Japan Is Going In The Right Direction

The Japanese economy continues to be improving nicely. The latest quarterly “Tankan” survey — which measures the state of the economy via surveys of various businesses large and small — is out and it shows that business sentiment is at a 6-year high, surpassing levels right before the Great Financial Crisis. Abenomics continues to look […]

Truck sales keep Japanese buoyant in U.S.

Honda market share in the US shrunk by 0.1% despite its vehicle sales jumping 6% from a year ago, as rivals have posted stronger growth helped by sales of light trucks. “Pickups and SUVs are growing in the US market, helping the Detroit-based carmakers… Our light-truck supply was relatively low, but we are introducing a […]

Toyota sees Japan sales dropping 20 percent in 2013

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) expects Japan vehicle sales to fall by a fifth next year, in part due to the end of government tax incentives for fuel-efficient automobiles, domestic media reported, adding to the pain from a decline in China sales. Japanese vehicle sales account for 30 percent of Toyota’s total sales volumes, and industry […]

Isuzu to build B7.3bn pickup assembly plant in Thailand

Japan’s Isuzu Motors will build a new plant to reinforce the production capacity of Isuzu Motors Thailand Ltd to meet increasing demand for D-Max pickup trucks and their derivatives. The automaker badly needs to expand its capacity, as back orders of the D-Max mid-sized model remain so high that Isuzu cannot guarantee delivery for all […]

Japan’s Isuzu Motors is to spend 30 billion yen ($382 million) to build new factories in China and India to tap rising demand for pickup trucks in the fast-growing markets

Japan’s Isuzu Motors will spend 30 billion yen ($382 million) to build new factories in China and India to tap rising demand for pickup trucks in the fast-growing markets, a report said on Tuesday. The new plants will together produce about 200,000 trucks a year, boosting Isuzu’s annual pickup capacity by about 50 percent to […]

Japanese manufacturers make up eight of the top 10 places in a used car reliability survey, but which is number one?

Honda took the top spot for the seventh year running and was one of eight Japanese manufacturers in the top 10, while premium car makers including Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz finished much further down the list, in 26th, 27th and 29th places respectively. The worst performing manufacturer was Land Rover, with 71 per cent of […]

Japanese car makers roar back

Japanese auto makers’ sales roared back in the U.S. last month and, unlike in years past, Detroit stuck with them by boosting sales in a market that for now appears to be defying the downdrafts threatening the broader economy. The three leading Japanese auto makers in the U.S. on Tuesday said sales surged in June […]