Hydrogen-Powered Lexus LS, Toyota Crown, And Estima Minivan All Possible
Toyota isn't going to let its Olympic sponsorship go to waste. In time for the 2020 games in Tokyo, the company wants to have at least eight new vehicles ready, including three possibly powered by fuel cells.
Honda's new chief executive Takahiro Hachigo has an empty space in his garage, and he only wants to fill it when the new Civic Type R arrives in Japan. In the meantime, he's without his own set of wheels.
Japanese authorities are expected to release former Toyota executive Julie Hamp from custody on July 8, and she may not be charged. Hamp was accused of allegedly attempting to illegally bring Oxycodone pills into the country through the mail.
Honda, Toyota, and Nissan are partnering in Japan to offer up to $90,000 a year per station to subsidize the operation of hydrogen refueling stations. The program is expected to run through 2020 and could cost as much as an estimated $49 million.
Akio Toyoda, president of the Japanese automaker that bears his name, is personally backing Julie Hamp, the American businesswoman who was hired to run Toyota's global PR and reports directly to him, after she was arrested by police in Tokyo for the illegal importation of drugs into Japan.