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Let's get all future-y on this one.

The University of Tokyo is working on in-wheel motors that get their energy through wireless induction charging, which hints at one amazing EV future.

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Daihatsu teams up with 3D printing company Stratasys for custom panels

If you want your Daihatsu to look like the surface of the moon, you got it.

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At least not yet.

The option will miss the US-market Prius Prime because it won't meet safety regulations.

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CR-Z Final Edition debuts in Japan, will be the quasi-sporty hybrid's swan song.

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Resignations and pay cuts happening at executive level in Japan.

Suzuki executives are either stepping down, taking a pay cut, or not stepping into CEO position after the admission that the company lied about mpg numbers.

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Nissan delivered a trio of 370Z Nismo patrol cars to the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo, putting street racers on notice.

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Two of the top executives at Mitsubishi are stepping down as the company is shaken by the scandal surrounding its fuel-economy figures. However the chairman and CEO is keeping his seat – at least until Nissan can replace him.

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Following the Mitsubishi scandal that prompted a merger with Nissan, Suzuki admits to using improper tests for fuel consumption.

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Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan says merger will save billions in development costs.

Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan says merger will save billions in development costs.

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The widening scandal could lead to Nissan gaining control.

Mitsubishi says its shady fuel-economy test practices may have been used on all vehicles it sells and has sold in Japan.

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It's like a time machine that likes to go sideways.

What's it like drifting a performance car that's using decades-old technology? Find out right here.

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It would make the 2020 Olympics look extra shiny and clean.

Toyota will reportedly broaden the Mirai lineup with a smaller, cheaper model for Japan, and it will launch in 2019 just before the Tokyo Olympics. The launch would be the perfect time to take advantage of the country's hydrogen push.

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Mitsubishi admits that it didn't use a portion of Japan's mandated fuel economy test since 1991, which allowed the company to inflate vehicle fuel economy.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requesting details from Mitsubishi to check whether the fuel economy issue affects US models. Japanese media claim more models there might have false fuel economy ratings than just the current micro cars.

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Some factories will begin production next week; Lexus factories still shuttered.

Toyota will reopen most of its factories in Japan next week, but two that produce Lexus models will remain closed. The automaker won't disclose when these plants will reopen.

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Mitsubishi has falsified fuel economy data of 625,000 small cars, and most were built for Nissan.

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Toyota and Lexus hit hard by plant closures.

There could be shortages of many Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US because recent earthquakes in Japan forced the automaker to suspend most of its factories there.

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Young drivers and a car that projects their emotions on the street in manga-style graphics. Weird.

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Documentary follows a dekotora owner around.

Dekotora is the Japanese culture of semi truck customizing, and this documentary lets you take a ride with one owner who explains why he does it. The guy has over a million miles on his truck and over $40,000 invested into its lights and polished metal.

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Hydrogen fuel-cell presented as the superior alt-fuel option in comic strip.

A Japanese magazine published a manga comic highlighting the benefits of the Toyota Mirai to other eco-friendly automobiles. It is, as you'd expect, very strange.

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Will this little bubbly EV get you through the winter?

A group of companies from Japan's northern island of Hokkaido want to create the ultimate EV to handle winter weather, and they already have a prototype.

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