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Toyota temporarily suspends U.S. public AV testing after Uber fatality

Toyota said it was temporarily suspending public road testing of its autonomous driving technology after a self-driving Uber test car killed an Arizona pedestrian.

Japan group's goal: 'Hydrogen society'

Japanese automakers and energy companies have united in a consortium to jump-start construction of a hydrogen refueling network across Japan.

For Toyota, it's always time to panic

Why all the crisis talk at Toyota? Akio Toyoda and his team seem to like it that way.

Japan's automakers warn of higher vehicle prices

Japan's automakers warn that car prices will rise following President Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Japan's automakers warn of higher prices following Trump tariffs

Japan's automaker lobby warned car prices will rise following President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum but said it was too early to say by how much.

Japan's automakers warn of higher prices following Trump tariffs

Japan's automaker lobby warned car prices will rise following President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum but said it was too early to say by how much.

NAFTA uncertainty stalls a Mitsubishi Electric factory

Mitsubishi Electric doesn't know where to build its next plant. The problem? It needs to know the plan for NAFTA.

Toyota revs engine development

Toyota is rolling out its latest wave of greener, meaner powertrain technologies as part of a sweeping overhaul to replace 80 percent of its lineup by 2023.

Toyota starts software venture with two suppliers

Toyota Motor Corp. and two of its top suppliers will spend $2.8 billion to start a company that creates software to run self-driving cars.

Toyota names most diverse board yet

To broaden the view of his board, Akio Toyoda has installed Toyota's first female director and appointed a British Paralympic medalist.

Nissan's e-Power van may hint at U.S. hybrid plan

Nissan has deployed its e-Power range-extender hybrid system in a bigger vehicle in Japan, indicating the more robust version that will be needed for its U.S. launch.

Toyota bids farewell to Tatsuro Toyoda

Japan's business aristocracy attended the recent memorial service for the late Toyota president Tatsuro Toyoda, including diplomats, prime ministers, suppliers, dealers and labor leaders.

Showcasing Hyundai's (brief) life story

The Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang outside Seoul is built in the same spirit of motor malls from other global giants such as Volkswagen or Toyota. But one thing you won't find is much about Hyundai's heritage.

How Subaru's global shakeup will affect Canadian operations not yet known

UPDATED: 3/2/18 2:46 pm ET - adds details

Subaru Corp. named North America Chairman and CEO Tomomi Nakamura its new global president in one of several management changes made Friday. Subaru Canada CEO Yasushi Enami will not report to him.

Doll named CEO of Subaru of America; N.A. boss Nakamura becomes global president

UPDATED: 3/2/18 7:15 am ET - adds details

Tom Doll, the longtime face of Subaru of America and architect behind an ongoing run of soaring sales, has been named its CEO in management changes announced Friday in Tokyo.

Toyota, suppliers to invest $2.8 billion in self-driving cars

Toyota and its top two suppliers said they will plow $2.8 billion into a new company to create the software that runs self-driving cars.

Toyota shuffle creates diverse board

President Akio Toyoda has shuffled his company's board of directors, installing the first female director and appointing a British Paralympic medalist.

Hyundai: Fuel cells best bet for self-driving cars

Automakers assume self-driving cars will be electric. Hyundai believes hydrogen fuel cells are a much better match.

Lexus will debut UX crossover with tail lamp fins

Lexus will commit to its belated entry in the hot small crossover segment by debuting its new UX at the Geneva auto show on March 6.

Hyundai Nexo is a rolling showcase of self-driving eco-car technology

The Hyundai Nexo fuel cell vehicle marries futuristic fuel cell technology to next-generation autonomous-driving systems in a rolling showcase that aims to quash notions the automaker is a straggler.

Toyota's global design chief battles the pod

Toyota's new global design chief, Simon Humphries, says car-sharing and autonomous driving will be a boon to cool, ultra-emotional design for your personal wheels.

Toyota's new execs see a crisis

Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval.

Hard-driving Nissan: Time to ease up on the pressure

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has given the automaker's new North American boss some 60 days to devise a plan that may ease off the company's hard-driving reliance on incentives and fleet sales to deliver volume.

Toyota isn't sweating North America slump

How serious are Toyota's problems in North America? Big enough to undercut the parent company's latest quarterly results, but not enough to dim the outlook for the fiscal year or to make Toyota an outlier among its...

U.S. challenges put squeeze on Mazda's profits

Profits more than double at Mazda in the latest quarter, but mostly because the carmaker's slumping U.S. business was offset by huge foreign exchange rate gains.

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