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Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending
12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26 | UPDATED: 3/26/15 6:37 am ET - adds link to statement
Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launche ...

Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers. ...

Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts
6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20
As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the t ...

Honda may bring UK-built Civic hatchback to U.S., report says
9:55 am U.S. ET | March 19
Could American Honda be getting its first hatchback Civic in years or possibly even the coveted Type R hot hatch? ...

Toyota will add engineers in Japan
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 30 percent more than it added a year earlier. The biggest increases are com ...

Toyota signs on as global Olympics sponsor
7:05 am U.S. ET | March 13
Toyota signed on as a worldwide Olympics sponsor Friday in a long-term deal reportedly worth $835 million. The deal starts in 2017 and runs through the 2024 Olympics, inc ...

Toyota to step up hiring at home in the next fiscal year
10:45 am U.S. ET | March 12
Profit-rich Toyota is plowing more of its cash into new hires in the coming year, especially in the engineering and technical fields crucial to its expansion. ...

China may be biggest market, but U.S. still richest
11:21 am U.S. ET | March 10 | UPDATED: 3/10/15 5:58 pm ET - corrected
China may be the world's biggest auto market, but the U.S. is still the richest when it comes to the value of new sales. According to a study by TrueCar, the total value ...

Lexus' ideas about entry cars changing?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
One of the most perplexing cars at the Geneva auto show is the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. The Japanese luxury brand has said repeatedly that it won't dabble in the sub- ...

Toyota shake-up brings diversity
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. ...

Hitachi eyes growth on electronics
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Hitachi Automotive Systems CEO Kunihiko Ohnuma says he targets double-digit global sales growth from 2016 to 2020 as the company taps surging demand for auto electronics. ...

Lower oil prices to boost global auto sales 1.5%, forecast says
9:53 am U.S. ET | March 5 | UPDATED: 3/18/15 10:02 am - clarifies certain details
Falling oil prices will boost global auto sales 1.5 percent through 2019, with the biggest windfalls coming in North America, IHS Automotive said in a new forecast. ...

BYD heralds its vehicle sales in Japan
1:04 pm U.S. ET | March 4
Can the Chinese succeed where the Koreans and Americans largely have failed: penetrating Japan's auto market? ...

Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role
March 4, 2015 09:55 CET
Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. ...

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 ...

Nissan’s bullish U.S. forecast calls for overtaking Honda
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 ...

Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?
6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2
Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. ...

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. ...

Globetrotting Hachigo lands at the top of Honda
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 ...

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