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Toyota’s free hybrid patent licenses - an existential moment

8 Apr 2019 | John Voelcker

Ask any random person to name a carmaker offering hybrids, and you’ll surely get back the name Toyota. The hugely profitable carmaker pioneered hybrid-electric powertrain in its 1997 Prius.


Subaru Forester and its e-Boxer hybrid future

11 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Rarely do I try any vehicle for the first time right at the end of its life cycle. In the case of the Subaru Forester that is exactly what has just happened. It was a handy way of discovering why well in excess of a million have been bought during the last six years.


Vitara - why Suzuki Europe outsells Honda two to one

5 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Europe's best selling Suzuki isn't a small car, it's an SUV. In 2018, the regional division delivered more than 70,000 units of the vehicle in question: not bad for a model which dates to 2015 and competes in a class where new rivals keep appearing. Now, fresh engines and a facelift should keep the Vitara popular throughout 2019.


Is the Swift Sport the best Suzuki yet?

21 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Not all Suzukis are inexpensive or bought by people whose priorities are a no-fuss, no-frills small car. For those in the know, a certain Swift variant is doing great things for Suzuki's long term image that no 'influencer' or 'brand ambassador' ever could.


Why is mighty Subaru less so outside the USA?

30 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru has been lovingly slaying giants in America for more than a decade. Hyundai is the latest to have been dispatched, the Korean brand finding itself pushed down to seventh place last year. The climb has seen Subaru muscling past Ram, Kia, GMC and Dodge too. Why then does it remain a small brand in the world's other major vehicle markets?


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Toyota opens new R&D facility and proving ground in Japan

25 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has announced that it has completed work on the central section of its new research and development facility, named Toyota Technical Centre Shimoyama, located in a mountainous area straddling the cities of Toyota and Okazaki. This section, which primarily features a winding country road test course, will begin partial operations today.


Didi Mobility taking taxi hailing to 13 Japanese cities

24 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Didi Mobility Japan, a joint venture (JV) between China's Didi Chuxing and SoftBank, is to expand its taxi-hailing service to 13 cities across Japan.


Nissan denies Japanese global production cut report

23 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor has denied a Japanese media report it would reduce global output this financial year.


Nissan to reject Renault integration proposal - report

23 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan is poised to reject a management integration proposal from alliance partner Renault as it looks instead for a more equal capital relationship, according to a Nikkei newspaper report.


Nidec to acquire Omron’s automotive electronics business

17 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Japan's Nidec Corporation this week agreed to acquire Omron Corporation's automotive electronics business for JPY100bn (US$893m), according to a statement by the company.


Carlos Ghosn's latest stay in jail extended

12 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Former Nissan and Renault chief Carlos Ghosn is to spend longer in jail after his recent re-arrest on new charges.


Japan's vehicle market declines in March

11 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Japan's new vehicle market fell by 4% to 640,811 units in March 2019 from already weak year earlier sales of 667,277 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


Mitsubishi PHEV passes 200,000 sales

11 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors said its Outlander PHEV, which it claims was the world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, had achieved sales of 200,000 worldwide since launch in 2013.


Ghosn reiterates innocence in video released by lawyers

9 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ousted Nissan Motor (and Renault) chief Carlos Ghosn has reiterated he is "innocent" in a video released by his lawyer.


Nissan shareholders sweep Ghosn out the door

8 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The final traces of Carlos Ghosn were all but erased from Nissan today.



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