Yuri Kageyama

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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Japan’s Toyota, Isuzu, Hino Join in Truck Technology Tie Up

Isuzu An Isuzu truck at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Toyota, Isuzu and Hino are setting up a partnership in commercial vehicles to work together in electric, hydrogen, connected and autonomous driving technologies, the three Japanese automakers said March 24.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
March 24, 2021
Government, Business

Japan Charges Two Americans With Helping Ghosn Escape

Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek Security camera video shows Michael L. Taylor, center, and George-Antoine Zayek at passport control at Istanbul Airport in Turkey. Taylor and his son Peter are charged in connection to the escape of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn. (DHA via AP)

TOKYO — Japanese prosecutors charged two Americans, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, March 22 in the escape of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn to Lebanon, while he was out on bail.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
March 22, 2021
Government, Business

New Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida Reaffirms Alliance, Promises Revival

Makoto Uchida Nissan CEO and President Makoto Uchida by Kyodo News via Associated Press

TOKYO — Nissan’s new chief executive Makoto Uchida reaffirmed Dec. 2 the importance of the Japanese automaker’s alliance with France’s Renault, as it strives to puts its financial scandals behind it.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
December 2, 2019
Business

Scandal-Hit Nissan’s Profits Crash Amid Lower Global Sales

Nissan gallery Tokyo Eugene Hoshiko/AP

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Nissan reported Nov. 12 that its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the year before as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
November 12, 2019
Business, Technology

Toyota Q2 Profit Up 1% on Healthy Global Sales

Close-up of Toyota logo Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp.’s net profit edged 1% higher in the July-September quarter as vehicle sales grew around the world, Japan’s top automaker reported Nov. 7.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
November 7, 2019
Government, Business

Nissan Ex-Chairman Ghosn’s Lawyers Want Charges Dismissed

Carlos Ghosn Carlos Ghosn by Michel Euler/AP

TOKYO — The lawyers of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is awaiting trial in Japan, said Oct. 24 they have requested that financial misconduct charges against him be dismissed.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
October 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

At Tokyo Auto Show, Visions for Cars of the Future, but no Ghosn

Akio Toyoda Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — The Tokyo Motor Show opens this week with plenty of futuristic technologies but absent one of the auto industry’s hugest influencers: Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
October 23, 2019
Business

Nissan Appoints Head of China Business to Be New CEO

Makoto Uchida, Nissan CEO and president New Nissan CEO and President Makoto Uchida by Kyodo News via Associated Press

TOKYO — Nissan has tapped the head of its China business, Makoto Uchida, as its new president and CEO to help lead a recovery from the leadership crisis and sinking profitability that followed the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn last year.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
October 8, 2019