Kelly Blue Book, the main source for car purchasing and pricing information in the United States, has released its quarterly survey of new car buyers. The study is non-scientific but considered authoritative. The top five list shows both a shakeup in the popularity of vehicles and the effects of negative press. Shoppers ranked durability and Read on! →


The Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday that it would be recalling nearly 700 of its 2013 Lexus GS 350 models because of a software issue that could cause steering wheel problems. The recall also includes some two-wheel drive F Sport grade Lexus GS350s. Steering wheel may be off-center According to Toyota, the software Read on! →


In the annual BrandZ Top 100 survey conducted by market research company Millward Brown, BMW has moved into the lead when it comes to the most valuable auto brands worldwide. The number one slot was previously held by Toyota Motor Corp., but Toyota’s recent trouble with mechanical failure and design flaws has knocked it back Read on! →


Toyota has announced that the company has fixed nearly all of the problems that led to the recalls by the automaker. There were a series of Toyota recalls, which led to outrage at the popular automaker. The company has also come up with a fail-safe, which is reported to put a stop to unintended acceleration. Read on! →


One year after a $50 million partnership between Daimler and Tesla was announced, Toyota and Tesla announced their $50 million partnership. Tesla motors has been promising a mass-market, mass-produced, electric Model S by 2012. This Toyota and Tesla partnership, in addition to an initial public offering, should raise enough cash for Tesla to make good Read on! →


Under threat of U.S. imports of hybrids being blocked, Toyota has settled a long-running patent infringement suit. A patent filed in 1994 that covered a “high voltage method to power gas-electric hybrid cars” was at issue. Toyota has agreed to license the technology from the Paice company. The patent at issue The patent that Toyota Read on! →


At this week’s Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda gave the driving world a first look at what some media sources are calling a “smartphone on wheels.” The black, wedge-shaped concept car, dubbed the Toyota Fun-Vii, will further cement the connection between car and cellphone, according to Automotive News. Will concept cars Read on! →


As it escapes the recession doldrums, Toyota Motor Corp. has announced plans to add shifts at its factory in San Antonio, Texas, in order to push pickup production, reports Automotive News. Toyota pickups in demand Toyota’s San Antonio factory will add additional shifts on Saturdays to meet increased consumer demand for pickups and boost dealer Read on! →


Thanks to a blockbuster IPO, Tesla Motors has finally secured additional financing and investment from Toyota Motors. The Toyota Motors/Tesla Motors partnership is just one of the many partnerships Tesla motors has developed in a quest for a mass-market, all-electric vehicle. Is this excitement and investment going to be enough to keep Tesla Motors floating? Read on! →


In a move that will bring 2,000 jobs to the beleaguered state, construction will resume on the Mississippi Toyota plant in Blue Springs. The Associated Press reports that Toyota’s estimate is that the plant should be fully operational by the fall of 2011. It had originally been slated for completion in 2010, but the recession Read on! →