Toyota

Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012....
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Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation....
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Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem....
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STAR POWER

Cars and concepts that glowed in the L.A. spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
These four concepts and one production model are ready for their close-ups....
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HANS GREIMEL

5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC

10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle....
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Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine....
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Lexus' Bracken says 300,000 U.S. sales 'is within our grasp' this year

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Lexus is raising its U.S. sales target to 300,000 vehicles this year, General Manager Jeff Bracken said. “We started the year with a sales goal of 290,000 units,” Bracken told Automotive News. “Now 300,000 is within our grasp.”...
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Fuel cell cars steal spotlight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation....
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Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system....
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Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Turns out, the Mirai's exhaust water is safer than milk, Toyota says. Still, no one at Toyota has tried it....
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KEITH CRAIN

Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive....
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Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?...
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Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers....
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Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak

11:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, federal regulators said today....
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Toyota Sienna fares well in new crash test; 3 other minivans perform poorly

7:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In a front overlap crash safety tests of four minivans sold in the United States, only the latest model of the Toyota Sienna scored well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said today....
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Scion looks to end product drought with iM hatchback

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Scion formally unveiled the long-awaited five-door iM Concept hatchback, marking the struggling brand's first new design in three years. The hatchback will arrive in dealerships next year after Scion shows a production version of the car at the New York auto show in April....
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BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant....
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Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's a “powerful, emotional car” created to appeal to younger customers, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled....
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Toyota sees fuel cell car, priced at $57,500, gaining traction in small steps

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Toyota said it plans to sell close to 200 of its Mirai -- it means “future” in Japanese -- fuel-cell sedans when it goes on sale in California in late 2015, and 3,000 units by the end of 2017 as it expands marketing to cover the Northeast U.S....
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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive....
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Scion's iM and what comes after

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
After teasing the iM concept hatchback last month with shots of the nose and rear, Scion has released pictures of the entire car before its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure a smooth transition, realigning job functions and keeping up morale as anxious workers await word on their new job descriptions and pay scales....
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