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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.
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.
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US Toyota releases statement in response to Trump tweet

US president elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Toyota for its plans to build a new Mexico plant. Toyota's US division has responded with a statement to the tweet.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

CES 2017: Nissan Partners with DeNA Towards Testing Completely Autonomous Cars

On 5 January at CES in Las Vegas, Nissan announced a partnership with DeNA where the two would begin testing a completely autonomous driving system.
Mazda President Kogai

Mazda President Kogai Wants a "Grand Slam" for Company in 2017

Mazda president Masamichi Kogai, in a new year’s address, reflected on the company’s endeavours in 2016 and their aspirations for 2017. 2016 saw the company begin the second stage of restructuring, and Mr. Kogai noted that “With 2017, we will be starting our batting order again from the top with our heavy hitters coming out first.”
Before unveiling, the head lights look like eyes

CES 2017: Toyota Concept-Ai Opens & Closes Its Eyes

On 4 January, Toyota held a press event at CES focusing on its concept car, the “Concept AI.” Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor Sales USA Bob Carter offered a presentation that unveiled the new vehicle.
Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Fortuner reaches 100,000-unit milestone in sales for India

On December 19, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), Toyota’s subsidiary for the production and sales of automobiles in India, announced that sales of the Fortuner have reached the 100,000-unit mark.
Honda HR-V (the Vezel, in Japan)

Honda captures three awards in J.D. Power’s 2016 Thailand APEAL Study

In mid-December, J.D. Power announced the results of its 2016 Thailand Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study where Honda captured the top spot in three of the seven categories.
Natural Sound Smoother

Mazda diesel knock reduction technology wins New Machinery Development Awards' METI award

On December 26, Mazda announced that its Natural Sound Smoother technology which significantly reduces the diesel knock has won the 14th Annual New Machinery Development Awards' Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award.
Toyota Fortuna

Toyota Kirloskar Motor to raise car prices by maximum of 3% due to rising raw materials costs

In early December, Toyota's India production and sales subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced that it will increase its car prices in India from January 2017.
New Acura (Honda) NSX

Acura US sales see new NSX surpassing 200 units in November

In early December, Honda's Acura luxury brand for overseas released its US sales figures for the month of November. Total sales were 11,616 units. This is 5.1% down from the previous year and marks the 7th month of year-on-year decline.
The Honda City for the Myanmar market

Honda begins after-sales business in Myanmar

On December 19, Honda Motor Company announced that it has commenced its after-sales business for automobiles in Myanmar.
Suzuki 2016 CSR and Environment Report

Suzuki releases "Suzuki 2016 CSR and Environment Report"

On December 16, Suzuki published its "Suzuki 2016 CSR and Environment Report" on its website. The report describes its efforts toward corporate responsibility and the environment.
CX-3 coming off the line at Hofu plant

Mazda to start production of CX-3 at 3rd plant

Mazda announced that it started production of the CX-3 crossover SUV at its Hofu No.1 plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture from December 15.
Toyota C-HR (North American model)

Toyota projects 1% rise in global sales to 10.2 million units for 2017

On December 15, Toyota Motor Corporation announced the Group’s sales plan, including those for Daihatsu and Hino Motors, for the 2017 calendar year. According to this plan, global sales have been set at 10,202,000 units, up 1% from previous year’s result.
Current Alto S (2014)

Photo Archive: Alto becomes first Suzuki to top five million units in domestic sales

On December 13, Suzuki Motor Corporation announced that its Alto mini car has become the first Suzuki-exclusive model to reach the five million unit mark in domestic sales.
2016 Auto Color Awards (Photo by Toshiyuki Fukuda)

2016 Auto Color Awards give Grand Prix to Mazda MX-5

The 2016 Auto Color Awards, which is sponsored by the Japan Fashion Color Association and chooses the year’s model with the most attractive coloring, held its final selection and announcement on December 10 at the Yokohama Museum of Art.