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Recent articles
Nissan's big bet on America
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose ...


Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda M ...


Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. ...


From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28
The consensus-driven leadership style of Honda CEO-designate Takahiro Hachigo could bring a sense of closure and cohesion to the automaker after a tumultuous era marred b ...


Mazda launches CX-3 small SUV, bets on diesel-only car for Japan
7:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27 | UPDATED: 2/27/15 11:08 am ET - new story
The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover went on sale in Japan today with the carmaker offering a 1.5-liter diesel engine as the nameplate's only powerplant. ...


Nissan expects to reach 10% U.S. share goal ahead of schedule
9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26 | UPDATED: 2/26/15 10:37 pm ET - adds regional profits
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz outlined a four-prong capacity expansion plan that could power Nissan to its 10 percent U.S. market share goal ahead of schedule. ...


Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg
4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26
Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate push ...


Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth
6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the cel ...


Honda CEO Ito to step down after quality lapses
1:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23 | UPDATED: 2/23/14 7:17 am ET -- corrected
Honda President Takanobu Ito said he will step down and named Takahiro Hachigo, an r&d executive with wide international experience, as his replacement following a string ...


Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23 | UPDATED: 2/23/15 2:03 am ET - notes Ito's departure
Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If t ...


Glitches fuel soul searching at Honda
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23 | UPDATED: 2/23/14 1:46 am ET - notes Ito's departure
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito is in the midst of another reinvention, this time to fix a string of quality problems. ...


Is Acura too American to compete globally?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21 | UPDATED: 2/23/15 2:17 pm ET - adds executive changes
"Acura is an American brand," said Honda's outgoing r&d chief. But if Acura doesn't evolve into a global brand, he says, the marque's business model is going to "get toug ...


Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone
9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stra ...


Nissan cuts incentives, boosts N.A. profits
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Lower incentives and higher sales powered big North America profits at Nissan Motor Corp. in the latest quarter, leading to an overall profit gain. ...


Toyota shifts r&d base to Michigan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Toyota Motor Corp. is consolidating its North American r&d base in a step that moves it closer to creating the carmaker's first truly self-sufficient product development ...


Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.
6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the s ...


Ex-Takata engineer talks to plaintiffs' attorneys
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
A former Takata Corp. engineer plans to work with plaintiffs' attorneys against the embattled supplier, arguing that its recalled airbag inflators suffer a key chemistry ...


Lexus puts a successor to LFA halo car on hold
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Lexus won't venture into the supercar stratosphere with an LFA successor anytime soon, a top executive says. ...


The mighty dollar and what it means for the car business
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Automakers insist they don't make short-term decisions based on currency movements. But the weak dollar has been a long-term trend that effectively reshaped the global in ...


Nissan operating profit nearly doubles on U.S. sales surge, weak yen
4:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Nissan's operating profit nearly doubled in its latest financial quarter, fueled by a favorable exchange rate and robust sales in North America. ...


Mitsubishi in talks with Nissan for small sedan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
After dropping Renault SA as a possible partner for small- and midsize sedans, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has entered talks with Nissan Motor Corp. as an alternative source ...


Trucks power Toyota's record N.A. profit
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Toyota Motor Corp. rode truck sales to a record North American quarterly operating profit, putting the carmaker on track for record full-year global earnings. ...


Mitsubishi said to be in talks with Nissan for midsize sedan
10:07 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6
After dumping Renault as a possible partner for small- and midsize sedans, Mitsubishi has entered talks with Nissan as an alternative source for a badly needed midsize ve ...


Mazda profits dinged by lower-margin models, higher taxes
6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4
A higher tax bill and a sales mix of richer in lower-margin models undercut profits at Mazda in the October-December quarter, despite rising global volume. ...


Toyota's quarterly operating profit rises 27% on U.S. sales gains
3:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4
Booming North America powered Toyota to a 27 percent operating profit increase in the October-December quarter even as sales shrank in every other major market. ...


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