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Assembly line for the Outback

Subaru FHI achieves record-high production overseas; August results

Fuji Heavy Industries announced its results of production, domestic sales and exports for August 2016. According to these results, global production grew 25.0% from the previous year, to 85,379 units, resulting in its first surplus in two months and a record high for the month of August.
Maruti Suzuki's Manesar Plant

Suzuki’s global production up for first time in 10 months; August results

Suzuki Motor Corporation announced its results of automobile production, domestic sales and exports for August 2016. According to these results, global production grew 0.7% from the previous year, to 233,060 units, resulting in its first surplus in 10 months.
Nissan Serena

Orders of new Nissan Serena double monthly sales goal

About a month after it started taking orders for the new Serena, Nissan has reported that as of September 26, orders are 2.5 times the monthly target at around 20,000 units.
Lexus NX 200t for North America

Lexus leads US luxury sales for 1st time in 5 months in August

In the US, there is stiff competition between Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz over the luxury car market. According to the three brands' August sales figures, Lexus has taken the lead for the first time in 5 months.
Mazda Foundation FY 2016 Research Aid (stock photo)

Mazda Foundation: Research Support For Scientific, Technological, And Youth Health Oriented Research Projects

As a means of assisting research during FY 2016, the Mazda Foundation announced on 26 September that the foundation would be supplying ¥40,000,000 ($397,000 USD) in an effort to invigorate science and technology as well as youth health promotional activities for 40 different projects.
New Mazda CX-9

Mazda's new Machine Grey color for US CX-9 becomes its most popular

Mazda's newly developed Machine Grey Premium has become the most popular color choice for its CX-9 mid-sized SUV in the US, now representing a total of 24% of its sales.
Daihatsu Tanto Sloper (reference image)

2016 Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition: Daihatsu to present kei welfare vehicle Friendship Series

Daihatsu will present the Friendship Series kei welfare vehicle at the 43rd Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (H.C.R. 2016), which will be held October 12 to 14 at Tokyo Big Sight.
Unveiling of new Honda Freed

Honda's Kimiyoshi Teratani says new Honda Freed expected to reach 2016 sales goal

On September 16, Honda unveiled the new and improved Freed minivan series. This is its first model change in 8 years.
Freed HV system

New Honda Freed offers stiff competition to Toyota Sienta with 7,000 advanced orders in first month

Honda gave the Freed compact minivan its first full model change in 8 years and released the new version on September 16. Although compact, it has three rows of seats. For the new version, there is a 1.5L gasoline version and hybrid version available. For consumers with an active lifestyle, Honda has rebranded the Freed Spike as the Freed + (Freed Plus). The Freed + is a 5-seater with 2 rows of seats.
Nissan Rogue

Nissan US overall sales down 6.5% in August while SUV sales up 18%

Nissan North America released its August US new car sales figures at the end of September. Total sales were 124,638 units, which is down 6.5% year-on-year and marks the first decline in 3 months.
Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Platt

Toyota collaborates with Open Source Robotics Foundation to strengthen its automatic driving research

On September 15, Toyota announced that the Toyota Research Institute, Inc., which it opened in January in the United States, will work together with US non-profit Open Source Robotics Foundation on robotics and automatic driving research.
Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Europe sales down 4.5% in August

On September 12, Nissan Europe published its new car sales figures for Europe for the month of August. Total sales were 40,134 units, which is down 4.5% year-on-year and marks the 6th month of decline.
New Honda Ridgeline

Honda US sales down 3.8% with SUVs favorable in August

At the beginning of September, American Honda reported its US car sales for the month of August. Total sales were 149,571 units, which is down 3.8% year-on-year and marks the first month of year-on-year decline in 3 months.
Suzuki Alivio

Suzuki sales fall 3.1% in China; August results

In early September, Suzuki Motor Corporation announced its August sales results for the Chinese market. According to these results, overall unit sales declined 3.1% from the previous year, to 11,696 units, resulting in a deficit for the eighth consecutive month.
Mitsubishi Mizushima plant

Mitsubishi marks 10 years of accepting trainees from the Philippines to learn skills on the production line

Mitsubishi announced that it is now celebrating its 10th year of accepting trainees from the Philippines at its Japanese plants.
Honda Kumamoto plant

Honda says Kumamoto plant fully recovered from April earthquake

On September 14, Honda announced that its Kumamoto plant, which was heavily damaged in the recent Kumamoto earthquake, had returned to its pre-earthquake level.
The all-new Lexus RX

Lexus sales down 7.6% in the US despite successful SUVs; August results

In early September, Toyota Motor Sales, USA announced its August sales results for the Lexus brand. According to these results, Lexus’ overall unit sales continued to fall, declining 7.6% year on year, to 30,938 units.
Honda Kumamoto Factory

Honda President Yasato On Complete Restoration Of Kumamoto Factory, “We’ve Got Keep On Working Steadily”

Honda opened up their Kumamoto factory (Ozu-cho, Kumamoto Prefecture) that they have been working to restore to working order since the earthquake in April to members of the press on 13 September.
Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters (stock image)

Toyota looking for high tech joint research projects, semiconductors, robotics, etc.

Toyota Motor Corp. is looking for research topics based around the company’s technological needs, seeking out researchers at universities and research agencies involved with cutting edge scientific technological research.
Mitsubishi Pajero

Mitsubishi sales remain stable in China; August results

In early September, Mitsubishi’s Chinese corporation announced its August sales results for the Chinese market. According to these results, overall sales were 5,338 units, remaining flat from the previous year.
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