Japan, EU push to make automatic emergency braking a requirement

13 Feb
Cadillac automatic emergency brakingForty countries have agreed to a United Nations regulation draft that calls for automatic emergency braking to be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial vehicles by early 2020. Chief among the countries are members of the European Union and Japan. Reuters reported on the regulation draft Tuesday and countries will move to adopt the...

Japan leader rebukes Trump’s putative new-car import tariffs

31 May
2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto showJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday spoke out against rumors that the Trump administration will consider tariffs as high as 25 percent on new cars shipped to the U.S. from abroad. "It's hard for Japan to understand and we cannot accept it," Abe reportedly told the Japanese parliament, adding that tariffs such as those floated by U.S...

Car ownership on decline in Japan, but what does that mean for American drivers?

1 Nov
Southern California traffic - by flickr user David R. BlumeJapan may be one of the largest new car producers and consumers, but vehicle ownership—and apparently interest in driving—is on the decline. According to Japan’s Automobile Inspection and Registration Information Association, car ownership in the island nation is now at its lowest point in nearly 20 years. On average, Japanese...

Toyota hopes its new Japanese taxi becomes an icon

25 Oct
Toyota's new Japanese taxi cabAs if Japan's fleet of Toyota Crown and Nissan Cedric taxi cabs wasn't enough of a cultural identifier—they boast doily seats and an automatic rear passenger door—Toyota thinks it can build an even better cab. Not just better, but one that will carry people from all over the world for the 2020 Olympic games and inspire new "Japan...