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Recent articles
Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. ...


Why the Chinese auto shows will refocus on the car models
12:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15
One hallmark of Chinese auto shows is their politically incorrect zeal for, ahem, “alluring” floor models. ...


Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says
5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United St ...


Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts
6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies. ...


Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. ...


Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets o ...


Toyota: Active safety for all
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 201 ...


Lexus RC: Nifty lighting, walk-in seats -- and more
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1
Design is always subjective, but if the new RC coupe is a sign of future cars from Lexus, brand boss Tokuo Fukuichi is working magic in my book. Here are some cool flouri ...


Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a ...


Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015
2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. ...


Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test
3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deli ...


5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC
10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I ...


Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost ...


Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight ...


ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist s ...


Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. ...


ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer. ...


Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?
10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how ...


Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff
9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff? ...


Mitsubishi promises new products
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. ...


TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says
Nov. 17, 2014 10:49 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of defective airbags made by T ...


Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. ...


Honda shows new fuel cell concept, delays launch
11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 7:30 am ET - adds delayed launch
Honda unveiled a sleek new concept of its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle but promptly delayed its launch as part of a global quality review in the wake of a series o ...


Confessions of a price fixer
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16
As one after another Japanese auto supplier gets snagged for price fixing, it is the unwritten rule, say insiders and lawyers, that middle managers sometimes take the fal ...


Supplier upheaval fueled price fixing
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16
To hear auto industry insiders in Japan, the country's problems with bid rigging began to spiral in the early 2000s. ...


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