Monday's total eclipse -- a rare celestial event cutting a huge swath across the United States -- prompted automakers, dealers and others to celebrate with viewing parties, product stunts and employee appreciation events.
Stalling growth in North America weighed down Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s surging profit recovery in the latest quarter. The Japanese carmaker rebounded from a dismal year-earlier period when earnings were broadsided by a fuel economy scandal.
Mitsubishi's profit plunged 94 percent in the latest fiscal year, hit by falling vehicle sales, foreign exchange losses and the costs of a fuel economy scandal. CEO Osamu Masuko pledged a recovery, aided by Nissan.