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CARMAKERS

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2014
Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals
As Toyota Motor Corp. prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lexus next month, the automaker is aiming to strengthen the luxury brand by keeping production mostly in Japan and expanding its modest lineup.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 24, 2014
Tire-makers race to turn dandelions into rubber
Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 11, 2014
Lexus hints at return of $375,000 LFA supercar
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 of them, may build a successor to the 552-horsepower car, according to Executive Vice President Mark Templin.
WORLD
Aug 4, 2014
China auto factory ignored warnings about dust blast risk
Local government officials in China repeatedly warned a car parts factory that was rocked by a deadly blast over the weekend that high levels of dust could spark an explosion, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 2, 2014
Toyota rises to No. 2 automaker in July U.S. sales, outranks Ford
Rising consumer confidence in the United States drove Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to double-digit sales gains in July, with Toyota overtaking Ford Motor Co. to become the second-largest automaker in the market, data released by Autodata Corp. show.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 19, 2014
Progress elusive in TPP auto talks: Mori
Japanese and U.S. trade negotiators fail to make major progress on auto trade in talks on sealing the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 17, 2014
Ghosn promises self-parking cars, traffic-jam pilots by end of 2016
Nissan Motor Corp. will introduce cars featuring an automatic parking system and traffic-jam pilot within the next year and a half, President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said Thursday in Tokyo.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 17, 2014
Automated cars may boost sprawl and fuel use, Toyota scientist warns
Toyota Motor Corp. is cautioning that the appeal of autonomous cars carries the risk of adding to urban sprawl and pollution, as they may encourage commuters to travel farther to work.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 15, 2014
Backlog of orders, savvy marketing stave off carmaker crisis
A backlog of orders as well as concerted marketing efforts by carmakers have minimized the impact from April's consumption tax hike on sales between April and June — but there are still concerns about sales volume after July, the chairman of the nation's automaker lobby said Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 15, 2014
Strike halts Toyota's S. Africa production
Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are stopping production at South African plants as a strike in the manufacturing industry stems the supply of components.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 3, 2014
Toyota to supply fuel cell vehicle parts to other automakers
Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to provide the major components of fuel cell vehicles to other automakers to promote their entry into the market, company officials said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 2, 2014
Toyota, Nissan kick off summer with steady U.S. car sales in June
Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. posted steady sales gains in the United States in June, despite a shorter selling month, while sales at Honda Motor Co. dropped almost 6 percent, according to statistics from Autodata Corp.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 27, 2014
Suzuki Motor's CEO, 84, spurs succession fears
After almost three decades helming Suzuki Motor Corp., investors are becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of clarity over who will succeed the carmaker's octogenarian chairman and president.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 9, 2014
Nissan to launch first electric minivan
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 9, 2014
Detroit rolls dice on casino-led comeback
Detroit's reliance on casino cash to help fund a recovery from the city's historic bankruptcy is a high-risk bet on an increasingly shaky source of income.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 6, 2014
Top General Motors executives spared in internal report on safety failure
General Motors Co. on Thursday issued a report detailing how for 11 years it turned a blind eye to an ignition-switch problem that has been linked to at least 13 deaths but it largely pinned the blame on incompetent lower-level employees, leaving top brass untouched.
BUSINESS / Companies
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.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 25, 2014
Supercharged CEO Musk aims for cars and stars
When Hollywood wanted to bring to life Tony Stark, the comic-book engineering prodigy who grew up to be the billionaire industrialist and slick playboy alter ego of Iron Man, it turned to the closest thing the real world seemed to offer.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 19, 2014
New group to lead joint research into automobile engines
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 17, 2014
GM slapped with $35 million fine for delayed response to faulty ignitions
General Motors Co. was slapped on Friday with a $35 million fine for its delayed response to an ignition switch defect in millions of vehicles, as federal regulators accused a long line of company officials of concealing a problem that is linked to at least 13 deaths.

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