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Production of Honda’s Super Cub Scooter Tops 100 Million Units (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)—Cumulative global production of Honda Motor Co.'s Super Cub scooter topped 100 million units this month, 59 years after its sales started in 1958, 10 years after the founding of the company. A ceremony to mark the milestone was held on Thursday at Honda's plant in the town of Ozu in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto, the firm's only motorcycle production base i…

Honda to Launch Electric Vehicles in Europe in 2019 (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)—Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday announced plans to sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2019, with Britain and France aiming to ban sales of fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040. The Japanese automaker will make motor-driven versions--electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles--available whenever it releases a new vehicle model in Europe from now on, while scaling back sales o…

Honda to End 50-Year History of Monkey Motorcycle (News)

Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)—Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it will cease the production of the Monkey, a 50-cc motorcycle, at the end of August, putting an end to its 50-year history. A special edition of the Monkey produced to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. The model will be discontinued in August 2017. (Courtesy Honda Motor Co.; © Jiji) The Japanese company made the decision as th…

The NSX: Honda’s Global SupercarIkehara Teruo

Honda has begun taking orders for the new NSX in Japan for the first time in 10 years. While the original NSX was produced in Japan, this second-generation model is built to order at a specialized manufacturing facility in the United States, the NSX’s largest market. The development and production chiefs are both non-Japanese engineers who carry on the Honda spirit.

Imagining the Future of Driving at the Tokyo Motor Show

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show opened on October 29 with 160 companies presenting their competing visions of the future of automobiles. Of the 400 vehicles on display, around a fifth were world premieres.

Putting “Reshoring” into Perspective

With the yen at its weakest level in years, some major Japanese manufacturers with overseas facilities are moving to shift production back to Japan. But insiders caution that the “reshoring” trend is a limited phenomenon and signals no real change in the basic strategy of Japanese export companies in the age of globalization. For years Japanese electronics giants and automakers have been moving…

Eco-Cars and Sports Cars Among the Highlights at the Tokyo Motor Show

The Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese automobile industry's biennial extravaganza, took place at Tokyo Big Sight from November 20 this year. Among the numerous world premieres was an impressive lineup of sports cars and eco-friendly cars loaded with the latest technology.

Autos and Electronics Converge at CEATEC 2013

CEATEC is Asia’s biggest IT and electronics exhibition. The year’s event, the fourteenth was held from October 1 to 5 at the Makuhari Messe convention center in the city of Chiba. With four Japanese car makers taking part, this year’s exhibition raised intriguing prospects for a fusion between Japan’s electronics and IT sector and its auto industry.

Famous Faces

Corporations are making big efforts to advance humanoid robotics technology. The robots have gone from tools that help people to friends that people love. In this article we present some of the best-known examples.

What Does the Future Hold for Japanese Automakers?Yasui Takayuki

The malaise affecting the Japanese manufacturing sector is often attributed to “six hardships,” among them the galloping yen and heavy corporate taxes. All of Japan’s major electronics manufacturers, including Panasonic, Sony, and Sharp, are set to post losses for the current fiscal year. But what about the automobile industry—the mainstay of the Japanese economy? At first glance, the situation lo…

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