Scion rules out roadster, turbo versions of FR-S

Scion rules out roadster, turbo versions of FR-S

November 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Performance , Scion , Toyota Ever since Toyota and Subaru released the sports car alternatively known as the GT86, 86, BRZ and Scion FR-S a couple of years ago, rumors have circulated that even more exciting variants could be in store. But at least as far as Scion is concerned, those rumors are apparently nothing more than wishful thinking. Speaking with WardsAuto at the LA Auto Show last week, Scion chief Doug Murtha said that the prospect of an FR-S roadster has been taken off the table entirely. Apparently Scion lobbied parent company Toyota to produce just such a model, but after failing to find other markets interested enough in the model to put it into production, corporate HQ said no. “I think we were pretty aggressive on our (submitted plan), but we looked at what we would have conceivably lost on the product and said, ‘We’re not going to even push it further,'” Murtha said, going on to note, “Nobody was more disappointed than we were.” Murtha further shot down the idea of a turbo version of the FR-S, dismissing it as a prospect the blogosphere (that’s us) wanted to happen but “that’s not something that’s coming.” Either variant might have helped Scion and Toyota boost sales of the model (which are predictably dropping after their first two years on the market), but the investment also might not have paid off their development, tooling and marketing costs. Of course, Murtha can only speak for Toyota, but we’d be surprised to see Subaru go it alone on either model, as costs would be that much more prohibitive without a partner. Bummer. Scion rules out roadster, turbo versions of FR-S originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2014 Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar – Ken Koibuchi

2014 Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar – Ken Koibuchi

September 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Motor Corporation General Manager of Intelligent Vehicle Development Ken Koibuchi speaks at the Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

Toyota Continues to Grow Its Investment in Michigan

August 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ann Arbor, Mich., Aug. 26, 2014

Subaru to stop building Camry for Toyota in the US

Subaru to stop building Camry for Toyota in the US

May 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Plants/Manufacturing , Subaru , Toyota It was back in 2007 that Subaru of Indiana Automotive, under contract from Subaru minority shareholder Toyota , built the first Toyota Camry at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Rumblings of the end of that contract work have been around for a while, as Subaru talked of expanding capacity to build more units and add a line for the Impreza , and Toyota talked of moving Camry production to its Georgetown, KY plant. The news was official internally last November when SIA Executive Vice President Tom Easterday told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Camry production would end. Now, Automotive News reports that both automakers have admitted publicly that the end will come in 2016. SIA currently has a 170,000-unit capacity devoted to the home-brand Legacy and Outback models, while a $400-million expansion increases that to 300,000 units to prepare the facility for Impreza production in two years. Freeing up the 100,000 units of production devoted to the Camry means a 400,000-unit capability, which is far more than Subaru needs at the moment, but the Toyota exit will allow it to expand any way it sees fit . Subaru has said it will absorb the workers on the Camry line and no jobs will be lost, the mayor of Lafayette saying the development could change the timetable for the expansion. Subaru to stop building Camry for Toyota in the US originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 May 2014 16:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Heritage Inspires First Scion FR-S Release Series

May 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (April 16, 2014) – Scion FR-S fans, get ready for a modern take on the sports coupe’s racing roots. Scion revealed its FR-S Release Series 1.0 at the New York International Auto Show today, drawing on track heritage and the expertise of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Toyota reaches $1.2B unintended acceleration settlement in criminal probe

Toyota reaches $1.2B unintended acceleration settlement in criminal probe

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Toyota , Earnings/Financials UPDATE: Just like that, Toyota has released an official statement confirming its $1.2-billion dollar settlement with the US Attorney’s Office. Our story has been updated to reflect this development and the automaker’s official statement has been added below . Toyota has reached a settlement over the criminal probe into its unintended acceleration problems, and the outcome is more expensive than first expected. The Japanese automaker has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to close the investigation among other settlement terms. The criminal inquiry focused on whether the company kept information from regulators and how it handled drivers’ complaints about the problems, according to the sources. Between 2009 and 2010, Toyota ended up recalling over 10 million vehicles worldwide over sudden acceleration fears. Fixes include modifying floor mats, gas pedals, and installing brake override software on affected models. In addition, Toyota made the latter standard on all of its new vehicles. The first rumblings of a settlement broke last month when “people familiar with the matter” revealed a possible billion-dollar agreement . That rumor suggested that the deal would also include criminal deferred prosecution arrangement that would force Toyota to accept responsibility but let it avoid federal criminal convictions.

Lexus gets new boss, and he’s a designer

Lexus gets new boss, and he’s a designer

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Lexus , Toyota , Design/Style A reshuffle in the uppermost ranks of Lexus could see the Japanese luxury brand further energize its recent focus on design. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota’s global design boss, is the new head of Lexus International. Fukuichi will retain his role as the overall head of design for Toyota , Lexus and Scion , and will assume his new position at the head of Lexus and on its board on April 1 (no fooling). This is going to be an interesting move for fans of design to watch, as Fukuichi has repeatedly been mentioned as a designer that enjoys pushing the envelope and experimenting. He is, after all, the man responsible for designing the most awesomely odd minivan of the 1990s, the mid-engined, rear-drive Toyota Previa, and more recently, he signed off on the controversial Lexus LF-NX concept , which is said to presage a new production small crossover. “Regarding changes in design, no one has 100 percent confidence,” Fukuichi told Forbes back in January 2013. “No one can really say with pure certainty that, ‘In two years, this will sell well.'” As Akio Toyoda continues to demand more assertive, edgier designs, it’s that point of view that should make Fukuichi a valuable addition to Lexus, as it continues to challenge the competition from Germany. Fukuichi replaces Kiotaka Ise, who will become the chief officer at Toyota Research and Development, according to Automotive News . Lexus gets new boss, and he’s a designer originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research Will be Powered by the World’s Largest Auto Manufacturer

February 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 10, 2014) — Toyota Technical Center (TTC), the North American Research and Development arm of Toyota Motor Corporation headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is proud to sponsor the sixth generation innovative

Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S. with Next Chapter in Off-Road Performance Accessories

February 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 – – Their “minds are always racing.” In their 35 year existence, Toyota Racing Development – U.S.A. (TRD) has lived by their mission “to deliver an authentic high-performance experience by adding value to create passion and enthusiasm.”

Let’s Get Dirty!

February 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014)

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