The auto maker plans to introduce four facelifted vehicles later this year as ’14 models: the S60, XC60, S80 and XC70, which represent 83% of U.S. sales. “There’s no signal that we’re lessening our pace here,” John Maloney says.
The Leaf taxis are being tested for their feasibility for daily service in New York. But they are not taking the place of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” based on the Nissan NV200, the exclusive replacement for the 13,000-plus cabs now plying city streets.
Toyota has been considering adding Lexus ES sedan output in North America for at least a year. But CEO Akio Toyoda credits the decision to pull the trigger on the plan to a March reorganization of its management ranks.
The prototype is scheduled to continue testing until July. The first delivery to fleets and independent taxi owners begins in October. “We will start bringing vehicles in at a rapid pace from our Cuernavaca, Mexico, plant,” Joe Castelli says.
For the 23rd year in a row, top powertrain engineers from around the world gathered to celebrate the winners of the Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Trophies were awarded at a ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.