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Once tech leaders, now Japan plays catch-up

Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by the Japanese carmakers to keep pace in an era of rapid change.

Toyota expands mobility, AI reach with 2 concepts

Toyota plans to broaden its vision of future mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show with ...

Saikawa taps Akio to lie low

In decorum-obsessed Japan, the auto industry is cooperating to keep Nissan's ...

Taste of Tokyo: Japanese aim to electrify

Japan's automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of ...

Toyota targets 621-mile driving range with fuel cell concept

Toyota will expand its hydrogen fuel cell reach at the Tokyo Motor Show with a fuel cell city bus it aims to commercialize and a fuel cell passenger vehicle concept.

Mazda signals new engine, design language

Mazda will showcase future trends in drivetrain technology and exterior design with two concept cars at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota looks to past and future for Tokyo

Toyota will update two of its most staid and storied nameplates at the Tokyo Motor Show while exploring new hybrid ideas with a sporty car and crossover concept.

Toyota readies sporty, boxy hybrid concepts for Tokyo

Toyota is taking its hybrid know-how into new territory at the Tokyo Motor Show with electrified concepts for a sleek sporty coupe and big boxy crossover.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution greener and smarter, thanks to AI

Mitsubishi's upcoming e-Evolution Concept not only sports a three-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain, it gets a dose of artificial intelligence to make driving safer and easier.

Toyota Century enters 21st century with hybrid upgrade

Toyota is upgrading the Century, its flagship limousine in Japan, with the brand's trademark hybrid drivetrain but keeping the overall styling rooted in old school opulence.

Toyota plans modern take on ancient nameplate

Toyota will unwrap the future styling for one of its oldest nameplates at this month's Tokyo Motor Show with a tech-savvy take on the storied, but stodgy Crown.

Subaru concept may hint at next Legacy, WRX

At the Tokyo auto show next month, Subaru will show a concept sedan that may preview the next Legacy.

Honda will debut sporty EV

Honda, which is moving into EVs as automakers race to meet increasingly stringent emissions standards, will introduce an all-electric sporty concept car at the Tokyo auto show.

Subaru to show performance sedan concept in Tokyo

Subaru goes emotional and dynamic with a new semiautonomous performance concept sedan to be unveiled at next month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Mitsubishi readies low-slung electric crossover concept

Mitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan.

Detroit 3 to skip connected car-themed Tokyo show

This year's Tokyo Motor Show is positioning itself as a connected car showcase of trends "beyond the motor," but the futuristic theme isn't enough to draw the Detroit 3.

Tokyo Motor Show sets 2017 dates, vows boost in attendance

The next Tokyo Motor Show will be held Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 in 2017, organizers announced, pledging to boost attendance after a slight dip in turnout last year.

Dramatic appearance

Spy shots of the next-generation Lexus LS suggest a toned-down version of the dramatic LF-FC concept unveiled at last year's Tokyo auto show.

Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show

The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.

Anime, sultry and supercars: What people are saying about the Mazda RX-Vision

Mazda’s RX-Vision concept was a hit at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. While it hinted at the triumphant return of Mazda’s iconic rotary engine, the RX-Vision also drew plaudits for its sleek

Tokyo auto show hits and misses

David Undercoffler has a keen eye for product and a tendency to speak his mind. That's why we hired him, and it's why we set him loose last week on the floor of the Tokyo Motor Show, where the wild

Tokyo auto show home run concept vehicles

Five Japanese carmakers put a charge in their home-market show with head-turning concept vehicles.

EV advocate Ghosn eyes fuel cell entry around 2020

Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, after prioritizing electric vehicles for years, now says the automaker will enter the hydrogen fuel cell race with a vehicle around 2020.

Honda's exotic powertrain tech

Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells.

Japan Inc.'s 2020 vision: Self-driving cars on the road

Japan's big automakers, long known for their fondness for automation, finally are ready to make a big push into self-driving cars. Honda, Nissan and Toyota used the stage at last week's Tokyo Motor

Luxury brands place fuel cell bets

Luxury automakers fortified their stance on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, with Lexus unveiling a dramatic fuel cell concept and BMW AG disclosing that it will launch a vehicle

Mexico in Tokyo

If there's hardly anybody around the Mexico booth at the Tokyo Motor Show, it's only because the exhibitor already has accomplished its mission.

Why Ghosn, Marchionne agree and disagree on consolidation

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne say automakers will face increasing pressure to consolidate, but Ghosn has a very different view on how this will happen.

Why Ghosn, Marchionne agree and disagree on consolidation

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne say automakers will face increasing pressure to consolidate, but Ghosn has a very different view on how this will happen.

Tokyo Motor Show continues to surprise, sometimes delight

Random thoughts from a stroll through the Tokyo Motor Show …

Checking out the competition

It’s common to see senior auto executives strolling through an auto show, checking out the competition. The various ways they do it offer insight into their styles.

Mazda expects delays to U.S. diesel car launch after VW violations

Mazda expects delays to the launch of diesel-powered cars in the United States in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions violations, but it remains committed to a rollout, a senior executive said.

Nissan's Datsun brand weighs more markets

Nissan Motor Co.'s reborn Datsun brand is considering additional global markets for its low-cost cars.

Heavy European presence boosts Tokyo show

Many European automaker CEOs attended this year's Tokyo auto show, giving a big boost to an event that has been overshadowed by the growing might of rival shows in China.

BMW plans to market fuel cell sedan after 2020

BMW says its first fuel cell vehicle would likely be a larger-sized sedan that would go on sale after 2020, when a hydrogen development partnership ends between the German luxury automaker and Toyota.

Subaru shows design direction with 2 concepts

Subaru is ushering in a new styling era with the Impreza 5-door Concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show Wednesday. Subaru also rolled out another concept, the Viziv crossover, which is equipped with

At Mazda, a team of 50 searches for rotary-engine breakthrough

For the last eight years, a team of 50 engineers has slaved away on Mazda's signature rotary engine, seeking a breakthrough for the unique design Mazda had championed for decades, almost alone in its

Mitsubishi's electric eX concept hints at a third CUV

Mitsubishi plans to slot a new compact crossover into its lineup between the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Japanese automaker said.

Lexus LF-FC concept previews next LS

Lexus pulled back the curtain on its next-generation LS sedan with the introduction of the LF-FC concept, a full-size sedan design study which offers a close preview of what the fifth-generation LS

Porsche adds GTS variant to 2017 Macan lineup

Porsche's popular Macan crossover is joining the company's GTS line.

Mini rewards Japan sales with Tokyo debut

Mini unveiled a redesigned and more upscale convertible at the Tokyo Motor Show because Japanese sales are growing at a faster rate than sales in other major markets.

Diess puts VW back on the offensive

VW brand CEO Herbert Diess used his first auto show appearance since the Dieselgate scandal to apologize – again – before reminding the world why VW was on track to become the world's

Toyota's take on VW scandal: Avoid fixation on being the biggest

Toyota President Akio Toyoda weighed in for the first time about the scandal engulfing Volkswagen, stressing his resistance to getting consumed with sales targets.

New Toyota taxi promises to change Tokyo streetscape

Toyota says it will launch a next-generation taxi for the Japan market in 2018 -- a bulbous, hatchback hybrid. The car promises to supplant the ubiquitous Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that

Rotary engine returns in Mazda concept coupe

Three years after pulling the plug on the rotary-powered RX-8 sports car, Mazda hints it hasn't given up on the peculiar engine design that gave the brand some of its grandest successes. The

Nissan makes autonomous driving look easy

The Nissan Intelligent Driving prototype vehicle handled a test drive in Tokyo morning traffic nearly flawlessly, giving a clear indication that the future looks bright for autonomous driving

Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. The super-sleek IDS Concept

Mercedes-Benz's Vision Tokyo imagines car as a 'chill-out zone'

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo concept car lays out a vision of luxury driving in the future, one in which self-driving technology has advanced to the point that the vehicle's interior is allowed to

Designer Okuyama on the threat from Google, Apple

The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry, and change the way people own and drive

Honda readies volley of new drivetrain tech

Honda is readying a new wave of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company's reputation for innovation.

Honda plans to market partial self-driving car in 2020

Honda said it plans to sell a car with automated highway driving functions around 2020, joining the race to market self-driving vehicles that pits traditional automakers against tech firms like

Japanese automakers fuel a return to tradition: The future

Connectivity, autonomous driving and alternative powertrains will be on display as Japanese automakers seek to rekindle the Tokyo Motor Show's reputation for futuristic themes. Expect sporty, green

Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the

Lexus plans global debut of new concept in Tokyo

Lexus is promising a new concept car at this month's Tokyo Motor Show but is holding back details until the unveiling. The vehicle may preview a luxury hydrogen fuel cell car.