Toyota

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg.... Read More »

 

GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate

7:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs.... Read More »

 

Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. Buick came in at No. 2, rising three spots from last year.... Read More »

 

Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million.... Read More »

 

Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls.... Read More »

 

Mazda, DeLorean leader Dick Brown dies at 81

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Dick Brown, who led Mazda Motor of America at its inception and helped form DeLorean Motor, died last month in La Quinta, Calif. He was 81.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere.... Read More »

 

2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Lexus concept could become Mini rival, reports say

Feb. 18, 2015 15:30 CET
Lexus will unveil the LF-SA concept at the Geneva auto show. The car could preview a future rival to the Mini, Audi A1 or Smart ForFour, reports said.... Read More »

 

Dick Gillmore, who helped launch Isuzu in the U.S., dies at 71

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Dick Gillmore, who played an integral part in launching Isuzu Motors' American auto brand, died Feb. 4 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 71.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Have no fear, Hyundai cracks the fuel-cell code

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
The hydrogen fuel cell debate is no longer a chicken-and-egg conundrum. The fuel cell vehicle has arrived first. It works.... Read More »

 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Toyota revises Avalon's ride and styling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
An updated version of the Avalon, Toyota's biggest sedan, arrives this fall with revised styling and a recalibrated suspension system.... Read More »

 

The numbers tell the story: Toyota's back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Some questioned whether Toyota could re-create its glory days after the one-two punch of unintended acceleration and earthquake/tsunami in the early part of this decade. Of course, it has.... Read More »

 

Honda cuts production, Toyota airlifts parts amid West Coast port labor strife

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Honda and Toyota plan to cut back production or adjust overtime at several North American plants because of labor disputes that have snarled shipments at 29 ports on the West Coast. Honda, starting Monday, will reduce production at plants in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario.... Read More »

 

Toyota Avalon gets light freshening, suspension tuning for 2016

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Toyota is giving its biggest car, the Avalon sedan, a light freshening for the 2016 model year. The biggest changes are to the car's four-wheel independent suspension system, which will be available in two settings.... Read More »

 

Vancouver couple leases first fuel cell Hyundai Tucson in Canada

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
At the Toronto auto show Thursday, Hyundai introduced its new Tucson fuel cell vehicle -- and the car's first Canadian buyers. Hyundai bills the crossover as the first fuel cell vehicle available for lease by average consumers in Canada. But there are a number of caveats.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen.... Read More »

 

Honda CEO Ito resists moves for his ouster, report says

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

A positive outlook for e-contracting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
When it comes to e-contracting, maybe the glass is finally more half full than half empty.
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Honda shines in Best Cars for the Money awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda claimed nearly a third of US News & World Report's 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards, leading a pack of mostly import winners.... Read More »

 

Lexus puts a successor to LFA halo car on hold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Lexus won't venture into the supercar stratosphere with an LFA successor anytime soon, a top executive says.... Read More »

 

Trucks power Toyota's record N.A. profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp. rode truck sales to a record North American quarterly operating profit, putting the carmaker on track for record full-year global earnings. North America was the sole bright spot in the October-December fiscal third quarter, with sales increases there offsetting declines in every other major market.... Read More »

 

Toyota to pay $200 million to help China dealers, group says

10:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Toyota has agreed to pay 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) to distributors for one of its Chinese joint ventures, according to the state-backed auto dealers group.... Read More »

 

10 automakers eye engineering firm, ex-regulator for Takata airbag probe

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers led by Toyota plans to hire an independent engineering firm and a former top U.S. auto safety regulator to investigate a rash of problems with airbags supplied by Takata, the group said. David Kelly, a former acting administrator of NHTSA, is the lead candidate to coordinate the probe, said people familiar with the effort.... Read More »

 

Toyota's quarterly operating profit rises 27% on U.S. sales gains

3:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
Booming North America powered Toyota to a 27 percent operating profit increase in the October-December quarter even as sales shrank in every other major market. The region was Toyota's only bright spot as the company cut its sales outlooks for Japan, Europe and Asia.... Read More »

 

Toyota ordered to pay $11 million in trial over fatal crash

9:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
A jury on Tuesday ordered Toyota to pay nearly $11 million after finding that an accelerator defect in a 1996 Camry was at fault for a 2006 fatal car crash in Minnesota.... Read More »

 

 
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