Akio Toyoda

Lexus to unleash $375,000 LFA successor

2:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Lexus, which ended a two-year production run of the $375,000 LFA in 2012 after manufacturing 500 units, will build a successor to the 552-horsepower car....
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How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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Ghosn set to top Japan pay rankings with $10 million pay

June 24, 2014 09:39 CET
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn earned more than $10 million last year, putting him on track to become the best-paid Japan executive for the fourth time in five years....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Toyota Europe boss shares secrets to his success

1:22 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Toyota Europe CEO Didier Leroy says that to become a true leader you should not worry about making your boss happy....
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Alma mater matters: Why Babson College is Toyota's special partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Toyota is forging strong ties with Babson College. This spring, Babson is offering a hands-on undergraduate class that shows how to apply the Toyota Production System in the real world, by tweaking the Greater Boston Food Bank's fresh food distribution center, called the Marketplace....
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HANS GREIMEL

Akio's world: When growth is no growth

3:14 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Akio Toyoda is the first to admit it. He doesn't count company growth the same way as other captains of industry -- or Wall Street profit hounds, for that matter....
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Toyota fourth-quarter earnings hit by U.S. settlement

2:43 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's settlement with the federal government over unintended-acceleration claims contributed to a 5 percent decline in fourth-quarter net income, but the automaker still achieved record full-year profits....
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Toyota's global sales top VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

5:11 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles....
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Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

April 23, 2014 11:11 CET
Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles....
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Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there....
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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

April 11, 2014 14:45 CET
Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States....
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Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process....
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Toyota buying back stock for first time since 2009 as cash grows

12:51 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Toyota said it will buy back stock for the first time in five years as its cash pile swells and profit climbs. Toyota will repurchase as many as 60 million shares, equivalent to a 1.9 percent stake, for 360 billion yen ($3.5 billion), according to a statement Tuesday. The company, which last bought back stock in February 2009, plans to retire about half of those shares by the end of June....
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Akio Toyoda calls recalls a turning point for company

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
A day after his company agreed to pay a record $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe into safety issues, the head of Toyota Motor Corp. called the preceding recalls a turning point for the carmaker. The recalls marked a shift in how Toyota and the industry think about safety, President Akio Toyoda said. It's no longer just about passing regulations but about delivering a sense of security....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

GM recall is bad, but not yet Toyota-bad

3:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
As bad as the General Motors ignition switch recall is, the storm still doesn't match the hysteria whipped up four years ago by Toyota's unintended-acceleration crisis. The Toyota recall was, and still is, the benchmark mammoth recall of our time....
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Toyota to recall 1.9 million Prius models to update software

Feb. 12, 2014 10:37 CET
Toyota will recall more than half of the Prius vehicles ever sold to fix a software glitch in the car's hybrid system that may cause some parts to overheat, potentially causing the cars to slow down or stop completely....
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Toyota gets its racing groove back

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2014
Here's another sign that Akio Toyoda is ready to go on the offensive....
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BREAKTHROUGHS PROMISED

Details emerge of new engine, batteries and much more for the 4th-generation Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius, the car that made "hybrid" a household word, won't arrive for at least another year. But emerging details paint a picture of a car that could be a breakthrough on multiple fronts....
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NO BORING CARS

How Toyota raced the clock to create the FT-1 sports car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Toyota's Calty design studio took a 'no boring' cars' mantra to create the FT-1 supercar. In an 18-month race against the clock before the 2014 Detroit auto show, Calty built a spiritual pace car that may find its way to the street....
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Toyoda predicts emerging markets slowdown to persist this year

8:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2014
A slowdown in emerging markets will extend into the new year, compounding uncertainty over demand in China and at home, according to a group representing Japan’s auto manufacturers....
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2013 LISTS OF 10

Game changers in 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
These men and women shook up the industry in the past year....
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Toyota wants TNGA platform to close gap with VW, Hyundai

Dec. 12, 2013 17:00 CET
The Toyota New Global Architecture will cut development costs by 20 percent to 30 percent and help create more appealing products to better compete with VW and Hyundai, a top r&d executive told Automotive News Europe....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Japanese auto leaders stand strong as survivors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Japan's automakers have bonded as survivors....
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ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

Nov. 29, 2013 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 2. This edition looks at Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's new plan to relaunch struggling Alfa Romeo....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Japanese auto industry leaders stand strong as survivors

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2013
The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show has been an unprecedented love fest. On Tuesday, the afternoon before the first press day, the bosses of each member of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association stood shoulder to shoulder on the same stage, as the sound of a revving engine from each of their lineups roared in turn....
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