DETROIT – Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. is earmarking a portion of its marketing budget this year to promoting the Venza cross/utility vehicle, as the model continues to underperform company expectations. “Venza is a terrific vehicle,” Bob Carter, Toyota Div. group vice president and general manager, tells Ward’s in a recent interview here. However, the nameplate awareness is in the 20% range, he says, compared with the Prius and Camry, which enjoy a 90% recognition rate. “So, we’ve ...

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