicles up 12.7%

Sales of new imported vehicles, including those built abroad by Japanese automakers, rose 12.7 percent from the year before to 362,052 units in fiscal 2013, an industry body said Friday. Sales of foreign-brand vehicles soared 22.9 percent to 302,018 units, the second-highest figure since data ...

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

National Nov 18, 2013

Car sharing firms cash in with diversified lineups

by Shinichi Tokuda

Car sharing services are getting popular, and one important reason is that more types of vehicles have become available, including imported luxury brands and sport utility vehicles. One of the biggest selling points car sharing services offer over standard rental companies has been that they ...