Toyota

Lexus NX may challenge RX for brand sales leader outside U.S.

6:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
The new Lexus NX compact crossover, already racking thousands of orders in Japan, may unseat big sibling RX as the luxury brand's top global nameplate. At least outside the United States....
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Toyota targets shoppers with location-based mobile ad tool

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Toyota is using a location-based mobile ad tool to supercharge its annual clearance sale. The tool, Opera Mediaworks' Dynamic Sales Event platform, enables Toyota to target shoppers who are intent on making a purchase with banner ads on Web pages and apps that display the annual percentage rate for loans at dealerships in their regions....
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HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside....
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Asian, European brands dominate satisfaction survey, but U.S. brands close gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Asian and European brands dominate the top of an annual survey of customer satisfaction in the United States with auto brands, though overall satisfaction with the industry dropped for the second year in a row....
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Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Gene Moon, dealer principal of Signature Toyota in Benton Harbor, Mich., receives a 25-year award from Scott Wracher, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Cincinnati regional general manager....
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Ford plans hybrid series to rival Prius, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a Toyota Prius-fighter -- a gasoline-electric hybrid car debuting in late 2018 that will be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline model....
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NGK to plead guilty in price-fix probe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
NGK Spark Plug Co. agreed to plead guilty and pay a $52.1 million criminal fine over its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs and other automotive parts, the Department of Justice said last week....
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Toyota to expand Highlander production in Indiana, invest $100 million

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Toyota said today it will spend $100 million to increase production of the Highlander crossover in Princeton, Ind. The Highlander has been bumping against its production ceiling at the Indiana assembly plant....
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Recalls have little to no impact on residual values, study says

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Recalls have almost no effect on vehicle depreciation rates, a new study found. Even widespread recalls that generate sweeping publicity had little to no effect on residual values, which represent the value of a used vehicle. The study comes as the U.S. auto industry will set a record in 2014 for vehicle recalls....
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Toyota to cut prices of Lexus parts in China amid antitrust concerns

7:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Toyota said today it would cut prices of parts for its luxury Lexus models in China, following similar moves by its German rivals, in response to heightened regulatory scrutiny over antitrust issues....
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Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, Reuters reported, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid -- that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1....
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Toyota's FT-1 revealed -- again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota pulled the cover off a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., a sign that a production version may not be far behind....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, particularly men, who make up just 40 percent of current buyers....
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Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups. Chevy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of deferred payments on some of its most popular nameplates....
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U.S. appoints former federal prosecutor to be Toyota safety monitor

6:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Former federal prosecutor David Kelley has been appointed as the government monitor who will supervise Toyota's safety after the company's mishandling of vehicle recalls for unintended acceleration....
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MARK VAUGHN

Toyota redresses FT-1 concept

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
It's the second coming of the Toyota FT-1. Toyota is showing off the first and now a second FT-1 concept in California to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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Toyota's bottom line is surging to the top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Don't look now, but Toyota Motor Corp. has opened up a big lead on the rest of the global industry when it comes to profitability. The Japanese juggernaut reported last week that net income in the April-June period rose to a quarterly record $5.7 billion....
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Toyota cuts the 'andon cord,' now pushes buttons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is retiring the fabled "andon cord," the emergency cable strung above assembly lines that came to symbolize the built-in quality of the Toyota Way and was widely copied through the auto industry and beyond. In its place are yellow call buttons....
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EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns....
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