California

Toyota move yields political fallout in Calif.

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's decision to move its North American headquarters to Texas is causing political fallout in California. A representative on the California Economic Development Commission criticized officials in Torrance for “having lost the world's largest automotive company,” the city's newspaper reported Wednesday....
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TOYOTA MOVES TO TEXAS

Toyota looks to Nissan's move – with some concern

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
In moving its U.S. headquarters out of California, Toyota hopes to avoid some of the problems that Nissan encountered when it did the same thing in 2006. Sources inside Toyota say they already dissected Nissan North America's move and were particularly dismayed to see that their Japanese rival lost roughly 60 percent of its 1,300 Los Angeles headquarters staffers and executives when it relocated to Nashville....
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Ewanick's Calif. startup wins $27.6M grant for hydrogen filling stations

5:28 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
A California startup headed by former Hyundai and GM marketing executive Joel Ewanick plans to install 19 hydrogen fuel filling stations for fuel cell vehicles starting next year in California....
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TOYOTA MOVES TO TEXAS

What's left for Torrance?

1:35 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
In moving from suburban Torrance to Plano, Texas, Toyota Motor Sales USA and Toyota Financial Services wanted a headquarters campus where there wouldn't be a barrier between established employees and the “new guys.” Everyone would have a fresh start....
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Volvo, Google begin testing self-driving cars on city streets

April 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo and Google have begun testing self-driving cars on city streets, a crucial new phase in the quest to make the technology a standard feature in automobiles....
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Volvo, Google begin testing self-driving cars on city streets

8:11 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Volvo and Google said they have begun testing self-driving cars on city streets, a crucial new phase in the quest to make the technology a standard feature in automobiles....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Texas politicians: Be careful what you wish for and what you hand out

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Texas politicians are exchanging high-fives over Toyota's decision to relocate its United States headquarters to Plano. It's undoubtedly a great boon to the state. But will it really prove so good for the politicians' careers?...
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China’s BYD hailed in California as Toyota exits to Texas

6:41 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
BYD, the Chinese automaker partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, rolled out the first two electric buses from its California factory as it pushes into the U.S. and Canadian markets....
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Toyota's move relied on in-house study rather than Perry pitch

7:17 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry has crisscrossed the United States to persuade big employers to bring jobs to the second most-populous state....
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Q&A: Toyota's Lentz on what triggered the move, and the upheaval ahead

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
In the wake of Toyota's announcement that it is centralizing its U.S. operations in Plano, Texas, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz spoke with Automotive News West Coast Editor Mark Rechtin. Here is a transcript....
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THE TOYOTA MOVE

Toyota to consolidate most U.S. operations in Texas

1:45 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
Toyota will consolidate its far-flung operations in the United States into a single campus in Plano, Texas, with a targeted move-in completion date of late 2017, the automaker said today. Following a week of rumor regarding the relocation of Toyota's sales and marketing operations based near Los Angeles came confirmation of a much larger-scale relocation of nearly all Toyota's processes and operations in the United States to the suburb north of Dallas....
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GABE NELSON

Toyota's image enhancement for Texas, and its governor

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
For all its job growth, Texas needs more global companies like Toyota with high-tech credentials to show its business climate is friendly to more than just ranchers and oil barons. Being the American home of Toyota, the world's largest car company and the seller of the eco-friendly Prius, makes that point better than advertising ever could....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why new world Tesla needs old world factory relief

7:27 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Despite all the ongoing Wall Street chatter about Tesla, there really is a larger issue closer at hand worth watching: How long will it take Tesla to sort out its manufacturing blocking and tackling?...
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Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents....
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Ford debuts the Skyliner Transit concept vehicle

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Melvin Betancourt, design manager for Ford Motor, speaks before the 2015 Transit Skyliner concept van is unveiled at Galpin Auto Sports in California on Thursday. The Transit Skyliner features custom-designed throne seats that are movable and can be repositioned automatically, controlled by a smartphone or tablet, as well as a theater and bar. Photographer:...
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BEST PRACTICES

Prepping Hyundai for its close-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As long as drivers are idling on the perennially congested Interstate 405 freeway, Hani Nassif figures, they may as well be checking out some Hyundais. Nassif is general manager of Win Hyundai in Carson, Calif., a dealership that recently invested $5 million in a new facility that includes a glass display case to spotlight its products for stalled commuters....
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Tesla cars to get fewer green credits as California tweaks rules

8:22 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Tesla Motors, which had its first profitable quarter last year aided by sales of California environmental credits, is to receive fewer for each Model S sold as the state modifies its zero-emission vehicle program....
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GM ignition recall-suit consolidation sought before Toyota judge in Calif.

7:26 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
GM's growing number of lawsuits over the recalls of now 2.59 million small cars for faulty ignition switches should be consolidated before the same judge overseeing Toyota's acceleration cases, a lawyer for vehicle owners said....
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EPA orders clampdown on tailpipe emissions

11:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
In the Obama administration's latest push to clean up the new-car fleet and deal with America's lingering air pollution problems, the EPA today finalized stricter tailpipe emissions standards that will get ramp up from 2017 to 2025....
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Toyota Prius keeps Calif. sales crown; Tesla moves up

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2014
Toyota's Prius hybrid was the best-selling vehicle line in California for the second year in a row in 2013, with Tesla's Model S claiming third place among luxury cars, according to a market report....
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Group 1 buys two stores in San Diego market

11:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Group 1 Automotive has acquired two dealerships from the Homer Heller Automotive Group in Escondido, Calif. The deal further expands Group 1's footprint in the San Diego market....
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A brief history of the Toyota Supra

11:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
The Toyota FT-1 concept has triggered discussions as to whether it is a design study for a next-generation Supra sports car....
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How Calty emerged as the West Coast design pioneer

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Aside from being an indicator of Toyota's current design aesthetic, the FT-1 concept shows how far Calty Design Research has come in its 40 years of existence. Before Toyota started designing vehicles in California, there was no such thing as “West Coast car design.”...
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Daimler wins as U.S. Supreme Court rejects Argentine human-rights suit

Jan. 15, 2014 10:51 CET
The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a case against Daimler over Mercedes's alleged collaboration...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

JLR, Mercedes seek tech edge from new r&d centers along U.S. west coast

Jan. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
Europe's premium automakers are opening r&d centers on the U.S. west coast to be close to some of the brightest technology developers in the world....
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