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U.S. proposes 30-year phase-out of tariffs on Japanese autos, report says

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
The United States has proposed eliminating over 30 years its tariffs on Japanese light vehicles but Japan rejected the proposal because the time period is unusually long, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.... Read More »
 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan.... Read More »

Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.... Read More »

Aisin Seiki names Toyota veteran Yoshiaki Kato as tech center president

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki today said Yoshiaki “Yoshi” Kato has become president of the Aisin Technical Center of America in Plymouth, Mich., near Detroit.... Read More »

Mitsubishi buys defunct Ford plant in Philippines to fuel Asia growth

6:53 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has bought a defunct assembly plant from Ford Motor Co. in the Philippines as part of its push to expand sales in booming Southeast Asia.... Read More »

U.S. chip maker muscles into rival's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Japan's killer 2011 earthquake was an unprecedented knockout to the country's auto industry. But for U.S. company Freescale Semiconductor Inc., it has been a business breakthrough.... Read More »

Members only: How a Japanese Lexus dealer pampers LS owners

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
From the sparkling Swarovski chandelier to its veined marble paneling, the secluded LS Owners' Lounge at Nagoya's biggest Lexus dealership is one of a kind.... Read More »

Japan auto demand to slump after sales tax hike, JAMA says

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Japanese auto deliveries will drop 16 percent in the year starting April 1 as a sales-tax increase damps demand, an industry group estimates.... Read More »

Ford, Canadian union criticize South Korea trade deal

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2014
A new free trade agreement with South Korea will throw a wrench into Canada's auto sector recovery, Ford and Canadian union leaders warned on Tuesday, highlighting the pressure on an industry already struggling with competition from Mexico.... Read More »

3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. But as Japan marks the three-year anniversary, the country's carmakers have rebounded to precrisis highs. Last year, Japan churned out 9.6 million vehicles, just topping 2010's prequake result.... Read More »

Canada to phase out tariffs on Korean vehicles under trade pact

2:04 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Canada concluded negotiations on a free-trade deal with South Korea that it says will phase out tariffs on cars made by Korean companies such as Hyundai.... Read More »

Mazda snaps up engineers in latest sign of rebound

1:44 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Mazda is embarking on a hiring binge in Japan, the latest sign that the former money-losing carmaker is bouncing back. The surge in new recruits will come in engineering as Mazda doubles down on future product.... Read More »

GM weighs increasing South Korean car exports to Australia

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
General Motors may increase exports of cars built in South Korea to Australia to offset production declines after the automaker decided to pull its Chevrolet brand from the European market.... Read More »

Tesla expects Europe, Asia sales to nearly double N.A. by end of the year

6:27 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
Tesla said it will open more than 30 new service centers and stores in Europe as it anticipates a jump in sales in that region and Asia.... Read More »

Subaru of America names Nakamura CEO

2:21 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Subaru of America has named Tomomi Nakamura as CEO effective April 1, taking over from Takeshi Tachimori. Tachimori will return to Japan, where he will be responsible for global sales, including those in the United States, for Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries. He spent three years as CEO of Subaru of America.... Read More »

EDITORIALS

Honda takes baby steps toward a diverse board

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Honda Motor Co.'s belated moves to inject some diversity into its top ranks deserve two cheers.... Read More »

Freescale seeks Japan toehold with motorsports marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
How does an underdog American supplier break into a Japanese market dominated by a homegrown rival? Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is going racing with the most Japanese of Japanese automakers in one of the most Japanese of Japanese cars.... Read More »

Nissan's Ghosn goes to edge of world for EV showcase

9:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of zero emissions pioneer Nissan, is going to the ends of the world -- quite literally -- to gain traction for his Leaf electric vehicle. Today he gave two Leafs to the Kingdom of Bhutan in honor of the king's birthday and pledged more EVs to help electrify the government fleet and taxi pool.... Read More »

Toyota says union demand for pay hike is surprisingly high

6:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Toyota, Japan's largest manufacturer and employer, said the wage increases labor unions have demanded going into annual negotiations this year were "surprisingly high."... Read More »

Most Japanese auto production resumes after heavy snow

7:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2014
Most Japanese automakers have resumed operations at their plants that were suspended after heavy snow disrupted parts deliveries, companies said on today, limiting impact on their domestic production volume.... Read More »

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