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Audi makes fuel cells look good with the A7 Sportback h-tron

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

One of the biggest tech stories at this year's LA Auto Show was the fuel cell car. Toyota led the way by launching the Mirai, and Volkswagen slid a fuel cell powertrain into the Golf SportWagen. Audi showed a sportier, more luxurious side to fuel cells in the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro. Show More Summary

Toyota Australia to close Sydney offices, consolidate in Melbourne

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Toyota Australia will consolidate its corporate operations in Melbourne after it ceases local production in 2017, forcing roughly 100 white-collar workers into redundancy and others at its Sydney headquarters to consider a move south. In a statement released on Wednesday, the company confirmed it would close its Sydney offices – currently home to more than [...]

Takata: Evidence Doesn't Support National Air Bag Recall

Shizuo Kambayashi/APChild seats, manufactured by Takata, displayed at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo. By TOM KRISHER and YURI KAGEYAMA DETROIT -- A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall...Show More Summary

Toyota RAV4 goes red for record

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Fancy a Toyota RAV4 but not quite won over by its demure cabin? The company has an answer.  The company’s 20-year old nameplate is on track to break its all-time sales record in 2014 as more and more buyers flock to a segment it helped populate.  And, in what is either a celebration or an [...]

Toyota Camry Passes 850,000 Sales In Australia, RAV4 Turns 20

Toyota is celebrating a pair of key milestones this year with its long-running Camry and RAV4 models. For the Camry, it’s news that the current seventh-generation model has pushed the badge to more than 850,000 Australian sales, 32 years on from its first local appearance as an award-winning imported liftback. Show More Summary

Toyota invites automakers to unify Takata airbag testing

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Leftlane

The proposed initiative aims to independently manage component testing and hasten the repair process.

Feds accuse Toyota Motor Credit of discriminatory loan practices

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Leftlane

The company could be forced to pay penalties or reimburse borrowers to settle charges.

Toyota Set To Take On Tesla With Its Own Electric Car

Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp announced last week that it plans to introduce its all-new hydrogen car in the U.S. sometime next year. The car, which will be called Mirai, is an electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell instead of an electric battery for power. The fuel cell extracts energy chemically from a hydrogen […]

December 2 roundup

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Lying to a Lover Could Become ‘Rape’ In New Jersey” [Elizabeth Nolan Brown/Reason, Scott Greenfield] “A $21 Check Prompts Toyota Driver to Wonder Who Benefited from Class Action” [Jacob Gershman, WSJ Law Blog] On “right of publicity”...Show More Summary

Fuel Cell Economics vs Batteries

We’ve been hearing a lot about fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) lately, thanks in large part to Toyota and its Mirai. But how does a FCEV really compare to a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) like the Tesla or a LEAF?  I wanted to look at...Show More Summary

Audi’s Bid In China’s Promising Electric Vehicle Market To Lift VW

Volkswagen AG is expected to cross a record 10 million unit sales this year, and surpass Toyota as the world’s largest automaker in doing so. The automaker, which boasts a diverse portfolio of brands, including passenger vehicle divisions Skoda,,, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, commercial vehicle brands Scania and, and its own branded cars […]

U.S. Authorities Accuse Toyota Arm Of Discriminatory Loan Pricing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Credit Corp, the lending arm of Toyota Motors Corp, could face an enforcement action from U.S. authorities over its pricing of auto loans through dealerships and could be forced to reimburse borrowers or pay a fine, the company said late Friday. Show More Summary

Motorsports: Mark Webber hospitalized as Porsche takes first WEC victory, Toyota wins championship

It was a mixed bag for the Porsche team at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo this weekend - the last race of its first season in the FIA World Endurance Championship. On the one hand, the German team took its first win since launching its LMP1 effort at the start of this season. Show More Summary

2015 Toyota Sienna: Is It New or Just More of the Same?

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Toyota has advertised its Sienna minivan as a "swagger wagon," but the family hauler was short on bravado for many families. For 2015, Toyota has refreshed the Sienna, but is it enough to put a little strut in its step,...

The Meaning of 35 Brand Names, From Etsy to Reddit

Inspirations for company names can be as varied as the founders themselves. The infographic below, by 7Brands, collects the stories behind 35 of them—including Cadillac, Reebox, Lego, Pez, Toyota and many more. Ad agencies, of course, are notorious for going the law-firm route and being named for the partners. Show More Summary

Toyota: Don’t Drink The (Mirai’s) Water

Want to literally taste the future? Toyota would like for you to reconsider that notion. Automotive News reports the 2016 Toyota Mirai’s exhaust — consisting of water vapor and heat — may have “much fewer organic impurities” than milk,...Show More Summary

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