Akio Toyoda


TALK FROM THE TOP: After years of rebuilding, Toyoda plans to expand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

President Akio Toyoda is shifting Toyota Motor Corp. into expansion mode after years of dealing with crises and rebuilding....
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BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit....
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What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf....
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Toyoda says sexiness is in, utility is out for Lexus vehicles

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

Anxious to boost Lexus' sex appeal, Akio Toyoda is making clear which categories of vehicles will work for the luxury brand and which simply aren't seductive enough....
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Toyota's take on VW scandal: Avoid fixation on being the biggest

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

Toyota President Akio Toyoda weighed in for the first time about the scandal engulfing Volkswagen, stressing his resistance to getting consumed with sales targets....
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Akio Toyoda's aggressive reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Akio Toyoda is rolling out an aggressive overhaul of Toyota Motor Corp. that aims to improve everything from manufacturing and product planning to design and human resources. The rekindled confidence will be on display at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show....
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Toyoda earned $2.84 million last year after bonus doubles

7:47 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota President Akio Toyoda earned 352 million yen ($2.84 million) in total compensation last year after his bonus doubled to about $2 million, the company said in a regulatory filing today....
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Toyota President Toyoda earns $10.3 million, surpassing Nissan's Ghosn

June 24, 2015 11:14 CET

Toyota President Akio Toyoda became the highest-paid auto executive in Japan last year after dividend payouts pushed his total compensation to $10.3 million, passing Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn....
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Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automaker....
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Toyoda defends 'close friend' Hamp after arrest

6:40 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda defended his "close friend" and global communications chief Julie Hamp a day after her arrest for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers and promised the investigation will show that the company's first upper-level female executive had no intention of breaking Japanese law....
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At Lexus, the chief still defends that spindle grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

While some rivals and design experts deride Lexus' jagged-edged, trapezoidal grille, Toyota's design chief stands by the drastic makeover, saying it gives Lexus a unique edge over BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, particularly in competitive markets such as China, where buyers will pay more for a car that stands out from the crowd....
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Who's Toyota CEO? Isn't it obvious?

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

During a meeting for individual investors in Japan, Toyota showed a video of man-on-the-street footage asking regular Japanese whether they could identify the head of their country's biggest manufacturer. Most couldn't....
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Congressional grilling was Akio Toyoda's defining moment

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

Akio Toyoda's moment of self-discovery came on what could have been the worst day of his life, sitting before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's response to a burgeoning unintended-acceleration crisis....
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Toyota's Leroy defies doubters, prepares for VW challenge

April 4, 2015 14:00 CET

When Toyota hired Didier Leroy, headhunters told the Frenchman he would never get far as a foreigner at the world's largest automaker. Starting this month, Leroy oversees the planning, building and selling of Toyotas in half the world....
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Toyota to end expansion freeze, invest $1.3B in new Mexico, China plants, reports say

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Toyota plans to spend about $1.3 billion to build two new car plants in Mexico and China, two people familiar with plans told Reuters, ending a three-year freeze imposed after unchecked growth lumbered the world's biggest auto maker with too many idle production lines....
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Toyota CEO feared losing job over recalls; instead gained sense of purpose

8:21 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In a rare moment of public reflection, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda marked the company’s unintended-acceleration crisis as the turning point in his career, even as he fretted about being fired....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

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

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots....
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Toyota shifts r&d base to Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. is consolidating its North American r&d base in a step that moves it closer to creating the carmaker's first truly self-sufficient product development center outside Japan....
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Toyota may lose global sales lead to VW without new China strategy

Jan. 22, 2015 11:11 CET

Toyota remained the best-selling automaker worldwide in 2014 ahead of VW and GM, but the company may lose the sales crown this year as it falls behind in China, where rivals are expanding fast....
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Toyota raises ante on hydrogen; Japan to ease fuel cell regulation

6:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Japan will introduce self-service hydrogen filling stations and ease other regulations related to fuel cells to promote the technology, which carmakers including Toyota are using in vehicles....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

A look back at notable quotes from notable people in 2014....
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