Yoko's Feed
Apr 20, 2014

Lexus aloof from China production while Nissan, Honda step in

BEIJING, April 20 (Reuters) – The head of Lexus, the premium
brand of Toyota Motor Corp, said on Sunday an emphasis
on quality had kept it from manufacturing in China.

Unlike German peers Audi, Volkswagen AG’s luxury
division and BMW, Lexus imports all of its vehicles
sold in China, from Japan.

Apr 20, 2014

Toyota to launch China-made Corolla, Levin hybrids in 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to make and sell hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin sedans in China next year, fitting them with locally-made components, in its first bid to entirely manufacture gas-electric hybrids outside Japan.

The backdrop to Toyota’s plans are efforts by foreign and domestic automakers to kick-start sales of hybrid cars in China, as the world’s largest auto market warms to the vehicles in its efforts to cut pollution and reliance on fossil fuels.

Apr 15, 2014

After two bumper years, Toyota braces for shift to slower growth

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is set to post record growth for the year just ended – with a likely $10 billion surge in operating profit – but the mood at its HQ in Japan’s prosperous automotive heartland is cautious as executives warn of a leaner year ahead.

Japan’s most valuable listed company is shifting to a new phase of much slower but more stable growth, senior executives said, as the burst of gains from a weak yen and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies fades.

Apr 10, 2014

Hybrid-focused Toyota turns to new fuel-efficient engines

TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp is
introducing a new series of engines that will boost vehicle fuel
efficiency by at least 10 percent, as carmakers strive to
improve performance against a backdrop of rising fuel costs and
tighter emissions controls.

Toyota will introduce 14 engine models in the new series
over the next two years, starting off with 1.0 litre and 1.3
litre gasoline engines, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Mar 31, 2014

Mitsubishi Motors buys ex-Ford plant in Philippines in SE Asia growth push

TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corp
said it has bought the site of a former auto plant in
the Philippines from Ford Motor Co, beefing up production
as it targets a near-50 percent sales boost in fast-growing
Southeast Asia markets.

Mitsubishi Motors, the second-biggest automaker in the
Philippines by sales volume after Toyota Motor Corp,
said on Monday it will centre its Philippines production at the
plant in Laguna from January 2015. The plant will have an annual
capacity of about 50,000 vehicles, gradually rising to around
100,000 vehicles.

Mar 26, 2014

Cash-rich Toyota to buy back shares worth up to $3.5 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will buy back up to 1.89 percent of its shares worth up to 360 billion yen ($3.5 billion) in what would be the automaker’s biggest buyback in more than a decade.

Toyota, expecting record profits for the financial year ending March 31, is returning cash to shareholders and boosting its return on equity after its cash pile expanded to 1.8 trillion yen as of end-December.

Mar 17, 2014

Renault and Nissan name management team to step up integration

PARIS/TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – Renault and
Japanese alliance partner Nissan unveiled their boldest
steps yet to combine key operations and pursue economies of
scale to rival auto giants like Volkswagen.

The creation of an alliance management team was among moves
announced by Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on Monday after 15
years of looser cooperaton between the carmakers.

Mar 17, 2014

Renault-Nissan name new alliance team to step up integration

PARIS/TOKYO, March 17 (Reuters) – Renault and
alliance partner Nissan unveiled plans on Monday to
integrate key operations and pursue economies of scale to keep
up with big rivals like Volkswagen.

The creation of a new alliance management team was among the
steps announced by Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn after 15
years of softly-softly cooperaton between the French and
Japanese carmakers.

Mar 16, 2014

Honda aims to win fuel efficiency race in return to F-1

SUZUKA, Japan, March 16 (Reuters) – After a seven-year
hiatus, Honda Motor Co. is returning to the F-1
circuits next year, resolving to win more races – and learn how
to build “greener” cars.

Honda is particularly aiming to turn exhaust gas that is
mostly wasted in F-1 or conventional cars into energy. It is
technology that Honda’s F-1 chief, Yasuhisa Arai, says could
give Honda an edge with its mass-market cars.

Mar 11, 2014

Japan top firms to raise pay but benefit seen blunted by sales tax hike

TOKYO (Reuters) – Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp will offer the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, but workers will still struggle to offset a sales tax increase, highlighting the difficulties the government is facing in overcoming entrenched deflation.

Toyota (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Hitachi Ltd (6501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Panasonic Corp (6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will be among the firms announcing their responses to union pay demands after a year of soaring profits thanks to the weak yen and massive stimulus policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • About Yoko

      "Based in Tokyo since 2007, I have been covering politics in the world's third-biggest economy, as well as Japan's nuclear disaster, energy issues and diplomacy."
    • Follow Yoko