Toyota

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 »

 

JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool.... Read More »

 

Trucks propel Detroit 3 to gains in Canada; Toyota sets Jan. record

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
The top auto companies sold more vehicles in Canada last month than a year ago, according to industry data released on Tuesday, with Chrysler Canada leading the pack as the top-selling carmaker for January.... Read More »

 

Mercedes takes early luxury lead, resurgent Lexus jumps to No. 2

3:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
Mercedes-Benz opened 2015 with a record January to take an early lead in the US luxury race, but a surging Lexus is nipping at its heels. 2014's luxury champ, BMW, finds itself in third place after the first month.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 2, 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 Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start.... Read More »

 

Lexus reloads for a shot at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lexus, quickly narrowing the U.S. sales gap with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will have its busiest product year since the brand's inception, with as many as nine new or tweaked models, including a key redesign, three midcycle refreshes, new turbocharged options and a special edition in 2015.... Read More »

 

MAKE MEETINGS

Toyota: 3 brands' 2015 U.S. sales to top 2.4 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales expects to top 2.4 million in U.S. sales this year with several new and freshened models across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion divisions, up from just under that mark last year, executives said. Some of that extra volume will come when the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup reaches showrooms during the fourth quarter.... Read More »

 

WATCH THE VIDEOS

Emotion, celebs -- and a surprise by Chevy -- in automakers' Super Bowl ads

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
On a night filled with emotional themes and celebrities in automakers' Super Bowl ads, Chevrolet pulled out a trick play just before the kickoff: A momentary attempt to fool America into mass hysteria.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

TRW recall shows the mess life-saving airbags have become

6:51 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Federal regulators' push for a second recall of 2.1 million cars and trucks whose airbags could go off while driving delivered more cautionary tales about a complex life-saving technology that's had a very bad year.... Read More »

 

Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers.... Read More »

 

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles

10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2015
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently deploy, federal safety regulators said today. The recall affects about 1 million vehicles from Toyota, 374,177 from Honda and 753,176 from Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota may cooperate on new Mini, report says

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW and Toyota may cooperate on a small, decontented entry model for the Mini lineup that would be called the Minor, a German media report said. Toyota could sell its own version of the car, which may be called the Starlet, the report added.... Read More »

 

Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs

11:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Denso, the world’s second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn.... Read More »

 

ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start.... Read More »

 

Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire.... Read More »

 

Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday.... Read More »

 

Super Bowl advertisers hype their messages early and often

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Building an elaborate pregame hype machine reflects a growing trend among Super Bowl advertisers: To get the most bang for the buck from the biggest advertising event of the year, use social media early and often -- emphasis on "early."... Read More »

 

Toyota sees sales boost from trucks, Tacoma

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales plans to top 2.4 million in US sales this year across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion divisions, up from 2.37 million units last year. Some of that extra volume will come when the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup truck reaches showrooms during the fourth quarter, executives said Sunday.... Read More »

 

JOHN IACONO, LEXUS NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY COUNCIL

New products, strong margins delight Lexus dealers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Lexus expanded its lineup to 11 nameplates from nine last year with the new NX crossover, for which Lexus is targeting 40,000 sales in 2015, and the sporty RC coupe that's attracting new customers to the brand. Dealers will get a boost this year from a redesigned RX and an F performance version of the GS sedan.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Building a new fortress to protect data

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

Toyota channels Muhammad Ali for Camry Super Bowl spot

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Toyota channels boxing legend Muhammad Ali in its Camry Super Bowl spot about overcoming obstacles. “How Great I Am” was originally slated to run pre-game, but Toyota confirmed today that it will now run in the first quarter.... Read More »

 

Vehicles get fixed while customers sleep

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
In Durham, N.C., Honda customers can drop off their vehicles at the local dealership for service as late as 9 p.m. during the week, get a shuttle ride home and pick up their repaired cars by 7 a.m. the next day.... Read More »

 

Toyota's Carter says dealerships must change to look like new customers

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Successful auto dealers must make their dealerships look like their future customers with more women, minorities and the young, Toyota's head of automotive operations in the US says.... Read More »

 

JAY CALDWELL, NATIONAL TOYOTA DEALER ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dealers to Toyota: 'We need more trucks'

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
With two-thirds of the market share for compact pickups, Toyota dealers are looking to continue their dominance with the arrival of the redesigned Tacoma and plans to increase production by adding a third shift to its Tijuana, Mexico, plant.... Read More »

 

Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year.... Read More »

 

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