Lexus

Lexus execs see holes in the lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2017

Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry.... Read More »

Lexus recasts LS flagship with more power, sportier lines

8:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Lexus is reinterpreting the flagship vehicle that launched the brand 28 years ago, fitting the redesigned LS sedan with a new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine tuned to hurl the luxury boat from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds.... Read More »

LUXURY: Mercedes recaptures crown after 2-year hiatus

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2017

Mercedes took the 2016 U.S. luxury title even though its sales for the year declined, but the results were still strong enough to beat Lexus and last year's winner, BMW.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Down 2% for the year on car-truck mix

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2017

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s December deliveries rose 2 percent to 243,229 vehicles, but sales for the year were off 2 percent to just under 2.45 million units.... Read More »

Infiniti sold record 230,000 vehicles globally in 2016

6:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2017

Infiniti sold more than 230,000 vehicles globally in 2016, a 7 percent annual rise, Nissan's luxury arm said today, a record year for a marque that trails rivals in the increasingly crowded premium market.... Read More »

Lexus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2017

Lexus will reveal the next generation of the car that started it all -- its LS flagship sedan -- at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Lexus plants seeds in Latin America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2016

Amid the bleak economic landscape of South America's fallen giants, Lexus is carving out a niche that it hopes will flourish when the boom-and-bust cycle inevitably turns.... Read More »

Toyota expects sales of 10.2 million in 2017

Dec. 15, 2016 10:09 CET

Toyota expects its global vehicle sales to rise 1 percent to 10.2 million next year as growth in North America, Europe and China prompts a recovery from a 1 percent slide in deliveries this year.... Read More »

Lexus gives halo car another try with LC

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2016

For Lexus to make its popular LF-LC concept work as a production car, it had to keep the cost in check -- for the automaker and for consumers.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Behind the wheel of the Lexus LC

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Before we dine on the main course of what it's like to drive the 2018 Lexus LC coupe, let's set the table: The LC is not the LFA.... Read More »

LUXURY: Mercedes all but locks down U.S. title

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Mercedes-Benz sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the Daimler AG brand will take the full-year title from BMW.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Record truck sales drive 4.3% increase

10:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s November sales rose 4.3 percent to 197,645 vehicles compared with a year ago, propelled by record light-truck sales.... Read More »

Lexus' red bows, a holiday tradition, return for 18th year

11:20 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2016

In 1998 Lexus came up with a pretty simple idea: Put a big red bow on a car for a holiday campaign and call it the "December to Remember" sales event. Eighteen years later the campaign is still running strong.... Read More »

Toyota to sit out Super Bowl 51

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2016

The Toyota brand is sitting out Super Bowl for the first time since 2011. The automaker said the game doesn't line up with the launch schedules of the new Camry sedan and C-HR compact crossover.... Read More »

First customized Lexus LC 500 unveiled ahead of spring launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2016

Lexus has unveiled the first customized variant of its LC 500, a striking yellow makeover of the low-slung, rear-wheel-drive flagship coupe.... Read More »

Jaguar, Land Rover gain in '16 as Mercedes, Lexus, BMW lose ground

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

As auto-sales growth has slowed this year in the U.S., the biggest gainers have been smaller luxury brands with new SUV offerings. Exhibit A: Jaguar, the elegant British line known traditionally for its sports cars and sedans. The top three luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus., have all contracted this year.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Sales off 8.7%; Lexus trucks a bright spot

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales' October U.S. sales fell 8.7 percent to 186,295 vehicles compared with the year-ago month, as two fewer selling days and slumping car sales weighed on volume.... Read More »

Lexus decks LC 500 out in custom trim ahead of spring launch

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2016

The Lexus LC 500 sport coupe, unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show, is receiving its first customized variant at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show today.... Read More »

BMW won't chase sales to keep U.S. luxury crown

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2016

It's only mid-October, but BMW is conceding the highly contested race for top-selling premium brand in the United States. BMW's U.S. sales will drop this year from a record 346,023 vehicles in 2015 because the German brand doesn't have enough crossovers to meet hot demand.... Read More »

'Weird,' 'wild,' 'ludicrous': The Lexus UX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

It seems the most amusing concept at the recent Paris auto show was Lexus' UX, a subcompact dreamed up by the brand's studio in southern France.... Read More »

A hybrid approach to F&I staffing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

The single-staffer approach to sales and F&I has become more common among dealerships in the past few years, though some industry experts still don't see the value or the sense in it. Lexus of Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash., has launched a hybrid model effectively - with a finance director steering operations.... Read More »

Menacing or mesmerizing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

The Lexus UX Concept had an imposing presence in Paris, with its medieval weaponlike grille and Mad Max wheels.... Read More »

LUXURY: Mercedes pads lead as deals fail to lift BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz outsold its luxury competitors in the U.S. in September, adding to its lead for the year as demand for SUVs and crossovers helped overcome a surge in incentive spending by BMW.... Read More »

TOYOTA: Deliveries edge up 1.5%; Tacoma sales strong

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said September sales rose 1.5 percent to 197,260 vehicles, with strong light-truck volume -- led by the Tacoma -- offsetting weak car demand.... Read More »

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Paris: City of highlights and lowlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2016

Reporter David Undercoffler takes a look at the highlights (and lowlights) of the Paris Auto Show.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
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