Akio Toyoda

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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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....
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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....
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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....
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Toyota to end expansion freeze, invest $1.3B in new Mexico, China plants, reports say

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Toyota plans to spend about $1.3 billion to build two new car plants in Mexico and China, two people familiar with plans told Reuters, ending a three-year freeze imposed after unchecked growth lumbered the world's biggest auto maker with too many idle production lines....
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Toyota CEO feared losing job over recalls; instead gained sense of purpose

8:21 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In a rare moment of public reflection, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda marked the company’s unintended-acceleration crisis as the turning point in his career, even as he fretted about being fired....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots....
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Toyota shifts r&d base to Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. is consolidating its North American r&d base in a step that moves it closer to creating the carmaker's first truly self-sufficient product development center outside Japan....
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Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Jan. 22, 2015 11:11 CET

Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast....
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Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

A look back at notable quotes from notable people in 2014....
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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014

Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014

Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Toyota pauses on Mexico expansion to review growth strategy, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014

Toyota is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said....
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Lexus to unleash $375,000 LFA successor

2:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014

Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, will build a successor to the 552-horsepower car....
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How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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Ghosn set to top Japan pay rankings with $10 million pay

June 24, 2014 09:39 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn earned more than $10 million last year, putting him on track to become the best-paid Japan executive for the fourth time in five years....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Toyota Europe boss shares secrets to his success

1:22 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014

Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says that to become a true leader you should not worry about making your boss happy....
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Alma mater matters: Why Babson College is Toyota's special partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014

Toyota is forging strong ties with Babson College. This spring, Babson is offering a hands-on undergraduate class that shows how to apply the Toyota Production System in the real world, by tweaking the Greater Boston Food Bank's fresh food distribution center, called the Marketplace....
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