The auto industry will need to substantially increase the market share for advanced-technology vehicles in Japan, if it hopes to achieve future carbon-dioxide emissions targets, Honda’s Fumihiko Ike says....More
More than two-thirds of all Japanese-brand models sold in Europe now are produced there, an industry group says. Imports from Japan fell to 371,576 units in 2013, down 8.2% from 401,870 compared with prior-year....More
The current foreign-exchange rates “represent, for the yen, an appreciation that not only far surpasses all prior projections by (the domestic) auto makers, but also totally fails to reflect Japan’s economic fundamentals,” executives say....More
Members of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Assn. are discussing ways to address likely electricity shortages in the coming months. One idea is to halt production one day a week in order to conserve energy....More
WardsAuto editors evaluated the 40 vehicles in October and November, driving to and from home, work, school, the hardware store and on weekend roadtrips. There is no instrumented testing. Vehicles must have a base price no higher than $62,000 to be eligible.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.