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Lexus is putting its global marketing heads together

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Lexus has overhauled global marketing to help leverage creative input from around the world, cut costs and deliver more consistent brand messaging....
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Venezuelan auto industry in free fall amid economic woes

11:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Though it is the middle of the work day, the Jeep assembly plant in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia is empty, the machinery still.
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Toyota joins Honda in cutting China prices amid antitrust probe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
Toyota and Honda's Chinese ventures joined Mercedes-Benz and Audi in reducing prices of spare parts amid an antitrust investigation into the auto industry....
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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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JAMES B. TREECE

Toyota, supporter of Korean culture

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords?...
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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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Toyota queried by China regulator amid antitrust probe, report says

10:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
China's National Development and Reform Commission, which is conducting an antitrust probe into the auto industry, has asked Toyota about its business practices, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. China's recent antitrust probes rekindled concerns that Beijing may be using an anti-monopoly law to support domestic firms at the expense of foreign companies....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today....
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Toyota gives $1 million to help shield Detroit museum's art from bankruptcy sale, aid pensioners

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota's North American arm pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million and help prevent the sale of the museum's collections during Detroit's bankruptcy case and assist city pensioners....
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GM prices '15 mid-sized pickups up to $10,000 below big trucks

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups will be priced about $8,000 to $10,000 less than comparably equipped models of their larger showroom siblings, the Silverado and Sierra. The base 2015 Colorado, to be launched this fall after a two-year hiatus, will carry a sticker of $20,995, including $895 for shipping, GM said today....
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Toyota cutting the andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

Aug. 5, 2014 19:38 CET
Toyota is retiring the “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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Toyota cutting the fabled andon cord, symbol of Toyota Way

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled “andon cord,” the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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Toyota profit surges on U.S. SUV demand

3:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Toyota said net income in the April-to-June period rose to a record 587.8 billion yen ($5.7 billion) as surging SUV sales in the United States eclipsed shrinking demand in Japan. The company raised its North America vehicle sales target for the year....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Lightweight vehicles pay manufacturing dividends to automakers

5:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Lightweight vehicle materials are delivering significant side benefits to automakers striving to improve fuel economy....
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Toyota dreams of green car future, but light-truck gains are driving profits

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota is hitching its future to green cars, investing billions of dollars in gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles, but for now its record profit performance is being powered largely by a gas-guzzling U.S. market....
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4 of 5 biggest players post gains in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Four of the five biggest automakers posted U.S. sales increases in July, matching or beating the industry's 9 percent gain....
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Sub-$30,000 Lexus car? 'Can't do it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
While other luxury brands are adding lower-priced vehicles to their lineups, a senior Lexus executive vowed that his brand won't, because a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the Lexus logo....
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Toyota to name fuel cell vehicle Mirai, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota will name its $69,000 fuel cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a source told Bloomberg....
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Toyota asks suppliers for disaster plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To protect itself from production bottlenecks caused by unforeseen disasters, Toyota Motor Corp. has asked 400 North American suppliers to identify any key parts that are produced by just one factory. The automaker has also asked the 400 to develop backup production plans in case a single-source factory shuts down unexpectedly....
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HANS GREIMEL

Are fuel cell cars worth 40%-plus subsidies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to make his country's auto industry the global leader in hydrogen fuel. The effort hinges mainly on incentives and plans to extend the infrastructure. But, surprisingly, some voices in Japan say even massive incentives lack oomph....
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Q&A

Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. Bob Young, the automaker's North American purchasing chief, is providing assistance to 50 suppliers that are struggling to keep up with Toyota's production needs....
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Mercedes' rivals develop self-driving features, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The luxury competition has a number of advanced self-driving features, but they aren't as integrated as what's offered by Mercedes-Benz....
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July's gist: Gains for (almost) everyone

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
U.S. auto sales rose 9 percent in July to 1.4 million units, a fifth strong month to ease the memory of harsh winter storms that blunted January and February volume. On the day that shareholders approved the merger that formally creates Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler Group posted a 20 percent U.S. sales gain to lead all major players....
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Toyota Motor advances 12% for best July in 7 years

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Sales at Toyota Motor Sales rose 12 percent in July from a year earlier to 215,802 vehicles, for the automaker's best July sales in seven years as core models posted big gains....
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