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Nov 24, 2013

U.S., Japan slam China’s ‘destabilizing’ move on East China Sea airspace

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japan and ally the United States sharply criticized China’s move to impose new rules on airspace over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Tokyo, warning of an escalation into the “unexpected” if Beijing enforces the rules.

China’s government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established “East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone,” which covers most of that sea and includes the skies over the disputed islands.

Jun 1, 2012

Korean, Japanese automakers post solid May sales

SEOUL/TOKYO, June 1 (Reuters) – Automakers in Japan and
South Korea continued to post solid gains in global sales in May
with Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors
benefiting from the sustained recovery of the U.S. market while
Japanese car sales were supported by government incentives for
fuel-efficient models.

Auto sales are among the earliest indicators of demand in
global economies and U.S. auto sales have proven to be a bright
spot while negative headlines from euro zone countries dims the
outlook there.

May 25, 2012

Toyota plans eight compacts for emerging markets

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it would roll out eight compact car models tailored for emerging markets by 2015 in an attempt to catch up to front-runners such as Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Toyota, which lost the crown as the world’s top automaker last year, is looking to reduce its dependence on the mature North American, European and Japanese markets. It wants to shift more of its weight to growth markets such as China, India and Brazil, where Volkswagen, GM and Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have taken the lead.

May 23, 2012

Mazda, Fiat tie up on sports cars, may strengthen link

TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – Mazda Motor Corp, maker
of one of history’s most iconic two-seater convertibles, and
Fiat SpA are teaming up to produce a new generation of
sports cars to revive their flagging fortunes.

Automakers around the world have been forging partnerships
to share the rising burden of research and development as
governments tighten environmental and safety regulations, and to
lower costs amid stiffer competition.

May 11, 2012

Nissan’s new models to help achieve record sales this FY

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) posted on Friday a one-third jump in quarterly profit and projected a 28 percent rise in the year ahead driven by brisk sales momentum in most major markets and the launch of 10 new models around the world.

Nissan has outshone domestic rivals Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) in the past year as Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn has pushed aggressively into fast-growing markets such as China and Russia.

May 11, 2012

Nissan sees sales momentum lifting profits this FY

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted on Friday a one-third jump in quarterly profit and projected a 28 percent rise in the year ahead driven by brisk sales momentum in emerging markets.

January-March operating profit at Japan’s No.2 automaker rose 33 percent to 118.1 billion yen ($1.48 billion), against an average estimate of 120 billion yen from 20 analysts polled in the past 90 days by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

May 9, 2012

Toyota to treble profit this year, trim costs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects to treble its operating profit this year to more than $12.5 billion, its highest since the global financial crisis, as Japan’s top automaker recovers lost ground in markets from the United States to China.

Operating profit jumped more than five-fold in January-March to $3 billion, with all production centers back up and running after last year’s earthquake, tsunami and Thai floods disrupted supply chains and cost Toyota around 400,000 cars in lost output – roughly 9 weeks’ worth of U.S. sales.

May 8, 2012

As sales accelerate, Toyota goes to war on waste

TOKYO, May 9 (Reuters) – For three years, Akio Toyoda has
had to steer Toyota Motor Corp through one crisis after
another, from a damaging safety recall that took up to 10
million cars off the road to last year’s devastating earthquake
and tsunami.

Now, the 56-year-old grandson of the automaker’s founder is
ready to go on the offensive.

May 8, 2012

Fuji Heavy revises sales target as China plan hits snag

TOKYO, May 8 (Reuters) – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd
said it no longer expects to start building cars in China as
part of a five-year growth plan that runs until March 2016, and
lowered its global sales target for the final year by 50,000

The maker of Subaru cars had mapped out the plan in July
last year, aiming to boost global sales by 40 percent to 900,000
vehicles by March 2016, driven in large part by a tripling in
Chinese sales.

Apr 26, 2012

Honda sees bumper year as it leaves disasters behind

TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co is set
to end a five-quarter drop in operating profits and forecast a
triple-digit surge in annual earnings after a 2011 hammered by
the yen’s record strength, natural disasters and a crisis of
reputation in its key U.S. market.

On top of being the last Japanese car maker to get its
supply chain in order after a massive earthquake and tsunami in
March last year, Honda was alone in having one of its factories
inundated by Thailand’s floods in October, only resuming work
there late last month.

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