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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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JIM HENRY

Think the CFPB’s tough? It’s not the only one

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Dealers ought to take a look at a proposal from a consumer advocate group in California that would prohibit “dealer markup.”...
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Toyota gears up for more fuel-cell vehicles, will add stations

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
Toyota's engineers have been so successful reducing the cost of the company's new fuel-cell powered FCV sedan that the operation in the United States has asked headquarters to boost their initial allotment....
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Google rolls out auto alliance to bring Android into car systems

7:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2014
That kid, the one in the back of the SUV with the iPad, he’s the automotive industry’s worst enemy. And he’s the reason a handful of the world’s biggest automakers have just partnered with Google to bring its Android software into vehicle infotainment systems....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealer's local ties drive typhoon aid effort

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
After seeing the devastation wrought on the Philippines by deadly Typhoon Haiyan, Tito Anopol spoke up....
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BEST PRACTICES

Ford store's location is strategic asset

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
If you want to know why The Ford Store Morgan Hill sold more Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids than any other Ford dealership in the country through November, just look out the store's window. Location, location, location....
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Toyota to begin settlement talks over acceleration suits

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2013
Toyota and lawyers pursuing claims alleging the company's vehicles suddenly accelerated, causing deaths or injuries, will begin an "intensive settlement process" to resolve the lawsuits, a judge in California said....
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California proposes regs for self-driving-car tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Automakers, suppliers and technology companies that want to test autonomous vehicles on California roads may have to pony up for a $5 million insurance policy....
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GM and Toyota to battle for smaller pickup truck segment

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
While the Detroit Three dominate big pickups, Toyota has become the top mid-size truck seller in the United States with its Tacoma. GM, which stopped building a mid-size pickup for the United States last year, is returning to the segment with a redesigned version of the Chevrolet Colorado, betting it can appeal to Toyota buyers....
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Ford Fusion, behind coastal surge, poised to challenge Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
The Fusion -- Ford's hottest car since Taurus was America's top seller two decades ago -- is going coastal. Already a hit in the heartland, Fusion now attracts buyers in places that previously panned Detroit iron....
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Tesla says 3 workers hurt in industrial accident at U.S. plant

Nov. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Tesla says three employees at its California plant that builds electric Model S sedans were injured by hot metal from a casting press during an industrial accident....
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