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Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?...
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Crossover boom moves downscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers....
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Toyota Sienna fares well in new crash test; 3 other minivans perform poorly

7:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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Scion looks to end product drought with iM hatchback

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Scion formally unveiled the long-awaited five-door iM Concept hatchback, marking the struggling brand's first new design in three years. The hatchback will arrive in dealerships next year after Scion shows a production version of the car at the New York auto show in April....
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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant....
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Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's a “powerful, emotional car” created to appeal to younger customers, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled....
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Toyota sees fuel cell car, priced at $57,500, gaining traction in small steps

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Toyota said it plans to sell close to 200 of its Mirai -- it means “future” in Japanese -- fuel-cell sedans when it goes on sale in California in late 2015, and 3,000 units by the end of 2017 as it expands marketing to cover the Northeast U.S....
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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive....
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Scion's iM and what comes after

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
After teasing the iM concept hatchback last month with shots of the nose and rear, Scion has released pictures of the entire car before its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure a smooth transition, realigning job functions and keeping up morale as anxious workers await word on their new job descriptions and pay scales....
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Fuel cell cars will be commercially viable by 2025, Bosch exec says

Nov. 17, 2014 11:36 CET
Falling costs will make fuel cell technology commercially viable for mass car production by 2025, Wolf-Henning Scheider, Bosch's automotive chief, said. Toyota and Honda plan to launch fuel cell vehicles in 2015....
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Land Rover, Toyota top ALG's Residual Value Awards

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Land Rover and Toyota earned top brand honors for vehicles predicted to hold their value over the next three years, in the ALG Residual Value Awards released today....
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Whither the sports car? BMW exec says it may never recover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
BMW and Toyota are co-developing a midsize sports car, a project that recently moved to "concept stage" following the completion of a feasibility study....
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Toyota launches Mirai fuel cell vehicle, plans hydrogen stations in Northeast

10:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Toyota offered more details about its long-awaited Mirai fuel cell vehicle and said it plans to build a dozen hydrogen refueling stations in the Northeast United States....
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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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