Stay of Execution: Scion xB Lives For Another Model Year

This past April, there were reports that the now-unloved Scion xB and xD were being sent off to that automotive junkyard in the sky, with no direct replacement for either vehicle. For those that are not familiar with the brand’s lineup, the xD replaced the unloved xA, which was the “entry-level” Scion. The Scion xB…

Guangpi Mitsubishi Announces Aggressive Plans for Expansion in China

Despite Mitsubishi essentially hitting the reset button on their lineup here in the States, they have some very ambitious plans for the world’s largest auto market. That’s right, according the the Guangpi Mitsubishi (their JV partner in China) Board Chairman and General Manager Chen Dazhu, they want to aggressively attack the market and become a…

Toyota Recall: Complete List of Recalls for the Toyota Highlander from 2002-2011

  You know something, I will go on record and freely admit…the Toyota Highlander is one of my favourite vehicles, particularly the first generation. I’ve always liked more conservatively styled vehicles, I guess in an ironic way. Perhaps it’s because it looks a lot like the first-generation Subaru Forester, my all-time favourite wagon/crossover thingy. One could even…

Toyota Starts to Phase Out Older Employees with Retirement Incentives

According to recent reports, Toyota has begun to offer “retirement incentives” to approximately 2,000 of its senior employees throughout the United States. That number represents about 10 percent of its total workforce in the country. Moreover, most of those employees (1,600) are currently employed at the Georgetown, Kentucky plant. That number represents about 25% of…

China TDWU: Toyota and Other Japan Automakers Slump Again in October, is the End in Sight?

Problems for Toyota continued in China in October, with the largest cuts in production in over a decade for the embattled automaker. The cuts were necessitated, in order to ease pressure on dealerships to move more units, as they’ve had their hands full lately with people vandalising their facilities. Even though stockpiles of vehicles have reduced drastically…

Toyota’s Proposed Safety and Electric Vehicle Battery Technologies

Although many of these types of systems have been recommended by the NHTSA for the past several years or so, Toyota, like many other automakers, have already begun to work on and implement new proposed safety and battery technologies. Toyota’s motivation is in the wake of their unintended acceleration recall disaster that struck a couple…