Toyota

Toyota wants a Scion purchase to feel more like buying an IPad

6:46 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Toyota wants buying a Scion car to feel more like ordering an iPad and less like the current four-hour ordeal....
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Chevy Malibu sheds weight, gains room with sculpted 2016 makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will be larger, lighter, packed with new safety gear and wrapped in sheet metal that signals Chevy's ambition to turn the heads of midsize sedan buyers. The 2016 Malibu, to be unveiled at the New York auto show today, looks to be an all-out bid by GM to lift the car from its also-ran status....
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Scion packs new iM, iA with advanced electronics, safety gear

9:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Toyota is banking on new technology to give momentum to its struggling Scion brand. At the New York auto show on Tuesday, the automaker unveiled two new Scion nameplates, each boasting some advanced electronics and other features not often found in entry-level vehicles....
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Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German automakers, the brand's chief, Johan de Nysschen, said today....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Can these cars fuel brand comebacks?

10:15 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work. But some vehicles have even more riding on them....
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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's low-price safety tech coming to U.S. this year

7:09 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Toyota said today it will begin offering automatic braking, lane departure alert technology and other safety electronics later this year in a package priced at about $300 in its compact cars. A slightly more advanced version will be priced at about $500 for midsize and larger models....
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How the SUV drove luxury kings to power

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks....
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Toyota's better cars get better plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. The streamlining -- which will slash capital investment costs, lead times and even the overall size of future factories -- will underpin a new generation of modularized product platforms....
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Scion iA sedan uncovered

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille....
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U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Given how close volumes are tracking with the same month a year ago, whether March results finish up or down will likely hinge on how many deliveries dealers can make between now through Tuesday....
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Toyota adding hybrid to 2016 RAV4 lineup

12:45 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota is adding a hybrid model at a time of low gas prices and slumping sales of alternative-powertrain vehicles. An all-new RAV4 hybrid will be introduced next week at the New York auto show....
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Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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Honda hires U.S. engineering firm Exponent to investigate Takata airbags

6:21 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda has hired Exponent, a U.S. engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some airbags made by Takata....
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Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil two new nameplates for its struggling Scion brand next month at the New York auto show -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA....
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Toyota may approve first Mexico car plant in weeks, reports say

7:56 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota is finalizing plans for its first passenger-car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter....
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Rising sums: A surge in share for the Japanese

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

After rising in 2014 by four-tenths of a point to 37.5 percent, Japanese automakers captured 38.2 percent in the first two months of 2015. U.S., European and Korean carmakers all have declined this year in combined share....
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BEST PRACTICES

Each generation learns to go its own way

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

If the Gates family has learned anything in 87 years of operating dealerships, it's that each generation must forge its own business plan....
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Lexus aims to recapture luxury sales crown with retooled RX

2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Lexus is gunning to regain the U.S. luxury sales crown when it unveils a redesigned RX crossover next month at the New York auto show....
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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Toyota is about to give up its struggling Scion brand a shot in the arm -- two shots, in fact. At the New York auto show next month, the automaker is set to unveil two new models for the youth-oriented brand -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA....
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U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags....
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China's FAW chairman faces gov't graft probe

March 17, 2015 13:18 CET

Xu Jianyi, the chairman of China's FAW Group, which makes cars with Volkswagen and Toyota, is being investigated by the Communist Party anti-graft watchdog....
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The LF-SA minicar's bold design is from out of this world

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

Caught in a polarizing vortex at the Geneva auto show this month was the Lexus LF-SA minicar concept. Here are some reactions....
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OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE

'Tier 2' luxury brands struggle to compete with elite Germans, Lexus

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

Lincoln, Acura, Cadillac and Infiniti are struggling to make inroads against Lexus and a trio of German powerhouses – BMW, Mercedes and an ascending Audi. An enviable combination of global reach, strong residual values and rock-solid brand images is creating a world of U.S. luxury haves and have-nots....
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Toyota counters union wage request with smaller offer

6:25 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota, which makes more profit than all other Japanese carmakers combined, will offer to raise wages by one-third less than what its labor union requested....
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