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Automotive World 2017: 900 companies and 20% more floor space makes event the biggest yet

“Automotive World 2017,” an exhibition gathering all of the next generation automotive technology gathered under one roof, was held on 18 January at Tokyo Big Sight. With 120 more companies participating than last year, this year saw over 900 companies both from Japan and around the world displaying the latest in automotive technology. The event took up 20% more space than last year and was the biggest the event has ever been.
Kansai International Airport

Visitors to Japan set new record at 24M in 2016

The Japan National Tourism Organization reports that 2016 saw 24,039,000 foreign visitors to Japan. This is up 21.8% from the previous year and marks the highest number of visitors since it started keeping records in 1964.
Subaru president Yoshinaga (photo by T. Ikehara)

Fuji Heavy Industries president Yoshinaga: CKD production of Forester in Thailand to start "with 10,000 units"

On 17 January, Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru) president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga held a press conference in Tokyo where he announced that the company was planning for 10,000 units to be produced in Thailand via complete knock-down production (CKD) and joint ventures by 2020 in Thailand. The model to be produced is set to be the Forester.
Toyota Mirai

Toyota and UAE Joint Hydrogen Research, Mirai Testing

On 17 January, Toyota Motors, in an effort to investigate the potential for utilizing hydrogen in an effort to help bring about a low-carbon economy, entered into agreements with local businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conduct joint research into said potential.
Subaru Forrester (2017 model)

Subaru plans for 6th consecutive year of increased production and sales worldwide

On 17 January, Fuji Heavy Industries announced their production and retail plans for 2017. Production will see an 8% increase to 1,110,000 units while sales figures are also planned to rise by 8& to 1,093,000 units. For the past 5 years, the company has consistently set records in terms of both sales and production, and they are shooting to make that 6 years running by the end of this year.
Nissan autonomous vehicle testing on public roads

Nissan to begin first European autonomous vehicle testing on public London Roads

On 13 January, Nissan announced that they would be conducting their first European testing of autonomous driving vehicles on public roads in London.
Honda S660 Bruno Leather Edition (Tokyo Auto Salon 2017)

Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Honda S660 grows up with more mature Bruno Leather Edition

At the Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan between 13 and 15 January, Honda gave the public their first look at the S660 Bruno Leather Edition.
New Civic Sedan built at Honda's Canada plant

Honda to invest in Canadian plant for better environmental friendliness

On January 9, Honda announced that it will invest 492,000,000 yen over the next 3 years in its plant in Ontario, Canada.
2011 Toyota Corolla for US

Toyota expands Takata airbag recall to 540,000 cars in US

On January 13, Toyota expanded its Japan recall for the Lexus IS and LFA over defective Takata airbags to the United States.
Mazda CX-5 Custom Style 2017 at 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon

2017 Tokyo Auto Salon: Mazda quick to offer custom version of new CX-5

At the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, Mazda unveiled the Custom Style 2017 based on the new CX-5.

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