Toyota

Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half

4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even more robust second half of 2014.... Read More »

 

BMW holds U.S. luxury segment lead over Mercedes, Lexus

5:24 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
BMW won the June luxury sales crown in the United States and widened its lead over Mercedes and Lexus during the first six months. Last month, BMW sold 30,201 vehicles, a 12 percent increase, helped by the 5-series sedan, which surged 77 percent to 7,940 deliveries. Mercedes rose 8.6 percent to 26,506, helped by a 25 percent gain to 6,500 for the E-class sedan.... Read More »

 

2-year leases take off at Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota is seeing a strong shift into two-year leases this year, a trend that promises quicker customer turnarounds and fuller used-car inventories down the road.... Read More »

 

Toyota seeks exemption from U.S. safety rule to sell fuel-cell car

5:49 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota asked the U.S. auto-safety regulator for a two-year exemption from a rule governing electric cars to clear the way for the company to sell its new fuel-cell vehicle.... Read More »

 

Next-gen Prius launch delayed 6 months

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. has delayed the start of production for the fourth-generation Prius from next spring until December 2015. Engineers are sweating the details of a new vehicle architecture and the company's next-generation hybrid system.... Read More »

 

Toyota's new Prius hybrid delayed 6 months

June 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has delayed the launch of its fourth-generation Prius hybrid from the second to the fourth quarter of 2015. A source said the carmaker was continuing to work on maximizing the car's fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Subsidy question looms over Toyota FCV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A sparse refueling network won't be the only hurdle facing Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. A generous dollop of government subsidies will also be necessary for the car.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Who really benefits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Lexus recently eased the limit on the number of its stores a single dealership group can own. Does limiting dealership concentration actually benefit an automaker's vehicle buyers?... Read More »

 

FACE 2 FACE

Ex-Toyota, Dana exec Gary Convis: 'I failed' ... at retiring

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Gary Convis called it a career when he turned 65 in 2007 as head of Toyota engineering and manufacturing in North America in Erlanger, Ky. A couple of failed retirements later, Convis is still at it. This time, he's part of the management team of Bloom Energy, where he is applying Toyota manufacturing ideas to the production of power-generation equipment.... Read More »

 

In Japan, no airbags are better than hazardous ones

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
The massive recall of airbags made by Japan's Takata presents a global fix-it fiasco. With millions of cars needing new airbag inflators, it will take months to remedy all the vehicles on the road. That has prompted some less-than-optimal workarounds.... Read More »

 

Honda trips in China with 'mistake' Accord

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Honda was so confident the new Accord would be a superstar in China last year that it released an exclusive 3-liter version with a flashy grille and a price tag to rival Audi's A4. The results weren't so stellar.... Read More »

 

Ford, Mercedes, Toyota tops in brand loyalty in 1st quarter, IHS says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The Ford brand had the auto industry's highest loyalty rate among new-vehicle buyers in the first quarter, followed by Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.... Read More »

 

Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders for airbag recall crisis

10:41 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada today apologized to shareholders about the company's growing liabilities for its role in industrywide airbag recalls, but said the company was still tallying the costs of the recall, according to those who attended the closed-door session.... Read More »

 

Ford bumps Toyota as world's greenest brand, survey shows

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ford displaced Toyota as the world's greenest brand in a new ranking of consumer perceptions of companies' environmental behavior.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota exec ready to 'help' Nissan in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says he's ready to “help” Nissan achieve its stated goal of becoming the top-selling Japanese automaker in the region.... Read More »

 

THE QUEEN OF LEAN

Ex-Toyota exec preaches production gospel to aspiring supplier

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Paula Lillard is now the bright hope for nth/works. She has come to help instill the Toyota Production System -- or TPS -- for a supplier that urgently wants it.... Read More »

 

Toyota ups its game on telematics in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Toyota will release a telematics system in Japan this summer that uses automated voice activation and allows open-source third-party apps to be downloaded to the infotainment system.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Toyota, Nissan green-car divide widens

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
While other automakers hedge their bets on alternative powertrains, Toyota and Nissan are placing risky wagers that each knows exactly which will dominate among next-generation green vehicles.... Read More »

 

Asian automakers still reluctant to embrace aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2014
As western carmakers such as Audi and Ford embrace aluminum to save weight and boost fuel economy, their Asian rivals remain reluctant to invest in the costly retooling required that would disrupt existing manufacturing processes and supplier relationships.... Read More »

 

Lexus lifts cap on how many stores a group can own

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Lexus dealers are cheering the brand's having expanded a cap that had limited retailers to owning no more than six Lexus stores.... Read More »

 

What's behind Hyundai-Kia quality win?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Hyundai-Kia's first-ever first-place showing in the 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is a significant milestone for a Korean manufacturer that once struggled with quality.... Read More »

 

Takata, echoing NHTSA suspicions, says moisture may be culprit in latest airbag recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Takata is investigating excessive moisture as a possible cause of defective airbag inflators that have led to 5.9 million recalls globally this year and last. Today's announcement by one of the world's biggest airbag suppliers echoes the suspicions of safety regulators in the United States. On June 11, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said high humidity in Florida and Puerto Rico may have played a role in six incidents of ruptured frontal airbags.... Read More »

 

Porsche tops key U.S. quality study for 2nd straight year

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche was No. 1 in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study in the United States for the second year in row, extending its lead over rivals. Jaguar was No. 2, rising up from ninth place in 2013. Lexus rounded out the top three.... Read More »

 

Toyota Avensis' future in doubt with no hybrid variant planned

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
The future of the Toyota Avensis is in doubt after the automaker's Europe boss said the mid-sized model would be excluded from the company's plan to offer hybrid versions of every model sold in the region by 2020.... Read More »

 

Hyundai-Kia tops J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study for 1st time

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
For the first time, Hyundai-Kia group topped rival automakers in JD Power's Initial Quality Study, while last year's leader, General Motors, fell to third.... Read More »

 

 
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