Big names like Toyota and Nissan are showcasing the electric runabouts of the future at the Tokio Motor Show. They're small and ultra-efficient. Toyota's concept doesn't even include a steering wheel.
As governments around the world begin to get even tougher on traditional combustion engines, Japan's car manufacturers are well positioned to put their world-leading technologies to the test. Julian Ryall reports.
The world's second largest carmaker reported its first drop in annual net profit in five years, warning that the decline could be followed by another profit slump this year due to higher costs and a further rising yen.
With more international car manufacturers prioritizing rival events in Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing, the Tokyo event is rapidly becoming a domestic-focused, second-tier show. Julian Ryall reports.
With sales up in September, Ford's new CEO Jim Hackett has revealed a plan to increase investment in electric and larger vehicles. At the same time he is implementing a massive cost-cutting program.
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