Jim Lentz

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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What Toyota learned from its recall crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2014
Four years ago, Toyota was fighting the same kind of safety battle General Motors is waging today. Toyota boss Jim Lentz reflected on the lessons his company learned. Some may help GM....
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Toyota moving away from EVs in favor of hydrogen fuel cells

2:47 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota is walking away from building longer-range battery-electric vehicles in favor of its effort in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, its top North American executive said....
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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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Bozzella, ex-Ford, Chrysler exec, named CEO of Global Automakers

March 21, 2014 06:01 CET
John Bozzella, an auto industry veteran who helped generate support for Chrysler's government bailout before leaving the company in 2009, was named CEO of the U.S.-based Association of Global Automakers....
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Bozzella, ex-Ford, Chrysler exec, named CEO of Global Automakers

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2014
John Bozzella, an auto industry veteran who helped to marshal support for Chrysler's government bailout before leaving the company in 2009, was named CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, a Washington-based coalition of 12 automakers including Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota....
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Lentz testifies on Toyota's brake override questions

12:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2013
Toyota decided not to market its brake-override system as "safe stop" to avoid promising more than the mechanism could deliver for driver safety, the company's top U.S. executive told a California jury....
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