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.

Dreaming and Driving: Scion Blends Both in New Brand Campaign

Dreaming and Driving: Scion Blends Both in New Brand Campaign

October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 3, 2014) – Scion customers are driven to make their dreams come true and that dedication is reflected in Scion’s new, national “For the Driven” brand campaign. The campaign, which launches today at

Toyota Division is Top Retail Brand for Ninth Straight Month

Toyota Division is Top Retail Brand for Ninth Straight Month

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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.

Exclusive Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 Arrives at Dealerships Nationwide

September 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The wait to own the first Scion FR-S limited edition release series is finally over. Scion fans and racing enthusiasts can now get behind the wheel of the FR-S Release Series 1.0, a modern homage to the sports coupe’s racing roots. Revealed earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show, the FR-S Release Series 1.0 is now available at dealerships nationwide.

Toyota Motor Sales Issues August 2014 Sales Preview

Toyota Motor Sales Issues August 2014 Sales Preview

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Toyota Motor Sales Issues July 2014 Sales Preview

Toyota Motor Sales Issues July 2014 Sales Preview

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TORRANCE, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported July 2014 sales results of 215,802 units, an increase of 7.3 percent from July 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in July 2014 versus 25 selling days in July 2013, sales increased 11.6 percent from year-ago month.

Toyota is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in July 2014

Toyota is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in July 2014

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TORRANCE, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total July 2014 sales results of 215,802 units, an increase of 7.3 percent from July 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in July 2014 versus 25 selling days in July 2013, sales increased 11.6 percent over the year-ago month. full_image_path: D:Inetpubtoyotamediahtdocsimagestms_sales_2F478DCF661651E622FBD08C12BBB833B62FB9B6_thumb.jpg feed_brand_code:

New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86

New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86

July 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Europe , Videos , Scion , Toyota We have entered a drifting arms race. Last year, BMW smashed the Guinness World Record for the longest drift by hanging the tail out for 51.3 miles around a wet skid pad in an M5 at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina. That beat the previous milestone of nearly seven miles. Now, Bimmer’s record is up in smoke as well and is in the possession of a Toyota . German driver Harald M

Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014

Scion xB to be replaced by Auris hatchbach, iQ dead after 2014

July 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Scion , Toyota Scion seemed like such a good idea when it was first launched. Toyota’s aim was to provide young people with stylish, affordable cars that would serve as a gateway to the automaker’s family of products. It was also supposed to be something of an incubator for new ideas that were too radical for its more conservative Toyota and Lexus brands. Over a decade since its launch, the brand has languished, and today’s showroom is populated by slow-selling and aging vehicles that have often been slow to receive upgrades. However, there may be a bright spot on the imminent horizon, as there are reportedly a slate of new models on the way over the next three years. According to a model timeline published by Automotive News , the Scion lineup is about to get a major overhaul . First, the boxy xB may finally be going to the big refrigerator box in the sky, to be replaced by a version of the more conventionally styled Auris hatchback (pictured above) from overseas markets in early 2015. Later next year, the xD will also allegedly bow out in favor of a new hatchback based on the Mazda2 (thanks to a recently signed platform-sharing deal ). For 2016, the sporty tC hatchback is also said to get a redesign, and interestingly enough, a Corolla -based compact crossover could join the ranks, too. While those changes should boost sales volume, there’s also news that’s sure to make enthusiasts happy.

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