Toyota

Toyota lagging on technology? No, just quiet.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

The pioneer of the Prius and lean manufacturing wants the world to know it's not falling behind on electrification -- or autonomous technology, for that matter.... Read More »

Tokyo's big sights, oversights and eyesores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2017

It's not every year that our man David Undercoffler gets to attend the Tokyo Motor Show. That'd be weird since it's a biennial show. Here's what caught his eye.... Read More »

Toyota denies 'political game' with Mexico plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2017

Toyota is pushing back on any suggestion that its decision to cut investment and capacity at a plant under construction in Mexico has anything to do with U.S. political pressure.... Read More »

GM leads in minority dealer gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2017

In terms of adding minority dealers, GM paced the U.S. industry last year with 17 net additions. It wants to top that this year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Didier Leroy showed the new face of a much more adventurous Toyota at the Tokyo auto show this week.... Read More »

Toyota keeps 'game-changing' EV battery tech in-house

Oct. 26, 2017 09:36 CET

Toyota will keep in-house what it calls its "game-changing" solid state battery technology, despite working with Mazda and Denso on a new architecture for electric cars.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with comments on chasing volume to be the global No. 1 and on Tesla's business model... Read More »

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Lexus concept showcases self-driving chops

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2017

Lexus' newest concept car, based on the re-engineered LS sedan, will be used to showcase its self-driving technologies and design direction.... Read More »

Toyota says Brexit 'fog' must clear to safeguard UK plant

Oct. 25, 2017 14:29 CET

Toyota will have to think about the future of its UK plant if Britain loses tariff-free access to the EU's single market, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said.... Read More »

Toyota trims planned investment in new Mexico plant to $700 million

7:56 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Toyota has trimmed investment plans for a pickup factory in Mexico after the Japanese automaker decided to also build a new U.S. auto plant with partner Mazda.... Read More »

Lexus will end partnership with Weinstein Co.

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Lexus is ending its partnership with film and TV production firm The Weinstein Co. after allegations that co-founder Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women.... Read More »

Auto industry to Trump: 'We're winning with NAFTA'

7:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition Tuesday to urge President Donald Trump not to withdraw from NAFTA.... Read More »

Spy photos suggest Prius v goes crossover

10:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

The first spy photos of what appears to be an updated Prius v wagon suggest it will get the crossover treatment when it goes on sale.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Japan's automakers look beyond scandals to future

Oct. 24, 2017 09:29 CET

Japan's automakers will present their futuristic visions for electric and autonomous vehicles at the Tokyo auto show this week as the industry continues to reel from scandals that have hit automakers including Nissan and suppliers such as Kobe Steel and Takata.... Read More »

Once a tech leader, Japan's auto industry plays catch-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Mazda's coming technology blitz epitomizes the rush by Japanese carmakers to keep pace in an era of rapid change.... Read More »

Hyundai hires Toyota veteran Brian Smith as COO

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Hyundai Motor America on Monday named longtime Toyota and Lexus executive Brian Smith as its COO. Smith will report to Hyundai Motor America's new CEO, Kenny Lee. They will have a lot on their plate.... Read More »

Toyota resumes Japan production after typhoon

7:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2017

Toyota said it was operating second shifts as normal at its Japanese plants, after suspending first shifts as a typhoon precaution. Four people were reported killed in the wake of Typhoon Lan.... Read More »

END OF THE LINE DOWN UNDER

Death of Australian car output leaves chasm

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

GM closed its Holden factory in Australia on Friday, ending more than a century of car manufacturing in the country. Hundreds of workers will be left jobless, just weeks after Toyota shut a plant in neighboring Victoria state, where Ford closed two sites last year.... Read More »

Toyota dominates CR reliability survey again; lots of shifts seen among other brands

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Toyota and Lexus rank as the top two brands for reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. The rankings of the remaining 25 brands reflect a game of musical chairs, however.... Read More »

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda say hoods containing Kobe aluminum are safe

Oct. 19, 2017 09:16 CET

Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda said hoods and other parts with aluminum supplied by Kobe Steel are safe, allaying some concerns that Kobe's falsified quality data had compromised safety.... Read More »

Illinois scratched from Toyota-Mazda factory sweepstakes

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

A lack of shovel-ready sites in Illinois and the state's failure to adopt a right-to-work law have helped to sideline the state's bid to land a $1.3 billion assembly plant planned by Toyota and Mazda, a top economic development official says.... Read More »

Toyota recalls 310,000 Sienna minivans to fix shift lever problem

3:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2017

Toyota is recalling 310,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. to fix potential problems with shift levers that could cause the vehicle to roll away.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Toyota to unveil fuel cell family cruiser and city bus

Oct. 18, 2017 11:17 CET

Toyota is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride fuel concept that will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show.... Read More »

Lexus re-evaluating partnership with Weinstein Co.

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2017

Toyota's Lexus brand is evaluating its partnership with film and TV production firm The Weinstein Company after allegations that co-founder Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women for decades.... Read More »

TOKYO AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Toyota expands mobility, AI reach with 2 concepts

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2017

Toyota plans to broaden its vision of future mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show with two tiny electric runabouts that predict the driver's emotions and guide them away from danger.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
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