Toyota ends car production in Australia by 2017

Toyota is to end its vehicle and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017, effectively marking the end of the country’s carmaking industry. The company said it might scale down the operations of its development and technical centre in Australia as well. Last year, Ford and General Motors’ Holden unit also announced plans […]

Toyota may rethink Thai investment plans if crisis lingers

(Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) may reconsider investing up to 20 billion baht ($609 million) in Thailand, and could even cut production, if political unrest drags on, the head of the Japanese automaker’s local unit said on Monday. Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in Thailand, producing 800,000 vehicles a year. Plans to increase […]

What happened to the auto industry in Detroit.

In the 1960s, the auto companies and their suppliers generated an estimated 300,000 jobs in the city. Now the number has shrunk to less than one-tenth of that. “Detroit’s fate is the result of decades of job flight,” said Thomas J. Sugrue, a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a […]

At Shanghai show, Japan automakers woo lost sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — Japanese automakers promised special Chinese designs and green technology in addition to the usual flashy fanfare at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, trying to woo back sales that crumpled during a territorial dispute over East China Sea islands late last year. China is the world’s biggest auto market by number of vehicles […]

China auto sales accelerate in December

BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales rose 7.1 percent in 2012 after growth accelerated in December as an economic recovery began to gain traction, an industry group reported Friday. Sales in the world’s biggest market by number of vehicles sold totaled 15.5 million units, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers said. December sales rose 6.9 […]

“Not the Jetsons yet, but our advanced active safety research car is leading the industry into a new automated era,” – Toyota.

Toyota has given a taste of self-drive car safety technology ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The car maker revealed a video clip of a Lexus fitted with safety features designed to minimise car crashes. The technology includes on-board radar and video cameras to monitor the road, the surroundings, […]