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TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA CEO JIM LENTZ: Nervous about profits as incentives climb

Toyota's Jim Lentz sees interest-rate increases, plateuing sales and a flood of off-lease vehicles as potential drags on profitability.

Lexus' workmanlike ES gets image makeover

With car sales falling across all segments in the U.S. and luxury sedans scrambling to differentiate themselves from competitors, Lexus' "executive sedan" is getting its star turn.

Texas gets self-driving car service through Drive.ai

A California tech startup will launch the first self-driving car service on public Texas roads in a corridor of the Dallas area that is full of office buildings where traffic is a growing problem.

Toyota and Yakima partner to bring sales to dealerships

Toyota and aftermarket accessory maker Yakima are doubling down on the utility in utility vehicles right from the showroom floor.

TOYOTA: Volume falls on weaker car, truck demand

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales fell 4.7 percent in April from a year earlier, breaking a winning streak over the first three months of the year, as car deliveries slid and light trucks posted only meager gains.

Toyota invests $170 million in Miss. plant for next Corolla

UPDATED: 4/26/18 3:48 pm ET - adds details, link

Toyota is investing $170 million at its Mississippi plant to build the next Corolla sedan, creating 400 jobs. The move will bring Toyota's investment in the plant to more than $1 billion since 2007.

Group 1 Q1 net rises on U.S. sales growth

Group 1 Automotive's first-quarter net income rose 5.5 percent on improving business conditions in the U.S. oil patch, along with the recent U.S. tax cut.

Toyota Avalon gets price bump after redesign

The fifth-generation Toyota Avalon that goes on sale next month as a 2019 model shares almost nothing with the previous generation, including the pricing.

New Lexus ES gets new grille, new contours

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which will debut at the Beijing auto show, will feature a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

Toyota goes out on a limb with V2V

Toyota is hoping to break an awkward silence in the discussion over getting vehicles to talk to one another.

Toyota looks for a breakthrough with reworked cars

The relatively low-volume Avalon and Corolla hatchback offer a preview of stablemates that are more critical for Toyota North America: the reworked Lexus ES, which will debut this week in Beijing, and the coming Corolla...

Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked spindle grille

UPDATED: 4/18/18 9:13 am ET - adds details

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which debuts at the Beijing auto show next week, will feature a more stylized body with a prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

Lexus' next-gen ES sports new contours, tweaked spindle grille

UPDATED: 4/18/18 9:33 am ET - adds details

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which debuts at the Beijing auto show next week, will feature a more stylized body with a prominent version of the brand's polarizing "spindle" grille.

Lexus UX aims to bridge price, age gap

Lowering the average age of the Lexus buyer depends on attracting a younger demographic and on generating enough sales volume to move the needle.

Samantha Goot

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  • Title: Senior manager for incentive strategy, analytics and...

MEXICO: March auto sales fall 13% in tough climate

Mexican auto sales fell 13 percent in March as economic and political uncertainty weigh on consumer sentiment.

TOYOTA: Third straight increase; Lexus slips

Toyota Motor Sales USA said sales rose 3.5 percent in March from a year earlier, for three straight months of gains.

Toyota expands RAV4 family to defend crown

The unassuming compact crossover now represents Toyota's principal weapon in an intensifying battle for sales volume, market share and brand loyalty.

Courtship begins for Chinese brands

At last month's NADA Show, it was often the dealers who were pitching themselves to Guangzhou Automobile Group, and not the other way around.

Startup aims to channel Chinese brands to U.S.

If GAC Motor wants to be the first Chinese auto company to get in the door to the U.S., it might have some competition.

Redesigned RAV4 has a little something for everyone

Fans of competing crossovers might recognize some design touches in the redesigned RAV4.

Toyota dealers get a peek at new products

Dealers were also given a sneak peek at Toyota and Lexus products that aren't being shared with the public yet.

Porsche reassures dealers: You will be involved in subscriptions

Porsche isn't bypassing dealers with its subscription pilot program, Porsche Passport, but is simply trying to figure out how to make the model work before getting retailers more involved in a fluid process, the company told...

Mazda dealers get factory ad push

Mazda will roll out a major advertising campaign to reposition the brand, having heard from dealers who think its marketing has been lackluster in recent months and that the marque is losing its connection with consumers.

Toyota names Zack Hicks head of new digital arm

Zack Hicks' expanded portfolio is part of the automaker's effort to accelerate its work on vehicle connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving technologies.

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