Filed under: Government/Legal , Japan , Recalls , Toyota Toyota ‘s recent troubles weren’t merely issues for its customers, dealers, lawyers and bottom line – the repercussions also went all the way up through diplomatic channels. A series of cables posted by Wikileaks reveals that then-Transportation Minister Seiji Maehara asked that Toyota’s situation not cause “obstacles to trade.” The entreaties disallow bilateral trade to be affected by the Toyota recalls, and in the words of a Japanese cable to Washington, “For many GOJ (Government of Japan) bureaucrats and Japanese auto executives, any and all auto issues seem to trigger memories of bilateral trade friction in the 1980s and 90s.” That was when sectors like automobiles, agriculture, steel, textiles and market access were rich sources of friction, retaliation, treaties and new accusations. The U.S. position – beyond Ray LaHood’s occasional thundering – was also a desire not to return to dark international days as long as everyone realized “It is crucial for Toyota to stay ahead of the issue.” Wikileaks details how Toyota problems caused diplomatic strains with Tokyo originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
TORRANCE, Ca. (August 29, 2011) — Toyota Motor Sales, (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. today announced the following executive appointments across the Toyota and Lexus Divisions…
TORRANCE, CALIF. (August 30, 2011) – Toyota today announced the fourth and final set of 25 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, which awarded 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving non-profits…
World Premiere of the new GS 450h Lexus will present the full hybrid version of its new premium performance sedan, the GS 450h. Equipped with the second generation Lexus Hybrid Drive system, the all-new GS full hybrid will bring even better environmental and driving performance.
Filed under: Truck , Toyota Turns out those images we ran of what appeared to be a 2012 Toyota Tacoma were indeed what they seemed. Thanks to the boys from Motor Trend , we now have a full spate of images along with some information on what makes the 2012 Tacoma different from its predecessor. The major updates center around a new front fascia that gives the Tacoma a more sturdy, angular look. There’s a new pronounced upside-down triangle look (it’s a Cylon!) to the grille that’s echoed in the lower bumper and punctuated by new bulging headlamps. There are also newly standard tow hooks on all models. Buyers opting for the TRD Sport Package will be rewarded with turn signals integrated into the side mirrors along with chrome five-spoke wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter. Inside, the 2012 Tacoma gets a revised gauge cluster, center stack and HVAC controls to go along with optional waterproof fabric and all-weather flooring. Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment and navigation system are also optional on high-end models. So far, mum’s the word on price, and Motor Trend seems to think that some powertrain updates may be due in short order. We’ll keep you abreast of any details as soon as they are available.
2012 Toyota Tacoma Debuts Restyled Exterior, Interior and New Entune Multimedia; Still the #1 Selling Compact Pickup
The Toyota Tacoma, still the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market by a wide margin, offers a restyled exterior look and a redesigned, upgraded interior in all models for 2012. New changes add comfort, usability and audio/infotainment performance.
TORRANCE, Calif. (September 1, 2011) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August sales of 129,483 units, a decrease of 16.1 percent from the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in August 2011 compared to 25 selling days in August 2010, TMS sales were down 12.7 percent from the year-ago month.