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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...
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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?
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 25 Aug 2015
Toyota will start sales of its Lexus LX570 premium SUV in Japan from 14 September.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 7 Jul 2015
Toyota is planning to introduce its Lexus premium brand to the Indian market by 2017, according to a Nikkei report.
| 2 Jul 2015
June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.
| 2 Jul 2015
Toyota's Lexus reportedly plans to revive its SC nameplate with a new model in 2017.
| 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.
| 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.
| 17 Jun 2015
Toyota Motor Europe has announced two senior changes that put two Brits into senior roles.
| 11 Jun 2015
Mazda has recalled about 80,000 vehicles fitted with Takata airbags in Australia.
| 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.
| 3 Jun 2015
It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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?
| 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.
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