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Winner in Mexico leans into NAFTA

Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Toyota's triangle strategy to ease Tacoma, Tundra shortages

The Guanajuato factory being built in Mexico is the final piece in a three-plant, two-country triangle that will boost production of the segment-leading Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups.

Winner in Mexico leans into NAFTA

Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Toyota Tacoma demand squeezes Baja plant

Baja's "little engine that could," in the words of Toyota de Mexico's president, has taken on an increasingly important role for the automaker after gaining capacity and adding about 1,000 workers.

Home of the two-wheel loaner vehicle

Steven Mitchell's passions as a lifelong cyclist and third-generation auto retailer came together when his dealership group gave up a slice of its employee parking lot for a bike trail.

TOYOTA: Record light-truck demand; soft sedans

UPDATED: 7/5/18 11:53 am ET - adds details

Toyota Motor posted a modest sales gain in June; the Highlander and Tacoma stood out on the truck side, while the Camry and Corolla slipped.

Toyota sees chance as sedan rivals drop out

Toyota is treating plummeting U.S. car sales as an opportunity, not as a worrisome trend threatening one of its biggest strengths.

Toyota hires N.A. chief information officer

Toyota's new North American IT chief has a wide-ranging background in industries such as gambling, food and razors. Now he'll try his hand at in the auto space, filling the role left open by his recently promoted new boss.

Mexico's NAFTA hopes dim as trade war erupts

Now that NAFTA looks like a dead pact walking, Mexico finds itself with unexpected allies, but that's little consolation.

Lexus' line of work

Like its competitors, Lexus is adding crowd-pleasing crossovers and taking a hard look at its car business, which has lagged in recent years.

The struggle to decode Trump's trade moves

Trade experts aren't sure what the Trump administration is trying to accomplish with the autos inquiry, and are skeptical that it can help move the ball on NAFTA.

The struggle to decode Trump's trade moves

Trade experts aren't sure what the Trump administration is trying to accomplish with the autos inquiry, and are skeptical that it can help move the ball on NAFTA.

For AV testing, there's less mess in Texas

A state law enacted last year is getting the attention of automated-vehicle developers as Texas cities band together to attract pilot projects.

Next-gen Toyota Corolla hatch to start at just over $20,000

Toyota's redesigned Corolla hatchback, aimed at first-time buyers and manual-transmission fans, will go on sale in showrooms this summer for $20,910 for the entry-level model, including shipping.

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA CEO JIM LENTZ: Nervous about profits as incentives climb

Toyota's Jim Lentz sees interest-rate increases, plateuing sales and a flood of off-lease vehicles as potential drags on profitability.

Lexus' workmanlike ES gets image makeover

With car sales falling across all segments in the U.S. and luxury sedans scrambling to differentiate themselves from competitors, Lexus' "executive sedan" is getting its star turn.

Texas gets self-driving car service through Drive.ai

A California tech startup will launch the first self-driving car service on public Texas roads in a corridor of the Dallas area that is full of office buildings where traffic is a growing problem.

Toyota and Yakima partner to bring sales to dealerships

Toyota and aftermarket accessory maker Yakima are doubling down on the utility in utility vehicles right from the showroom floor.

TOYOTA: Volume falls on weaker car, truck demand

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said sales fell 4.7 percent in April from a year earlier, breaking a winning streak over the first three months of the year, as car deliveries slid and light trucks posted only meager gains.

Toyota invests $170 million in Miss. plant for next Corolla

UPDATED: 4/26/18 3:48 pm ET - adds details, link

Toyota is investing $170 million at its Mississippi plant to build the next Corolla sedan, creating 400 jobs. The move will bring Toyota's investment in the plant to more than $1 billion since 2007.

Group 1 Q1 net rises on U.S. sales growth

Group 1 Automotive's first-quarter net income rose 5.5 percent on improving business conditions in the U.S. oil patch, along with the recent U.S. tax cut.

Toyota Avalon gets price bump after redesign

The fifth-generation Toyota Avalon that goes on sale next month as a 2019 model shares almost nothing with the previous generation, including the pricing.

New Lexus ES gets new grille, new contours

The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which will debut at the Beijing auto show, will feature a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.

Toyota goes out on a limb with V2V

Toyota is hoping to break an awkward silence in the discussion over getting vehicles to talk to one another.


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