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La demanda de las Tacoma ejerce presión a la planta de Toyota en Baja California

El pequeño motor de Baja California, tal como lo percibe el presidente de Toyota de México, ha asumido un papel cada vez más importante para este fabricante automotriz, luego de aumentar su capacidad e incorporar alrededor de 1,000 trabajadores.

Expanding service, parts, body shop operations helped dealership weather the storm

North Carolina's Modern Toyota reassigned staffers rather than let them go and relied heavily on fixed operations when consumers were servicing, but not buying, cars.

El boom automotriz del Bajío mexicano

A pesar de las amenazas de los aranceles de la administración Trump, los fabricantes de automóviles han avanzado con nuevas fábricas en el corazón de la industria automotriz de México.

México es pieza clave para plan Toyota de satisfacer demanda de pickups

La fábrica de Guanajuato que se está construyendo en México es la última pieza en un triángulo de tres plantas y dos países que impulsará la producción de las camionetas Tacoma y Tundra de tamaño completo. También allanará el camino para nuevos productos y economías de escala, dijeron ejecutivos de Toyota.

How Lexus shows its wild (but not crazy) side

Consumers know Lexus vehicles for their long tradition of smooth-riding sedans and plush utility vehicles that are at home at the country club, fine hotels and trendy urban eateries. But how about at the track?

TOYOTA: Sharp decline as cars, incentives slip

Light trucks were a bright spot for both Toyota and Lexus, reflecting the sharp industry trend toward crossovers, SUVs and pickups.

Lexus UX kicks off luxury brand's utility updates

Like Toyota, Lexus has been updating its global vehicle platforms, but the luxury brand had, until now, been mostly focused on pricey car-based models such as the halo LC coupe and flagship LS sedan that don't have counterparts over at its mainstream corporate sibling.

Toyota evolution shifts up a gear

Toyota's product transformation is in full swing and picking up steam as cars and crossovers move to a new global architecture that allows the company to add new models more quickly and inject some styling flair and modern technology into its lineup.

Toyota offers part-time vehicle use in Hawaii

Toyota's first homegrown car-share program, launched this month in Hawaii, could be a model for dealerships around the globe to tap into demand for part-time vehicle use.

Shelby Bigelow

Turned around a struggling dealership from loss to profit; dramatically improved sales efficiency at another store

Toyota's triangle strategy to ease Tacoma, Tundra shortages

The Guanajuato factory being built in Mexico is the final piece in a three-plant, two-country triangle that will boost production of the segment-leading Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups. It will also pave the way for new products and economies of scale, Toyota executives said.

Winner in Mexico leans into NAFTA

Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Winner in Mexico leans into NAFTA

Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Toyota Tacoma demand squeezes Baja plant

Baja's "little engine that could," in the words of Toyota de Mexico's president, has taken on an increasingly important role for the automaker after gaining capacity and adding about 1,000 workers.

Home of the two-wheel loaner vehicle

Steven Mitchell's passions as a lifelong cyclist and third-generation auto retailer came together when his dealership group gave up a slice of its employee parking lot for a bike trail.

TOYOTA: Record light-truck demand; soft sedans

UPDATED: 7/5/18 11:53 am ET - adds details

Toyota Motor posted a modest sales gain in June; the Highlander and Tacoma stood out on the truck side, while the Camry and Corolla slipped.

Toyota sees chance as sedan rivals drop out

Toyota is treating plummeting U.S. car sales as an opportunity, not as a worrisome trend threatening one of its biggest strengths.

Toyota hires N.A. chief information officer

Toyota's new North American IT chief has a wide-ranging background in industries such as gambling, food and razors. Now he'll try his hand at in the auto space, filling the role left open by his recently promoted new boss.

Mexico's NAFTA hopes dim as trade war erupts

Now that NAFTA looks like a dead pact walking, Mexico finds itself with unexpected allies, but that's little consolation.

Lexus' line of work

Like its competitors, Lexus is adding crowd-pleasing crossovers and taking a hard look at its car business, which has lagged in recent years.


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