Toyota

Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata....
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SETTLING IN

Next wave of Toyota's Texas migration gets underway, with some 'growing pains'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Eventually more than 4,000 Toyota employees will be housed in a sprawling, 2.1-million-square-foot complex that is expected to be finished in early 2017. Most of those will come from Toyota's Torrance, Calif., campus, while about 1,000 are due from Erlanger, Ky. The move, announced in April 2014, is aimed at reorganizing the far-flung entities that make up Toyota North America (financial, sales, manufacturing) under one roof in tax-friendly Texas....
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BMW's next Z roadster spied

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

It has been three years since BMW and Toyota signed a product development partnership that's expected to spawn sports cars for BMW and Toyota. Spy photos have finally emerged of the BMW car -- a replacement for the Z4 roadster that could be called the Z5. Toyota is expected to revive the Supra nameplate with its variant....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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Toyota mulls new structure to groom future leaders, report says

Jan. 18, 2016 11:08 CET

Toyota is considering a management structure that groups businesses according to the product type in a shift away from a focus on geography, the Nikkei reported. The change will also help to nurture the next generation of company leaders, the paper said....
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HANS GREIMEL

Toyoda shows playful side at Lexus unveiling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Lexus unveiled the LC 500 with a debut as memorable and emotional as the sleek, sexy coupe....
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JAPAN'S LUXURY PLAN

Lexus, Acura and Infiniti search for halos in assault on Germans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

There's a new luxury plan from Japan, and its message is emotion and power. Even as customers flock to their crossovers, the Japanese luxury brands are combating their traditional weakness in passenger cars. Lexus, Acura and Infiniti rolled out new cars at the Detroit auto show to redefine their brands....
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Fleet does more than its share for '15 sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Fleet volume rose modestly in December but contributed proportionately more than its share to the record U.S. auto sales in 2015....
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Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Toyota plans to boost output of light trucks in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said....
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Auto industry, U.S. regulators agree to historic measures to improve recalls

11:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Transportation Department and 17 automakers pledged to work together on safety measures and to improve recalls while the companies also agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats....
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Ghosts of Rodney Dangerfield: The Lexus LC 500 and what people think

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Lexus hopes to pump some high-powered adrenaline and glamour into its lineup with the LC 500. The sport coupe, with four seats, is expected to be priced at around $100,000. What journalists, analysts and others have to say about the LC 500, which was introduced at the Detroit auto show...
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Japan automakers hitch pickups to U.S. growth as gas prices slide

6:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Japanese automakers are taking on the Detroit 3 and scrambling to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the United States, as record low gasoline prices curb demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Lexus trumps Toyota for valued floor space at Detroit show

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Normally, workers would spend days prepping a stand in advance of Detroit auto show. But this year, Toyota's team had to tear down a booth and create a new one virtually overnight. That is because the Lexus luxury sibling brand commandeered the expansive Toyota brand space on Monday as the unveiling stage for its sexy LC 500 coupe....
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Toyota Tacoma engineer wins Steel Institute award

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Mike Sweers, chief engineer for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup, said his team turned to steel to meet aggressive targets to improve body and frame rigidity and strength while reducing mass....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday, reports say

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. government and a group of leading global automakers are set to announce a ground-breaking voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at dramatically improving the industry's safety, according to company officials....
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Lexus ventures into higher luxury tier with LC 500 coupe

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Lexus is positioning the new LC 500 coupe as a niche nameplate with a bold message to the industry: After more than a quarter century of reaching, the brand has finally earned a place alongside the Germans in the upper echelons of the luxury market....
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Toyota is back in the Super Bowl for Prius

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Toyota will tout its newly redesigned 2016 Prius in a Super Bowl ad, using advertising's biggest stage to show off the hybrid car that has appeared in the game just once before....
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Good sales numbers, but look a bit closer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. auto industry's record 2015 sales total was capped off by a December that seems strong at first glance, but a closer look reveals growing concerns....
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Toyota leads all brands at diversity awards

12:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Toyota and its luxury brand sibling, Lexus, took home 10 of the 20 awards handed out during the first annual Automotive Diversity Volume Leadership Awards put on by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers and IHS Automotive....
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Shoppers using mobile devices require less hand-holding

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

A Facebook-commissioned study finds that 76 percent of what it calls "mobile-first" shoppers -- those who do most of their research on smartphones and tablets -- know the vehicle they want before heading to a dealership....
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Mercedes E class can retake segment lead from Lexus ES, says Zetsche

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche is counting on the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES....
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Autonomous vehicles will be safer, not perfect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The self-driving car is likely to make mistakes from time to time, just as humans do, says the head of Toyota's new research institute. But overall, autonomous vehicles will be significantly safer than cars controlled by humans....
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Ioniq fights Prius, point by point

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Hyundai is challenging the hybrid-car leader by touting the low center of gravity, rigid body, sporty suspension and fuel-saving lithium ion battery in its new Ioniq green car -- all points that Toyota has trumpeted regarding the redesigned Prius....
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Beacons help brands target consumers on the show floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

This year's Detroit auto show will use beacons, wireless digital transmitters located around the exhibition hall that can track the movements of show visitors and communicate with them through their smartphones via Bluetooth as they wander the floor....
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