The Los Angeles auto show postponed its 2020 show by six months because of COVID-19, wedging it in between auto shows in New York and Detroit next spring, and potentially forcing automakers to chose from among the three.
Volkswagen has built a central reservation system to allow consumers to place initial deposits on the ID4, a battery-electric Tiguan-sized crossover that will show up in U.S. showrooms late this year. The refundable deposits will be augmented by $400 refundable deposits later to confirm the vehicle order.
Toyota and Amazon Web Services have broadened a cloud services agreement that should help the automaker's large fleet customers save data costs and help Toyota speed development of future Web-based consumer services, the automaker's chief technology officer says.
Longtime Toyota Motor North America executive Bill Fay will retire Sept. 1 after 38 years. He will be succeeded by Jack Hollis as senior vice president of automotive operations, with current Lexus head David Christ taking over Toyota Division and Andrew Gilleland taking over Lexus.
The two Japanese automakers announced the joint project, to produce a pair of coming subcompact crossovers, in 2018. Production is due to begin next year. They did not fully explain the added investment, other than to say it was to incorporate more "cutting-edge manufacturing technologies" into its assembly line and improve worker training.