Toyota

Toyota in talks to boost China output to meet 2 million sales goal

6:57 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Toyota, already planning to build one new assembly plant in China in 2017, is in talks to further ramp up production in the world’s largest auto market....
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Lexus retools ES with bolder looks for U.S., China

12:57 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Lexus surveyed customers in China and the U.S. to come up with the more aggressive looks of the refreshed ES sedan that goes into production in the United States later this year....
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Small-car production migrates to Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Toyota's plan to build the Corolla at a new plant in Guanajuato is the latest sign that Mexico is becoming a giant in small cars. Amid a surge of automaking capacity, the nation is making its biggest impact on the production of compacts and subcompacts -- cars with narrow profit margins and wide appeal outside North America....
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EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Max Jamiesson, left, and Nathen Hughes, center, of Salinas Toyota in Salinas, Calif., receive a 50-year award from Pete Carey, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s San Francisco region....
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At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd....
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Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. The effort reflects Toyota's admission that new products won't revive sales without a much more aggressive approach to promotion....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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?...
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