Toyota Hilux Upgrades And Improvements Coming: Local Arm ‘not Resting On Laurels’

Toyota HiLux upgrades and improvements coming: local arm ‘not resting on laurels’

Despite the Toyota HiLux dominating local sales figures for the last sixth months consecutively – and taking out top honours in 2016 – the Japanese car maker’s local division says it’s taking the market and the segment seriously, with more upgrades and improvements to the hard-working model well and truly in the pipeline.

"We're certainly not going to rest on our laurels," Toyota Australia product public relations manager Stephen Coughlan told CarAdvice.

Mazda's Australian Success Due To Consistency, Local Boss Says

Mazda's Australian success due to consistency, local boss says

Mazda Australia believes a core focus on private buyers and consistency in the Australian market are the key ingredients for its success down under, with the Australian market remaining the fourth largest for the Japanese brand globally.

Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mazda technology forum in Frankfurt this week, the recently appointed boss of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said there is no simple answer to why Mazda does so well locally, but it’s a mixture of multiple factors.

After More Than Half A Century, Local Nikko Line Has Steam Train

After more than half a century, local Nikko line has steam train

NIKKO, Tochigi Prefecture--The age of steam power returned to Nikko on Aug. 10, adding yet another charming aspect to this celebrated World Heritage sightseeing spot.

After a more than 50-year absence, a C11-207 locomotive, named Taiju, made the 12.4-kilometer run between Shimoimaichi Station and Kinugawa Onsen Station on Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in 35 minutes.

Lexus Considering Local Manufacturing In India?

Lexus Considering Local Manufacturing in India?

Business World India reports that Lexus is exploring the possibility of producing vehicles in India for the local market:

Luxury carmaker Lexus is believed to be exploring feasibility to assemble some of its product lines at its parent company Toyota's existing production facilities at Bengaluru…Even though Lexus has not officially confirmed it, it is widely believed that LX, RX and ES are some of the models that will be assembled here thus enjoying the favourable duty structure for locally made products.

Update: Baseball: Sugano Mows Down Swallows As Local Heroes Battle In Kumamoto

UPDATE: Baseball: Sugano mows down Swallows as local heroes battle in Kumamoto

A little more than a year after earthquakes rocked Kumamoto, Tomoyuki Sugano had local fans rocking as he pitched the Yomiuri Giants to a 3-0 Central League win over the Yakult Swallows on Tuesday.

Submarine right-hander Hirofumi Yamanaka (0-1), a native of Kumamoto Prefecture, survived one jam after another, allowing just two runs in seven innings despite surrendering nine hits. But with Sugano in imperial form, his quality start was not enough.

Nissan Pulsar Sedan Dropped From Australian Line Up, For Now

Nissan Pulsar sedan dropped from local line up, for nowThe Nissan Pulsar sedan has been quietly dropped from the company’s local line-up, at least for the time being.
Citing a production transition, Nissan’s local arm says the Pulsar sedan will see a break in production for our market – though it will continue to sell current stock during this period.

Local Govs Look To Compact Concept

Local govs look to compact conceptThe Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry’s latest report on domestic migration highlighted continuing population inflow to urban areas and protracted population decline in nonurban areas. Striving to ensure their own survival, an increasing number of nonurban municipalities are envisaging compact city layouts — a vision to concentrate basic living facilities in the city center.

2 Local Salmon Dishes Passed Down In Niigata Prefecture

2 local salmon dishes passed down in Niigata PrefectureLocated on the Sea of Japan coast, Niigata Prefecture is often associated with salmon.
This week, the DAIDOCO team, which comprises three people in the food business who are trying to maintain the tradition of local dishes, focus on dishes using salmon that have been passed down in the prefecture.

Local Karate Team Looking To Head To Train For 2020 Olympics

Local karate team looking to head to train for 2020 OlympicsEight young members from Carolina Family Karate in Columbia will have a chance of a lifetime as they head to Lake Placid, New York.
The eight youth will head to the Olympic Training Center to train with America’s first WKF Traditional World Karate Champion Tokey Hill February 16-20.

Legendary Karate Fighter, Film Star Willie Williams Conducts Local Seminar'

Legendary karate fighter, film star Willie Williams conducts local seminar'Kyokushin Karate World Champion Fighter and film star Willie Williams recently did a special “Kyokushin Karate Training Seminar” at The Jenkins Center in Murfreesboro.
Williams was invited to conduct this seminar by local Kyokushin Karate instructor Kenny Buffaloe. Williams and Buffaloe trained together under world renowned Karate master Shihan Shigeru Oyama of Japan, who recently passed. This made this training seminar even more special and Williams and Buffaloe dedicated it to the memory of their famous teacher.

Plan To Decommission Troubled Monju Reactor Meets Local Criticism

Plan to decommission troubled Monju reactor meets local criticismThe central government's plan to decommission the Monju fast-breeder reactor came under heavy criticism Monday from the governor of the prefecture where the trouble-prone nuclear facility is based.
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa said the move to decommission the reactor is "totally unacceptable" after being told of the plan in a meeting with the central government on Monday.