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  1. FIN Auto Show Coverage
    The American Motor Fair was held at MEGA WEB, Odaiba, Tokyo on November 16 and 17. Ford featured the New Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Powershift which will be released in Japan in early 2014. - http://en.responsejp.com/article/2013/11/19/211000.html Read more...
  2. Automotive Industry News
    Ford urges U.S. pressure on Japan ahead of meeting Automotive News February 21, 2013 by Craig Trudell CLEVELAND (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. pushed for President Barack Obama to pressure Japan's prime minister to open its auto market and refrain from weakening the yen to give its companies an...
  3. Asian Competition
    I was reading through some comments on autoblog and saw a link to a 2013 Lexus HS youtube video This is the description: Looks like its not dead elsewhere.
  4. Monthly Sales Results
    Young Car Buyers Coming Back, Picking Korean Brands - CMBC Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 By: Phil LeBeau There’s a change in auto showrooms around the country. Sales to young buyers between the ages of 18 to 24 are up for the first time since 2007. There’s also an increase this year in sales of...
  5. Ford Corporate News
    Ford presses change for Japan to join trade talks May 3, 2012 Automotive News (Reuters) -- Japan should be required to reduce the size of its auto industry before being allowed into regional free trade talks with the United States and eight other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, a top...
  6. Mazda Discussion
    Mazda6 assembly moving to Japan - Detroit News April 5, 2012 at 1:00 am By David Shepardson New York— Mazda Motor Co. said Wednesday that it will build its next-generation 2014 Mazda6 in Japan next year after it halts production at its joint venture in Flat Rock this summer. The new Mazda6 will...
  7. Ford Brand News - Global
    Report: Ford Aims to Take Advantage of Sales Opportunities in Japan By Mark Kleis May 25th, 2011 LLN It’s no secret that the Japanese have a much smaller appetite for American cars than Americans do for Japanese automobiles, but Ford is apparently hoping to change that thanks to the...
  8. Competition News
    Japan new vehicle sales fall by record 51% in April May 2 Yahoo News TOKYO (AFP) – Japan's domestic sales of new cars, trucks and buses logged their biggest-ever drop in April, an industry group said Monday as the March quake and tsunami hit production and supplies to dealers. The sales came to...
  9. Competition News
    Volkswagen Now Looking at Purchasing Isuzu? Alex Nishimoto April 13 2011 MotorTrend After devouring 19.9 percent of Suzuki, German auto giant, Volkswagen, is eyeing yet another Japanese automaker. Reuters reports that Volkswagen is considering buying all or part of Isuzu Motors, one of Japan’s...
  10. Competition News
    Toyota Unveils New Future Yaris in Japan By Peter Nunn Dec 22, 2010 Inside Line Just the Facts: •Japan's new Vitz previews America's next Yaris. •Styling is all new, with a big push on fuel economy. •A hybrid model is also in the works, likely in 2012. TOKYO — Unveiled Wednesday in Tokyo is...
  11. Asian Competition
    Report: Honda Civic sales ending in Japan Autoblog November 15, 2010 by Steven J. Ewing According to a report from Japan's Nikkei.com, Honda will stop selling the Civic sedan in its home market as soon as existing inventories run out. As customers shift their focus towards MPVs and more...
  12. Ford Motor Company Discussion
    Ford Asia's Next Target: Japan! TOKYO — Ford hopes its investments in Asia will dramatically boost sales in Japan — a market so dominated by local makers like Toyota and Honda that the U.S. automaker has long struggled to maintain a toehold. Tim Tucker, chief executive of Ford Motor Co.'s...
  13. Asian Competition
    Just the Facts: Honda will introduce a battery-electric vehicle in the U.S. and Japan in 2012. In a speech, CEO Takanobu Ito said the company plans to expand its use of the IMA hybrid system. Honda has teamed with Japan's GS Yuasa to develop a compact high-output lithium-ion battery. TOKYO —...
  14. Mazda Discussion
    Mazda Launches All-New Premacy in Japan HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced sales of the all-new Mazda Premacy (known overseas as the Mazda5) in Japan. Mazda’s stylish, versatile and uniquely functional seven-seat minivan goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and...
  15. Ford Motor Company Discussion
    Ford is among the most vocal critics of Japan's decision to exclude foreign automakers from its cash-for-clunkers program, as the issue continues to draw media interest. U.S. trade authorities have protested against Japan's 9-month-old vehicle scrappage program after automakers complained it...
  16. Mazda Discussion
    Mazda Launches All-New Axela in Japan - 'Eco-sports' car offers superb performance matched with advanced safety and environmental features, including i-stop - HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the sales launch of the all-new Mazda Axela (known overseas as the new...
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