Cyber Stall: Toyota forced to halt domestic production due to suspected cyber attack

Toronto, Ontario — Proving the need for adequate online protection for businesses, Toyota has announced that it will be forced to halt production at its 14 Japanese factories on Tuesday, due a suspected cyber attack suffered by one of the automaker’s plastic parts suppliers. Toyota says they expect to lose about 13,000 vehicles in output […]

Machines Building Machines: Nissan unveils Intelligent Factory concept

Toronto, Ontario — Not to be outdone by the mad scientists over at Audi, Nissan has unveiled its new Intelligent Factory that the company expects will take high-precision vehicle assembly to new heights, and will be staffed almost entirely with robots. Nissan said, robots will produce cars that have no flaws greater than 0.3mm in […]

Power-Saving Mode: Japanese microchip producers predict shortage carrying through 2022

Toronto, Ontario — As the automotive industry barrels into yet another financial quarter still suffering from a case of microchip mania, Japan’s Rohm Co. comes bearing the grim news that the vital piece of technology will likely remain in short supply at least throughout next year. The Kyoto-based chipmaker provides the now highly sought-after semiconductors […]

Deflated Pride: Airbag problem has Toyota recall half-a-million vehicles

The Canadian vehicles being recalled include the 2016 Lexus RX, Prius and both the 2015 and 2016 Lexus NX models.

Toronto, Ontario — February 2, 2018 — Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota has announced a recall of more than half-a-million vehicles, including about 4,500 Canadian cars, in order to fix a problem preventing airbags from triggering in some crashes.   The Canadian vehicles being recalled include the 2016 Lexus RX, Prius and both the 2015 and […]

New Year’s changes to executive management at Nissan

Yokohama, Japan — January 2 2018 — With the new year comes executive appointment shake-up at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Going into effect throughout January, the company says these changes are to “strengthen the management structure.” Effective January 1, Hideyuki Sakamoto will moving up from his previous position of executive vice president, product engineering—a position […]

Japanese data scandal deepens as Toray becomes latest to admit cheating

By Tom Davis Tokyo, Japan — December 4, 2017 — Toray Industries has become the latest company to be embroiled in the Japanese fake data scandal. Toray Hybrid Cor, a subsidiary of the company, admitted it had overwritten data that was provided in inspection reports to customers. The car-parts manufacturer said it had investigated approximately […]

Mitsubishi Materials admits to falsified product data

Mitsubishi Materials

By Tom Davis Tokyo, Japan — November 24, 2017 — A division of the Mitsubishi Group has become the latest Japanese company to admit to falsifying product data, after it called a press conference in the wake of the Kobe Steel scandal. Mitsubishi Materials said three of its subsidiaries – Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Mitsubishi Shindoh […]

Formula Honda welcomes Honda delegates from Japan


By Alex Dugas Markham, Ontario — November 23, 2017 — Nothing shows caring like travelling thousands of miles to learn more about your company’s international operations. Eri Amimoto and Yohei Nakamura of Honda Japan recently travelled to Formula Honda in Markham, Ontario, in order to receive a hands-on experience of Honda operations in Canada, and […]

Nissan moves towards autonomous driving with ProPILOT

Nissan's first ProPILOT equipped vehicle will go on sale in Japan this August.

Yokohama, Japan — July 14, 2016 — A new vehicle with autonomous capabilities will soon be available for sale in Japan. Nissan’s new Serena, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will come equipped with the company’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology. This makes Nissan the first Japanese automaker to introduce a combination […]