Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting with China's benchmark index outperforming the region following strong data.
Honda Motor reported a 4.1 percent fall in second-quarter profit, as it struggles with product recalls that could delay the development of new models.
Japan's Takata is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move - for now.
With gas prices down, analysts say it will be even more difficult to persuade buyers to opt for vehicles that plug in rather than tank up.
The problems for Takata grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States.
The NHTSA said on Monday that certain car owners should "act immediately" to replace defective Takata airbags, affecting 4.7 million vehicles.
Japan's economy is in the spotlight in Asia's business calendar this week as investors look to a suite of economic indicators for signs of recovery following a sales tax hike earlier this year.
Mounting anxiety over global growth and the spread of Ebola dragged Asian bourses lower on Thursday.
Panasonic and other Japanese manufacturers are hoping to turn their knack for robotics into commercial reality. The Financial Times reports.
Asian equities were mixed on Monday in holiday-thinned trade following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report last week.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled and thousands of people advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan on Monday.
Asian stocks dropped on Thursday following a weak U.S. lead and continued unrest in Hong Kong, while investors await the European Central Bank's policy meeting.
U.S. consumers bought more cars in September than in the previous year, but early sales results from leading automakers on Wednesday were mixed.
Thousands of tiny shops in India's biggest auto components market do brisk business selling car parts for about a third of the official price.
The big vehicles that were blasted during the recession as gas-guzzling behemoths are now the hottest in showrooms.
Amid a revival in sales of Japanese goods in China and talk of renewed investment, a dusty industrial park near Nanjing offers a cold reality check.
Fears that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner rather than later sent Asian indices spiraling on Wednesday.
Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Tuesday amid light volumes as markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Japan is pushing to secure at least 60 percent of its rare earth needs from outside China within four years.
One pro thinks Tesla is overvalued, but another thinks the stock will continue to move higher.