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Toyota Recalling 228K Tacomas in US

Oil leak could damage differential, causing loss of control.

by on Apr.28, 2017

Toyota is recalling 250,000 Tacomas worldwide due to an oil leak that could damage the truck's differential.

Toyota announced it will recall 228,000 Tacomas in the U.S. to fix an oil leak that could increase the risk of a crash. The action impacts 2016 and 2017 model-year pickups.

The automaker said the truck could leak oil, potentially damaging the rear differential. If that occurs, there could be an increase “in noise and reduced propulsion.” If the problem is bad enough the differential could seize and the driver could lose control of the truck.

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There are 250,000 trucks globally that are part of the recall. It is unclear at this point if there have been any complaints about crashes or injuries related to the problem. Toyota officials declined to comment, according to multiple reports. (more…)

Toyota: No Plans to Give Up on Cars

Despite shift by buyers to utility vehicles, cars big part of portfolio.

by on Sep.21, 2016

Toyota's Bill Fay said that despite the ongoing shift from cars to trucks and utility vehicles, the automaker plans to have robust car line-up.

Sales of new cars in the U.S. are in flux as trucks and utility vehicles claim an increasing share of the market.

Toyota, the most popular Asian brand in the United States, is headed for record truck sales of more than 1.4 million units in the U.S. this year. But despite the shift, Toyota, which has produces some of the most popular passenger cars in the United States, isn’t about to give up on cars

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“We aren’t giving up on passenger cars,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Motor Sales vice president in charge of the Toyota Division. (more…)

Ford May Return to Small Pickup Market

But Detroit maker likely won’t use new Global Ranger for American market.

by on Oct.09, 2014

Ford still sells the Ranger around the world, but is reconsidering its decision to discontinue it in the U.S.

Ford Motor Co. may be ready to reverse its long-standing decision to abandon the compact American pickup market. But the maker is struggling to find a design that will offer a true alternative to the best-selling Ford F-150 full-size truck.

Ford walked away from the small pickup segment in December 2011, when it abandoned the long-in-the-tooth Ranger. And it wasn’t alone. With small truck sales withering over the decades, Chrysler and General Motors also pulled the plug on their old models.

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But GM is back for 2015 with two new midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and if initial reviews and early orders are any indication, they could be major hits, challenging the aged trucks offered by Toyota and Nissan. (more…)

Toyota Hopes for Big Sales Jump on New Highlander

Improved ride, new styling expected to lure buyers from other brands.

by on Dec.18, 2013

Toyota expects sales of the 2014 Highlander to increase 10% compared with the previous year.

With 2014 shaping up to be another promising year for new vehicle sales, Toyota expects sales of the new Highlander utility vehicle to grow by as much as 10% next year as it rolls out the revamped 2014 version of its mid-sized utility vehicle.

Jim Colon, Toyota Motor Sales vice president for product communication, said sales of the Highlander should top 140,000 units despite rugged competition from the Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee. “Mid-SUVs is a very competitive segment, added Colon. But it’s a key segment, accounting for almost 10% of all vehicle sales in the U.S.

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The segment is growing because the mid-sized SUV with three rows of seating has become the vehicle of choice for active families, Colon said. The Highlander has had a strong position in the mid-sized segment ever since the first generation Highlander appeared in 2001. Toyota replaced the original Highlander in 2008 and Toyota started building the third generation Highlander at its big assembly plant in Princeton, Ind., earlier this month. (more…)

GM Readies to Take on All Comers in Pick Up Truck Market

Maker boasts trucks in mid-size, full-size and heavy-duty segments unlike competitors.

by on Oct.18, 2013

The launch of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon will highlight GM's new three-truck strategy.

As it prepares to roll out the new mid-sized trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, at the Los Angeles Auto Show next, General Motors is pursuing what it describes as a three-truck strategy.

While GM has put more emphasis on its passenger cars in the past few years, GM still depends on its truck line for the bulk of its profits, notes Joe Phillippi, an independent analyst, who keeps a watch of GM.

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“They make some money on the cars,” he said, adding that the margins on the trucks are much greater. (more…)

Chevrolet Saddles Up New Silverado

Maker battles Ford, Chrysler for high-priced truck supremacy.

by on May.06, 2013

Chevrolet is staking a new claim in the luxury truck segment with the Silverado High Country.

The Western-themed, high-priced premium truck market dominated by Ford and Chrysler is about to get a new player. Chevrolet is planning a new top-of-the line model pickup truck, the High Country, as its rolls out the new 2014 Silverado lineup.

The 2014 Silverado High Country is designed to compete for buyers, who will to pay for extra features and styling in their pickup trucks, according to Lloyd Biermann, the Silverado marketing manager, who noted that premium pickup trucks now account for about 30% of all light-truck sales.

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Overall, pickup truck sales were up 27% in April.

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