Jim Lentz Named First American CEO of Toyota Motor Sales

Jim Lentz Named First American CEO of Toyota Motor Sales
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Toyota recently announced its North American leadership changes with current president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), Jim Lentz, becoming the first American CEO of TMS. Lentz will make the official rise from COO to CEO on April 1st and has been one of the prominent faces of Toyota during their recent recall issues…. Continue Reading...

Honda Says Brake Override Will be Standard in All Models by 2011

Honda Says Brake Override Will be Standard in All Models by 2011
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With increased pressure from Congress in the wake of Toyota’s recall crisis, Honda has announced it will include a brake override feature in all of its models by the end of 2011. “We are committed to applying Brake Priority Logic on 100 percent of Honda and Acura passenger vehicles produced for the North American market… Continue Reading...

CNN Erroneously Reports Secret Document Shows Toyota Knew of Sudden Acceleration in 2002

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CNN Erroneously Reports Secret Document Shows Toyota Knew of Sudden Acceleration in 2002
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After Toyota recently debunked an ABC News report about sudden acceleration in its vehicles, the Japanese automaker has now decided to take on CNN, after the news outlet reported that Toyota knew about sudden acceleration issues as far back as 2002. The story by CNN‘s special investigations unit reports that in a secret document Toyota… Continue Reading...

Toyota President Jim Lentz Reiterates Recall is Mechanical Not Electric in House Committee Testimony

Toyota President Jim Lentz Reiterates Recall is Mechanical Not Electric in House Committee Testimony
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In a prepared statement before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Toyota President Jim Lentz reiterated Toyota’s continued stand that the issue with its many recalled Toyota models is mechanical and not electronic. Lentz commented that Toyota hired Exponent, a top engineering and scientific consulting firm, to examine its electronic throttle system to see… Continue Reading...

Report: Toyota’s Jim Lentz Denies Cover-up Over Acceleration Issue

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Report: Toyota’s Jim Lentz Denies Cover-up Over Acceleration Issue
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Jim Lentz, Toytoa president of U.S. sales, denied his company is covering up problems related to unintended acceleration. On a media blitz to contain the damage after a nine million vehicle recall, Lentz denied Toyota was hiding anything after government documents revealed the company first received reports of “runaway Toyotas” in March 2007. “There is… Continue Reading...

Report: Toyota to Provide Tech Support for Apple Co-Founder’s Prius

Report: Toyota to Provide Tech Support for Apple Co-Founder’s Prius
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Toyota has offered to test Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s Prius after he claimed the vehicle’s electronics can cause it accelerate unintentionally. Wozniak’s claims made headlines when he claimed his 2010 Prius’ accelerator “goes wild” under certain conditions. He says he can repeat the acceleration issue and suspected the Prius’ software as the culprit. Toyota has… Continue Reading...

Breaking: Department of Transportation Investigating Toyota Electronics as Cause of Unintended Acceleration

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Breaking: Department of Transportation Investigating Toyota Electronics as Cause of Unintended Acceleration
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has now said it will look into electrical issues as a possible source for the unintended acceleration of Toyota products. Toyota recently recalled 2.3 million cars and trucks due to pedals that stick or are slow to return and has since announced a fix for the problem that it says… Continue Reading...

Toyota To Begin Accelerator Pedal Fix This Week

Toyota To Begin Accelerator Pedal Fix This Week
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In an effort to assure its customers (and its stockholders) Toyota has now officially announced details of its plan to fix potentially sticky accelerator pedals in 2.3 million recalled vehicles. Repairs to affected vehicles will begin this week. A “fix” has been developed for the recalled vehicles that includes reinforcing the pedal mechanism to eliminate… Continue Reading...

Report: Toyota Aims to Double Hybrid Production By Next Year

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Report: Toyota Aims to Double Hybrid Production By Next Year
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With 500,000 hybrids sold last year, Toyota aims to double that number by 2011. Japan’s largest automaker had announced plans to reach the one million goal early in this decade, but a report in Japan’s Nikkei suggests Toyota is now looking at very-early in this decade. Part of the reason for Toyota’s optimism is the… Continue Reading...

Report: Prius Could Supplant Camry as Toyota’s Top Seller Says Company Exec

Report: Prius Could Supplant Camry as Toyota’s Top Seller Says Company Exec
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The Prius could surpass the Camry as Toyota’s best selling model in the U.S. in the next ten years says the head of Toyota’s sales department. Toyota Motor Sales boss Jim Lentz made the comments, stating that he sees the Prius gaining ground, rather than the Camry (the top selling passenger car in the U.S…. Continue Reading...

Official: Toyota CEO Confirms Toyobaru Sports car

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Official: Toyota CEO Confirms Toyobaru Sports car
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Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has, for the first time, officially made clear that the automaker is in fact working on a joint project with Subaru to build an affordable sports car. Toyoda made the statements at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan The new car will be stylish, yet… Continue Reading...

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards
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Yesterday President Obama announced a new proposal being put forward to increase fuel-economy standards across the board. If enacted, the legislation would see the fleet average for passenger vehicles rise to 35.5 mpg by 2016. Currently automakers are facing an 8 percent increase in fuel-economy standards that would see fleet averages for light-vehicles (cars and… Continue Reading...