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Latest insights


TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

30 October 2015

Volkswagen Group stayed very much in the news this week. The company posted a set of results that were dragged down by provision made for costs associated with ‘dieselgate’. I suspect it won’t be the last set of disappointing results to come out of Wolfsburg.


September management briefing: Frankfurt review

23 September 2015

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin

28 August 2015

Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader interest this week. I was last week in the middle of a British 'staycation' (it rained, thank you for asking) when news of the disaster broke and watched, appalled, at the war zone-like TV news views of thousands of incinerated cars (many new VW Beetles as it happened; Tainjin being a key auto port of entry for imported models, VW was said to have lost some 2,750 cars) as TV news anchors regularly reported on the increasing, but surprisingly low number of people killed. Tragic.


ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

16 July 2015

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.

Latest interviews


INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

24 November 2014

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good year, according to the brand's Head of Europe. Next, he promises more hybrids but no diesels. Why?


Q&A with Takata: Occupant restraint systems

7 October 2013

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global players in the occupant restraints market, Matthew Beecham talked with Claus Rudolf, Vice President of Global Engineering at Takata Corp. Headquartered Tokyo, Japan, Takata's products are primarily sold in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia.


INTERVIEW: Glen W DeVos, Delphi’s VP Engineering

22 July 2013

Delphi is a leading supplier of vehicle connectivity. Its expertise ranges from infotainment systems through Advanced Driver Assistance (ADAS) systems to semi-autonomous driving technologies. Vanessa Scholfield, editor of just-auto’s QUBE Connected Vehicles service spoke to Glen W DeVos, Delphi’s Vice President Engineering, Delphi Electronics and Safety and Global Director of Engineering, Infotainment and Driver Interface PBU, to discuss the latest trends and developments in the market and Delphi’s involvement in this rapidly expanding sector.


Q&A with Lear Corporation: Vehicle seating

10 May 2013

Back in the 1970s, a car seat was a functional component with few or no added value features. Nowadays, with drivers spending more time in their car on longer commutes, they expect a comfortable ride. Matthew Beecham caught up with three top executives of Lear Corp to hear how the seat has become an integral part of the car’s overall design and appeal in the showroom. Here, Ryan Burns, Lear’s Vice President of Global Seat Engineering led the discussion with contributions from Karl Henn, Director of Seating Engineering and R&D and Mandy Sarotte, Vice President of Global Trim Sales.

Latest news


Toyota US changes fix for models of 2013 recall

12 August 2016

Toyota in the US has announced that it is changing the fix for approximately 337,000 model year 2006, 2011 Toyota RAV4 and model year 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles involved in a 2013 recall.


just-auto Plus only Lexus H1 2016 global sales up 5%

10 August 2016

Lexus International announced it sold 319,275 vehicles in the first half of 2016, a 5% increase from the same period the last year, propelled by strong global demand for the new LX and the freshly-revised RX luxury utility vehicles, and for the midsize ES...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Canada July 2016 sales dip 0.4%

5 August 2016

Toyota Canada (TCI) is continuing to sell record numbers of hybrid vehicles to Canadians. Following the best month ever for hybrid sales in June, TCI reached a new record for July, with a total of 1,705 hybrids sold, up 36.9% compared to last year. It was...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor US sales dip 1.4% in July 2016

3 August 2016

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), US, on 2 August, reported July 2016 sales of 214,233 units, a decrease of 1.4% from July 2015 on a volume basis. With the same amount of selling days in July 2016 compared to July 2015, sales were down 1.4% on a daily selling rate...


Airbag and carbon canister recall for 2.9m Toyotas

29 June 2016

Toyota is recalling 2,867,816 vehicles worldwide for a potential problem with the fuel system charcoal canister evaporative emissions control unit and a further 1,433,988 vehicles to check a side curtain airbag inflator. The inflator is not a Takata product, the supplier has not been named. Some models will be recalled for both fixes.


Toyota Europe boosts first quarter sales

15 April 2016

Toyota Motor Europe reported sales for the first quarter of 2016 of 241,600 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, an increase of 5.1% from Q1 2015, in a European market still split between growth in the west and central Europe (+7.9%) and further decline in the east (-10%). Total market share for the group was 4.8%.


Lexus sells millionth hybrid

13 April 2016

Lexus announced it had sold over a million hybrid vehicles since launching the RX400h SUV in 2005.


NY SHOW: Toyota US to standardise AEB by end-2017

22 March 2016

Toyota Motor Sales USA announced at the New York motor show on Tuesday its Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense packages, anchored by automatic emergency braking (AEB), will be standard on almost every new vehicle sold in the US by the end of 2017.


Toyota restructure emphasises product not function

2 March 2016

Not long after Honda's chief unveiled a new structure for the automaker, effective 1 April, dominant rival Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) said it would make "substantial changes to its structure in order to streamline work processes on a company-wide basis", kicking in on 18 April.


Taiwan vehicle sales slightly lower in 2015

19 January 2016

New vehicle sales in Taiwan rose slightly in December, by 0.1% to 41,821 units, according to data released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.


Low petrol prices don't hit Toyota Europe hybrids

14 January 2016

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) reported its annual sales for calendar year 2015 and said, despite the lowest petrol prices in five years, sales of its hybrid vehicles have continued their five-year increase to reach 209,000 units, up 17% year-on-year. Sales of Toyota and Lexus-branded hybrid vehicles now represent 24% of the group's sales on the continent, up from 20% a year ago. In western Europe only, hybrids took a third of total sales.


TOKYO SHOW: next Lexus LS previewed by concept

28 October 2015

The Lexus LF-FC, a 5.3m long concept, has been revealed at the Tokyo show. It not only provides a preview of the next long-wheelbase Lexus LS but a potential hydrogen-fuelled variant for later in the decade.


Toyota Kentucky starts building Lexus ES 350

20 October 2015

Toyota's factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, has built its first ES350. It's the first time the model has been made outside Japan.


Falling Malaysian ringgit forces Toyota price hike

6 October 2015

As the Malyasian ringgit continued to depreciate, UMW Toyota announced it would increase the price of Toyota and Lexus vehicles effective January 2016. The increase varies between 4% to 16% across all models.


Labor Day shift hits US light vehicle sales

2 September 2015

Automakers were reminded of the impact the calendar can have on light vehicle sales here in the US. Labor Day - a key end-of-summer selling day - falls this year on the first Monday  (the 7th) in September. In August 2014, it fell on 1 September but was included in the August sales tally.


Toyota teases redone Prius ahead of Frankfurt

2 September 2015

Toyota has released the first official teaser photograph of its next generation Prius hybrid ahead of the car's global reveal scheduled at the Frankfurt show on 15 September.


Lexus adding LX570 to domestic model line

25 August 2015

Toyota will start sales of its Lexus LX570 premium SUV in Japan from 14 September.


Toyota closed in Tianjin until 27 August

24 August 2015

Toyota Motor has said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least to the end of Wedneday (26 August) due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions.


Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

4 August 2015

Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.


Toyota gets government funds for Lexus production

3 August 2015

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has announced it is spending C$421m to build the next generation Lexus RX350 and 450h models at its Cambridge [South], Ontario assembly plant.


Lexus puts China plant on backburner - report

22 July 2015

Toyota has reportedly decided to ease off on its strategy to build sales in China with local manufacturing, according to a Reuters report.


TME sells 451,000 cars in first half

15 July 2015

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced second quarter sales of 220,900 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, bringing the half year tally to 451,000 units and the group's market share to 4.6% for the six-month period.


Toyota plans Lexus introduction for India

7 July 2015

Toyota is planning to introduce its Lexus premium brand to the Indian market by 2017, according to a Nikkei report.


SUVs continue driving US sales growth

2 July 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.


Lexus to revive SC nameplate in 2017 - report

2 July 2015

Toyota's Lexus reportedly plans to revive its SC nameplate with a new model in 2017.


Lexus adding IS two litre turbo

26 June 2015

Lexus is expanding the range of vehicles equipped with the two litre turbo petrol engine introduced with the NX SUV in early 2015.


Toyota and Nissan expand Takata airbag recalls

25 June 2015

Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday they would expand a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially lethal passenger side air bag inflators made by Takata.


Management changes at Toyota Europe

17 June 2015

Toyota Motor Europe has announced two senior changes that put two Brits into senior roles.


Automakers recall 'Takata' vehicles in Australia

11 June 2015

Mazda has recalled about 80,000 vehicles fitted with Takata airbags in Australia.


Toyota may boost exports

5 June 2015

Toyota may boost exports from Japan for the first time in three years to meet its global sales target because it is facing capacity restraints in North America.

Lexus news

Toyota US changes fix for models of 2013 recall

12 August 2016

Toyota in the US has announced that it is changing the fix for approximately 337,000 model year 2...


just-auto Plus only Lexus H1 2016 global sales up 5%

10 August 2016

Lexus International announced it sold 319,275 vehicles in the first half of 2016, a 5% increase f...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Canada July 2016 sales dip 0.4%

5 August 2016

Toyota Canada (TCI) is continuing to sell record numbers of hybrid vehicles to Canadians. Foll...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor US sales dip 1.4% in July 2016

3 August 2016

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), US, on 2 August, reported July 2016 sales of 214,233 units, a decrease...


Airbag and carbon canister recall for 2.9m Toyotas

29 June 2016

Toyota is recalling 2,867,816 vehicles worldwide for a potential problem with the fuel system cha...


Toyota Europe boosts first quarter sales

15 April 2016

Toyota Motor Europe reported sales for the first quarter of 2016 of 241,600 Toyota and Lexus vehi...



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