Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Makers set record

TOKYO — Japanese automakers doing well in North America booked record net profits in the April-June quarter while others reliant on markets elsewhere saw profit declines, their earnings releases show. All seven major automakers announced quarterly results by Tuesday. Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries — the company behind the Subaru brand — […]

Nissan Motor views the Chinese market as “still healthy”

TOKYO — Nissan Motor views the Chinese market as “still healthy” and expects to achieve its sales target of 1.3 million vehicles there in fiscal 2015, CEO Carlos Ghosn told reporters Wednesday. The Japanese automaker’s sales in the world’s largest market edged 0.5% higher to 1.2 million units in the year through March, according to […]

Japan Exports Jump More Than Forecast – Dec 2014

Japan’s exports rose more than forecast in December, reaching the highest level in six years and paring a record annual trade deficit caused by energy purchases and a surge in imports before April’s sales-tax increase. Overseas shipments climbed 12.9 percent from a year earlier, the finance ministry reported Monday, compared with the median estimate for […]

Toyota and Nissan Butch Up Their Trucks

Toyota and Nissan haven’t made much of a dent in America’s booming pickup business of late, in part because they haven’t really tried. Nissan hasn’t overhauled its full-sized Titan pickup in 12 years. Toyota’s more popular midsized Tacoma has been largely unchanged for a decade. The listlessness is evident in their sales. Titan sales in […]

March will be one of the most crucial months for the U.S. auto industry in years.

U.S. consumers bought just under 1.2 million new cars and trucks in February, unchanged from a year ago. That follows a 3 percent drop in January — the first year-over-year decline since August 2010. So far this year, new vehicle sales have been on pace to hit a little more than 15 million for the […]

Mexico to Trump Japan as No. 2 Car Exporter to U.S.

Much of the new production is by Japanese companies drawn by the ability to move parts into Mexico without tariffs. Local governments have been competing for new plants by offering tax exemptions, employee training and improved highways connecting the plants to the U.S. border and Mexican ports. Just 25 miles from the new Honda plant, […]