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Mitsubishi: Fuel economy fibs blamed on company-wide problems
Mitsubishi: Fuel economy fibs blamed on company-wide problems

Mitsubishi has been in the headlines for the past several months due to decades of falsified fuel economy stats. The automaker recently funded an investigation to uncover the root of the problem, and it appears that the problem is the company itself. All of it. No stranger to scandals, Mitsubishi's...Read More»

Nissan ProPILOT
Nissan unveils ProPILOT, its answer to Tesla's Autopilot: video

Back in 2014, Nissan provided a timeline for the rollout of its autonomous car technology. Today, the company proved that it's sticking to that timeline: at a press conference, Nissan announced that its ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving software will be available in Japan next month. Like Tesla's...Read More»

Pro Trailer Backup Assist  -  in 2016 Ford F-150
Is it time to get rid of rear-view and side-view mirrors?

For several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working on a plan that would require all new cars to come with backup cameras--the kind that project rear-views on display screens, often on a vehicle's center stack. When that rule goes into effect on May 1, 2018, it'll...Read More»

Tetsuro Aikawa (YouTube screencap)
Mitsubishi president steps down

In news that's sure to surprise absolutely no one, Mitsubishi's president and COO, Tetsuro Aikawa, has announced his resignation. Accompanying him on his walk of shame is executive vice president Ryugo Nakao. The announcement was made via press release and at a news conference held today in Japan...Read More»

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All Mitsubishi cars in Japan may be affected by fuel economy scandal

Less than a month ago, Mitsubishi admitted to lying about fuel economy stats for roughly 620,000 cars sold in Japan. The scandal affected another major automaker, too, because Mitsubishi produced 482,000 of the affected vehicles for Nissan. But wait, it gets worse: though the issue initially...Read More»

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
In light of Mitsubishi's fuel economy fibs, EPA orders new tests

Last week, Mitsubishi admitted that it lied about fuel economy stats on 620,000 late-model Japanese vehicles. As it turns out, the company also failed to switch to new efficiency tests when Japan's standards changed 25 years ago, in 1991. In light of those misdeeds, the Environmental Protection...Read More»

Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
Mitsubishi lied about fuel economy stats for the past three years

Another automaker has confessed to deceiving consumers and regulators: Mitsubishi says that, for the past three years, it fudged fuel economy stats on some 620,000 new cars. At the moment, it's believed that all the affected vehicles are minicars that were sold in the Japanese market. Mitsubishi...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Brace Yourselves: Honda Expands Takata Airbag Recall Abroad. Is The U.S. Next? [UPDATED]

UPDATED: See below This doesn't bode well: Honda has added several million more vehicles to its already-massive Takata airbag recall. Prior to the announcement, Takata's biggest client had recalled about 20 million vehicles worldwide. The expansion brings that total to 24.5 million. ALSO SEE: 2016...Read More»

Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015
Toyota, Nissan, Honda To Spend $48 Million On Hydrogen Infrastructure: Will It Sell Fuel Cells?

Back in February, we reported that Honda, Nissan, and Toyota had joined forces to create a hydrogen fueling infrastructure in Japan. At the time, we had no details about what the three might do or how much they might spend on such endeavors. ALSO SEE: Yikes: July 4 Weekend To Be The Deadliest In...Read More»

JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study
JD Power 2015 Initial Quality Study: Good News For U.S., South Korea, Europe, Bad News For Japan

Research powerhouse J.D. Power has released its 2015 Initial Quality Study of U.S. vehicles, and it's full of interesting info for anyone in need of a new car. Along with its Vehicle Dependability Study, the IQS is one of Power's most eagerly anticipated publications of the year. Both examine the...Read More»

Hydrogen station in Amagasaki City, Japan
Honda, Nissan, Toyota Join Forces To Create Hydrogen Network In Japan (But What Does That Mean?)

Honda, Nissan, and Toyota have announced plans to pool their resources and develop Japan's hydrogen infrastructure, which will serve the automakers' coming fleets of fuel-cell vehicles. Will the three succeed? And, if so, will they be able to translate their success to other countries like the...Read More»

Honda Solar Hydrogen Station prototype with 2010 Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle
Japanese Government Bets The Farm On Fuel Cell Vehicles

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Toyota's "conscious uncoupling" from Tesla. Though the Japanese automaker didn't fully explain its reasons for the breakup, one thing was clear: Toyota is banking on a future full of fuel cell vehicles, not battery electric cars. Many of you considered this...Read More»

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rides in an Autonomous Drive Nissan Leaf (November 9, 2013)
Japan's PM Rides In Autonomous Electric Car. When Will Obama Do The Same? (Video)

Over the weekend, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a spin around parts of Tokyo. Ordinarily, that wouldn't be too newsworthy, but this was no ordinary spin: the prime minister was riding shotgun in an autonomous car. In fact, he rode in several autonomous cars -- vehicles built by Honda...Read More»

Mitsubishi GR-HEV hybrid pickup concept: Geneva Motor Show live photos
Did Chickens Cure Or Kill U.S. Pickup Trucks?

If you're in the market for a new car, you've got a lot to choose from. If you're in the market for a new truck, however...well, the options are considerably more limited. That's not by accident. But according to Detroit News, things could be changing. THE STORY OF CHICKENS AND PICKUPS Fifty years...Read More»

From the Ford Fiesta Movement campaign
Young Buyers Turn Their Backs On Japan, Look To Detroit & South Korea

The data is clear: folks under 35 aren't as interested in owning a car as their parents and grandparents were. But that doesn't mean they've given up on cars entirely -- and when they do need a set of wheels, they're spending less time loitering on the lots of Toyota, Honda, and other Japanese...Read More»

2013 Honda Accords on the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, where they've been built for 30 years
Honda Accord Hybrid, Nissan Murano To Be Built In U.S.

Years after some analysts proclaimed that U.S. manufacturing was dead as a doornail, we're seeing new life in the sector. Not only are tech companies like Apple doing more of their making here at home, but automakers are making the shift, too -- especially those from Japan. Yesterday, our...Read More»

2011 Honda Fit Sport
Hondas To Be As 'American' As Detroit Cars By 2015?

A few weeks ago, we wondered whether U.S. consumers found it more important to buy a car that's "made in America" or one that's made by an American company. The post generated some interesting discussion, with several readers pointing out -- quite rightly -- that in this day and age, it's become...Read More»

2011 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Bringing Much Of Its Production Home -- To America

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March, 2011 wreaked havoc on Japan, killing thousands of citizens and bringing much of the country to a standstill. Automakers like Toyota were beginning to get back up to speed later that year, when flooding in Thailand put more crimps in the production line...Read More»

2013 Subaru BRZ
Toyota, Honda & Others Boost Output To Meet Cash-For-Clunkers Demand

Many eager auto shoppers in Japan have been stymied by inventory shortages, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the wait for new wheels may be coming to an end. The Journal reports that most Japanese companies are ramping up output, with significantly more cars rolling off the lines over the...Read More»

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