Jim Lentz

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Next wave of Toyota's Texas migration gets underway, with some 'growing pains'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Eventually more than 4,000 Toyota employees will be housed in a sprawling, 2.1-million-square-foot complex that is expected to be finished in early 2017. Most of those will come from Toyota's Torrance, Calif., campus, while about 1,000 are due from Erlanger, Ky. The move, announced in April 2014, is aimed at reorganizing the far-flung entities that make up Toyota North America (financial, sales, manufacturing) under one roof in tax-friendly Texas....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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Toyota ramps up its truck production, with caution

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Toyota plans to boost output of light trucks in 2016 to tap the hot market for SUVs and crossovers, but it will do so cautiously with an eye to the flattening market, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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Lentz to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Jim Lentz, who led Toyota's recovery in North America from the dark days of its 2010 unintended-acceleration crisis and the pain of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12....
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Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan....
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Toyota launches $126 million r&d expansion in Michigan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Toyota broke ground today on the $126 million expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan. The expansion includes a new prototype facility for vehicle development, additions to the powertrain development facility and a supply center. The construction is expected to wrap up in late 2016....
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Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets....
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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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