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Oct 27, 2011

Thai flooding impact spreads to N.America for Toyota

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on
Thursday it would cut production in North America for one day
due to the interruption of parts supplies from Thailand, marking
the first impact of the floods on car production outside Asia.

Thailand’s worst floods in 50 years have affected hundreds
of manufacturers and cut off the supply of about 100 components
for Toyota, the country’s top automaker. Toyota has three
factories with a combined production capacity of 650,000
vehicles a year in the Southeast Asian export base.

Oct 26, 2011

Japan carmakers’ profit outlook dims, Koreans on a roll

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Japanese automakers are set to post another fall in quarterly earnings on the lingering impact of the March 11 earthquake, while a shortage of parts due to flooding in Thailand has clouded their annual outlook.

In contrast, neighboring South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and affiliate Kia Motors Corp (000270.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are expected to continue reporting solid earnings, driven by sales gains in the United States and other markets.

Oct 14, 2011

Toyota CEO targets long-term investors and growth

NUERBURGRING, Germany, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp
(7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) President Akio Toyoda said on Friday he would steer the
automaker with a view towards measured, sustainable growth that
would attract investors not swayed by short-term returns.

The world’s biggest automaker is struggling to shake off
losses from a historically strong yen and fierce competition
from rivals, especially Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research), which has
borrowed from Toyota’s business model to become a global
powerhouse over the past few years.

Sep 30, 2011

Volkswagen and Suzuki’s crumbling partnership

FRANKFURT/TOKYO (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen had until the end of Friday to retract its accusation that strategic partner Japan’s Suzuki Motor breached their contract as a public and bitter spat raged between the two car makers.

Osamu Suzuki, chief executive of the eponymous car maker, has demanded VW sell its stake and end the partnership that has become a millstone round its neck, claiming Volkswagen harmed Suzuki’s reputation.

Sep 27, 2011

Japan auto lobby cuts 2011 sales outlook by 10 pct

TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Japan’s auto lobby cut its
forecast for this year’s domestic vehicle sales by 10 percent
and repeated its calls for a weaker yen and lower automobile
taxes to help the industry and, by extension, the country’s
fragile economy.

Japanese automakers have been hit by a triple whammy of
shrinking domestic sales, a historically strong yen and a
once-in-a-century earthquake and tsunami that caused
unprecedented production and sales disruptions this year.

Sep 22, 2011

Suzuki hands Volkswagen ultimatum to retract claim

TOKYO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp (7269.T: Quote, Profile, Research) gave Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) until the end of the month to publicly retract a claim the Japanese car maker had violated their contract, stepping up a war of words as it tries to break off equity ties with its estranged partner.

Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker and owned 19.9 percent by Volkswagen, said it sent a letter on Thursday in Chief Executive Osamu Suzuki’s name addressed to his German counterpart, Martin Winterkorn.

Sep 22, 2011

Suzuki tells VW to retract claim it breached contract

TOKYO/FRANKFURT, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp
demanded that Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) publicly
retract a claim that the Japanese car maker had violated their
contract, stepping up a war of words as it tries to break off
equity ties with its estranged partner.

Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker and owned 19.9
percent by Volkswagen, said it sent a letter on Thursday in
Chief Executive Osamu Suzuki’s name addressed to his German
counterpart, Martin Winterkorn.

Sep 20, 2011

Nissan CEO: may reverse strategy due to yen

KANDA-MACHI, Japan, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co
may need to rethink its strategy of building at least 1
million vehicles a year in Japan if the yen is trading around
today’s levels in six months’ time, CEO Carlos Ghosn said on
Tuesday.

Despite the yen’s historic strength and the losses it has
forced on exports, automakers such as Nissan and Toyota Motor
Corp have pledged to keep a minimum level of production
at home to protect Japanese manufacturing and in the hope that
the yen will weaken.

Sep 19, 2011

City cars to stir up competition in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Joko Chahjono, a senior vice
president at Bangkok Bank in Jakarta, owns at least 10 Toyotas
and has never bought anything else. Seeking comfort above all in
a car, Chahjono adores his Camry sedan and is thinking of buying
his first Lexus from the Japanese carmaker’s luxury line.

Admiration of Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is widespread in
Indonesia, where the world’s biggest automaker accounted for a
staggering 37 percent of the market last year with sales
concentrated in the popular multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment.

Sep 19, 2011

Analysis: City cars to stir up competition in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Joko Chahjono, a senior vice president at Bangkok Bank in Jakarta, owns at least 10 Toyotas and has never bought anything else. Seeking comfort above all in a car, Chahjono adores his Camry sedan and is thinking of buying his first Lexus from the Japanese carmaker’s luxury line.

Admiration of Toyota Motor Corp is widespread in Indonesia, where the world’s biggest automaker accounted for a staggering 37 percent of the market last year with sales concentrated in the popular multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment.

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