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Dec 16, 2010

Q+A-Why is Hero Honda preparing to break up?

TOKYO/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor and India’s Hero Group are in discussions to review the structure of their joint venture, Hero Honda Motors, India’s top seller of motorcycles.

Speculation has swirled since summer that Honda, the world’s biggest motorcycle maker, would reduce its 26 percent stake in the 26-year-old venture to focus its energy on wholly owned unit Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, set up in 1999.

Dec 16, 2010

Q+A-Why is India’s Hero Honda preparing to break up?

TOKYO/MUMBAI, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor
and India’s Hero Group are in discussions to review
the structure of their joint venture, Hero Honda Motors
, India’s top seller of motorcycles.

Speculation has swirled since summer that Honda, the
world’s biggest motorcycle maker, would reduce its 26 percent
stake in the 26-year-old venture to focus its energy on wholly
owned unit Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, set up in 1999.

Dec 14, 2010

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors announce deeper ties

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (7211.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said they would deepen their operational ties to make better use of their resources as a strong yen makes competing tougher for Japanese automakers.

Nissan and Mitsubishi, Japan’s No.3 and No.6 automakers in 2009, have been working together since 2003, mainly involving Mitsubishi Motors’ building 660cc minivehicles under Nissan’s badge in Japan.

Dec 14, 2010

‘Straight as an arrow’ Higuchi takes Otsuka global

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Back in university, Tatsuo
Higuchi never imagined Otsuka Holdings would become a
major global player. Now, the CEO of the Japanese
pharmaceutical and food group is overseeing the drug sector’s
largest-ever IPO.

A $2.4 billion initial public offering, global expansion,
looming patent expirations on key products. These would be
challenges for any corporate leader. Yet Higuchi’s career
across a broad swathe of company businesses has prepared him
well for the job, say those who know him.

Dec 14, 2010

Fuji Heavy CEO eyeing op profit overshoot

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (7270.T: Quote, Profile, Research)
is still aiming for an operating profit of 80 billion yen ($960
million) as originally planned four years ago, instead of the 70
billion yen officially forecast for this year, its chief
executive said.

Fuji Heavy, the maker of Subaru cars, is in its final year of
a four-year business plan crafted in 2007, when the company had
projected an operating profit of 80 billion yen assuming a far
more favourable dollar rate of 110 yen.

Dec 6, 2010

Exclusive: Nissan to end Rogue in Japan after facelift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co will stop building the Rogue in Japan at the crossover’s next remodeling around 2013, transferring output of one of its most popular U.S. vehicles to reduce exposure to the yen, an executive with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The Rogue is made at Nissan’s 430,000 units-a-year Kyushu factory in southern Japan, and is the brand’s best-selling light truck in the United States.

Dec 6, 2010

Nissan to end Rogue in Japan after facelift

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) will stop
building the Rogue in Japan at the crossover’s next remodelling
around 2013, transferring output of one of its most popular U.S.
vehicles to reduce exposure to the yen, an executive with direct
knowledge of the matter said.

The Rogue is made at Nissan’s 430,000 units-a-year Kyushu
factory in southern Japan, and is the brand’s best-selling light
truck in the United States.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf, bets big on electric vehicles

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co formally launched its zero emmisions Leaf vehicle, an electric car boasting a range of 200 kms (124 miles) and billed as the first of its type to be sold on a large scale.

Nissan and Renault are counting on an aggressive push into the nascent electric car market to boost their brand image — much as the Prius hybrid did for Toyota Motor Corp.

Dec 3, 2010

Special Report: Turning over new Leaf: Get ready for EV era

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Over the past few years, Eiji Makino has met with heads of state, governors and mayors around the globe pursuing an unconventional strategy for Nissan’s new electric car, the Leaf: lining up support for the model before it was even on the road.

Electric cars need to recharge around town and a growing number of governments, seeking to reduce oil dependence and clean up the environment, have agreed to subsidize that kind of infrastructure.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf, world’s 1st mass-market EV

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co marked a major milestone in automotive history on Friday with the launch of the zero-emission Leaf, the world’s first electric car to be mass-marketed.

Nissan said the five-seater hatchback was rated with a driving range of 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge under Japanese test standards, more than the 160 km (100 miles) advertised under California’s rules and 73 miles under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reading.

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