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Oct 28, 2010

Nissan to fix 2.14 million cars in 3rd biggest recall

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday it would recall 2.14 million March/Micra, Cube and about a dozen other models in its third-biggest recall, to fix a faulty ignition relay that could cause engine problems.

No accident was reported from the defect, Nissan spokesman Toshitake Inoshita said.

Oct 26, 2010

Nissan sees “huge sense of crisis” over strong yen

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Oct 26 (Reuters) – A top executive at Nissan
Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) warned that Japan’s auto industry faces a
crisis beyond near-term losses as the yen hit a fresh 15-year
high and came within reach of a record peak against the dollar.

“We’re way past the point of talking about how the yen’s
rapid appreciation would damage our earnings, or that we’re
worried about it,” Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said
on Tuesday at the launch of the company’s new hybrid car.
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Oct 25, 2010

Asia car makers set for rosy earnings on brisk demand

TOKYO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Asia’s top automakers including
Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
will likely post big jumps in quarterly earnings thanks to
better-than-expected global car demand and further cost cuts.

Japanese car makers are hurting from a stronger yen JPY=
but will likely manage big cost reductions and have enough of a
profit cushion from the first half to warrant an upward
revision to their conservative annual guidance, analysts said.

Oct 22, 2010

Toyota to recall 1.66 million vehicles globally

TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 1.66 million Avalons, Highlanders and other vehicles, bringing its total for worldwide recalls in the past year to about 14 million.

Most of the 1.66 million recalls announced on Thursday are in Japan and the United States, Toyota’s top market, in the latest blow to the reputation of a company once considered the gold standard of reliability.

Oct 21, 2010

Toyota to recall 1.66 million Avalon, other cars

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would repair 1.66 million Avalon and other vehicles, mostly in Japan and the United States, in the latest large-scale recall to plague the world’s biggest automaker.

The announcement came less than two months after a recall in Canada and the United States of 1.3 million Corolla and Matrix cars carrying defective engine control modules that could cause the vehicles to stall.

Oct 21, 2010

Mazda: working to offset 40 bln yen FX hit this FY

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is aiming
to step up sales, cost cuts and other measures to offset an
additional negative impact of about 40 billion yen ($493 million)
from foreign exchange on its operating profit this business year,
its chief executive said.

CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said that with the dollar and euro
both far weaker than Mazda’s assumptions of 90 yen and 125 yen,
respectively, currencies could knock off 40 billion yen more from
operating profit this business year than the company had
initially forecast.

Oct 20, 2010

Mazda says new Mazda2 model to get 30 km/litre

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on
Wednesday its next Mazda2/Demio subcompact would get fuel economy
of 30 km/litre (70 mpg) without the help of an electric motor,
likely making it the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the
road.

The vehicle will be launched in Japan in the first half of
2011 as the first product to be equipped with Mazda’s
next-generation gasoline and diesel engine and transmission
technology, dubbed SKYACTIV.

Oct 18, 2010

Weaker ties with Ford seen as boon, risk for Mazda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) look set to drift further apart as the U.S. car maker plans to wind down its stake in the Japanese company, leaving Mazda freer to make decisions, but possibly in need of a new partner down the line.

Ford is set to sell most almost all of its stake in Mazda, which currently stands at 11 percent, a source told Reuters on Saturday. Trading house Sumitomo Corp (8053.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other Japanese business partners of Mazda were in talks to buy the shares, the source said.

Oct 18, 2010

Mazda shares slip on news Ford to wind down stake

TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Shares of Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
slipped on Monday after news at the weekend that top shareholder
Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to sell almost all of its remaining
stake in the Japanese automaker it once controlled.

A source told Reuters on Saturday the U.S. automaker would
slash its ownership of Mazda to a few percent from 11 percent,
and that trading house Sumitomo Corp (8053.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and other Japanese
business partners of Mazda were in talks to buy the shares.

Oct 15, 2010

Tokyo’s electric taxi experiment

TOKYO (Reuters) – Yoshihiko Takahashi chuckles politely when asked if he’s weary of having the same conversation with passengers, day in and day out, as he shuttles them around Tokyo in his white-and-blue all-electric taxi.

How often do you have to recharge? How far can you go? Does this car really have no emissions?

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