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Welcome back, dieselgate - the week

19 June 2020

Dieselgate has reared its ugly ahead again, this time in the UK, getting on for five years after Volkswagen admitted cheating on US emissions testing, sparking a saga that has cost it billions in fines and other costs, such as setting up the nationwide EV recharging network Electrify America, led to tens of thousands of perfectly functional cars being parked in the desert, put executives in US jails as German prosecutors tried to achieve likewise (with less success) this side of the Atlantic and generally tarnished its reputation. But this week's news was not about VW.


EU sales data shocks include Volvo outselling Fiat

17 April 2020

ACEA data for calendar Q1 in the European region reveal some astonishing changes in brand rankings. That includes Volvo easily outselling Fiat in March and Nissan being fewer than 500 vehicles behind all of FCA.


The virus gets worse - the week

20 March 2020

There was a glimmer of hope in all the bad news this week - Wuhan, aka Coronavirus Central (thanks a lot) on Thursday reported no new cases, the first such report since the bug started to take hold last January. So, perhaps, this, or some of this, might be over for the rest of us in two, maybe three, months? Let's hope so. Or maybe not.


2020 Geneva motor show - all the digital debuts

3 March 2020

The cancellation of the Geneva motor show meant that most vehicles which would have been world debuts were instead revealed via online premieres. Concepts, prototypes and production models originally due to have their public premieres are listed below.

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Toyota NZ CEO Alistair Davis on changing dealers to agencies

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.


INTERVIEW: Tony Walker eyes growth for Toyota UK manufacturing

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.

Latest news


UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

6 August 2020

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automotive sector


Toyota beats analysts with small Q1 profit

6 August 2020

Toyota Motor reportedly has booked its smallest quarterly profit in nine years as the coronavirus pandemic halved its car sales and nearly wiped out its bottom line.


Toyota biggest automaker in first half

30 July 2020

Toyota Motor and its subsidiaries reported a 21.6% drop in global sales to 4,164,487 vehicles in the first half of 2020, according to data released by the Japanese automaker.


Toyota temporarily halts production at India plant

16 July 2020

Toyota in India (Toyota Kirloskar Motor - TKM) has announced the temporary halting of production at its plant in Bidadi, Karnataka starting from July 14th (second shift) to July 22nd (first shift). This, it says, is in accordance with the directives issued by the Government of Karnataka as well as to support the national Government in their constant efforts to flatten the curve, of the rising COVID-19 positive cases in the state.


All Toyota plants worldwide resume operations

14 July 2020

Toyota Motor has confirmed all of its manufacturing bases around the world were set to be operational this week for the first time since February 2020, in the initial stages of the global COVID-19 pandemic.


Toyota Europe increases market share in 2020

13 July 2020

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) posted first half sales of 424,862 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in a market that sharply contracted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Toyota, Mitsubishi may miss Philippine production incentive targets

10 July 2020

The sharp decline in the Philippine vehicle market this year, due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, has put the government’s recently launched Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) under threat, according to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review.


Toyota debuts new Corolla Cross in Thailand

9 July 2020

Toyota Motor launched the new Corolla Cross compact SUV in Thailand on Thursday (9 July) in what was the global debut for the model. It has also been confirmed for sale in Australia from late 2022.


Toyota Alabama plant passes two expansion milestones

9 July 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) said its factory achieved two significant milestones in July 2020 as part of its US$288m expansion, originally announced in March 2019. After completion in 2021, the plant will add 450 new jobs and represent a US$1.2bn investment that solidifies the Huntsville facility as the automaker’s largest engine producer in North America.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Alabama steps closer to increased engine production

9 July 2020

Toyota Alabama achieved two significant milestones this month as part of its $288 million expansion, originally announced in March 2019. Upon completion in 2021, the plant will add 450 new jobs and represent a $1.2 billion investment that solidifies the...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Kirloskar Motor sells 3866 units in June 2020

1 July 2020

TKM today announced that the company sold a total of 3866 units in the month of June 2020, thereby more than doubling its wholesales when compared to May 2020 (1639 units in May 2020). For reference the company had sold a total of 10,603 units in the...


just-auto Plus only Toyota launches new acceleration suppression system

1 July 2020

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it has developed a new Acceleration Suppression System, in addition to its existing system, to help further deter serious accidents and reduce damage caused by misapplication of the accelerator pedal. On July...


Toyota 5-year US investment plan met a year early

1 July 2020

Toyota has announced it will reach its January 2017 pledge to invest $13 billion in the US over a five-year period one year earlier than anticipated.


just-auto Plus only Toyota launches stamping-type plating machine that significantly reduces environmental impact and transforms plating process

30 June 2020

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it has developed a world's first stamping-type plating technology that uses a polymer membrane (solid electrolyte membrane), through which metal ions can pass, to apply plating, like a stamp, only to...


just-auto Plus only ANDRITZ to supply laser welding systems for Tailor-Welded Blanks to Toyota Motor North America

19 June 2020

International technology group ANDRITZ has received a package order from Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) for supply of three jointly developed SOUTRAC II Tailor-Welded Blank (TWB) laser welding systems to be installed in its North American manufacturing...


Toyota UK car plant builds #4500000

17 June 2020

Toyotas UK car plant has built its 4.5 millionth vehicle.


just-auto Plus only Toyota launches new model Harrier in Japan

17 June 2020

Toyota is making the new Harrier model available through its Toyota dealers nationwide as of June 17. From the first moment seeing, riding, or driving off in the new Harrier, it resonates with a focus on sensory quality. Rather than relying on utility or...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor North America announces executive changes

15 June 2020

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced executive changes to help guide the company's vision towards becoming a mobility company. These changes are effective June 15, 2020. Cheryl Hughes, former group vice president and chief HR...


just-auto Plus only Toyota launches new model RAV4 PHEV

9 June 2020

Toyota has launched the new model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) through dealerships in Japan on June 8, 2020. Since its debut in 1994, RAV4 has pioneered the crossover SUV market, and remains the market leader. The fifth generation*5 RAV4...


just-auto Plus only Six companies establish R&D joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems for the creation of a hydrogen-based society in China

8 June 2020

Six companies that share a common vision for the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in China signed a joint venture agreement for the establishment of United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD). FCRD's primary business...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Europe introduces new Hilux - More capable and more stylish

8 June 2020

The new Hilux combines a striking new design, the addition of a powerful 2.8 litre powertrain and improvements to both its on- and off-road performance with greater comfort, upgraded equipment and an expanded model range targeting Europe's growing...


just-auto Plus only Toyota starts 1.5L TNGA engine output in Poland

4 June 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP), in Jelcz-Laskowice, has started production of the latest generation of the 1.5L petrol engine that has been designed within the overarching framework of Toyota’s New Global Architecture...


Toyota in India resumes production

2 June 2020

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has announced that the company sold a total of just 1,639 units in the month of May 2020 as operations restarted and dealerships reopened across much of India.


Constellium supplies Corolla Auto Body Sheet

29 May 2020

Constellium is to supply Auto Body Sheet for the new Corolla produced at Toyota’s European manufacturing plants.


just-auto Plus only Toyota to restart its last two European manufacturing plants on May 25 and 26

26 May 2020

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will resume production at its two remaining manufacturing sites in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom in the week commencing May 25, after restarting its other vehicle and component plants in France (Yaris), Poland (engines and...


FAW joint ventures launch new Audi Q7, Toyota EV

14 May 2020

FAW-Volkswagen, one of Volkswagen's main Chinese joint ventures, launched the new Audi Q7 last week as the company looks to strengthen the brand's lead in the country's large size premium SUV segment.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Kirloskar Motor partially resumes Retail & After-Sales Operations

14 May 2020

After weeks of nationwide lockdown leading to complete shutdown of manufacturing and retail units, Toyota Kirloskar Motor announced the partial resumption of Dealer and After Sales operations. Closely adhering to the advisory issued by the Central and State...


Toyota axes North America production by a third - report

11 May 2020

Toyota plans to cut production in North America by nearly a third to the end of October due to the coronavirus crisis and expects it will take some time for output to return to normal, a news agency report said.


Toyota to launch Highlander in UK and western Europe

11 May 2020

Toyota will launch its largest hybrid SUV, the Highlander [aka Kluger in some markets], in the UK and western Europe for the first time, from early 2021.


Toyota, Mazda, see China sales rise in April

11 May 2020

Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor both recorded rises in car sales in China in April, their first monthly increases since the novel coronavirus broke out in January, and an indication of the possible return of consumer demand.

Toyota news

UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

6 August 2020

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automot...


Toyota beats analysts with small Q1 profit

6 August 2020

Toyota Motor reportedly has booked its smallest quarterly profit in nine years as the coronavirus...


Toyota biggest automaker in first half

30 July 2020

Toyota Motor and its subsidiaries reported a 21.6% drop in global sales to 4,164,487 vehicles in...


Toyota temporarily halts production at India plant

16 July 2020

Toyota in India (Toyota Kirloskar Motor - TKM) has announced the temporary halting of production...


All Toyota plants worldwide resume operations

14 July 2020

Toyota Motor has confirmed all of its manufacturing bases around the world were set to be operati...


Toyota Europe increases market share in 2020

13 July 2020

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) posted first half sales of 424,862 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in a marke...



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