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Honda shows new fuel cell concept, delays launch

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Honda unveiled a sleek new concept of its upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle but promptly delayed its launch as part of a global quality review in the wake of a series of embarrassing product problems....
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Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

Nov. 17, 2014 04:12 CET
Toyota will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline....
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What is a recall? Automakers confuse drivers in deadly airbag saga

10:48 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
More than 17 million cars with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide, including over 11 million in the United States. But that number represents a patchwork of confusing safety messages to drivers: "safety improvement campaigns," informal "regional recalls," and formal recalls of certain models rather a consistent national action. The mixed messages make owners wonder how worried they should be....
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Executives from Japan's NSK, Jtekt indicted in U.S. for price-fixing

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
Two more executives from Japanese auto suppliers have been indicted as part of the Justice Department's long-running investigation into price-fixing in the auto parts industry, the government said today....
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Scion readies iM Concept for L.A. Auto Show

7:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Scion, aiming to regain momentum in the U.S., will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase the iM Concept, a hatchback designed with young, adventurous drivers in mind....
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Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward....
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Takata stock falls to 5-year low after calls for criminal probe

6:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Takata Corp., the Japanese auto parts maker at the center of an airbag recall crisis, fell to the lowest in more than five years in Tokyo trading after U.S. lawmakers called for a criminal investigation of the company....
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Want to test drive the Lexus RC? Anyone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota, as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists this month that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest....
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N.A. offsets global slump to lift Toyota profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Surging sales in North America and favorable exchange rates drove Toyota Motor Corp. to double-digit profit gains in the latest quarter, despite slumping volume in all other major markets....
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Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone....
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Fleets give October a big boost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Fleet volume sharply outpaced retail sales in October, turning what would have been a below-par sales month into an above-average one....
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Toyota's bold bid to remake Camry's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The truest measure of good car advertising is whether it moves the merchandise. And the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the country for more than a decade. So some marketing experts are wondering about the newest Camry ad campaign....
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Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer....
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BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET
BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said....
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HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC media test drive canceled in Japan -- for lack of interest

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists last week that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest....
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Lexus aims to woo wealthy eco-friendly buyers in Europe

Nov. 5, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus Europe is positioning itself as a green, technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. Lexus Europe head, Alain Uyttenhoven, explained the strategy....
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Toyota posts 23% jump in net income, helped by weak yen, cost cuts

3:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Toyota sidestepped stagnating sales to post double-digit profit increases in the July-September quarter, thanks to advantageous exchange rates and big cost cuts. Net income jumped 23 percent to 539 billion yen ($4.93 billion)....
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Takata airbag customers seek joining of lost-value suits

9:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Lawyers suing Japanese auto supplier Takata over customer claims of lost vehicle value connected to airbag recalls asked that they be combined in a single federal court, which would give them a united front in pursuing the cases....
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Acura to Jeep, SEMA showcases performance, off-road mojo

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Automakers are showing off customized high-performance vehicles this week in Las Vegas at the Special Equipment Market Association’s yearly show. Some of the vehicles on display could be early previews of upcoming special editions or they feature engines and parts that will be available to consumers who build their own performance cars....
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Trucks, Camry lift Toyota up 7%

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Booming SUV and crossover deliveries drove Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to a 7 percent sales gain in October. Toyota and Scion volume rose 8 percent to 157,225, while Lexus sales gained 3 percent to 23,355 last month for combined sales of 180,580 cars and trucks....
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BMW tops in luxury sales, despite Mercedes' best month of 2014

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The BMW brand had its strongest October sales performance ever to top Mercedes-Benz, which recorded its best month so far this year. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz duke it out for the top two spots, Lexus had its 13th consecutive month of sales gains....
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JESSE SNYDER

Weep not for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pickup manufacturers who are really, really, really happy....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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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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