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Toyota recalls Tundra, Sequoia for seat and traction-control problems

Toyota will recall 8,800 Tundra pickups from the 2017 model year for a seat problem, and 65,000 2018 Tundras and Sequoia SUVs for a glitch that could turn off stability control and other systems.

Toyota Canada recalls Tundra, Sequoia for seat and traction-control problems

Toyota Canada will recall 580 Tundra pickups from the 2017 model year for a seat problem, and 8,180 2018 Tundras and Sequoia SUVs for a glitch that could turn off stability control and other systems.

Lexus testing new hybrid math

Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship...

Tax changes boost public dealerships

UPDATED: 2/15/18 11:14 am ET - corrected

Publicly traded dealership groups turned in generally good results in the fourth quarter. Then U.S. corporate tax cuts pumped up those earnings -- often by a lot.

Toyota isn't sweating North America slump

How serious are Toyota's problems in North America? Big enough to undercut the parent company's latest quarterly results, but not enough to dim the outlook for the fiscal year or to make Toyota an outlier among its...

Toyota's Elkington takes pioneering role seriously

Watching the cars come off the line and helping workers would be an "ideal day" for Susan Elkington. But as the first female director of Toyota's largest factory, she has bigger responsibilities.

Mexico's '17 record production rises more

The Mexican auto industry revised its 2017 record auto production upward after newcomer Audi reported numbers from its Q5 plant in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla.

Toyota looks to ride improved car-truck mix

Toyota's U.S. sales surge in January reflected some one-off factors, but positive trends should continue, executives say.

Toyota rolls out new trail-ready TRD Pro trucks

UPDATED: 2/8/18 12:41 pm ET - adds details

Toyota is rolling out updated TRD Pro trims for the midsize Tacoma pickup, the full-size Tundra and the 4Runner SUV -- some of the most popular trucks the automaker sells -- adding a snorkel-like intake on the Tacoma and...

Group 1 Q4 net rises on tax break

UPDATED: 2/8/18 4:18 pm ET - adds stock close

Group 1's fourth-quarter net nearly quadrupled on a one-time gain from U.S. tax changes and increasing gross profits in all of the dealership group's regions.

Mexico's 2017 record auto output revised upward, but caution remains

UPDATED: 2/8/18 4:06 pm ET - revises January production

The Mexican auto industry revised its 2017 record auto production upward after newcomer Audi reported numbers from its Q5 plant in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla.

Oil patch cheered by rising crude prices

The combination of record oil output and prices above $60 a barrel is bringing hope for a hike in South Texas auto sales.

Toyota hybrids find receptive home in Latin America

With Americans turning their back on hybrids, Toyota has rapidly repositioned its quirky Prius as a tech-forward alternative in Latin American countries where gas-electric vehicles have been rare.

TOYOTA: Trucks deliver 'great start' to 2018

Toyota Motor Sales reported a 17 percent rise in U.S. auto sales last month compared with a year ago on the strength of light trucks and several core sedans across the Toyota and Lexus brands.

Can the hardy Tacoma climb this hill?

A competitive barrage in midsize pickups could be tough for the Toyota Tacoma, the segment leader for more than a decade. Or it could be an opportunity for the burly Toyota to kick sand in the face of yet another challenger.

Lexus may ride LF-1 to higher ground

Rather than follow Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Jaguar into less-expensive, entry-luxury territory to boost its sales volumes, Lexus aims to stake out more ground in the upper tiers of luxury.

Toyota quietly rolls out Apple CarPlay

'Finally,' Siri told Toyota at the Avalon press conference at NAIAS.

Toyota seeks to trim small-car models

Toyota's North American CEO, Jim Lentz, told Automotive News that the brand needs to bring some order to its lineup, which contains a range of hybrids plus some carryovers from Scion.

No slowdown for Toyota's Kentucky car plant

Plant manager Susan Elkington says the infusion of fresh product will spark sedan sales and keep the Georgetown line humming.

Lexus LF-1 stresses style over utility

Lexus' new crossover concept defines a fresh segment for the luxury automaker: a light truck focused more on style and driving dynamics than utility.

Toyota polishes 5th-generation Avalon, introduces Apple CarPlay

Toyota's next-generation Avalon flagship sedan features more aggressive bodywork, an updated platform to improve driving dynamics and the company's first implementation of Apple CarPlay after years of remaining one of the...

Car-heavy Toyota takes comfort in breadth of its lineup

The Camry and other iconic cars may be outliers rather than trendsetters in their ability to defy the rush toward crossovers.

Luxury showdown in '18?

Mercedes-Benz has spent two consecutive years atop the U.S. luxury market, but BMW and Lexus are looking for growth from new products on the way.

Group 1 to give $500 bonuses out of savings from tax cut

Group 1 Automotive will give $500 bonuses to its non-management dealership employees out of money it will save from the newly enacted tax overhaul law.

A boom in Mexico's Bajio

Despite threats of tariffs from the Trump administration, automakers have pushed forward with new factories in Mexico's automotive heartland.

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