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Toyota Helps Preserve Historic Documents Through $100,000 Gift to National Archives

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2014) — Millions of people who visit Washington each year go to see its famous monuments or view the historic records, which chronicle significant events in the nation’s history.

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014

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Filed under: Recalls , Safety , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Nissan , Toyota , Volkswagen If you’ve noticed that there have been more recalls than usual this year, you may be on to something. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , the US market is on pace to break a record for recalls. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled. We’re only a third of the way through 2014, though, and we’ve already halved that figure, with 11 million units recalled. That’s wild. Considering the past few months, it shouldn’t be a surprise that General Motors is leading the charge, with six million of the 11 million units recalled coming from one of the General’s four brands. Between truck recalls , CUV recalls and the ignition switch recall , 2014 hasn’t been a great year for GM. Other recall leaders include Nissan ( one million Sentra and Altima sedans), Honda ( 900,000 Odyssey minivans), Toyota ( over one million units in a few recalls), Volkswagen ( 150,000 Passat sedans), Chrysler ( 644,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs) and most recently, Ford ( 434,000 units , the bulk of which were early Ford Escape CUVs). So while it’s been a bad year for GM so far, its competitors aren’t doing too well, either. It’s not the end of the world, though.

GM midsize SUVs lead IIHS safety tests, Honda Pilot disappoints [w/videos]

GM midsize SUVs lead IIHS safety tests, Honda Pilot disappoints [w/videos]

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Filed under: SUV , Safety , Videos , Chevrolet , Ford , GM , GMC , Honda , Jeep , Kia , Mazda , Toyota General Motors finally has something to celebrate about. The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain aced the latest round of small overlap front crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety among nine midsize SUVs, and they both scored a Top Safety Pick+ accolade. However, Honda , Mazda and Kia fared badly with their entries earning Poor ratings in the Overall safety category. The Equinox and Terrain were the only vehicles among those tested to score Good ratings in every category of IIHS testing. The group praised updates to 2014 models that strengthened the front structure and door-hinge pillars, which helped keep the dummy’s movement in check. The Toyota Highlander was actually tested in December 2013 but results were included in the recent test. It also scored Top Safety Pick+ rating but received only Acceptable results in the organization’s Overall, Structure and Restraints and Kinematics categories. To earn the award, a vehicle must have Good or Acceptable scores, plus offer some form of front crash prevention technology. The Jeep Grand Cherokee , Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer all received Marginal scores in the Overall category, and the Kia Sorrento , Mazda CX-9 and Honda Pilot had Poor scores. The Pilot showed one of the worst examples of intrusion into the cockpit in the test when the parking brake pedal moved inward more than 16 inches, and the steering column moved over 5 inches to the right.

Scion FR-S Shines Again as AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star

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TORRANCE, Calif., (April 8, 2014) – To become an AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star, the Scion FR-S had to shine. By achieving it twice, the FR-S shows lasting power. The annual list from the publication’s industry judges compared all current model year vehicles on sale in the United States. The 2014 FR-S shares its spot with the 2014 Subaru BRZ.

Training Days

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Carmelita Jeter had a fundamental problem: She didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. That knowledge could come in handy when you’re practicing for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race.

Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept

Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Toyota , Celebrities Hinting at the future of Toyota performance vehicles, the FT-1 concept was one of the stars of the Detroit Auto Show this year. It even nabbed fourth place in our Editors’ Choice list . While he’s a few months behind the car’s official reveal, Jay Leno managed to get the only existing concept of the sports coupe wheeled into his garage to take a closer look, and he’s pretty impressed. Leno speaks with Alex Shen and William Chergosky, the exterior and interior chief designers of the FT-1 respectively, to get a better idea of the inspirations behind the concept. Jay heaps high praise on it for mixing Italian and Japanese design and says he likes the look even more than the Lexus LFA . The coupe isn’t a product of either country, though. It was penned at Toyota’s CALTY Design Research center in Newport Beach, CA. The designers go into the entire history of the FT-1, and Shen even admits that Toyota design lacks an emotional factor at the moment. It’s a fascinating interview behind some of the little touches you might miss at first glance. Unfortunately, the model doesn’t have the green light for production yet and may never get made.

Lexus Tempts Consumers with Alter Ego

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (April 7, 2014) — To tout its performance-focused F lineup (#LexusF), today Lexus launches a new marketing campaign that highlights a bold side of the brand. The TV spot features the exhilarating new RC F, the powerful LFA, the striking IS F SPORT and the fierce GS F SPORT. Like the spirit of these four vehicles, the spot emboldens consumers to indulge their desires.

Class of 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention Honored for Transforming Social Solutions at Fifth Annual Women in the World Summit

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Toyota Motor Sales Issues March 2014 Sales Preview

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TORRANCE, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported March 2014 sales results of 215,348 units, an increase of 8.9 percent from March 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in March 2014 versus 27 selling days in March 2013, TMS sales increased 4.9 percent from year-ago month.

Vote to unionize Toyota Canada plant faces delay

Vote to unionize Toyota Canada plant faces delay

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Toyota , UAW/Unions , Canada Volkswagen isn’t the only automaker with high-profile unionization efforts afoot at one of its North American factories. Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, is attempting to organize Toyota’s factories in Ontario, reports Reuters . A vote was originally set for next week, but Unifor has apparently found more workers eligible to vote, delaying the proceedings. It hasn’t rescheduled the ballot yet, but claims there are 7,500 employees with the right to vote, with over 3,000 having already signed union cards. Toyota is pushing against organizing, saying that workers already have a payment and benefits near the top of the industry, and noting that it has never laid off a permanent employee in Canada. Unifor has reportedly countered by saying that about a quarter of the workforce is operating under a temporary contract, which receives lower benefits. The automaker has three factories in Ontario – two in Cambridge and one in Woodstock. To form a union, a majority of eligible employees must vote to join Unifor. If successful, they would be the first wholly owned Toyota plants in North America to be organized. Previous attempts to unionize the Japanese automaker’s Canadian factories in 2001 and 2008 failed due to lack of support.

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