Jan 11, 2017

Trump meddling in Toyota's affairs

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing Toyota Motor Corp.’s plan to build a new car plant in Mexico for exports to the North American market — threatening a heavy border tax if the top Japanese automaker goes ahead with the plan — is an ...

Despite scandal, VW in running for global sales crown

| Jan 11, 2017

Despite scandal, VW in running for global sales crown

It’s ironic: Volkswagen spent 2016 battling a huge scandal over cars it rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And now it stands a decent chance to pass Toyota for the title of world’s biggest carmaker for the year. Booming business in China helped Volkswagen ...

Toyota unveils concept car with AI and autonomous driving tech

Jan 5, 2017

Toyota unveils concept car with AI and autonomous driving tech

Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled a concept car with built-in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technology designed to interact with the driver. The Wednesday unveiling of the Concept-i, which the automaker says can read its driver’s personality and emotions, came ahead of the opening ...

Toyota likely to fall from top spot in global auto sales

Dec 27, 2016

Toyota likely to fall from top spot in global auto sales

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker in terms of sales for the past four years, was outperformed by Volkswagen AG in the 11 months through November. Unless Toyota has a remarkable December, it will lost it’s No. 1 status. In the 11-month period, ...

Nov 29, 2016

Domestic output for eight Japan carmakers fell 3.2% in October

The combined domestic output of eight major Japanese automakers fell 3.2 percent in October from a year earlier to 743,086 vehicles for the first decline in three months, according to data from major automakers. Six of the eight carmakers reported declines, with Mitsubishi Motors ...

Toyota expects to improve EV batteries 'in a few years'

Nov 24, 2016

Toyota expects to improve EV batteries 'in a few years'

Toyota Motor Corp. said it aims to develop a new, more advanced electric car battery “in a few years” that will allow it to improve driving range and battery life by up to 15 percent. Such performance-enhanced lithium-ion battery technology will likely enable all ...