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Sizing up the beauty queens, class clowns of Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Staff Reporter Ryan Beene was on the floor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, judging the cafeteria cachet of the most talked-about vehicles.... Read More »

 

Scion's plan: Less quirky, more pragmatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After struggling for years, Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand aims to get back on a fast growth track by adding products that are more pragmatic and by gearing its advertising to a slightly older crowd.... Read More »

 

It's official: Scion kills FR-S convertible idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Despite a series of tantalizing concepts, Scion has officially killed the idea of an FR-S convertible. Scion executives spearheaded a feasibility study of the idea but terminated it in June, said Doug Murtha, the brand's vice president.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Lexus dealers ready for more youthful lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Lexus dealers hope to cash in on the brand's aggressive bid to broaden its appeal to a younger customer base, starting with the NX compact cross-over and RC sports coupe that arrived in showrooms late last year.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Toyota dealers want more pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Toyota dealers can look forward to production increases for the Tacoma compact pickup, which they see as key to reaffirming Toyota's dominance of the segment and capitalizing on booming truck sales.... Read More »

 

Toyota Super Bowl ads honor dads; Mercedes taps Jerry Rice

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Toyota kicked off its Super Bowl XLIX ad offensive today with an online video featuring good dads of the NFL, such as retired quarterback Kurt Warner and former all-pro linebacker LaVar Arrington.... Read More »

 

Toyota to drop Scion iQ as smallest car fails to win U.S. buyers

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Toyota plans to drop its smallest model, the Scion iQ, after the car’s size, price and fuel economy failed to attract US consumers.... Read More »

 

BMW to pitch i3 electric in Super Bowl

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
BMW and Lexus will return to the Super Bowl after sitting on the bench for several years. BMW said today that it will pitch the i3 electric in a 60-second spot during the game’s first quarter. Meanwhile, Lexus will run its second Super Bowl commercial ever.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

How will the newest metal in Detroit hold up in the used market?

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
When analysts who examine used vehicles and establish prices for them look at an all-new or redesigned car or pickup, they study exterior styling, engine specs and technical innovations. The also weigh factors such as price, incentives, competitors and deliveries to rental fleets.... Read More »

 

Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles.... Read More »

 

Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said.... Read More »

 

Toyota welcomes Buffett to car business with Hollywood burgers

7:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When billionaire investor Warren Buffett became the newest entrant in the auto-dealership business last year, Toyota rolled out the red carpet. The world’s largest carmaker welcomed Buffett within weeks after his Berkshire Hathaway agreed to acquire Van Tuyl Group, the largest privately held US auto dealer group.... Read More »

 

Toyota Tacoma takes on more off-road swagger, luxury

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Toyota is giving its Tacoma more off-road swagger and nodding to young buyers in a bid to keep the compact pickup atop a segment that just got a lot more competitive.... Read More »

 

Lexus to unleash GS F sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
An F performance version of the GS sedan that Lexus was to introduce this week at the Detroit auto show is intended to help solidify the F lineup as a niche performance brand.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Exchange rate windfalls a mixed bag for Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
After trading at record highs for several years, the Japanese yen has tanked against the dollar and many other foreign currencies. The shift is generating huge windfalls for Japan's Big 3 automakers: Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. But the jackpot won't benefit the rivals equally.... Read More »

 

Luxury champ BMW spent big on spiffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
In a year in which BMW reclaimed the U.S. luxury sales title from Mercedes-Benz, BMW hiked incentives and outspent its top rival by more than $670 per vehicle.... Read More »

 

Vandalized Toyotas stall car-sharing program in France

Jan. 11, 2015 06:01 CET
Toyota's electric car-sharing experiment in Grenoble, France, hit problems after several of the carmaker's i-Road vehicles were vandalized. The difficult start illustrates some of the challenges automakers face as they enter the electric-car market, where local support for infrastructure is key.... Read More »

 

Honda misses China sales goal as Japan carmakers lose traction

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Honda missed its 2014 sales target in China amid a cooling economy and greater competition, the last of Japan's three biggest carmakers to report fewer than expected deliveries in the country.... Read More »

 

Toyota's Scion to add first sedan to struggling lineup

9:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Toyota's struggling Scion brand will add a sedan to its lineup for the first time as it battles slumping sales in the United States. The sedan will be introduced in April at the New York auto show along with the all-new Scion iM five-door hatchback, the brand said in a statement today.... Read More »

 

Former Toyoda Gosei executive agrees to U.S. prison time, fine for price-fixing role

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
A former executive with Japan-based supplier Toyoda Gosei has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge and serve just over a year in prison for his role in fixing the price of automotive hoses sold to Toyota.... Read More »

 

2015 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Lexus to unleash GS F sedan in Detroit

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
An F performance version of the Lexus GS sedan will make its world debut at the Detroit auto show, becoming the third mass-produced vehicle to receive Lexus’ high-performance makeover, after the IS F sedan and RC F coupe.... Read More »

 

BMW reclaims U.S. luxury title from Mercedes

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
BMW boosted December sales 11 percent to hold off Mercedes-Benz and recapture the US luxury-auto sales crown for 2014, as premium brands benefited from a surging stock market, low interest rates and attractive leasing offers.... Read More »

 

Lexus' record month helps Toyota to 13% gain

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales rose 13 percent to 215,057 units last month, as the automaker's light trucks set a December record, the Lexus division posted its best month ever and demand for the Corolla compact surged 34 percent.... Read More »

 

Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors.... Read More »

 

SCION

Ah, fickle youth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Scion plans to replace three of its five models with new products over the next three years, starting with a production version of the five-door iM concept it showed in Los Angeles.... Read More »

 

 
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