Yuri Kageyama

Business, Equipment

Toyota’s Quarterly Profit Down on COVID Parts Crunch

Toyota sign A Toyota dealership in Lakewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

TOKYO — Toyota’s profit declined 31% in the January-March quarter from the year before, but the Japanese automaker still wrapped up a year of record earnings.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
May 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

US Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

Zipline A drone flies to make a delivery at a Zipline hub in Vobsi, Ghana. (Zipline via Associated Press)

TOKYO — Zipline, an American company that specializes in using autonomously flying drones to deliver medical supplies, has taken off in Japan.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
April 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Honda, Sony Join Forces on New Electric Vehicle

Kenichiro Yoshida and Toshihiro Mibe Sony Group CEO Kenichiro Yoshida (left) and Honda Motor CEO Toshihiro Mibe shake hands at a press conference in Tokyo on March 4, 2022. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)

Sony Group Corp. and Honda Motor Co. agreed to establish a joint venture this year to start selling an electric vehicle by 2025, both sides said March 4.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
March 4, 2022
Business, Technology

Toyota’s Auto Sales Sag on Chips Crunch

Toyota logo Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press

TOKYO — Toyota’s profit slipped nearly 6% last quarter, the Japanese automaker said Feb. 9, highlighting the headwinds automakers are facing in a computer chips crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
February 9, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Toshiba to Split, Sell Stake in Carrier

Toshiba sign Shuji Kajiyama/AP

TOKYO — Embattled Japanese technology giant Toshiba plans to split into two companies, and intends to sell its joint venture stake in Toshiba Carrier Corp. to U.S.-based Carrier Group, for about 100 billion yen ($877 million).

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
February 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

Renault, Nissan to Invest $26 Billion in Future EVs

Renault, Nissan to Invest $26 Billion in Future EVs The global headquarters of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in Yokohama near Tokyo. (Koji Sasahara/Associated Press)

The French-Japanese auto alliance of Renault and Nissan plans to invest $26 billion in electric vehicle technology over the next five years, the companies said Jan. 27.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
January 27, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

Toyota to Offer 30 New EVs by 2030

Akio Toyoda Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda gestures during a press conference regarding battery EV strategies on Dec. 14 in Tokyo. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota is beefing up its electric vehicle lineup, offering 30 new fully electric models by 2030, company president Akio Toyoda said Dec. 14.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
December 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Nissan Invests in Electric Vehicles, Battery Development

Ashwani Gupta and Makoto Uchida Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta (left) and CEO Makoto Uchida with a Nissan Chill-Out concept car. (Nissan Motor Co. via AP)

TOKYO — Nissan said Nov. 29 it is investing 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) over the next five years and developing a cheaper, more powerful battery to boost its electric vehicle lineup.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
November 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Smart Robots Do All the Work at Nissan’s ‘Intelligent’ Plant

Nissan robotic plant Robotic arms put in the electric vehicle powertrain into the Ariya model in the assembly line at Nissan's Tochigi plant. (Yuri Kageyama/AP)

KAMINO KAWA, Japan — Nissan’s “intelligent factory” hardly has any human workers. The robots do the work, including welding and mounting. They do the paint jobs and inspect their own paint jobs.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Toyota Banks on Mobility Technology for Future Growth

Renovo Renovo/Woven Planet via Associated Press

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota is revving up acquisitions in mobility technology, adding Renovo Motors Inc., a Silicon Valley software developer, to its Woven Planet team, which is working on automated driving.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
September 28, 2021