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Remote-Monitored Driverless Cars Tested on Japan Public Roads (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 14 (Jiji Press)—Tests of driverless cars under a remotely monitored system were conducted on public roads in Tokyo and a town in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, on Thursday. A driverless car is tested in Kōtō, Tokyo, on December 14, 2017. (© Jiji) According to the Tokyo metropolitan government and others, the self-driving tests represented Level 4, or autonomous driving without…

Pivot to Electric: EVs’ Growing Status in the Japanese Auto IndustryYasui Takayuki

The combustible engine has been the heart of the automobile industry since the invention of the car more than 130 years ago. But in the face of environmental concerns, electric vehicles have emerged to challenge this supremacy. Japanese manufacturers like Nissan are maneuvering to lead the ongoing shift toward adopting EV technology.

Subaru, Too, Lets Unqualified Workers Check Vehicles (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)—Like Nissan Motor Co., Subaru Corp. used unqualified workers for inspections of finished vehicles at its plant in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, informed sources said Friday. Subaru detected the misconduct during an in-house investigation launched at the transport ministry's direction to automakers in the country in the wake of the revelation in late September of s…

Electric Vehicles, AI Self-Driving Tech Shown to Media at Tokyo Motor Show (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)—The 45th Tokyo Motor Show kicked off a two-day media preview on Wednesday, with automakers showcasing prototypes of their evolving electric vehicles and cars with advanced driver assistance safety technologies utilizing artificial intelligence. The biennial motor show, which will be open to the public from Saturday through Nov. 5 at Tokyo Big Sight, is joined by 153 …

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…

Mazda to Launch World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Engine in 2019 (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)—Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will commercialize a next-generation gasoline engine in 2019 that will be 20–30% more fuel efficient than existing models, making it the world's least gas-eating internal combustion engine. It will be the world's first gasoline engine to adopt a compression ignition system, a technology used for a diesel engine to e…

Takata Decides to File for Bankruptcy Protection (News)

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)—Troubled airbag maker Takata Corp. decided on Monday to file with Tokyo District Court for bankruptcy protection under Japan's civil rehabilitation law, informed sources said. Battered by a massive global recall, Takata's liabilities are seen finally exceeding ¥1 trillion, the largest amount for any failed manufacturer in Japan since the end of World War II. The f…

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.

Competition Sparks a New Generation of Electric Vehicles

The eyes of car enthusiasts around the world were on Tokyo in December 2011, when the forty-second Tokyo Motor Show was held. In line with the theme of the event, “Mobility can change the world,” automakers showcased futuristic electric vehicles designed to meet tomorrow’s needs for urban mobility. Japanese manufacturers in particular unveiled concept cars that combine fun and practicality.

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