Jim Lentz

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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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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