Toyota

Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co....
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Honda, Toyota, Nissan meet with Obama about supplier aid pledge

3:43 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
President Barack Obama is enlisting several major U.S. and multinational companies, including automakers Honda, Nissan and Toyota, to draw attention to an initiative aimed at helping small businesses expand and hire workers....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Minivans are too practical to have the reputation they have

3:13 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
If all vehicles represent compromises to necessity, I would argue that minivans are the least compromised of any segment....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Toyota Europe boss puts profit before volume, brushes aside Nissan challenge

July 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy is not worried about Nissan's publicly stated goal of passing his company as Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Leroy puts profit before volume and he has returned Toyota's European operations back to the black....
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Next-gen BRZ planned, says Subaru boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Subaru plans another generation of the BRZ, the sporty coupe jointly developed with Toyota Motor Corp....
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GM says it can weather South Africa supplier strike for medium term

7:52 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Workers at components factories supplying General Motors' South African plant remained on strike today but the automaker said it had sufficient inventory for both domestic and export customers for the medium term....
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Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief....
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Can Lexus NX hit segment's sweet spot?

11:00 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
With scads of Lexus RX imitators clogging America's roads, Lexus is trying the same play in the compact luxury crossover segment with the NX 200t and NX 300h....
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NX chief on re-engineering the RAV4 for luxury

11:00 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
Lexus NX Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato oversaw development of the second-generation Lexus IS sedan and the current RX crossover....
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GM halts South Africa production after wage talks collapse

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Wage talks to end an indefinite strike by more than 220,000 metalworkers in South Africa failed Thursday as the stoppage forced General Motors to halt output at its vehicle-assembly plant....
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Toyota advances 3% as cars set pace

4:47 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales posted a 3 percent increase in U.S. sales in June, marked by significant gains from cars at the Toyota and Lexus brands....
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Strong start to summer raises hopes for even better second half

4:53 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
A flurry of new light-vehicle sales as June ended helped generate the fastest selling rate for the U.S. auto industry in almost eight years, raising hopes for an even more robust second half of 2014....
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BMW holds U.S. luxury segment lead over Mercedes, Lexus

5:24 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
BMW won the June luxury sales crown in the United States and widened its lead over Mercedes and Lexus during the first six months. Last month, BMW sold 30,201 vehicles, a 12 percent increase, helped by the 5-series sedan, which surged 77 percent to 7,940 deliveries. Mercedes rose 8.6 percent to 26,506, helped by a 25 percent gain to 6,500 for the E-class sedan....
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2-year leases take off at Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota is seeing a strong shift into two-year leases this year, a trend that promises quicker customer turnarounds and fuller used-car inventories down the road....
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Toyota seeks exemption from U.S. safety rule to sell fuel-cell car

5:49 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota asked the U.S. auto-safety regulator for a two-year exemption from a rule governing electric cars to clear the way for the company to sell its new fuel-cell vehicle....
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Next-gen Prius launch delayed 6 months

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. has delayed the start of production for the fourth-generation Prius from next spring until December 2015. Engineers are sweating the details of a new vehicle architecture and the company's next-generation hybrid system....
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Toyota's new Prius hybrid delayed 6 months

June 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has delayed the launch of its fourth-generation Prius hybrid from the second to the fourth quarter of 2015. A source said the carmaker was continuing to work on maximizing the car's fuel economy....
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Subsidy question looms over Toyota FCV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A sparse refueling network won't be the only hurdle facing Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. A generous dollop of government subsidies will also be necessary for the car....
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EDITORIAL

Who really benefits?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Lexus recently eased the limit on the number of its stores a single dealership group can own. Does limiting dealership concentration actually benefit an automaker's vehicle buyers?...
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FACE 2 FACE

Ex-Toyota, Dana exec Gary Convis: 'I failed' ... at retiring

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Gary Convis called it a career when he turned 65 in 2007 as head of Toyota engineering and manufacturing in North America in Erlanger, Ky. A couple of failed retirements later, Convis is still at it. This time, he's part of the management team of Bloom Energy, where he is applying Toyota manufacturing ideas to the production of power-generation equipment....
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In Japan, no airbags are better than hazardous ones

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
The massive recall of airbags made by Japan's Takata presents a global fix-it fiasco. With millions of cars needing new airbag inflators, it will take months to remedy all the vehicles on the road. That has prompted some less-than-optimal workarounds....
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Honda trips in China with 'mistake' Accord

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Honda was so confident the new Accord would be a superstar in China last year that it released an exclusive 3-liter version with a flashy grille and a price tag to rival Audi's A4. The results weren't so stellar....
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Ford, Mercedes, Toyota tops in brand loyalty in 1st quarter, IHS says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The Ford brand had the auto industry's highest loyalty rate among new-vehicle buyers in the first quarter, followed by Mercedes-Benz and Toyota....
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Takata CEO apologizes to shareholders for airbag recall crisis

10:41 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada today apologized to shareholders about the company's growing liabilities for its role in industrywide airbag recalls, but said the company was still tallying the costs of the recall, according to those who attended the closed-door session....
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Ford bumps Toyota as world's greenest brand, survey shows

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Ford displaced Toyota as the world's greenest brand in a new ranking of consumer perceptions of companies' environmental behavior....
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