Toyota to take staid taxi to new heights by 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

If you've ever set foot in Tokyo, you know the ubiquitous, straight-laced Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that are as archetypal of Japanese taxis as their drivers' officious hats and dainty white gloves. But Tokyo's streetscape is about to get a big makeover, and just in time for the 2020 Olympics....
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New Toyota taxi promises to change Tokyo streetscape

10:43 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Toyota says it will launch a next-generation taxi for the Japan market in 2018 -- a bulbous, hatchback hybrid. The car promises to supplant the ubiquitous Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that are as archetypal of Japanese taxis as their drivers' officious hats and dainty white gloves....
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BMW, Uber team up to offer 7-series rides

12:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Uber customers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York will be able to receive complimentary rides from BMW in the redesigned 2016 7 series beginning at noon local time today....
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BLOG: Tesla a disrupter? Uber is the real threat, Nissan N.A. exec says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

So, which outsider is going to disrupt the auto industry? Tesla? Apple? Google? Uber? A senior Nissan executive said Friday that Uber will force traditional competitors to reinvent themselves or die -- even as he discounted efforts by Apple, Google and Tesla to do the same....
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GM ramps up autonomous driving, mobility plans

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

GM today disclosed plans for several new autonomous-driving and mobility initiatives -- from a New York City ride-sharing project to an electric bike -- in an effort to convince investors that it's ready for a coming disruption in the way people worldwide get around....
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BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology....
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Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology....
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Nissan hails win to become NYC's official taxicab

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Nissan has finally won out in its grueling campaign to make the NV200 compact van the official taxicab of New York City....
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Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time....
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Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership....
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Nissan's NYC taxi fleet plan upheld in state appeals court

4:41 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

New York City's $1 billion plan for a new line of yellow cabs made by Nissan was upheld by the state's highest court today. The court rejected a challenge from fleet operators to the “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan....
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Mini's car-sharing plan will help owners rent their cars

June 24, 2015 17:03 CET

Mini has joined the rush to solve the problem of customers abandoning car ownership in favor of car sharing, launching a scheme that offers buyers the chance to offset the purchase price by renting out their vehicles....
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London cab maker takes legal action over rival taxi design

June 15, 2015 15:16 CET

London Taxi Company, which builds the UK capital's iconic black cabs, is taking legal action against a low-emission alternative, saying the similar design would confuse customers....
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Ford GT maker will build new London black cab

June 5, 2015 06:01 CET

Canada's Multimatic, which specializes in building niche cars such as the Ford GT and Aston Martin One-77, will start production in the UK next year of the Metrocab plug-in hybrid taxi to meet growing demand for low-emission cabs....
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Regulated France is fertile ground for car-sharing

May 30, 2015 06:15 CET

Drivy, a French firm that helps car owners rent out their vehicles, has bought a German rival in the latest sign that France is becoming a hub for the booming vehicle-sharing sector, with help rather than hindrance from the country's notorious red tape....
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Ford plots dual course as driverless future nears

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 28, 2015

Selling cars and trucks won't be enough to keep Ford rolling for a second century, so the company is operating on parallel paths to prepare for self-driving cars and shared vehicles, according to Executive Chairman Bill Ford....
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BLOG: Uber, credit-challenged drivers walk the subprime tightrope

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Uber offers its credit-challenged drivers a finance program to help them buy their vehicles. But the program can put some drivers in trouble, according to a report. Some auto industry experts fear that too many subprime loans could help trigger another financial crisis....
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Icahn invests $100 million in Lyft as Uber rivalry grows

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Lyft raised an additional $150 million, led by an investment of $100 million from Carl Icahn's investment company, raising the stakes in the car-hailing service's rivalry with Uber Technologies....
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Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal....
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BLOG: Uber might trump the cost of car ownership, but not leasing…yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Most dealers probably don’t lose sleep with worry that Uber, the popular app-based service that pairs private drivers with riders, will usurp car ownership anytime soon despite Uber’s ambitions to make it so....
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Nissan is looking for more fleet business

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. But while Nissan has cut back on rental-fleet sales, Munoz wants to sell more Nissans into lucrative commercial fleets....
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Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

March 27, 2015 11:41 CET

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December....
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Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars may focus on the need for a map

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map. The company at the forefront of the race, Google, is creating intricate maps that detail everything along the road. Newer entrants such as Apple could take a shortcut....
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Google developing Uber rival, report says

6:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries. But the most significant threat to the app-based transportation company may be much closer to home: one of its biggest investors. Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project....
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You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business....
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