2014 Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony – Jim Lentz

2014 Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony – Jim Lentz

July 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz speaks at the Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony, where he was recognized as Industry Leader of the Year on July 24, 2014. full_image_path: D:Inetpubtoyotamediahtdocsimages2011ANWC_1723_thumb_20140724191333840.jpg feed_brand_code:

Lexus Takes Top Honors for the Third Year in a Row in Kelley Blue Book’s ‘2014 Best Resale Value Awards’ for Luxury Brand

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 18, 2013) – Lexus once again took the top spot in in the Luxury Brand category of Kelley Blue Book’s 2014 Best Resale Value Awards, continuing its reign for the third year in a row. In addition to retaining the luxury brand crown, six other Lexus models won in their categories:

It’s All About the Residuals: 8 Toyota Models Win 2014 ALG Residual Value Awards

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Toyota and Lexus Go Hollywood

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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 – What do Matt Damon,

Finalists for 2014 Green Car of the Year announced

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Filed under: LA Auto Show , Hybrid , Sedan , Technology , Hatchback , Audi , BMW , Honda , Mazda , Toyota , Diesel The list of finalists for the 2014 Green Car of the Year has been announced, and in a genuinely bizarre twist, there’s only one hybrid and no electric vehicles among the five contestants, despite the arrival of cars like the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S . Taking the place of the EVs are a pair of diesels, repping a technology that last won a Green Car of the Year award in 2009, when the Audi A3 TDI took the title. No diesel was in the running for last year’s award. Naturally, both of the diesel finalists are fielded by the Germans – with BMW’s 328d and Audi’s A6 TDI getting the nod. In the case of the 3 Series , BMW installed a 2.0-liter, turbodiesel, capable of delivering 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while returning 45 miles per gallon on the highway. Audi and its larger, 3.0-liter, V6 turbodiesel produce quite a bit more grunt, with 240 hp and 428 lb-ft of grunt, but net a very impressive 38 mpg on the highway in the A6 . Finalists for this year’s awards include two diesels, three gas-powered cars and a plug-in hybrid. This year’s awards are a coup for gas-powered vehicles, as well. Both the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 are finalists, with jurors citing the Mazda’s i-ELOOP and Skyactiv technology, which allow the handsome car to net up to 41 mpg. The Corolla, meanwhile, offers a new Eco trim, which can return 42 mpg from its 1.8-liter, naturally aspirated, gas engine.

KBB 2013 Brand Image Awards has some obvious and oddball winners

KBB 2013 Brand Image Awards has some obvious and oddball winners

March 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , BMW , Buick , Chrysler , Ford , Honda , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Mini , Porsche , Toyota The sixth edition of the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards have crowned a wide range of winners – in a couple of cases the recipient of the laurels might say more about KBB users than they do about the actual winner. Compiled from the responses of more than 12,000 shoppers on KBB.com over the past year, there are 13 categories broken into non-luxury, luxury and truck segments “representing the combined wisdom of the American car-buying public.” The award categories have been revamped this year , with some dropping off, some new ones appearing and at least one other given a new term. What isn’t surprising is that Honda won Most Trusted Brand for the second year running, Best Value Brand for the third year in a row and took Best Overall Brand, which wasn’t on last year’s list of awards. On our own shores, in the non-luxury categories Chrysler got Most Refined Brand and Buick took Best Value Luxury Brand. Neither one of those marques won anything in last year’s Brand Image Awards, while Cadillac , which won Best Interior Design Brand and Best Comfort Brand last year – those awards disappeared this year – went home without a single accolade. Winners that made us go “Hmmm…” are Toyota for Best Overall Truck Brand and Mini for Best Performance Brand in the non-luxury segment. Last year’s truck award was for the Most Rugged Truck Brand and was won by Ford ; the switch to “overall” takes things in a completely different direction for KBB users, it seems. And Mini dominating non-luxury performance is something we’d like to hold some focus groups to find out more about. Check out the press release below for all the winners and the details.

Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"

Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Sedan , Japan , Crossover , BMW , Land Rover , Mazda , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Luxury The Mazda CX-5 stamped its Kodo design and SkyActiv technology authority all over the Japan Car of the Year awards, taking the top prize ahead of the Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 . It is Mazda’s second victory in the last ten years, the 2005 MX-5 claiming the same trophy, and the fourth time the Hiroshima company has won. The award is decided by 60 local “automotive experts and journalists,” and open to any passenger car released in Japan from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012 that has sold more than 500 units. Each judge gets 25 votes, his or her top vote getting 10 points, the rest of the points being spread among the judge’s choice for the next best four cars. The second-place getters were the Toyobaru twins with 318 votes, the surprise being they didn’t beat or get any closer to the crossover. The Subaru BRZ did claw some mojo back, earning the Special Award given to cars that have made “an exceptional impact.” The BMW 3 Series was third overall and won the Import Car of the Year award with plenty of room between it and the second place Range Rover Evoque . The full list of winners is below , along with press releases from the organization and the manufacturers. Congratulations to Mazda on the win. Continue reading Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins “Special Award” Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins “Special Award” originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Earns Three ‘Top Scoring Car Awards’ in First Annual Total Car Score Rankings

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TORRANCE, Calif., May 23, 2012 – – Toyota was named the winner in three automotive categories in the first annual Total Car Score “Top Scoring Car Awards” rankings.

Toyota Partners with LATISM to Honor Latinos Involved In the Social Media Sphere

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2011) — Toyota is headed to Chicago to join Latinos in Social Media (LATISM,) as the official sponsor of the awards gala taking place during the LATISM ’11 Annual Conference.

Toyota and Lexus Honor the Entertainment Industry’s Environmental Excellence at the 21st Annual Environmental Media Awards

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TORRANCE, Calif., October 13, 2011 – Toyota and Lexus are once again celebrating the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts as the presenting sponsors of the Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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