Lexus rewards RX loyalists while luring young buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

With the redesigned RX, Lexus aims to push down its average buyer age by attracting a new generation of customers, while also giving the many returning customers something new.... Read More »


BLOG: Is more dynamic Prius design worth the wait?

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its fourth-generation Prius hybrid, after pushing back the launch sixth months to tweak styling, among other things. Are the car’s more dynamic looks worth the extra wait?... Read More »

Toyota tells dealers that below-invoice ads are taboo

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Toyota told dealers assembled at a national dealer meeting that they would no longer be permitted to advertise vehicle prices below invoice. The company is implementing the prohibition beginning Jan. 1 and will begin enforcing the new ad covenants on April 1, Toyota confirmed Thursday.... Read More »

Tailfins, edge and dictionaries: What people are saying about Toyota's redesigned Prius

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's Prius, a household name that has come to define hybrid cars for nearly two decades, was reborn in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the introduction of a redesigned and re-engineered model for 2016. A roundup of what analysts, journalists and others are saying about the car.... Read More »

Toyota boosts mpg, interior space on retooled 2016 Prius

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota's redesigned Prius -- benefiting from smaller and lighter hybrid components, denser batteries that pack more energy and an improved gasoline engine -- will be 10 percent more fuel efficient while offering enhanced handling and more interior room.... Read More »

Toyota applies for patent that could lead to flying car

6:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota filed for a patent on a feature that could lead to flying cars. Application 20150246720, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Sept. 3, covers a “stackable wing for an aerocar.”... Read More »

Lexus sheds safe playbook with RX redesign

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

The RX crossover may be the best-selling thing Lexus builds, but when it came time to redesign the all-new fourth-generation model, Toyota's luxury arm had no intention of playing it safe.... Read More »

GM, Ford, Nissan see China sales drop in August

10:12 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

GM posted its biggest drop in China sales in five months for August as global automakers struggle with a deepening economic slowdown and slumping equities in the world's largest auto market. Ford and Nissan also reported lower sales, highlighting the divide between winners and losers in China.... Read More »

Land Cruiser gets new styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Toyota's Land Cruiser is getting significant improvements for the first time since 2008. The 2016 version of the large SUV gets new styling from the A-pillar forward, a new, standard eight-speed automatic transmission and new rear styling with updated taillights.... Read More »

Lexus to offer direct line to dealer service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2015

All 2016 Lexus vehicles will have a new subscription-based telematics system called Enform Service Connect, which will allow dealers to look up error codes in a customer's vehicle remotely.... Read More »

Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars.... Read More »


Sales edge down but SAAR soars to 17.81 million

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales slipped 0.7 percent, far better than projections of a 3.3 percent dip, to 1.505 million in August as consumers shrugged off volatile stock prices and continued to splurge. The annualized pace of sales soared to 17.81 million, the highest rate since July 2005 and the strongest month of the 6-year recovery.... Read More »

Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. Hyundai reported selling 72,012 vehicles for the month, a 2.9 percent increase, as Kia claimed 58,897 units sold, up 7.7 percent.... Read More »

Lexus grabs second straight monthly U.S. sales win, narrows gap with BMW

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Lexus sold the most luxury vehicles in the U.S. in August, riding a wave of demand for its new crossover to a second straight monthly win and narrowing the gap with BMW. Sales rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier to 33,487, including 4,448 of the new $34,480 NX SUV.... Read More »

Toyota, Honda suffer from weak car deliveries

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The declines in small and midsize car sales finally caught up to both Toyota and Honda in August. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. reported its August sales fell 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 224,381 vehicles, while American Honda Motor Co.'s sales dropped 6.9 percent to 155,491. Both companies suffered big declines in cars that negated increases in some light trucks.... Read More »

Toyota's venerable Land Cruiser sports modern, safety updates for 2016

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

The oldest nameplate in the Toyota lineup, the Land Cruiser, is receiving significant upgrades for the 2016 model year. It’s the first time since 2008 that major changes have been made to the low-volume, full-size, off-road vehicle.... Read More »

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin.... Read More »


Inside 3 Japanese engine plants in the U.S.

11:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

As part of Automotive News' “Plant Life” series, we took an in-depth look at how Infiniti, Honda and Toyota are preparing their southern engine plants for the future.... Read More »

Lexus rises to No. 1 in customer satisfaction study

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Lexus overtook Mercedes-Benz to come out on top in a recent U.S. customer satisfaction study while recalls and rising prices across the industry are driving down average new-vehicle customer satisfaction scores.... Read More »

Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles.... Read More »

Prius' dramatic redesign comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

New spy shots reveal a dramatic front and rear design of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.... Read More »

Toyota will ban ads below invoice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota is preparing to ban dealerships from advertising vehicles at below-invoice prices, in line with a similar policy at Honda. Toyota-brand dealers are giving the plan mixed reviews.... Read More »

Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions.... Read More »

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