Google And Apple Knocking On The Car Door? ‘No, We Won’t Let Them Inside,’ Toyota Exec Says

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Google and Apple supposedly have performed a tactical retreat in their efforts to disrupt the car industry, and shifted from making cars to developing software for same. It will be a hard sell as large global automakers turn to coding their own. This week, Toyota and Renault-Nissan joined the growing chorus of “Google, no thanks.”

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Volkswagen And Toyota In Neck-And-Neck Race For Global Top Spot

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Usually, when the leaves turn golden outside, the World’s Largest Automaker title is a foregone conclusion. This time, it’s dramatically different. Toyota and Volkswagen have produced nearly exactly the same number of vehicles this year so far, and the race remains wide open.

January through September, Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Co. produced 7.609 million units across all their brands, data released by the companies show. Officially, Toyota is ahead of VW by a mere 336 units, a fraction of a rounding error for companies that are used to making 10 million cars per year, each.

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Suzuki’s Dalliance With Toyota, A Prelude For LTR

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“If we don’t share, we won’t survive,” said Osamu Suzuki, chairman of Suzuki Motors, today. The auto industry’s grand seigneur gave a whole new meaning to “share society” at the Tokyo headquarters of Toyota, where Suzuki, flanked by a much younger Aiko Toyoda, announced what a reporter in the room characterized as an “engagement between Suzuki and Toyota.” Of course, that’s not the official line. Yet.

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World’s Largest Automakers 2016: Toyota Pulls Ahead Of Volkswagen — By A Hair

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Who will be the world’s largest automaker by the end of the year? As the race between global giants Toyota Motor Corp and Volkswagen AG gets increasingly tighter, the answer likely will remain in doubt for months to come. Earlier in the year,  Toyota was out-delivered by Volkswagen, and the supposedly dieselgate-doomed German automaker had a clear shot at reaching its declared target and become the world’s largest. Today, the picture changed. After a sudden push in August deliveries, Toyota now leads VW – not by a whole lot, though.

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Toyota Employees To Work Mostly From Home. Or Not

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Japanese salary-men and -women are said to spend inordinately long hours at the office, and this impression is amplified by 10 pm rush-hour traffic on Tokyo’s vast subway and train network. If press reports are to be believed, this could come to an end, as Japan’s largest company, trend-setting Toyota, will allow its personnel to work from home.

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Volkswagen World’s Largest Automaker — In January, At Least

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Volkswagen AG reached a goal it held dear since 2009 – to become the world’s largest automaker. In January, the German automaker delivered 847,000 units worldwide, bypassing number one Toyota Motor Corp, which produced 801,614 in the same month. The triumph, however, is likely to be fleeting.

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Toyota’s Scion Is Dead, Long Live Toyota’s GAZOO

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Last week, Toyota announced that it would turn Daihatsu into a fully-owned division. Yesterday, the carmaker said it would ditch its Scion brand. This morning, Toyota presented in Tokyo a new corporate identity for its GAZOO racing stable. The events are connected.

The ditching of Scion caused much handwringing stateside. In the rest of the world, it could hardly matter. No wonder: Scion was primarily a U.S. exercise, with a little late blooming into Canada.

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Exploding Steel Mill Disrupts Toyota

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Sometimes, it seems like only a catastrophe can stop global juggernaut Toyota Motor Corp, but then there is no shortage of catastrophes that try. As the latest in a series of disasters disrupting the company, an explosion in a key specialty steel plant of Toyota threatens to paralyze Japanese production of the carmaker for up to two months.

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