Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor says net profit plunged by more than half during the April to June quarter amid problems with output and sagging demand in India.
Suzuki reported that net profit tumbled 52.8 percent to 40.5 billion yen during the period compared to a year ago. Sales fell 8.1 percent to 907.5 billion yen.
Sony recently reported its results for the quarter ending 30 June 2019. For those hoping that the launch of the Xperia 1 would help lift sales, then you'd be disappointed to here that volumes fell by 55 percent year-on-year to just 0.9 million phones – Sony managed 2.0 million phones the year before. Sony's struggles are still very much real, although the launch of the Xperia 1 only happened at the end of May, so we may see a bounce in the subsequent quarter.
A fire at an animation studio in the city of Kyoto, western Japan, has reportedly injured more than 30 people. Police say that about 10 of them are unconscious.
Neighbors reported the fire at Kyoto Animation's studio at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. They say they heard what sounded like an explosion, after which they saw smoke.
The Japan Coast Guard says more than 300 North Korean fishing boats have been spotted in Japan's exclusive economic zone off the Noto Peninsula since late May.
In recent years, North Korean squid-fishing boats have illegally operated from early summer to winter in a fishing ground known as Yamatotai off the peninsula on the Sea of Japan.
Two magazines put two 2020 Toyota Supras on two dynos in two parts of the country on two different days. Both magazines came to the same result: Toyota underrated the power figures of the particular Supras being tested. In May, Car and Driver strapped a Supra to an all-wheel drive Dynojet dynamometer in Livernois, Michigan. CD's figures came to 339 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. After that, Motor Trend strapped a Supra to a Mustang eddy-current chassis dynamometer in Torrance, California. MT's weather-corrected numbers came to 332 hp and 387 lb-ft.
Toyota's official numbers for the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder sourced from BMW are 335 hp and 365 lb-ft, measured at the crank. Using the hoary conventional wisdom of driveline and hydraulic losses causing 15 percent of power to evaporate before reaching the wheels, we'd expect the Supra's power at the contact patch to be around 285 hp and 310 lb-ft. Even updating that parasitic loss figure to 10 percent for a modern drivetrain, we're still at around 300 hp and 328 lb-ft.