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Air bag woes force Honda, Toyota to recall 6M vehicles

Two different air bag glitches have forced Toyota and Honda to recall over 6 million vehicles worldwide, and both problems present different dangers to motorists.


Toyota recalls nearly 700K vehicles to fix faulty fuel pumps

Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause engines to stall. That can increase the risk of a crash.


Toyota unveils upgraded version of its humanoid robot

Toyota Motor Corp. recently unveiled an upgraded version of its human-shaped T-HR3 robot. The robot, which is controlled remotely by a person wearing a headset and wiring on his or …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Minivan sales keep falling, but experts say they’ll live on

They were the suburban vehicle of choice in the 1990s and early 2000s, but ever since, minivans appeared to be riding the slow lane to extinction.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Toyota expands Prius recall, reveals up to 20,000 hybrid inverters failed

As many as 20,000 Toyota Prius owners have had electric power system failures after the company recalled their vehicles in 2014 and attempted to remedy a safety defect by modifying …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

U.S. expands probe into air bag failures to 12.3M vehicles

U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Japan’s top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank’s investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber’s technology unit.


Toyota wants world to use its tech that keeps cars from crashing

Toyota – in an unusual move for the cut-throat car business – has decided to share with rivals an automated safety system that uses self-driving technology to keep cars from …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Toyota U.S. chief says car sales are close to bottoming out

U.S. CEO Jim Lentz told the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 percent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018

Source: Toyota to invest $500 million in Uber

Toyota will sink a half-billion dollars into Uber and work jointly with the ride-hailing giant to develop self-driving vehicles, a person briefed on the matter said Monday.


Slide job! Chevrolet’s performance plummets in new Camaro

Chevrolet has been mostly noncompetitive since Austin Dillon won the season-opening Daytona 500 in February. The American automaker hasn’t been to victory lane since and hadn’t really gotten close until …


Toyota investing $1 billion in ride-hailing company Grab

Japan’s top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is investing $1 billion in Grab, the leading ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia, the company said Wednesday.


Toyota to start deploying vehicle-to-vehicle tech in 2021

Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward.


1 million more Toyota and Honda vehicles in U.S. added to Takata air bag recall

An additional 1 million Toyota and Honda vehicles in the U.S. are being recalled as part of a third wave of recalls planned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

$1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant planned for Alabama

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are expected to announce Wednesday that they have chosen Alabama as the site of a coveted $1.6 billion joint-venture auto plant that will employ about …


Ex-Toyota head Tatsuro Toyoda, who led overseas drive, dies

Tatsuro Toyoda, the former Toyota Motor Corp. president who led the company’s climb to become one of the world’s top automakers, has died. He was 88.


Toyota planning 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020s

Toyota plans to offer more than 10 purely electric vehicle models in its lineup by the early 2020s, marking the Japanese automaker’s commitment to that growing technology sector.


What was Toyota’s ‘Halloween curse’? 60 years later, it’s a distant memory

Plano, Texas, gained one of the world’s best known brands in May when Toyota opened its new North American headquarters. But the Japanese automaker was nothing of the sort when …


Toyota tops Consumer Reports’ auto reliability rankings

Toyota Motor Co. is continuing its reign at the top of Consumer Reports’ reliability rankings, a reward for its conservative approach to new technology.


Toyota recalls some Sienna minivans for shifter defect

Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 347,120 Sienna minivans worldwide because they can shift out of the “park” position and roll away.


Toyota invests in Uber rival Grab to extend ride-share foray

Toyota Tsusho, the automaker’s trading arm, will invest an undisclosed amount in Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing operator.


Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion U.S. plant

Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. – a move that will create …


Toyota, Honda and Mazda to be sued in Australia over air bag

A Sydney lawyer announced on Tuesday a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Honda and Mazda seeking refunds for cars fitted with faulty air bags from Takata that have been linked …


Appeals court upholds $11 million jury award in Toyota crash

An appeals court has affirmed an $11 million jury award related to a Minnesota crash that killed three people and resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of a driver.


Toyota, Nissan, others get behind fuel cell push in Japan

Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 …


Big summer shutdowns loom for U.S. auto plants as sales sputter

Auto workers may be getting some extra time off around Independence Day, but they won’t be celebrating. They’ll know it means sales are weak and that profits – and profit-sharing …


Ford, Nissan, GM, Toyota report April US sales declines

Ford, Nissan, General Motors and Toyota all reported U.S. sales declines in April, strong signs that demand for cars, trucks and SUVs is starting to slow after seven straight years …


Toyota announces $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

Toyota said Monday it is investing $1.3 billion to retool its sprawling factory in Georgetown, Kentucky, where the company’s flagship Camry sedans are built.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1 billion

Plaintiffs in dozens of lawsuits against air bag maker Takata and five automakers allege the car companies knew that Takata’s products were dangerous yet continued to use them for years …


Toyota leads U.S. sales drops as carmakers keep discounts coming

Toyota led carmakers reporting declining U.S. sales in January, as an industry aiming for another record year maintains hefty spending on incentives to keep consumers coming to showrooms.