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  • Toyota's Turn To Show It Tops Green Agenda Monday, 22 Sep 2008 | 9:04 AM ET

    Over the last six months as I've filed numerous stories about the Chevy Volt, Nissan's plan to build an electric car, and Ford's focus on increasing fuel efficiency, I have heard the same thing from you: That's great, but what's Toyota doing?

  • Auto Industry Bailout: Oh, How You Hate The Idea Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 9:30 AM ET
    Struggle at AIG - A CNBC Special Report

    I admit e-mail responses from bloggers and readers is not a scientific sampling. I admit these answers may only represent a small portion of the public.

  • Japan PM Fukuda Resigns to Break Political Deadlock Monday, 1 Sep 2008 | 9:09 AM ET
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    Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said on Monday that he had decided to resign in an effort to break a political deadlock.

  • SUV Market Bottomed? Nope! Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    There's an interesting theory when it comes to the SUV market. It goes like this: now is the best time to buy an SUV because the used market has bottomed out and prices will soon start going up. The more I've heard this, the more I've talked with dealers. And you know what their reaction is? A good laugh.

  • Japan Inflation Hits Decade High, Production Rises Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 9:04 PM ET

    Japanese inflation hit a new decade-high in July, topping market expectations and reinforcing views that high oil and food prices are dealing a blow to consumers as Japan faces a likely recession.

  • Toyota Prius

    See, even mighty Toyota Motor is shifting into a slower gear. This morning in Tokyo, the company gave its business outlook for 2009 and beyond. It was mixed -- which is not surprising, given the economy. Here's Toyota's plan to stay ahead.

  • Poll: Who's Got the Best Rescue Net? Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 9:15 AM ET

    Governments across the world are grappling with how to boost dwindling economic growth, designing rescue packages aimed at fending off recession. Which country do you think is doing the best job?

  • Making Cash in Asian Banks Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 7:06 AM ET

    The Asian banking sector is the place to put your money at the moment, two fund managers told CNBC Friday.

  • $10,000 Discounts -- But No Buyers Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

    Don't look now, but something is coming back: deals. Not just little ones. Pretty decent deals. GM, Toyota and Mazda are currently running some of the more prominent marketing campaigns. But make no mistake, almost all the automakers are throwing more money and more generous financing terms behind their new models.

  • 'Smart' Cars: Ford's Employee Test Drive Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 10:32 AM ET
    Ford

    Here's a novel idea. Let's take the people who actually work at a car company and put them behind the wheel of the models crucial to that company's future. Ford Motor is starting to do that, and it's probably one of the smartest moves this company has ever made.

  • Big 3 Rides: Do You Love'em or Hate'em? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:43 AM ET
    The Big Three

    The latest U. of Michigan survey on customer satisfaction with automakers are a bit perplexing. On one hand, they show there's a wider gap between the Big 3 and their foreign rivals. On the other, these results fly in the face of numerous other studies that show the Big 3 edging closer to competitors when it comes to quality and reliability. Who's right? Both, actually.

  • Can Honda Beat the Prius? Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:32 AM ET
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    When a Honda executive said last week that his company plans to roll out a "Prius Fighter" hybrid next spring, it marked the latest proclamation from an automaker that it had a model to beat the king of the hybrids. And once again I'm curious if this challenge will truly be a challenge to Toyota.

  • Japan PM to Skip War Shrine on WWII Anniversary Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 11:06 PM ET

    Japan marked the anniversary of its surrender in World War Two on Friday, but Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was expected to avoid visiting a shrine for war dead seen by Asian neighbours as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism.

  • Honda's Clarity: Hydrogen's Hot New Ride Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:03 AM ET
    Honda FCX Clarity

    The Clarity is no science project that just puttters along. It has the power and feel of a standard gas-powered car. Granted, it's not a hot rod, but it's no wallflower either.

  • Japan's Economy Contracts, Adds to Recession Fears Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 9:17 PM ET
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    Japan's economy contracted 0.6% in the second quarter, reinforcing views that the world's No.2 economy has slipped into recession after its longest postwar expansion. 

  • Japan Wholesale Inflation Jumps to 7.1% Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
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    Japanese annual wholesale price inflation jumped to 7.1 percent in July, a 27-year high and well above expectations, adding to fears that high energy and commodity costs are squeezing firms and pushing the economy into recession.

  • Japan June Machinery Orders Falls Less Than Expected Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | 3:23 AM ET
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    Japan's core machinery orders fell much less than expected in June, suggesting that capital spending has not been hurt too badly so far by high raw material costs and a global slowdown that are pushing Japan towards a recession.

  • Neptune Orient Lines Warns of Tough Year Ahead Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 9:00 PM ET
    Airplane Takeoff

    Neptune Orient Lines, which made a bid for German rival Hapag-Lloyd, warned its business will be much more difficult in the second half of 2008, as it posted a 19 percent fall in profit due to tough conditions and higher costs.

  • Fuel Bills Push Japanese Airlines to Cut Routes Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 11:47 PM ET
    Passenger planes of All Nippon Airways sit at the tarmac in Tokyo.

    All Nippon Airways, Japan's second-largest airline, said on Wednesday it may cut services and its bigger rival Japan Airlines was reported to be following suit, due to soaring costs for aviation fuel.

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    Orix, Japan's largest leasing company, and consumer credit firm Credit Saison are in merger talks, financial sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, seeking a deal to form a $106 billion finance group.