Toyota Motor Corp.’s plan to source cars from Mazda Motor Corp.’s Mexican plant starting in 2015 highlights global automakers’ growing reliance on the Latin American nation for quality production as well as lower costs.
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to resume production of the Prius and two other hybrid models in Japan as the nation’s automakers work to restart operations after an earthquake and tsunami idled plants for two weeks.
Toyota Motor Corp.’s plan to promote its North American manufacturing chief to lead all operations in the region is part of a push by Japan’s largest carmaker to tighten coordination in the company’s biggest market.
Honda Motor Co.’s choice to build what it calls a racing-oriented “supercar” in Ohio highlights confidence in its U.S. engineers and plants. It also shows the difficulty of producing autos in Japan as the yen rises.