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2008-07-23 15:00:00

Toyota Motor Corp. beat General Motors Corp. by 300,000 units in worldwide sales for the first half of the year for the second year in a row as sales declines in North America eclipsed record-breaking sales in the world's emerging markets. Toyota today reported sales of 4.8 million through June, up 2% from a year ago, and nearly 300,000 units greater than GM's first-half sales. GM reported sales of 4.5 million vehicles in the same period, down 5% from a year ago. GM's sales numbers include...

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2008-07-15 07:40:00

Chrysler LLC plans to be selling all-electric vehicles within the next three to five years.  The new Envi division of Chrysler was started last September and is developing vehicles that can run on battery power for up to 40 miles. "The group is looking to have a product available in the marketplace in the next three to five years," Nick Cappa, a Chrysler spokesman, said on Monday. Chrysler has fallen behind rivals when it comes to a hybrid strategy but is now working on a new generation...

2008-07-10 18:00:16

Nagoya, July 10 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will build the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle at a plant under construction in Blue Springs, Mississippi, as part of broad changes to its North American manufacturing operations. The Mississippi plant was initially scheduled to assemble the Highlander mid-size sport-utility vehicle, but a North American consumer shift away from gas-guzzlers amid high fuel prices and an economic slowdown led to the change. Demand...

2008-07-10 15:00:00

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press Jul. 10--After reviewing different production options for several months, a steeper-than-expected sales decline in June forced Toyota Motor Corp. to speed up its decision-making process to shuffle the production location of several of its vehicles and to bring assembly of its most popular hybrid, the Prius, to the United States for the first time. Toyota announced today that production of the Prius gasoline is scheduled to begin in 2010 at a new plant...

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2008-07-02 00:05:00

The growing demand for small, fuel-efficient hybrid cars has caused inventory shortages for Toyota Motor Corp.'s most popular models, such as the Prius, Yaris and Corolla.  The Japanese automaker, which reported an 11.5 percent drop in U.S. sales last month, said a decreasing inventory of vehicles had forced the company to scramble to meet demand in June, a month in which U.S. auto sales were down nearly 9 percent industry-wide. As a result, Prius sales were down 26 percent as...

2008-07-02 18:00:11

By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin DETROIT - General Motors Corp. soundly beat Toyota Motor Corp. in June to retain its traditional U.S. sales lead, but GM sales still dropped 18.2 percent during a dismal month for large automakers. Toyota's U.S. sales fell 21.4 percent, while Ford Motor Co. said it sales tumbled nearly 28 percent. Chrysler LLC took a huge hit for the month with sales down 35.9 percent. GM's shares bounced more than 2 percent higher in late trading Tuesday after sinking...

2008-07-02 12:00:34

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 2--Automakers couldn't make enough cars last month to keep up with consumers' newfound love of anything that gets good gas mileage. Gas prices near or above $4 a gallon for much of the month resulted in double-digit sales declines for most automakers in June. Shoppers avoided large SUVs and pickup trucks and couldn't find enough high-MPG cars, analysts said. Both Toyota and General Motors were unable to keep up with demand, as...

2008-07-02 09:00:04

By Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin Associated Press DETROIT -- Nearly all of the major automakers reported steep sales declines for June, but for General Motors, at least, there was consolation: Toyota, its leading international competition, had it worse. Even Toyota, with its flexible, efficient factories, couldn't make the shift from trucks to cars as quickly as American drivers. Its sales for June shrank 21 percent. So the Japanese automaker fell short of some analysts' predictions...

2008-07-02 09:00:04

By Associated Press General Motors Corp. soundly beat Toyota Motor Corp. in June to retain its traditional U.S. sales lead, but GM sales still dropped 18.2 percent during a dismal month for large automakers. Toyota's U.S. sales fell 21.4 percent, while Ford Motor Co. said its sales tumbled nearly 28 percent. Chrysler LLC took a huge hit for the month with sales down 35.9 percent. GM, the nation's biggest automaker, on Tuesday reported selling 262,329 vehicles for the month, compared with...

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2007-12-06 09:45:00

TOKYO -- Compared to a virtuoso, its rendition was a trifle stilted and, well, robotic. But Toyota's new robot plays a pretty solid "Pomp and Circumstance" on the violin. The five-foot-tall all-white robot, shown Thursday, used its mechanical fingers to press the strings correctly and bowed with its other arm, coordinating the movements well. Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) has already shown robots that roll around to work as guides and have fingers dexterous enough to play the trumpet. Toyota...


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