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TWTW: VW admits size isn’t everything

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...

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin

Graeme Roberts | 28 Aug 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

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jul 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.

Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

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.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus RC F & future brand plans

Glenn Brooks | 29 May 2015

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.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

Glenn Brooks | 24 Nov 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

Matthew Beecham | 7 Oct 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.

Latest News

Toyota Kentucky starts building Lexus ES 350

Graeme Roberts | 20 Oct 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

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 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

Bill Cawthon | 2 Sep 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

Graeme Roberts | 2 Sep 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

Graeme Roberts | 25 Aug 2015

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

Toyota closed in Tianjin until 27 August

Graeme Roberts | 24 Aug 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

Bill Cawthon | 4 Aug 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

Graeme Roberts | 3 Aug 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

Dave Leggett | 22 Jul 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

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jul 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

Dave Leggett | 7 Jul 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

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 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

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jul 2015

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

Lexus adding IS two litre turbo

Graeme Roberts | 26 Jun 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

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 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

Chris Wright | 17 Jun 2015

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

Automakers recall 'Takata' vehicles in Australia

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

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

Toyota may boost exports

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 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.

US May light vehicle sales set all time record

Bill Cawthon | 3 Jun 2015

It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.

TURKEY: Toyota Europe to launch Lexus in Q4

Glenn Brooks | 12 May 2015

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will use this month's Istanbul motor show to launch the Lexus brand in Turkey ahead of the start of sales in the fourth quarter.

US April light vehicle sales grow, miss forecast

Bill Cawthon | 5 May 2015

April US light vehicle sales rose 4.6% to about 1.45m cars and light trucks. That was a bit shy of analysts’ estimates but still healthy.

Short month trims US March light vehicle sales

Bill Cawthon | 2 Apr 2015

Automakers trying to beat their year ago numbers faced a larger than usual challenge in March. Not only was March 2014 a strong sales month, it had one more selling day and, even more important, it had one more sales weekend.

Latest blogs

Cadillac's dramatic Lexus RX rival - first pics

Glenn Brooks | 26 Jun 2015

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?

Doughnut time

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2014

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.

Company research

Hybrid and Electric Cars in the US: Two differing strategies

Hybrid and Electric Cars in the US: Two differing strategies

The US hybrid and electric car market has grown strongly in recent years. The dominance of Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is being challenged by other manufacturers, such as Ford Motor Company (For...

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Global Luxury Vehicle Market 2015-2019

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Taiwan Autos Report Q4 2015

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