Murata Develops High-Heat Electrical Capacitor

Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co. has developed a new and more compact ceramic capacitor that can withstand higher temperatures, allowing more flexibility in placing electronic control units under the hood.
#tech #asia #Yokohama


Mazda Unveils Lightweight Miata Concepts

Mazda Motor Corp. took the wraps off two new MX-5 Miata-based design concept models—the Speedster and Spyder—at this week’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
#Brembo #Carbon #Yokohama

Yokohama Spoiling for Aero Tires

Japan’s Yokohama Rubber Co. says its new prototype tire can help improve aerodynamic efficiency.
#Yokohama #tech #asia

Autonomous Vehicles

Marvell Readies Gigabit Ethernet for Autonomous Cars

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Marvell Semiconductor Inc. is launching what it claims is the first automotive Gigabit Ethernet transceiver.
#Yokohama #tech

Looking East

The best-selling passenger car in China is the Volkswagen Lavida.
#Geely #Opel #Wuling


The 12 Habits of Highly Effective . . .

We are not all executives. But we are, in our own way, leaders.
#Fiat #Infiniti #Ford


Yokohama Rubber Expands in China

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. plans to open another Chinese passenger-tire plant in April with annual capacity expected to reach 6 million units by the end of 2017.
#facilities #Yokohama #asia


Honda Sells Electronics Division

Honda Motor Co. and Japan's Nidec Corp. will form a partnership to make computerized control safety equipment and other automobile components.
#asia #Yokohama #Honda


Lexus and Infiniti and Beyond

Back in 1989, Lexus and Infiniti appeared on the scene.
#Infiniti #oem #MercedesBenz

Developer Claims Breakthrough in Hydrogen Storage

A Japanese research company says the liquid it is developing can store hydrogen at room temperature at 500 times the concentration of gaseous hydrogen, The Nikkei reports.
#asia #tech #Yokohama

Nissan Expands Role of Nismo Performance Unit

Nissan Motor Co. says it will step up its racing activities this year and begin rolling out new high-performance variants of its road cars, all under the banner of its Nismo motorsport unit.
#tech #asia #Yokohama

Nissan to Name Global Infiniti Chief

Nissan Motor Co. is close to appointing an executive to head the worldwide operations of its Infiniti luxury brand, says CEO Carlos Ghosn.
#asia #Infiniti #Dongfeng

Green Guide: Hydrogen Fuel Production

Accelerating hydrogen fuel production; Rocky Mountain Institute's think-and-do tank; Creating renewable rubber; Using agave and coconut to make biofibers.
#sustainability #Yokohama #Michelin


This Is Shinari

The concept car is an expression of the new Mazda design language, KODO.
#Audi #Yokohama #engineer

Materials & Lightweighting

A Little Orange Makes Black Yokohama Tires More Green

According to the folks at Yokahama Tire’s racing division, normal racing tires contain little or no natural materials.
#Yokohama #Porsche

What Would Anita Bryant Drive?

We promise that there won’t be another tire shot here for a while, but this one—again from Yokahama (you’d think we’d have something to say about the other guys, but not yet)—is notable inasmuch as (1) Porsche GT3 cars using said tires took fisrt and second place at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill on December 4-5 (the Mercer Motorsports team and the Ehret Winery team, respectively) and (2) the cars were fitted with ADVAN ENV-R1 tires that are infused with orange oil.
#Yokohama #Porsche


Not Just “A Tire”

While this might look like, well, a tire, according to Dan King, vice president Yokahama Tire sales and marketing, “It’s quite possibly the most complete tire ever created.” Given the number of tires that have ever been created, that’s quite a claim.