Oct 12, 2014

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their ...

Toyota supplier Denso mulls domestic expansion in as yen weakens

Oct 9, 2014

Toyota supplier Denso mulls domestic expansion in as yen weakens

Denso Corp. is giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak-yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The parts maker, Toyota Motor Corp.’s biggest supplier, said it is considering expanding production in Japan. “It’s possible to maintain a certain level ...

Oct 9, 2014

Daihatsu buys Tokyo office building in minicar expansion push

Daihatsu Motor Co., the maker of minicars that is majority-owned by Toyota Motor Corp., bought an office building in Tokyo to strengthen its business in the nation’s largest metropolitan area. Daihatsu will move its 70 Tokyo employees now working in a rented office to ...

Sep 30, 2014

Fire risk prompts Toyota to recall 690,000 pickups in U.S.

Toyota on Monday said it was recalling about 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks in the United States to fix a suspension system flaw that could result in vehicle fires. The safety recall covers model years 2005-2011 Tacoma 4×4 and Tacoma PreRunner pickup trucks, the U.S. ...

Tesla's Musk keeps door open to future projects with Toyota

Sep 9, 2014

Tesla's Musk keeps door open to future projects with Toyota

As Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. conclude an initial vehicle project that met with mixed results, Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, said his company may form another partnership with the giant Japanese carmaker. “If you look out maybe two or three ...

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

Aug 29, 2014

Lexus to expand lineup, with eye on German rivals

As Toyota Motor Corp. prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lexus next month, the automaker is aiming to strengthen the luxury brand by keeping production mostly in Japan and expanding its modest lineup. While the Japanese brand keeps an eye on its ...