Toyota

Toyota shake-up brings diversity

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

Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. In an equally pivotal break with tradition, Toyota upgraded a crop of relative newcomers, who lack the years of schooling in the Toyota Way once deemed a prerequisite for advancement....
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Lexus heats up luxury sales race

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

The U.S. luxury sales race is shaping up to be another barnburner in 2015 between Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus....
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Surveys can lie, but the brain knows if shoppers like ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

Auto advertisers, who drop billions each year on TV ads, are now using neuroscience researcher tools to tap into a person's subconscious to find out if commercials are resonating emotionally. Triggering a strong emotional reaction is crucial for advertisers because it activates the brain's memory centers and could be the gateway to a sale....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Lexus gets lucky on House of Cards

5:11 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

When a fictional Russian president says, “I want the Lexus” while reminiscing about copulating with his ex-wife in one, it is either genius product placement or incredibly fortuitous for Toyota’s luxury arm that the writers of Netflix’s hit House of Cards like the brand....
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Most GM, Ford, Toyota plants resume operations after snowstorm

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

General Motors, Ford and Toyota plants resumed production today after some canceled shifts because of hazardous weather in the South and Midwest on Thursday. One GM plant in Tennessee canceled production shifts today....
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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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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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Lexus reveals potential Mini fighter

March 3, 2015 14:55 CET

Lexus revealed the aggressively styled LF-SA subcompact concept at the Geneva auto show that, if built, would compete against the Mini hatchback and Audi A1....
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Lexus jumps back into U.S. luxury race; BMW tops Mercedes

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

With a new entry in the hot-selling compact crossover segment, Toyota's Lexus brand has gotten itself back in the hunt for the U.S. luxury auto-sales crown....
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Crossover sales help lift Toyota above Ford

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Powered by strong performances in cars, minivans and trucks, Toyota pulled off a rare feat in February: It outsold the perennial No. 2 in the U.S. market, Ford. Toyota’s three U.S. brands sold 180,467 light vehicles, up 13 percent and edging out Ford’s total of 179,673. Driving the gains were the RAV4 small crossover, whose sales jumped 33 percent to 21,943 units, the midsize 4Runner SUV, which saw an increase of 38 percent to 6,420, and Lexus’ two crossovers....
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Fiat Chrysler Canadian sales top Ford in February; GM, Toyota rise

2:14 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles topped February sales in Canada, handily beating Ford, which posted lower car and truck sales, according to company sales data....
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Toyota, Ford frustrated by rail car shortage

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with surging US demand for trucks and SUVs, frustrating Ford and Toyota....
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Toyota to end production of Venza

4:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Toyota is pulling the plug on the Venza crossover, a vehicle the automaker once touted as engineered in America for American buyers....
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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET

Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Could Toyota Mirai's hot demand and 2-year backlog undermine its success?

6:57 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Would you buy a car if you had to wait two years for delivery? That's what Toyota is asking its customers to do with its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle....
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'Mazda was his baby': Dick Brown helped lead U.S. launch

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

Retired auto executive Dick Brown played key roles in the U.S. launches of three automakers: Mazda, DeLorean Motor Co. and Daihatsu....
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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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GM retrenches in Thailand after Indonesia retreat

11:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors today said it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg....
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GM cuts capacity, jobs in Indonesia, where Japanese dominate

7:32 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

General Motors is to stop making cars in Indonesia, a battleground for global automakers in emerging Southeast Asia, closing an assembly plant, axing some 500 jobs and shifting its branding focus to SUVs....
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Lexus wins 4th straight J.D. Power dependability title; Buick rises to No. 2

10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota's Lexus claimed its fourth consecutive title as most-dependable automotive brand after three years of ownership while corporate sibling Scion jumped to ninth place from 22nd a year earlier, J.D. Power and Associates said today. Buick came in at No. 2, rising three spots from last year....
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Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million....
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Toyota's most high-tech car gets ultra low-tech birth

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015

Toyota celebrated the launch of its high-tech Mirai fuel cell vehicle today from its noticeably low-tech production line. And President Akio Toyoda chose today as the celebration date for a reason. It's the five-year anniversary of when Toyoda was hauled before a congressional panel to answer questions about his company's unintended acceleration recalls....
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Mazda, DeLorean leader Dick Brown dies at 81

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Dick Brown, who led Mazda Motor of America at its inception and helped form DeLorean Motor, died last month in La Quinta, Calif. He was 81....
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