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Toyota’s Mirai Is the Car of the Future

The world’s biggest automaker is betting that hydrogen is the future of automobiles, so it’s calling its first mass production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle Mirai, the Japanese word for “future.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Toyota to Pay $1.2 Billion for Deadly Defect Cover-Up

Toyota Motor Corp. will pay $1.2 billion to settle U.S. criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects.

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Software Glitch Forces Toyota to Recall 1.9 Million Priuses

Toyota’s hybrid system is a marvel of technology, except in one really inconvenient way.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Toyota Is Going to Sell a Hydrogen Car Globally in 2015

While competitor Honda has been tinkering with Fuel Cell Vehicles for ages without putting one up for sale, Toyota just announced that it’s going to commercialize the future of driving on a worldwide scale in just one year.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Toyota’s Unhappy Halloween

The Japanese automaker is having a bit of bad luck this season, but it has nothing to do with a black cat crossing its path. It’s because of spiders.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Protecting Your Ride From the New Ethanol Blend

A new policy approved by the EPA will allow states to permit the sale of fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, and the difference could damage your car.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles Over Window Switches

Recently reclaiming its status as the world’s biggest automaker three years after a major recall that raised questions about its vehicles’ safety, Toyota is once again asking customers to bring their vehicles in for inspection.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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‘This Is What We Do’: Why I Hated Chrysler’s Super Bowl Ad

The Super Bowl commercial is a shell game. Detroit’s pain isn’t the result of some existential crisis of faith, but a direct consequence of the amoral, profit-seeking behaviors of Chrysler itself.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


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The Year in Bad Corporate Choices

The BBC gets the ball rolling in this article about four big companies’ sub-stellar performance in 2010, and it should come as no surprise that BP figures in among that unfortunate set. But, dear readers, this list is focused on the UK and Asia—can you think of more from this side of the globe?

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE



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New Data Show Extent of Fed’s Free Money Programs

Thanks to Bernie Sanders and the new financial regulation passed by Congress, we’re learning more about the Federal Reserve’s $3.3 trillion bailout of Wall Street in 2008. It turns out the Fed lent money ... (more)

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Tesla’s Electric Stimulus Treatment

A joint partnership between Toyota and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, announced Friday, will provide $50 million to the latter firm while giving Toyota access to Tesla’s battery technology, a move that will help boost electric car production in the face of Toyota’s recent recall setbacks.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S. Slaps Toyota With Record Fine

U.S. auto regulators have decided to fine Toyota a maximum $16.375 million, having determined that the car company waited “at least four months” to recall its troubled vehicles. Toyota can contest the fine, which, although a record, amounts to a tiny fraction of the total financial impact of recalling some 8 million vehicles worldwide. (continued)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Red Alert: NASA Launches Toyota Probe

It seems like everyone is investigating Toyota these days. There’s the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Academy of Sciences and even the automaker itself. Why not NASA? Apparently Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was thinking the same thing. (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Honda Recalls 410,000 Cars

It’s not quite the 8 million vehicles that Toyota has had to swallow, but the next-biggest Japanese automaker announced a recall of its own. Honda is calling 410,000 Odyssey and Element vehicles sold in the U.S. back to the farm to address brake issues.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


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The ‘Runaway Prius’ That Quite Possibly Wasn’t

Toyota might have cause to breathe a little easier after a couple bumpy months, as last week’s runaway-Prius story is looking like it could represent less of a PR disaster for the automaker than it originally appeared to be.

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 READ MORE



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What Do Toyota and Big Tobacco Have in Common?

Fed up with a certain automotive academic who has been challenging Toyota’s claims about its car troubles, the automaker demonstrated similar problems in its competitors’ vehicles and fielded a team of experts to argue counterpoint. One of those experts runs a consulting firm for hire that once found no link between secondhand smoke and cancer. (continued)

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Toyota’s Issues May Drive Change in U.S. Brake Standards

February wasn’t a good month for Toyota, what with the fallout from the automaker’s recent recall, but Toyota’s pain may lead to a gain for U.S. drivers, in the form of a potential requirement for automobiles to include a brake override system.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Toyota Chief Overshoots Congressional Hearings by 150 Miles

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he was having difficulties with the brakes on his 2010 Toyota Prius, which finally came to rest after crashing into a blacksmith’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Huddle, Goldman/Greece

Was any progress made at Thursday’s health care summit on Capitol Hill? Is Goldman Sachs bringing down the global economy? Is it Wall Street gone wild or just the progress of capitalism? And is the U.S. trouncing Toyota because the federal government owns GM? So many questions, but luckily the “Left, Right & Center” lineup is ready for all of them on this week’s show.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Not as Dumb as He Looks

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Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Toyota’s Big Apology

Amid major setbacks leading to massive recalls related to unintended acceleration, faulty brakes and other mechanical calamities, Toyota is shifting into damage control mode. On Tuesday, the Japanese carmaker’s president, Akio Toyoda, made a personal apology before the U.S. Congress, admitting that his company got ahead of itself, prioritizing growth over quality control.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



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So Much for Plan B

Car buyers troubled by Toyota’s recalls may have considered turning their attention to Honda, another Japanese automaker with a sterling reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, the second-biggest Japanese automaker just announced an expanded recall of its own.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE


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And Now for Another Big Toyota Recall

Sorry, Toyota. Certainly there’ll be a slew of jokes about the automaker’s old “Oh, what a feeling!” commercials—oh, wait, too late!—now that Toyota has caught yet another tough break (sorry again) in the form of a recall of about “436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide,” according to the BBC.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Stealing Fire From the Gods

A friend of mine once had a Toyota that wouldn’t die. The odometer had only a dim recollection of passing 100,000 miles, the body was dinged and the paint was faded and the interior was worn, but the thing just kept running. He finally parked it at the airport, removed the plates and walked away.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Make It Three: Prius Brakes Could Spark Another Toyota Recall

The brakes on the 2010 Toyota Prius have prompted a U.S. government investigation and a possible third recall for the troubled automaker, if a report in Japan’s biggest business newspaper is to be believed. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


Good News for Bad Cars

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Toyota Moving Forward With Recall, Sales Freeze, Factory Timeout

The world’s biggest automaker is in even bigger trouble. Following an earlier recall of 4.2 million vehicles and a second recall of 2.3 million, Toyota is suspending sales of eight models and halting production at five plants in North America. (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Chavez’s Muffler Rattling

Hugo Chavez muffler-rattled against the likes of Toyota, Ford, General Motors and Fiat in a speech to the country Thursday, attacking those companies for not sharing technology with local industry and threatening to kick them out of business if they did not comply.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE



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Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Cars

Toyota has announced a recall of eight U.S. models, including the 2004-2009 Prius. A problem with floor mats has reportedly caused the deaths of five people so far. The BBC calculates the cost of the recall at two years’ worth of U.S. sales for the automaker.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Hold On to Your Clunkers, the Cash Is Coming

The Senate is finally getting around to approving more money for the wildly successful “cash for clunkers” program, which seems to have saved the auto industry from the forces of recession and bankruptcy. With an additional $2 billion on the way, the administration hopes to transform 500,000 more clunkers into cleaner, smaller, more efficient vehicles.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Toyota to Post First Loss in 70 Years

Here’s yet another sign of the econo-polcalypse: Toyota Motor Corp., which has been profitable for decades thanks to steady sales and shrewd leadership, has predicted a loss for the first time in 70 years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


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A Toyota Takeover Could Save GM

Considering only two options for an imperiled General Motors —either bailout by the U.S. government or bankruptcy—omits an important alternative, which I see as the best option: a takeover of GM by Toyota Motor Corp.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


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Toyota Gets Ready to Plug In

Fuel economy has done wonders for Toyota’s bottom line, so the hybrid pioneer has decided to add a plug-in to its lineup by 2010 and will have a hybrid version of every vehicle it makes sometime in the 2020s. Why so long? Because new batteries have to be developed in order to make the plan work.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


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