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Toyota preps another small crossover concept

Toyota will unwrap a small crossover concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show geared toward outdoor enthusiasts and urban dwellers.

Lexus to unwrap 3-row RX crossover at L.A. auto show

Lexus' U.S. dealers have clamored for a family-friendly version of the popular RX crossover for years, but it's unclear whether the third row will accommodate two or three passengers.

Lexus to unwrap 3-row RX crossover at L.A. Auto Show

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L with a gasoline engine and the hybrid RX 450hL will be unveiled Nov. 29 at the auto show, the company said. Canadian sales of the current RX are up 17 per cent this year.

NAFTA cloud hangs over Toyota's plant plans

The plan to shift more pickup production to Mexico depends on the survival of a trade pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst U.S. trade deal ever.

TOYOTA: Fifth-straight gain but Lexus lags

UPDATED: 11/2/17 3:05 pm ET - adds U.S. market share data

Toyota's rebalancing of its once car-heavy mix means vehicle sales are now just slightly ahead of last year's numbers. Lexus, however, has not fared so well on the luxury side with just too many sedans.

Toyota lagging on technology? No, just quiet.

The pioneer of the Prius and lean manufacturing wants the world to know it's not falling behind on electrification -- or autonomous technology, for that matter.

Toyota denies 'political game' with Mexico plant

Toyota is pushing back on any suggestion that its decision to cut investment and capacity at a plant under construction in Mexico has anything to do with U.S. political pressure.

Lexus concept showcases self-driving chops

Lexus' newest concept car, based on the re-engineered LS sedan, will be used to showcase its self-driving technologies and design direction.

Toyota trims planned investment in new Mexico plant to $700 million

Toyota has trimmed investment plans for a pickup factory in Mexico after the Japanese automaker decided to also build a new U.S. auto plant with partner Mazda.

Spy photos suggest Prius v goes crossover

The first spy photos of what appears to be an updated Prius v wagon suggest it will get the crossover treatment when it goes on sale.

Toyota says its 'in the game' on autonomous technology

U.S.-based Toyota Research Institute demonstrates its autonomous vehicle platform, and declares it's very much in the race to build advanced safety systems and robot cars.

Mexico’s crossover production adds to trade tensions

A new generation of light trucks is being built and sold in Mexico, upending traditional notions of the country's place in the North American auto industry.

Mexico expects rough round of NAFTA talks

Mexico auto industry officials are bracing for hardball proposals from American trade negotiators as the latest round of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement gets underway.

Toyota ready to defend Mexico beachhead

Toyota, long a bit player in Mexico, now is No. 4 in sales there. It plans to defend its Mexican beachhead with an expanded model line and second assembly plant.

New Camry campaign: It's good to be naughty

Toyota's "Sensations" ad campaign uses intergenerational music and a lot of engine noise to show that the Camry isn't just a household appliance.

TOYOTA: Trucks, Camry fuel gain

Toyota reported sharply higher U.S. sales in September on booming light trucks and the redesigned 2018 Camry.

A turning point for Texas' auto market

Things are looking brighter for the Texas auto market as parts of the state hardest hit by low oil prices and natural disasters start the long road to recovery, lifting a market that has underperformed in recent years.

As Texas State Fair opens, outlook for state's auto market is upbeat

UPDATED: 9/28/17 11:35 am ET - adds photos

Things are looking brighter for Texas' auto market as parts of the state hardest hit by low oil prices and natural disasters start the long road to recovery.

Can Lexus recapture the spirit of '89?

The stakes are high as Lexus tries to pivot from cushy, reliable cars and crossovers to more emotional, hard-charging vehicles that set the bar rather than resting on their laurels.

Mexico's unshakable auto industry

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.

Revamped Lexus LS 500 to start above $75,000 ​

Lexus will sell its redesigned LS 500 flagship sedan for around $76,000 for the base model, up from $73,515 on the outgoing model, in a bet that its more aggressive design and enhanced performance will draw brand loyalists...

Amid NAFTA gloom, Mexico signals confidence

The obsessive skepticism about the future of NAFTA is unfounded, says Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. Still, he notes that "there's a lot of noise going around."

Amid NAFTA gloom, Mexico signals confidence

The obsessive skepticism about the future of NAFTA is unfounded, says Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. Still, he notes that "there's a lot of noise going around."

Mexico's auto plants crank up production

The momentum from a slew of auto industry investments in recent years has carried the industry in Mexico to peak capacity. And that's likely to continue as new plants and plant expansions come online, industry officials say.

Mexico braces for influx of flood-damaged cars

Mexico auto industry officials worry that damaged vehicles from Hurricane Harvey and perhaps Hurricane Irma could find their way south of the border given lax import controls in the past.

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