Tag - carmakers



Volkswagen is casting its net wider in pursuit of a potentially game-changing technology: a "solid-state" electric car battery
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 16, 2024
Volkswagen and rivals plug away at solid-state battery puzzle
An array of technical hurdles are holding back wider development of solid-state technology, seen by its backers as the "holy grail" of EV batteries.
Shinji Aoyama, Honda's chief director of North America, unveils its electric vehicle concept Space-Hub during the CES trade show in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 10, 2024
Honda to launch new electric vehicle series as it plays catch-up
The automaker aims to roll out the first models of its new Honda 0 Series by 2026, with the series to be launched globally, starting with the North American market.
Toyota will restart its domestic vehicle production from Monday, although some suppliers have suffered from disruption caused by a recent powerful earthquake that struck central Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 7, 2024
Toyota to restart domestic production Monday after quake
Toyota said that due to many suppliers and affiliates suffering damage in the quake, it will use parts held in stock outside affected areas.
Daihatsu Motor President Soichiro Okudaira speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 20. 
Dec 29, 2023
Daihatsu scandal is a warning for Japan Inc.
Investigations indicate that improprieties at Daihatsu stretch as far back as 1989, indicating a profound problem with the company’s culture.
Daihatsu's headquarters in Osaka
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 28, 2023
Daihatsu to compensate lower-tier suppliers for halted production
Production was stopped at all of the company's factories in Japan this week.
Japan's industrial production fell 0.9% in November from the previous month, weighed down by a decline in auto production.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 28, 2023
Japan's November factory output falls on weaker autos
Industrial production fell 0.9% in November from the previous month, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Thursday.
Toyota's global production jumped 11% in November to a record level, bouncing back from last year's supply chain disruptions and benefiting from robust demand both in Japan and overseas.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 27, 2023
Toyota saw record November sales on demand from U.S. and Europe
Global sales — including that of subsidiaries Hino and Daihatsu — rose 12% from a year earlier to 986,262 units.
BYD exhibits its cars ahead of the Munich Motor Show in September.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 27, 2023
China's BYD set to overtake Tesla as world’s most popular EV maker
Its ascent will be both a symbolic turning point for the market and further confirmation of the growing Chinese clout in the global automotive sector.
Daihatsu's factory in the city of Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture. The company has suspended production at all its four factories in Japan.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 26, 2023
Daihatsu suspends all production in Japan amid safety test scandal
The suspension is set to last at least through the end of January, dealing a blow to over 8,000 suppliers and its parent company, Toyota Motor.
Daihatsu's plant in Oyamazaki, Kyoto Prefecture, on Monday
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 25, 2023
Daihatsu halts three assembly plants over testing fraud scandal
It is unclear when the company will resume production, which is expected to be suspended until at least the end of next month.
Toyota dealer Hiroshima Toyopet has installed air conditioners at all 30 of its maintenance facilities in Hiroshima Prefecture to ensure mechanics can work comfortably during the summer.
BUSINESS / Companies / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Dec 25, 2023
Hiroshima car dealers seek ways to attract mechanics
Since many people use their cars as a daily means of transportation, it is essential to secure a stable pool of mechanics.
Daihatsu's headquarters in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture
Dec 23, 2023
Daihatsu resumes auto shipments in Indonesia amid safety scandal
Indonesian authorities confirmed the safety of Daihatsu cars and greenlit the resumption of shipments, the company said.
A line worker installs an airbag at GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2018.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 21, 2023
Carmakers battle massive air-bag recall that may cost $10 billion
The U.S. safety regulator could recall as 52 million air-bag inflators made by ARC Automotive after some were reported to have exploded.
Officials from the transport ministry enter Daihatsu Motor's headquarters in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, on Thursday for inspection after a scandal regarding safety data manipulation emerged at the firm.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 21, 2023
Daihatsu offices raided after scandal halts all car shipments
The raid followed revelations that the carmaker and supplier had manipulated the results of various collision safety tests dating as far back as 1989.
Japan's real economic growth rate for fiscal 2023 ending in March 2024 is estimated at 1.6%, up from 1.3% seen half a year ago.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese government lifts economic growth estimates
The real economic growth rate for fiscal 2023 ending in March 2024 is estimated at 1.6%, up from 1.3% seen half a year ago.
Daihatsu said Wednesday that it will suspend shipments of all vehicle models made in Japan and abroad due to an unfolding scandal over misconduct in its crash tests.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 20, 2023
Toyota's Daihatsu to halt shipments as safety scandal widens
The results of an investigation suggest the scope of safety concerns, first disclosed in April, is now far greater than previously thought.
A 2023 Toyota Prius vehicle during an auto show in New York in April
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 20, 2023
In the birthplace of Toyota’s Prius, hybrids now reign supreme
Japan’s biggest carmakers have only recently promised to roll out a wider slate of battery-only models in the next two to three years.
From left: Masashi Matsuyama, vice president of Nissan and president of Nissan (China) Investment, Takao Asami, senior vice president of Nissan, and Rika Kiritake, vice president of Nissan, hold a news conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Sunday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 17, 2023
Nissan to export China-developed EVs to global markets
The firm is considering exporting internal combustion engine vehicles and upcoming electric cars manufactured and developed in China to overseas markets
The partnership between Nissan and Renault was jolted in 2018 by the arrest of Carlos Ghosn, chairman of both companies.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2023
Renault selling part of Nissan stake to partner for €765 million
The move follows last month’s finalization of a plan for Renault to reduce its interest in Nissan.
FACTEV shows that a Nissan Leaf electric car driven in Hokkaido will get between 106 kilometers and 212 kilometers per charge in its first year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 12, 2023
Using big data to speed up Japan’s slow electric car transition
Gaming company DeNA has developed an EV simulation tool that can assess the lifespan and cruising range per charge of battery cars over time.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?