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Apr 9, 2015

Toyota to start Tokyo trial of car-cum-motorbike in green mobility push

TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) – Tokyoites will get a chance to
zip around town on Toyota Motor Corp’s three-wheeled
electric car-cum-motorbike from Friday, in a trial aimed at
crafting a global business model to reduce gridlock and
pollution.

The world’s top-selling automaker will partner Japanese
car-sharing service operator Park24 Co Ltd for a
six-month experiment leasing the i-Road concept vehicle, with a
view to setting up a green car-sharing business akin to Daimler
AG’s car2go service.

Mar 27, 2015

In among the robots, veteran Toyota staffer says manual labour is key to success

TOYOTA CITY, Japan, March 27 (Reuters) – In a corner of
Toyota’s oldest factory, the Japanese carmaker’s longest-serving
employee preaches the benefits of craftsmanship, saying manual
labour is the key to success in a highly automated automotive
industry.

Mitsuru Kawai, 67, joined Toyota’s technical academy from
junior high school more than half a century ago, and believes
that even in today’s sleek, streamlined, robot-filled factories
there’s a place for manual skills to be learned, honed and
encouraged.

Mar 26, 2015

Modular mojo: Toyota re-engineers its appeal

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – Toyota Motor (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is looking to cast off a reputation for making reliable, but often dull, cars in a wide-ranging review of its designs, technologies, factories and supply deals – a full makeover aimed at staying on top in a cut-throat industry.

For decades, the Japanese automaker carved out global leadership by using common parts across many of its models. This was efficient, but made for uniform styling. A one-size-fits-all layout for the engine’s surrounding parts, for example, gave its cars a boxy front end.

Mar 18, 2015

Big Japan firms plan bigger pay hikes but smaller firms expected to lag

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) – Japanese blue-chip firms
announced wage hikes on Wednesday that topped increases last
year, but overall pay raises across corporate Japan are not
expected to offset higher costs of living for workers or be
enough to drive a sustainable economic recovery.

Major exporters like Toyota Motor Corp were
responding for a second year to public calls from Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe’s government for help in generating a virtuous cycle
of higher profits, wages and prices to decisively end two
decades of deflation and stop-start growth.

Mar 4, 2015

Toyota diversifies top ranks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) on Wednesday promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including the first woman and first African-American to hold executive titles, diversifying a management team long dominated by Japanese men.

The world’s biggest automaker appointed Europe chief Didier Leroy to become one of six executive vice presidents (EVP) effective after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in June. He would be the first foreigner to become a Toyota EVP, the highest post to be held by a non-Japanese.

Mar 4, 2015

Toyota diversifies top executive ranks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including the first woman and first African-American to hold executive titles, diversifying a management team long dominated by Japanese men.

The world’s biggest automaker appointed Europe chief Didier Leroy to become one of six executive vice presidents (EVP) effective after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in June. He would be the first foreigner to become a Toyota EVP, the highest post to be held by a non-Japanese.

Mar 4, 2015

Toyota promotes foreigners, including first woman, to top posts

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp on
Wednesday promoted more foreigners to senior posts, including
the first woman and first African-American to hold executive
titles, diversifying a management team long dominated by
Japanese men.

The world’s biggest automaker appointed Europe chief Didier
Leroy to become one of six executive vice presidents (EVP)
effective after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in
June. He would be the first foreigner to become a Toyota EVP,
the highest post to be held by a non-Japanese.

Feb 27, 2015

Mazda bets on diesel-only car for Japan launch of key 2015 model

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will sell only diesel-powered cars in the domestic launch of its key model for 2015, gambling it can convince the country’s army of hybrid petrol-electric drivers that the days of sooty, noisy diesels are long gone.

Masamichi Kogai, Chief Executive of Japan’s fifth-biggest auto maker, placed his diesel bet in Tokyo on Friday as he unveiled the CX-3, a compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

Feb 27, 2015

Nissan says can meet U.S. sales goal with capacity in South Korea, Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will be able to meet its goal of taking 10 percent of the U.S. market in two years without any major new investments and by making use of capacity available at factories in Japan and South Korea, a top executive said on Friday.

With sales in the United States growing at nearly twice the pace of the overall market last year, Japan’s No.2 automaker has been expanding capacity at its North American plants but needs more to meet demand.

Feb 25, 2015

Toyota calls union pay demands impossible; talks outcome key for Abenomics

TOYOTA CITY/TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it was “impossible” to meet union demands for a 13,300 yen ($112) monthly pay rise, as the automaker concluded the first day of labor talks widely considered crucial for Japan’s economic recovery.

The outcome of annual pay talks at Toyota is often seen as a bellwether for other companies. A favorable result for the union is therefore critical for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of creating a virtuous cycle of higher wages, bigger consumer spending and economic growth.

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