How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Two out of three now say they’d consider buying a Toyota, roughly on par with the sport’s domestic sponsors like Ford and GM.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Honda Ridgeline ditches flying buttress profile

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Honda's second-generation Ridgeline truck shed a few more layers of camouflage recently, as spy photographers snapped the upcoming pickup ahead of its Detroit auto show debut in January.... Read More »

Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system.... Read More »

Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

When it goes on sale in late 2016 or early 2017, Scion's C-HR will tap into the global thirst for all things crossover.... Read More »

Los Angeles' hits & mehs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Well, maybe the exciting stuff got stuck in L.A. traffic.... Read More »

How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy. And somehow make it stay true to its iconic green-car DNA.... Read More »

Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy.... Read More »

Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Japanese supplier INOAC agreed to plead guilty to fixing prices -- and pay a $2.35 million criminal fine -- on auto parts sold to Toyota between 2004 and 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said today.... Read More »

Scion keeps it weird in new iM, iA ads

11:02 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Scion's “Weird, Right?” ad campaign for the iM hatchback and iA compact sedan is back for another round of weirdness.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

Scion jumps into hot subcompact crossover fray with C-HR

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The sleek C-HR concept crossover Toyota has shown at global auto shows will come to the U.S. market as a Scion. When the C-HR goes on sale in 2017, the subcompact crossover will be the third all-new model Scion has promised dealers, following the iA and iM that went on sale in September.... Read More »

Toyota Prius gets big fuel efficiency boost

Nov. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota expects to improve fuel economy in its latest Prius hybrid car by 20 percent. The fourth-generation Prius will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. early next year following its December launch in Japan.... Read More »


BLOG: Toyota delivers on promise of meaner, greener Prius

3:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The minute you grab the wheel of the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid, you feel the difference. The steering is heavy, precise, deliberate -- not light, loose and dead like the steering in the outgoing version.... Read More »

Toyota FJ Cruiser is scarce, hot and high-priced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Toyota sold about 20,000 FJ Cruisers a year on average and about 222,000 all told in the United States. Now that they're not made anymore, they're more popular than ever.... Read More »

German luxury brands Porsche, M-B and Mini rule the car-buying process

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2015

German luxury brands still rule when it comes to satisfaction with the new-car buying process, according to U.S. consumers. Porsche shoved Mercedes-Benz from first to second place in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index. For the sixth straight year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands.... Read More »

Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

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

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata.... Read More »


BLOG: As Takata crashes, Japan's keiretsus lose some luster

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda have decided to stop using airbag components supplied by Takata. It's a split that wasn't supposed to happen in the cozy, family-relations corporate world of Japan's keiretsus.... Read More »


TALK FROM THE TOP: After years of rebuilding, Toyoda plans to expand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

President Akio Toyoda is shifting Toyota Motor Corp. into expansion mode after years of dealing with crises and rebuilding.... Read More »

Props push up F&I product profits at store

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

To sell F&I products, Steve Ward, business manager at Marion Toyota, uses parts and repair orders as props to show customers why it's important to invest in a vehicle service contract. Ward's profits from product sales are so high, he says, he gives up dealer reserve on 80 percent of customer loans.... Read More »

Spreading the NFL sponsorship field

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Automotive brands and their dealer networks find numerous ways to connect with pro football fans, even if they can't be the NFL's official vehicle sponsor.... Read More »


BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit.... Read More »

What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf.... Read More »

Lentz to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Jim Lentz, who led Toyota's recovery in North America from the dark days of its 2010 unintended-acceleration crisis and the pain of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12.... Read More »

Canada's auto czar hones investment pitch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Former Toyota executive Ray Tanguay is trying to persuade automakers that manufacturing in Canada is more competitive than it looks.... Read More »

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