Tokyo Bloodbath: 2009 Version
Tokyo Bloodbath: 2009 Version

 Not that we needed any more bad news on a mid-recession Tuesday morning, but it appears that things in Japan keep getting worse. First comes word from Honda that it's shelving plans for many new models for at least two years. That means many things--including no new, snazzy Acuras to compete in...Read More»

Japanese worker
Cars Not So Big In Japan

As bad as things may seem right now, we know they're likely to improve. America's economy will eventually rebound, Detroit will make itself presentable, and we'll find something new to worry about. Japan is facing a different problem--or at least its automakers are. Yeah, sure, they're dealing with...Read More»

Takeo Fukui
Honda Saying Sayonara to Japan?

In economics, a strong currency usually means good things for a nation's economy. When the dollar is strong, for example,  the buying power of American businesses and individuals ramps up, making most of us pretty happy. The notable exception is with exports: when the dollar is doing well, it's...Read More»

Honda ASIMO robot
Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto: Honda Goes Robo For Rose Bowl

On Thursday Honda tested a 49-foot replica of its ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot in a rehearsal for the Rose Parade. The giant robot will be joined by Honda's Rose Parade float; the Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell pace car will be leading the parade, which makes it the...Read More»

2009 Nissan 370Z
Nissan, Infiniti, and Mitsubishi Back at Cobo Hall

Rejoice, fans of the Nissan 370Z, Infiniti FX50, and Mitsubishi Evo--Nissan/Infiniti dealers and Mitsubishi dealers are footing the bill for their cars to make a showing at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January. And to be certain--it's just their cars that will be making a...Read More»

Japanese worker
U.S. Auto Slump Felt in Japan

A historically weak auto market in the U.S. is causing strong ripple effects for Japanese automakers. Toyota is making the most dramatic layoffs, ridding itself of 6,000 contract workers in all. More than 6,000 additional jobs will be cut by Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki, and Honda, all...Read More»

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Mitsubishi Becomes Fifth Automaker to Pull Out of NAIAS

Automakers are pulling out of U.S. auto shows en masse given the current world financial crisis and auto sales decline, and Mitsubishi is the fifth to bail on Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The Japanese automaker joins ranks with Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Ferrari, and Suzuki in...Read More»

2009 Nissan GT-R
Nissan GT-R Clinches Motor Trend 2009 Car of the Year

Continuing its penchant for pithy one-liners, Motor Trend doles out a parade of them while gushing over its winner of the 2009 Car of the Year contest, the 2009 Nissan GT-R. Here's a brief sampling from Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief: "no 2009 contender crushes our criteria like the GT-R...the...Read More»

2009 Mazda Mazda6
Ford Sells Majority of Mazda Stake to Raise Capital

Today Mazda announced that it and several of its strategic partners will acquire more than two-thirds of Ford's shares in Mazda. This on the heels of GM's sale of it's stake in Suzuki. Ford's ownership will drop from its current 33.4 percent to around 13 percent as a result of the move, but Mazda...Read More»

Spare Change
GM Finds Extra $230 Million in Sale of Suzuki

Scrambling through the couch cushions for enough loose change to keep it solvent for the time being, GM offloaded its 3 percent stake in Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation to the tune of $230 million, said Automotive News. Having burned through nearly $7 billion in the last quarter alone, $230...Read More»

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Congressman Supports Chapter 11: Honda Gives "No Comment"

At a recent Honda plant dedication, U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-Indiana) claimed he felt that Chapter 11 is preferable for the struggling Detroit Big Three. Quoted in Automotive News, Pence claimed that "reorganization in Federal bankruptcy court happens all the time. Companies utilize it all...Read More»

Honda Odyssey JDM
Should Honda Bring JDM Odyssey to United States?

Our very own loquacious commenter Ed (you know who you are) suggests that Honda should develop a smaller van for the U.S. market, as Mazda has enjoyed a big sales increase of its small Mazda5 van even in the midst of a down market. To that we say...good point, Ed. And indeed, Honda does have a...Read More»

2009 Hummer H3
How You Vote Vs. What You Drive

Having a hard time telling if your neighbors are voting Obama or McCain? Kelley Blue Book suggests that the vehicle they drive may be a strong indicator of whom they plan on casting a ballot for next week. Wow, the pollsters really are delving into the minutiae this year. Just like animals can tend...Read More»

Nissan Robot Flight of the Bumblebee
Nissan Studies the

In the grand tradition of C3PO, Hal, and Johnny 5, Nissan releases some whimsical, roboticized news by presenting us with its 'bot, BR23C. A "robotic micro-car that recreates bee characteristics with the goal of producing a system that prevents collisions altogether," the project studied, yes, the...Read More»

2009 Dodge Journey
J.D. Power Study Points at Dealerships as Cause for 'Escaped Shoppers'

According to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, shoppers reject most vehicles simply due to their experience while visiting a dealership. In its 2008 Escaped Shopper Study, released today, J.D. Power found that 80 percent of shoppers rejected a model they strongly considered based on dealer...Read More»

New Honda Airbag
Honda Invents Better, Faster Airbags

Safer, more efficient, more powerful--all terms bandied about in the auto industry as a new production year dawns. But applying these terms not just to its powertrains, a new development in airbag technology puts Honda at the forefront of the latest in active safety systems for automobiles. Honda...Read More»

2007 Ford Escape Adventure
Ford Musters ‘Stang, Escape for Tokyo

Like most Western automakers, Ford Motor Co. has largely written off the Japanese market, where domestic-oriented consumers – and strict import laws – have largely limited the market potential for automotive imports. That said, Ford hasn’t given up entirely, as it demonstrated at this...Read More»

Ghosn Turns In Superman Cape

Carlos Ghosn’s the only CEO in the auto world to inspire his own comic book. But even the Brazilian with the yen for Japan can’t balance three car empires on his modest shoulders, it turns out — so Ghosn is giving up his role as operating chief of Nissan North America...Read More»

The Week in Reverse

And the winner is…Tupelo, Miss. For all the states that missed on Toyota’s latest plant—don’t worry, they’re like trains, there’s another one coming in six months. Is Ford finally getting its act together? Some sales are getting stronger, and a subcompact is...Read More»

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