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Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

Chinese automakers are taking over the hottest SUV market

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's automakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried-and-tested strategy: offering them cheap.... Read More »

Toyota engineer doubts electric cars will spread even with rapid chargers

6:50 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Battery-powered electric vehicles don't have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top Toyota engineer said today.... Read More »

Toyota investments in Mexico, China to usher in new cost-efficiency strategy

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Opening its purse after a three-year expansion freeze, Toyota announced plans today to spend nearly $1.5 billion on a new factory in Mexico and a new line in China to support sales growth in key markets and underpin a global overhaul in the way it builds vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota to announce details on Mexico factory; Corolla production will move from Canada to new plant, report says

6:19 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Toyota will move production of its Corolla compact cars to a new factory in Mexico from Canada to benefit from lower costs, a report said.... Read More »

Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months. The site examined star ratings earned by franchised dealerships of all brands in the 12 months ending March 31, 2015, to come up with the Consumer Rating Index.... Read More »

Online startups offer dealers faster, cheaper ways to wholesale vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Years ago, dealers who wanted to get rid of aged used cars and unwanted trade-ins had to take them to a local auction. But now auctions are being challenged by start-ups that offer alternative ways to wholesale used vehicles.... Read More »

Hyundai beats VW, Buick as China’s top-ranked mass-market auto brand

7:10 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Hyundai Motor beat Volkswagen and Buick to be the top-ranked mass-market auto brand in China in a state-backed survey, even as the South Korean automaker’s deliveries there fell in the first quarter.... Read More »

Toyota on a roll ... back to No. 1?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

With one quarter in the record books, Toyota Division has slipped past Chevrolet into second place in the battle of brands in the U.S. market.... Read More »

Did Plymouth spawn the spindle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Lexus has carved out an identity for itself with the "spindle grille," but it appears the defunct Plymouth division of Chrysler had the idea in 1961.... Read More »

Inventories stay level in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Automakers have carefully controlled U.S. inventories since the scary days of the recession, but they started April with textbooklike perfection.... Read More »

Toyota's Costa Rica retailer expands in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Costa Rica's distributor of Toyota Group vehicles wants to own five to seven Toyota dealerships and "a couple" of Lexus stores in the U.S. within three years, its CEO said. Purdy Motor Group is not quite halfway to that goal.... Read More »

Toyota's new engine lineup grows with 1.2-liter turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global engine upgrade of 14 high-efficiency powerplants through 2015 with the deployment of a new downsized turbo unit.... Read More »

Toyota readies trial of car-cum-motorbike in green mobility push

7:54 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

Tokyoites will get a chance to zip around town on Toyota's three-wheeled electric car starting Friday, in a trial aimed at crafting a global business model to reduce gridlock and pollution.... Read More »

How Toyota does ‘heavy metal’ music

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Toyota Gifony allows people to mix the sights and sounds from the automaker’s plants in Blue Springs, Miss., and Georgetown, Ky., into rhythmic videos showing how the 2015 Corolla comes together.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Mercedes scores, too, as Duke tops Wisconsin

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Mercedes experienced the largest lift in purchase likelihood from its advertising during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship, but its competitors saw gains as well, according to Extreme Reach, a company that measures the effectiveness of ad campaigns.... Read More »

Nissan to make automatic braking standard in Japan

6:29 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Nissan will offer automatic braking as a standard feature in all volume cars in Japan by autumn, starting with the hybrid X-Trail SUV it unveiled today.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Look-alike cars? Whether by design or not, it's an old, familiar story

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Designers have never had more flexibility and access to technology and materials to create and break new styling ground. So why do so many of today's latest cars and concepts look familiar?... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for April

April 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at how PSA CEO Carlos Tavares made France's largest automaker operationally profitable again after three years of huge losses.... Read More »

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention — some more successfully than others.... Read More »

Who's Toyota CEO? Isn't it obvious?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

During a meeting for individual investors in Japan, Toyota showed a video of man-on-the-street footage asking regular Japanese whether they could identify the head of their country's biggest manufacturer. Most couldn't.... Read More »

BMW takes the lead in luxury sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were separated by just more than 1,300 sales in the first quarter. BMW was tops with sales of 78,492, Mercedes was second (78,156) and Lexus was third (77,180).... Read More »

EPIPHANY UNDER PRESSURE

Congressional grilling was Akio Toyoda's defining moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Akio Toyoda's moment of self-discovery came on what could have been the worst day of his life, sitting before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's response to a burgeoning unintended-acceleration crisis.... Read More »

Toyota to lift N.A. pickup, crossover output

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2015

Toyota is adding two variants and increasing production in North America to keep up with growing demand for its pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

Toyota's Leroy defies doubters, prepares for VW challenge

April 4, 2015 14:00 CET

When Toyota hired Didier Leroy, headhunters told the Frenchman he would never get far as a foreigner at the world's largest automaker. Starting this month, Leroy oversees the planning, building and selling of Toyotas in half the world.... Read More »

 
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