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Toyota forges new urban, off-road concept for N.Y.

Toyota, perhaps with an eye on Jeep's Wrangler, will introduce an off-road concept with urban chops called the FT-4X Concept at the New York auto show.

Toyota adds a bit of spice to special edition 860 coupe

Toyota is throwing a little extra habanero into the 86 coupe it inherited from Scion (the former FR-S) with the 860 special edition, named for the limited run of 860 in Supernova Orange and the same number in Halo White.

Mexico stops sweating over NAFTA

So far, cooler heads on both sides of the border have prevailed on NAFTA, paving the way for negotiations later this year that might keep it alive for another quarter-century.

Mexico stops sweating over fate of NAFTA

There's renewed hope in Mexico that trade negotiators will find the right mix of concessions to keep NAFTA alive for another quarter century.

Mexico stops sweating over fate of NAFTA

There's renewed hope in Mexico that trade negotiators will find the right mix of concessions to keep NAFTA alive for another quarter century.

Mexico stops sweating over fate of NAFTA

There's renewed hope in Mexico that trade negotiators will find the right mix of concessions to keep NAFTA alive for another quarter century.

Dealer makes waiting customers stew

When Carlos and Laurie Liriano moved from Louisiana to the heart of Texas, they brought along with them their taste for New Orleans hospitality -- and their gumbo recipes.

Spirit of Scion lives on in Toyota's C-HR, coming to Canada soon

In the Toyota C-HR, set to arrive in Canada in May, the automaker has rolled out a vehicle that feels upscale and special, but fully at home in the Scion universe of simple but not austere.

Spirit of Scion lives on in Toyota's C-HR

In the C-HR, Toyota has rolled out a vehicle that feels upscale and special, but fully at home in the Scion universe of simple but not austere.

Toyota C-HR crossover priced from $23,460

Toyota's new C-HR crossover will mostly use the “mono-spec” pricing and equipment formula that the defunct Scion brand employed to get young drivers into well-equipped vehicles at relatively low prices.

Mexico: We won't roll over

Mexican officials are under pressure to stand up to the Trump administration and defend Mexico's auto industry. They are making clear that they're prepared to use their leverage on other U.S. priorities.

Shuffle at Toyota according to plan

Toyota's executive shuffle last week was part of broader effort to stay nimble, while the promotions of key figures in North America, including Bob Carter and Bill Fay, follow long-term succession plans for top posts.

Toyota opts for its own Entune over Apple CarPlay, Android Auto for infotainment

Toyota says its recently upgraded Entune 3.0 infotainment and app suite is a better alternative for the brand and replicates many of the features and applications in the Apple and Google products.

Can Toyota stave off CarPlay, Android Auto?

What makes Toyota's new infotainment system stand out from the rest of the industry? It still doesn't accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Toyota sees wider window for TRD

Toyota's expansion of Toyota Racing Development trims across its truck line opens the door for a sporty subbrand that could find its way onto higher-volume products such as the RAV4 and Camry as the automaker chases younger...

Toyota positions two big launches: Camry and C-HR

Toyota's next-generation Camry represents the upstanding citizen in the brand's lineup, albeit with a fancy make-over and a gym membership. The new C-HR crossover is the polarizing wild child crying out for attention.

Lexus still short of utility vehicles

Lexus is still short on supplies of its popular utility vehicles after limited availability led to a 26 percent fall in sales last month.

Toyota expands TRD trim options to more vehicles

Toyota unveiled Toyota Racing Development packages for the Tundra full-size pickup and Sequoia large SUV, expanding the models that get TRD treatment as it seeks to better market the trim options.

Amid sales push, RAV4 goes in a more rugged direction

With Toyota's RAV4 expected to seize the brand's sales crown from the Camry this year, the compact crossover is getting a more rugged version that may portend the shape of things to come.

Toyota adds rugged, sport trims to 2018 RAV4, Tundra, Sequoia

UPDATED: 2/9/17 2:06 pm ET - adds details

Toyota, aiming for a bigger slice of a robust light-truck market, is targeting outdoor and performance enthusiasts with new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup, Sequoia large SUV, and RAV4 crossover.

Lynk & CO aims to fix broken dealer model

The franchised dealer model has stayed stagnant for too long and will lead to a widening gap between winners and losers, said Alain Visser, senior vice president of Lynk & CO.

Honda's to-do list: Deliver more trucks, boost initial quality

On the heels of a strong year for Honda, which bucked the trend of a declining sedan market and continued to refresh its product lines, dealers and brand executives are focused on truck supplies and initial-quality issues.

Is this the year Mazda turns the corner? Dealers hope so

After a rough 2016 with sales down nearly 7 percent, Mazda dealers are hoping the new year will bring the promised pivot to a more premium brand with more emotional advertising and better profitability.

Toyota execs expect RAV4 to pass Camry

Toyota expects strong sales this year on the launch of a new-generation Camry, the introduction of the C-HR crossover and better light-truck supply, executives told dealers during the make meeting at the NADA convention.

Overseas automakers enlist U.S. dealers in border tax fight

Overseas automakers have less exposure to changes in NAFTA than the Detroit Three.

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