How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video]

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Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Car Buying Automotive News article says the Lexus December to Remember campaign started in 1998 that helped turn December into one of the biggest months of the year for car sales. Before that – and “that” wasn’t that long ago – December was close to last in sales because no one seriously considered buying a car for Christmas. Continue reading How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus

December 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Rumormill , Lexus , Toyota , Alternative Fuels , Sedan , Luxury Toyota is rumored to be leveraging the technology from the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and placing it into a future flagship model of the Lexus LS. The proposed luxury sedan could debut by 2017 with a range possibly just below that of the Mirai and slightly tweaked styling to cool the new components. Continue reading Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus

December 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Rumormill , Lexus , Toyota , Alternative Fuels , Sedan , Luxury Toyota is rumored to be leveraging the technology from the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and placing it into a future flagship model of the Lexus LS. The proposed luxury sedan could debut by 2017 with a range possibly just below that of the Mirai and slightly tweaked styling to cool the new components. Continue reading Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus Toyota may put Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain into a Lexus originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Next-gen Toyota Tacoma to debut at Detroit Auto Show

Next-gen Toyota Tacoma to debut at Detroit Auto Show

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , Performance , Truck , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Toyota’s confirmation comes on the heels of General Motors’ successful launch of its own midsize pickups. The next generation of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck will be revealed in January at the Detroit Auto Show , a top executive confirmed Thursday. Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota , offered no other details, but the new version of the pickup is expected to have significant upgrades compared with the aging model on sale now. Our spy shooters caught a prototype testing this summer, and rumors of the new generation have been swirling for months. We’ve also previously reported that Toyota is planning to ramp up production next April at a factory in Mexico that builds the Tacoma. Toyota’s confirmation comes on the heels of General Motors ‘ successful launch of its own midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon , which have garnered awards, positive reviews and solid sales since they arrived in showrooms this fall. It’s unclear how large the new Tacoma will be, especially considering that the Canyon and Colorado flirt with fullsize territory. The Tacoma was last updated in 2012, and the segment has changed dramatically since then with the addition of the GM trucks. Another Tacoma competitor, Honda’s aging Ridgeline , is also expected to re-launch in 2015 , which would leave the Nissan Frontier as the oldest truck in the field. Tacoma sales have slipped 4.1 percent to 140,757 units this year, though they posted a 3.3-percent gain in November.

Toyota Motor Sales Reports 6.9 Percent Increase in October

Toyota Motor Sales Reports 6.9 Percent Increase in October

November 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (November 3, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total October 2014 sales results of 180,580 units, an increase of 6.9 percent from October 2013.

Lexus Car Media Guide for the 2014 SEMA Show

Lexus Car Media Guide for the 2014 SEMA Show

November 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In its eighth year at the SEMA Show, Lexus brings the highly-anticipated and all-new 2015 RC coupe and NX crossover to the ultimate aftermarket audience. The custom builds will be on display at the Lexus display area as well as locations around the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Consumer Reports says infotainment systems ‘growing first-year reliability plague’

Consumer Reports says infotainment systems ‘growing first-year reliability plague’

October 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Audi , Buick , Honda , Kia , Lincoln , Mazda , Porsche , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Ownership The Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey (right) is out, and the top two spots look much the same as last year’s list with Lexus and Toyota in first and second place, respectively. However, there are some major shakeups for 2014, with Acura plunging eight spots from third in 2013 to 11th this year, and Mazda replaces it on the lowest step of the podium. Honda and Audi round out the top five. This year’s list includes six Japanese brands in the top 10, two Europeans, one America and one Korean. Acura isn’t the only one taking a tumble, though. Infiniti is the biggest loser this year by dropping 14 spots to 20th place. Other big losses come from Mercedes-Benz with an 11-place fall to 24th, and GMC , which declines 10 positions to 19th. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not traditional mechanical bugs hauling down these automaker’s reliability scores. Instead, pesky problems with infotainment systems are taking a series toll on the rankings. According to Consumer Reports , complaints about “in-car electronics” were the most grumbled about element in new cars.

September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Vice President of Sales and Dealer Development Steve Hearne review September 2014 sales.

Toyota Division is Top Retail Brand for Ninth Straight Month

Toyota Division is Top Retail Brand for Ninth Straight Month

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (October 1, 2014)

Toyota Motor Sales Issues September 2014 Sales Preview

Toyota Motor Sales Issues September 2014 Sales Preview

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (October 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total September 2014 sales results of 167,279 units, a decrease of 2.5 percent from September 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 24 selling days in September 2014 versus 23 selling days in September 2013, sales increased 1.7 percent from year-ago month.

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