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.
WardsAuto editors are evaluating about 30 vehicles as part of the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors competition. Today's gallery focuses on the '17 Maserati Levante, a car-based luxury SUV with a sticker price of $90,000.