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Beyond the headlines, humdrum recalls annoy consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The year has been monopolized by headlines about General Motors ignition-switch recalls and Takata airbag recalls. But a broader perspective is in order....
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EDITORIAL

Another game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices....
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Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production target

Dec. 17, 2014 13:47 CET
Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles....
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Lexus readies hybrid-only BMW X5, Mercedes M class rival

Dec. 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Lexus is counting on the NX hybrid to help it stand out against Europe's top-selling premium large crossovers. But unlike rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes M class, there will be no diesel- or gasoline-powered versions of the NX....
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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April....
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Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va.

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru....
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Automakers say selection of firm to test Takata inflators will come soon

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Automakers investigating the scope and cause of sudden ruptures in Takata airbags concluded their first meeting Thursday in metro Detroit without selecting an outside engineering firm to conduct the group's testing....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Toyota, dealers get pop culture boost on 'Modern Family'

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Pop culture can have a powerful impact on social perceptions. In which case, the TV show “Modern Family” on ABC polished the tarnished image of the modern car dealership in Wednesday night's episode....
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Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Toyota proposed the initiative last week to pool industry resources quickly and accurately identify Takata inflators that need to be replaced....
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Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies....
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Toyota aims to defend small-pickup turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Toyota isn't ready to cede any ground in small pickups. The automaker, which commands nearly two-thirds of the segment in the United States, will unveil a redesigned Tacoma pickup in January at the Detroit auto show....
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Lexus ponders drop-top options

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
As the only convertible in its lineup approaches the end of its life cycle, Lexus is looking ahead to another critical step in the balancing act it's undertaking: trying to appeal to younger buyers while keeping its core customers....
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TOYOTA UNBOUND

Toyota's products, factory retooling set stage for market share gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
For most of the last five years, Toyota has been hampered by one problem after another: recession, safety crisis, earthquake, strong yen. But it has used that time to quietly fine-tune key aspects of its business, and heading into 2015, it's in position to seize market share as it did during its mid-2000s growth spurt....
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Toyota parts delivery scores with dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Parts Director Danny Perez saves $100 to $400 a day in rental-car costs thanks to Same Day Service, a parts distribution program run by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc....
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25 with Toyota

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Jim Brown, dealer principal at Classic Toyota-Scion in Mentor, Ohio, receives a 25-year award for Toyota from Scott Wracher, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Cincinnati regional general manager....
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Lexus adopts bolder, racier persona in ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2014
Lexus' advertising is increasingly taking on the personality of its newest models: racier, more daring and with a hint of fun. Lexus is applying that strategy across several channels....
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Takata fixing lapses at Mexico airbag plant

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Takata said it will fix lapses identified by the Mexico government at the same airbag plant that Toyota prevented its own employees from visiting for unspecified safety concerns....
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Toyota sees small pickups as growth market

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota is betting that small pickup trucks are going to become big sellers. The automaker plans to unveil its redesigned Tacoma truck at the Detroit auto show in January, and is expecting rising sales in 2015 and beyond, even though overall growth in the small-truck segment has been slow....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls to China, Japan

Dec. 4, 2014 13:07 CET
Toyota has widened a U.S. recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags made by Takata to include some of the same models in China and Japan, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Toyota widens airbag recalls after Japan scrapyard rupture

6:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Toyota Motor widened a recall of its vehicles linked to defective airbags to include some of the same models in Japan and China, after one of the devices ruptured in a car at a scrapyard in its home country....
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Takata poised for clash in Congress after rejecting U.S. recall

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Airbag supplier Takata’s rejection of demands to recall vehicles across the United States sets the stage for a confrontation with members of Congress critical of its response to potentially deadly defects....
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Thanksgiving deals, trucks lift Toyota

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s sales rose 3 percent to 183,346 units in November, fueled by demand for SUVs and crossovers....
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Mercedes wins November U.S. luxury crown, trails BMW for annual title

9:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, trailing BMW by a narrow 1,830-vehicle margin following record sales in November, has one month to overtake its German rival and retain its crown as the No. 1 luxury brand in the United States....
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