Akio Toyoda

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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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014
Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Toyota pauses on Mexico expansion to review growth strategy, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Toyota is reconsidering a move to open a new compact car assembly plant in Mexico after company President Akio Toyoda told planners searching for a site to pause and review its rationale, executives familiar with the matter said....
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Lexus to unleash $375,000 LFA successor

2:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, will build a successor to the 552-horsepower car....
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How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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Ghosn set to top Japan pay rankings with $10 million pay

June 24, 2014 09:39 CET
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn earned more than $10 million last year, putting him on track to become the best-paid Japan executive for the fourth time in five years....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota Europe boss shares secrets to his success

1:22 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says that to become a true leader you should not worry about making your boss happy....
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Alma mater matters: Why Babson College is Toyota's special partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Toyota is forging strong ties with Babson College. This spring, Babson is offering a hands-on undergraduate class that shows how to apply the Toyota Production System in the real world, by tweaking the Greater Boston Food Bank's fresh food distribution center, called the Marketplace....
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HANS GREIMEL

Akio's world: When growth is no growth

3:14 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Akio Toyoda is the first to admit it. He doesn't count company growth the same way as other captains of industry -- or Wall Street profit hounds, for that matter....
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Toyota fourth-quarter earnings hit by U.S. settlement

2:43 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's settlement with the federal government over unintended-acceleration claims contributed to a 5 percent decline in fourth-quarter net income, but the automaker still achieved record full-year profits....
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Toyota's global sales top VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

5:11 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles....
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Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

April 23, 2014 11:11 CET
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles....
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Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there....
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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

April 11, 2014 14:45 CET
Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States....
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Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process....
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Toyota buying back stock for first time since 2009 as cash grows

12:51 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Toyota said it will buy back stock for the first time in five years as its cash pile swells and profit climbs. Toyota will repurchase as many as 60 million shares, equivalent to a 1.9 percent stake, for 360 billion yen ($3.5 billion), according to a statement Tuesday. The company, which last bought back stock in February 2009, plans to retire about half of those shares by the end of June....
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Akio Toyoda calls recalls a turning point for company

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
A day after his company agreed to pay a record $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe into safety issues, the head of Toyota Motor Corp. called the preceding recalls a turning point for the carmaker. The recalls marked a shift in how Toyota and the industry think about safety, President Akio Toyoda said. It's no longer just about passing regulations but about delivering a sense of security....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

GM recall is bad, but not yet Toyota-bad

3:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
As bad as the General Motors ignition switch recall is, the storm still doesn't match the hysteria whipped up four years ago by Toyota's unintended-acceleration crisis. The Toyota recall was, and still is, the benchmark mammoth recall of our time....
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