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Only 3 Non-Tech Brands Make 'Most Valuable' Top 10

Apple is No. 1, followed by Google and Microsoft

(Newser) - If you wanted to create a brand from scratch and make it a valued household name, the tech sector is probably a good place to start. Per City AM , Interbrand looked at some of the world's biggest brands, then ranked their value—and seven that made it into the... More »

Toyota's New Joint Venture With Mazda: $1.6B US Factory

The move could create up to 4K jobs

(Newser) - Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda said Friday they plan to spend $1.6 billion to set up a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the US—a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs. The plant will have an annual production capacity of about 300,000 vehicles and will... More »

These 3 Large Cars Are Safest Bet in a Crash

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out top marks to 3 models

(Newser) - In the market for a large car that comes with some extra peace of mind? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a few suggestions. CBS Miami reports IIHS crashed six large car models to test their safety and awarded three of them its highest "Top Safety Pick Plus"... More »

Buyer, Beware: 5 Deadliest Cars in America

Also, the 5 safest cars in America

(Newser) - Just how safe is that car you're driving? 24/7 Wall St. investigated to come up with a ranking of the safest and least safe car models sold in the US. The cars you'll want to drive, and those you won't, based on driver death rates: More »

Toyota's Next Model Reaches for the Sky

Japanese automaker's 'flying car' isn't all it has planned

(Newser) - Toyota is working on a "flying car." The AP reports the startup backed by the Japanese automaker has developed a test model that engineers hope will eventually develop into a tiny car with a driver who'll be able to light the Olympic torch in the 2020 Tokyo... More »

Toyota No Longer the World's Biggest Auto Seller

Volkswagen takes the crown in the year post-cheating scandal

(Newser) - Toyota has lost its crown as the world's best-selling automaker, and the company to wear it now does so for the first time: Volkswagen. Yes, though revelations about the latter's diesel-engine manipulations emerged in 2015 , 2016 turned out to be a winning year for Volkswagen, which recorded a... More »

Toyota Responds to Threatening Trump Tweet

Reminds everyone it has invested nearly $22B in US, with 136K employees

(Newser) - Donald Trump has taken on Ford , as well as General Motors , threatening to impose taxes if they move production out of the US and into Mexico, and he hit at another automaker Thursday with a tweet. "Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build... More »

He Gave Car Salesman His Phone. Now He's Suing for $1M

Texas couple says worker at dealership stole nude photos

(Newser) - Tim and Claire Gautreaux, a Texas pastor and his wife, got far more than they bargained for when they went to a Grapevine Toyota dealership in January 2015 to buy a new car. According to a lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages that the couple filed against Texas... More »

Some Toyota Owners Will Be Able to Rent Out Their Cars

Carmaker is partnering with Getaround startup in San Francisco

(Newser) - Starting next year, some Toyota owners will be able to rent out their cars—which could allow them to "essentially [get] a car for free," according to one CEO involved. Toyota is partnering with Getaround, a startup that assists drivers who want to rent out their cars, to... More »

Toyota Says Sayonara to Scion

Company will be phasing out brand, folding models into Toyota lineup

(Newser) - Toyota's Scion brand has been "euthanized," as Jalopnik puts it, with the car manufacturer announcing Wednesday the division will be killed, per a Toyota press release . The brand will be phased out, and existing models—including the MY17, FR-S sports car, iA sedan, iM hatchback, and C-HR... More »

US to Toyota: How Is ISIS Getting Your Trucks, SUVs?

Carmaker says it's cooperating with inquiry

(Newser) - How exactly is it that ISIS has a bunch of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs, which the terrorist group has used in propaganda videos? That's the question the Terror Financing unit of the US Treasury Department is asking Toyota, and the carmaker says it is cooperating with the inquiry.... More »

Toyota's Top Female Exec Quits After Drug Arrest

American was accused of smuggling painkiller to Japan

(Newser) - Toyota says Julie Hamp, who was arrested in Japan last month on suspicion of drug law violations, has resigned as managing officer. The 55-year-old American became the most senior female executive ever at the Japanese automaker when she was appointed head of public relations in April, but things went wrong... More »

Female Toyota Exec Arrested Over Drug-Filled Package

Police say package addressed to Julie Hamp held Oxycodone

(Newser) - Toyota’s first senior female executive was arrested in Japan yesterday after customs officials allegedly found 57 Oxycodone tablets in a package mailed to her from the US. A package labeled "necklaces" was sent to Julie Hamp from the United States on June 8, and arrived in Japan on... More »

2M Vehicles Recalled Over Air Bags

Toyota, Chrysler, Honda models affected

(Newser) - More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Avalon models... More »

Toyota Recalls 6.4M Vehicles, 27 Models

5 different issues in spotlight

(Newser) - It's been several days since Mazda's terrifying recall , so it must be time for another automotive shakeup. This time it's Toyota calling back 27 models of its cars totaling 6.4 million vehicles, the BBC reports. In 3.5 million of them, the central concern is a... More »

Toyota Pays $1.2B to End Criminal Probe

It's an unusually large settlement for an automaker

(Newser) - Toyota will write a hefty $1.2 billion check to end a four-year Justice Department investigation into its unintended acceleration scandal , Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. It's the largest criminal penalty against a car company in US history, according to USA Today . "Today we can say for... More »

Toyota Recalls 1.9M Priuses

Software problem can cause cars to stall

(Newser) - Another day, another Toyota recall : This time, the automaker is recalling all of the newest-generation Prius hybrids, a total of 1.9 million cars. About half of those are in Japan, and 713,000 are in North America. The problem? A software glitch that could cause the car to stall,... More »

Consumer Reports Yanks Approval From 3 Toyotas

Meanwhile, Toyota reports winning sales figures

(Newser) - It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Toyota. The good news? The Japanese automaker beat GM in sales for the second straight quarter, moving 2.5 million vehicles between July and September, it announced today, according to Bloomberg . The bad news? Consumer Reports yanked its recommendation of... More »

Toyota Recall Fueled By Spiderwebs

Airbag issue may affect 885K Camrys, Venzas, Avalons

(Newser) - It's another recall for Toyota, this time over a potential airbag flaw—a problem exacerbated by rogue spiders. Spiderwebs, CNNMoney explains, can block air conditioning drainage tubes in the affected 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons (including hybrid models). Water can end up dripping into airbag controls; warning... More »

Toyota Not to Blame in Calif. Crash Death: Court

Fellow driver owes $10M in damages

(Newser) - A key case in Toyota's sudden-acceleration saga has been found in the car maker's favor. A jury found that Toyota wasn't to blame in the death of Noriko Uno, 66, who lost control of her 2006 Camry in a 2009 incident, Bloomberg reports. Toyota opponents held that... More »

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