Category: Japan

By on October 24, 2014

2014 Nissan Versa Note Exterior

The Takata airbag recall continues to grow, with Nissan adding 260,000 2008 through 2012 models worldwide to the list.

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By on October 21, 2014


Coming soon to an automotive red carpet near you: Honda’s new HR-V and Acura’s 2016 ILX.

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By on October 17, 2014

2014 jeep cherokee

While the new Mazda2 — Demio to its friends in Japan — took home the overall gold in this year’s Japanese Car of the Year awards, Jeep took home a JCOTY, too, the first time an American brand has ever accomplished the feat.

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By on October 15, 2014


The newly revised Mazda2 — Demio in its home market of Japan — won’t be in United States showrooms until sometime during the 2016 model year, but when it does arrive, it will be bringing along its first award: the 2014-2015 Car of the Year Japan, as presented by the Japan Car of the Year Committee.

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By on September 30, 2014

Mazda 787B + Rotary Engine

Can you imagine one day visiting a Mazda showroom to buy a new RX-7 and finding anything but a rotary engine under the hood? Neither can global design chief — and RX-8 designer — Ikuo Maeda.

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By on September 9, 2014


While Toyota and the administration of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are going all in on hydrogen, Volkswagen Group Japan President Shigeru Shoji proclaims FCVs will struggle to make headway elsewhere.

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By on September 3, 2014


This is it: The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata unveiled for all to behold.

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By on September 3, 2014

Kei Vans

Just like the player character after dying several times in the “Dark Souls” series, Japan may find itself hollowing out as a result of the country’s declining auto market.

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By on September 3, 2014


Though the departures of Johan de Nysschen and Andy Palmer from Infiniti and Nissan respectively may be setbacks in the premium brand’s overall trek toward becoming a proper player in the luxury game, Infiniti Americas VP Michael Bartsch believes the brand will stay the course in the end.

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By on September 2, 2014

Cadillac in Japan

Though General Motors is finding big success in China among its brands, the automaker is still a bit player in Japan, and not because of so-called nontariff hurdles.

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    Japanese Buick - @FreedMike you are looking at tax returns not cash flow. They are losing money on taxes but making positive cash flow in reality since depreciation is...
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    highdesertcat - “No Buick will EVER compare to Lexus.” I busted out laughing when I read this! I don’t own a Lexus myself but...
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    Superdessucke - Are there any photos of the aftermath of one of these things going awry? I bet it’s quite gruesome.
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    jpolicke - This predicament only makes me wonder once more why, unless one has a business upon which you can dump the payments as an expense, does anyone lease a car?
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    Fred - If the chart is all I have to go on, then it looks like Buick customers moved to Lexus. So maybe they thought hey Toyota quality and Lexus...
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