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Tesla's Kurt Kelty To Battery Partners: 'I Need To Know You're On board'

Tesla executive Kurt Kelty gives a speech in Japan asking battery suppliers to take more risks to increase production. Tesla needs more batteries in order to make more cars and drive the price of batteries down.

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Honda has revealed the production-spec S660 roadster, a spitting image of the concept revealed 16 months ago, ready to pick up the Beat's mantle and hit showrooms... but sadly only in Japan for the time being.

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One-Year Program Will Test Urban Revitalization Impact of Car-Sharing EVs

Nissan will start car-sharing pilot program with two-seat electric vehicles in Yokohama, Japan.

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Toyota is boosting production of hybrids in Japan by 30 percent compared to 2014 levels, and the company wants half of its sales there to be electrically assisted models as soon as next year.

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Automotive News reveals that the Takata recall in Japan is nearly 70-percent complete, while in the US not even 12 percent of drivers have fixed their cars.

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Spy shots of the refreshed, 2016 Outlander sitting at port in Japan show the crossover with a new nose very similar to last year's Concept-S. The update officially debuts at the 2015 New York Auto Show in early April.

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Honda is reportedly prepping a new CR-Z and plans to offer some serious performance this time. In place of the hybrid in the US, it might get a detuned version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Civic Type R and ride on the next-gen Civic platform.

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The Nissan version of the Renault Twizy, the New Mobility Concept, is going to be available for rent in the tourist coastal town of Shikano in Tottori prefecture, Japan, as seen in this video.

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Not Yet Available In China Or Hong Kong

Tesla announced today it is expanding its leased vehicle Resale Value Guarantee offer to Europe, Australia and Japan.

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It's official, boys and girls: Mazda has kicked off the start of production of the new MX-5 Miata at its Ujina plant in Hiroshima, Japan.

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A crowdfunding campaign in Japan is hoping to host several parties with the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle in Japan. This custom e-NV200 boasts a full kitchenette, karaoke machine and deployable drone for an a emissions-free shindig.

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Japanese Automaker Touts Fuel Efficiency, Improving Reputation For Diesel Emphasis

Mazda says its CX-3 compact crossover will exclusively be diesel-powered in Japan.

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Demand for the Toyota Mirai is higher than the company says it anticipated, but the wait to get one in Japan reportedly sits at over two years. With Toyota's slow pace of production, the early success might hurt the sedan's prospects in the long run.

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Toyota, Park24 Will Charge About $3.50 Per 15-Minute Intervals

Toyota will make i-Road three-wheeled EVs available in April for Tokyo car-sharing program at a cost of about $3.50 per 15 minutes.

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Toyota's New Video Series Takes Us Behind The Scenes

In a series of newly released videos and photos, Toyota is taking people behind the scenes at its Motomachi factory campus to show off the 13 people responsible for putting together the Mirai fuel cell vehicle.

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Due to the weak value of the yen, Toyota is on track to have four times the per-vehicle profit of its US competitors, The Detroit News reports. Some allege currency manipulation gives the automaker an edge.

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Modified EV Includes Eyes, Ears, Tail and Smile

Check out this Tesla Model S that's decked out in black-and-yellow tiger regalia in tribute to the Japanese Shimajiro anime series.

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The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages.

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Japan's Big Three Will Try to Bring Down Hydrogen-Delivery Costs

Toyota, Nissan and Honda will collaborate to accelerate growth of hydrogen infrastructure to help push fuel-cell vehicles.

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Japanese tuner Jun Auto has placed a 2.4-liter V8 based on two engines from a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R motorcycle into the engine bay of a Subaru BRZ. The mill makes 362 horsepower and revs past 10,000 rpm to sound absolutely wonderful.

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If you like the Scion FR-S but aren't a fan of its aggressively styled front end, you'd apparently be in good company in Japan, where Toyota is offering this re-snouted 86 Style Cb edition.

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