The Tokyo show has become less significant than those in Frankfurt, Geneva, Detroit and Los Angeles. Still, as the home market for Toyota, Nissan and Honda, it affords them a chance to bedazzle with their latest technologies....More
Lexus’ GS F sedan corners great with its torque-vectoring differential, sounds great with its active sound control exhaust system, goes hard with its 467-hp V-8 and looks awfully spiffy, prepped for battle with German rivals....More
The Lexus GS F, on sale in December for $84,440, incorporates significant performance upgrades in the powertrain and chassis departments as every F-brand entry will differ from its base vehicle from the A-pillar forward.
Toyota has created a new class of stock that locks shareholders into holding their certificates for at least five years. Toyota says it needs a financial instrument that will allow it to fund long-term investments that won’t pay off for years. How will U.S.-based automakers compete against that?...More
The automaker says refueling stations initially will be located in depots across the country to help fast-track implementation of the new technology. As CVs return to a central depot each day, each location will require only one refueling station....More
Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada predicts industrywide full-year volume will range from 760,000 to 770,000 units, with the automaker’s own sales totaling about 265,000, down from 280,000 previously....More
Toyota remained Australia’s top-selling brand with 16,594 deliveries in September for a 16.4% market share. But its year-to-date sales lead weakened slightly with its 9-month total edging down 0.9% to 149,653 units....More
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better....More
It’s becoming harder to fulfill light-truck demand, as sales have been at record levels in the past two months and September looks to be another strong month for the sector, Toyota’s Bill Fay says....More
The biggest drag is the key Brazilian export market, where a corruption scandal, political crisis and high inflation have thrust its economy into recession. Argentina sells about half of its vehicle output to Brazil....More
Still ranking as the world’s leaders, Japanese and Korean brands registered a 10% year-on-year decline in hybrid sales between January and June to an estimated 805,000 units. Hybrid production in Japan alone declined 29% to 550,181 units....More
Although imports comprise about 20% of the Russian market, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov believes global automakers have chosen to focus on local output as the country’s economic crisis, aggravated by Western sanctions, continues....More
The new 2.0L and 2.5L engines represent the first time Porsche, which has a rich legacy of horizontally opposed piston engines, has developed one that combines turbocharging and only four cylinders....More
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.
In a Q&A, Jerry Mullinax, whose father is the father of 1-price selling, tells how he makes it work today, why he’s stayed strictly with Ford all these years and what makes people trust a dealership....More