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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 co...
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...
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.
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.
Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.
Lexus sales are soaring in the UK, and all across the European continent, even in Germany. What's happened? New products, in short. Arguably the best of the lot is the F version of the RC, a true super-coupe.
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?
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.
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 announced it had sold over a million hybrid vehicles since launching the RX400h SUV in 2005.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, has built its first ES350. It's the first time the model has been made outside Japan.
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.
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 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.
Toyota will start sales of its Lexus LX570 premium SUV in Japan from 14 September.
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.
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 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.
Toyota has reportedly decided to ease off on its strategy to build sales in China with local manufacturing, according to a Reuters report.
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 is planning to introduce its Lexus premium brand to the Indian market by 2017, according to a Nikkei report.
June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.
Toyota's Lexus reportedly plans to revive its SC nameplate with a new model in 2017.
Lexus is expanding the range of vehicles equipped with the two litre turbo petrol engine introduced with the NX SUV in early 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.
The replacement for the Cadillac SRX has been photographed in production form. Could this be the most convincing vehicle yet for the brand's sometimes overly edgy design?
Sometimes the answer to "Why?" can be answered "Just because..." As in this video made by Lexus Poland as part of its launch of the NX mid-size SUV line.
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