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Brands related to this company: Daihatsu, Lexus, Scion, Toyota

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2018 Goodwood FoS world debuts list

16 July 2018

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed marked a quarter century of the event. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below.


Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid?

7 June 2018

With sales well below 50,000 per annum (16,276 for the year to the end of April), Lexus is a minor make in Europe, smaller even than Jaguar and about the same size as DS. Unceasingly advertising itself as the hybrid brand in the days when few buyers knew anything about petrol-electrics is the reason why. It's ironic then that just as its hybrids are rising in popularity, Toyota is also selling the stunning LC coupe with a proper old-school V8.


ANALYSIS - Toyota under pressure in ASEAN region

31 May 2018

Toyota’s dominance of the ASEAN vehicle market has come under significant pressure this year despite brands such as Chevrolet and Ford having significantly downsized their product ranges and activities in the region in the last few years.


BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.

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Toyota NZ CEO Alistair Davis on agency dealers

6 April 2018

The new vehicle distribution model is changing for Toyota and its dealer network. Toyota New Zealand will sell new vehicles to customers under an agency structure, with dealers being an agent for the Kiwi importer and distributor. This company blog interviewed CEO Alistair Davis about the changes, what the drive has been behind this shift for the brand in New Zealand, and what the changes mean for its customers.


Gamification and the human role in Industry 4.0

26 February 2018

Industry 4.0 is the hot topic among manufacturing companies right now. With the movement seemingly wrapped up in taking automation to extremes, attendant concerns about employment in manufacturing have come to the fore. Calum MacRae of just-auto talked to the CEO of leading2lean, Keith Barr, about their differentiated approach to 4.0 which seeks to put the human in the driving seat.


Q&A on automated driving with Toyota

20 December 2017

At Toyota's recent Advanced Technology Seminar in its R&D Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, the company explained its global vision towards ZERO accidents. In a unique double interview, Seigo Kuzumaki, TMC chief professional engineer in charge of safety R&D and government affairs of technology, and Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, detail the automaker's approach with respect to automated driving, a topic that is increasingly taking centre stage in the automotive industry.


Toyota UK's Tony Walker eyes Burnaston growth

21 July 2015

With two recently revised models launching on the European market, Toyota is upbeat over prospects for the plant that makes them at Burnaston, in the UK. Dave Leggett caught up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director Tony Walker for an update on UK manufacturing operations.

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Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 July 2018

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverless vehicles.


Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said.


Toyota founder now in Automotive Hall of Fame

20 July 2018

Cited for extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Toyota Motor Corporation founder and former president Kiichiro Toyoda was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last night (19 July) in Detroit.


Toyota launches car sharing service in Honolulu

11 July 2018

Toyota is participating in the Honolulu (Hawaii, US) launch of a 'creative new mobility solution' called Hui – a round-trip, station-based car share service.


Floods halt car production in Japan

9 July 2018

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disaster has also brought to a halt automotive production at a number of plants in the country, mainly in the western prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Yamaguchi, as well as in the nearby city of Osaka.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia sells 23,171 vehicles in June

5 July 2018

Toyota sales records tumbled as traditionally strong sales in the final month of the financial year saw the brand maintain its leading position as Australia's best-selling marque. With a total of 23,171 units sold in June, accounting for 17.7% of the...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor North America sales up 3.6% in June

4 July 2018

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) reported June 2018 sales of 209,602 units. With one more selling day in June 2018 compared to June 2017, sales were up 3.6% on volume basis and down 0.3% on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first half of the year,...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Kirloskar Motor India sells 14,102 units

3 July 2018

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 13,088 units in the domestic market this month of June 2018. The company exported 1,014 units of the Etios series this month thus clocking a total of 14,102 units. TKM had sold 1,973 units in the domestic market and...


Toyota Motor Europe chairman earns more than boss

27 June 2018

Didier Leroy, a Toyota Motor executive vice president and Toyota Motor Europe chairman (he's also president, business planning & operation, and chief competitive officer) was paid JPY1.026bn (about $9.37m) for the business year ended 31 March 2018, up 50% from the previous business year and far exceeding the earnings of company president Akio Toyoda, according to Japanese media reports, citing a financial statement disclosed this week.


just-auto Plus only Toyota US recalls Lexus cars

27 June 2018

Toyota Motor North America announced that it is conducting a safety recall involving certain Lexus models: Model Year 2006-2013 IS 350, Model Year 2010-2014 IS 350C and Model Year 2007-2011 GS 350, and GS 450h vehicles. Approximately 115,000 units are involved...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor North America names new CIO

26 June 2018

Manjit Singh has been named the chief information officer and group vice president of information systems for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He will oversee strategy, development and operation of all information systems, solutions and technology. Singh...


Toyota Camry to return to Europe with hybrid

21 June 2018

Toyota is to sell its Camry model in the West European car market in 2019 after a 14-year absence. The new model will be a hybrid with a new 2.5-litre hybrid-electric system. It will also be constructed on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia sells 229,258 units in FY2017-18

21 June 2018

Toyota Australia has posted an after-tax profit of AUD137m (US$101m) for the year ending 31 March 2018 (2016-17: after-tax profit of AUD99m). There were 229,258 Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold locally and 25,791 vehicles exported during the 2017-2018...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Vans uses AGL platform for its CVs

21 June 2018

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new onboard operating system for its commercial...


just-auto Plus only Toyota begins development of hybrid sports car

19 June 2018

Toyota has confirmed it has started development of a road-going super sports car that uses the same hybrid drivetrain technology as that honed in its Le Mans-winning Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid race car. The announcement coincided with the Japanese...


Yaris strengthens Brazilian Toyota line

18 June 2018

Despite the strong advance of SUVs, crossovers and 'adventure' variants of popular hatchbacks in Brazil, A- and B-segment hatchbacks still account for 60% of total passenger car registrations here, excluding single and double cab pick-ups. So automakers need to increase market share with additional types and sizes of vehicle.


Toyota takes $1bn slice of Asian ride hailer Grab

13 June 2018

Toyota Motor Corporation will take a US$1bn stake in Grab to expand its collaboration with the south east Asia ride hailer and, it said, "to drive further advances in Mobility as a Service (MaaS) across the region".


just-auto Plus only Toyota selects TomTom as its navigation partner

7 June 2018

TomTom launched a new navigation app that can be mirrored to Toyota vehicles’ in-dash screens using SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology – a first for both TomTom and Toyota. The TomTom Navigation App is available at no extra cost to Toyota drivers in...


Japanese collaborate on electric transmission R&D

6 June 2018

The Japanese automotive industry is pooling resources for the development of advanced powertrain technologies, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.


Aisin Seiki now controls Philippine gearbox unit

6 June 2018

Japan's Aisin Seiki has taken control of Toyota AutoParts Philippines, a joint venture with its affiliated carmaker Toyota Motor that makes automotive transmissions and related parts.


Lexus Europe eyes six-figure sales by 2020

5 June 2018

A shift away from diesels and new WLTP reporting rules are helping Toyota's luxury Lexus brand in its quest to achieve 100,000 sales in Europe.


Toyota Australia again books record SUV volume

5 June 2018

Toyota's local unit said it was "riding the crest of Australia's wave of SUV popularity", selling an industry record of over 7,500 SUVs last month, reflecting the trend to this type of vehicle in Europe and the US.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor North America sales down 1.3% in May

5 June 2018

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) reported May 2018 sales of 215,321 vehicles, a decrease of 1.3% from May 2017 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2018 compared to May 2017, sales were down 5.1% on a daily selling rate (DSR)...


Toyota and Denso to consolidate in electronics

4 June 2018

Toyota and Denso have agreed to 'begin considerations toward consolidating the core electronic component operations of both Toyota and Denso within Denso'. The move comes as the auto industry grapples with challenges in advanced technologies for electrification, connectivity and autonomous drive - which increases the importance of electronic component systems. The aim is to enhance the competitive position of Toyota through the more efficient development and production of electronic components.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Kirloskar Motor sales up 20% in April 2018

1 June 2018

Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total of 13,113 units in the domestic market this month of May 2018. The company exported 827 units of the Etios series this month thus clocking a total of 13,940 units. TKM sold a total of 10,914 units in the domestic market and...


Toyota and Suzuki discuss new projects

29 May 2018

Toyota and Suzuki have agreed today to start discussing new joint projects - emanating from cooperation in India - in the fields of technological development, vehicle production and market development.


Toyota ramps up plans for hydrogen fuel-cells

24 May 2018

Toyota is planning a ten-fold increase to production volumes of fuel-cell stacks and hydrogen tanks post-2020.


Lexus shuffles US exec deck

23 May 2018

David Christ has been named to succeed Jeff Bracken as Lexus group vice president and general manager, overseeing all aspects of US Lexus automotive operations, including sales, marketing, customer service and dealer operations.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia expands airbag sensor recall

23 May 2018

In January 2018 Toyota Australia announced a recall relating to airbag sensor malfunction on some Toyota models. Toyota Australia has identified an additional 1,514 Corolla and HiLux vehicles produced between June 2015 and January 2016. The recall is due...


Toyota to sell GAC brand EVs in China

21 May 2018

oyota Motor plans to sell an electric vehicle in China sourced from its local partner GAC Motor from next year, according to reports in Japan.

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Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 July 2018

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolida...


Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance In...


Toyota founder now in Automotive Hall of Fame

20 July 2018

Cited for extraordinary vision and entrepreneurial spirit, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) founder...


2018 Goodwood FoS world debuts list

16 July 2018

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed marked a quarter century of the event. The list of vehicle...


Toyota launches car sharing service in Honolulu

11 July 2018

Toyota is participating in the Honolulu (Hawaii, US) launch of a 'creative new mobility solution'...


Floods halt car production in Japan

9 July 2018

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50...



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