Tag Archives: Toyota

Toyota facing $1 billion fine to end safety probe

Lexus, the high-end Toyota brand is at the center of a four-year safety probe.

Toyota could pay as much as $1 billion in a pending settlement with the Justice Department that wound end a four-year probe into accusations the carmaker made misleading statements about its safety problems. The issues relate to allegations of unintended acceleration in Toyota and its upscale brand Lexus in the late 2000s. In 2009, an ... Read More »

2014 Toyota Venza: wagon? SUV? All good

2014 Toyota Venza side view.

The 2014 Toyota Venza, like its older siblings, is positioned uniquely. It’s neither a wagon nor a true sport utility vehicle. Rather it’s a crossover with the all-wheel drive functionality like a wagon, cargo room like an SUV and the characteristics of a near luxury sedan. The result is a combo-car with a combo name. ... Read More »

Toyota woes again: 1.9 million Prius models recalled

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in models are lowered priced.

Toyota’s massive problem with recalls dating to 2009 has continued. The Japanese manufacturer is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software issue that could cause the vehicle to stall. Toyota Motor Corp. said 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions ... Read More »

Toyota on hot seat, shuts down production

The 2014 Toyota Camry has a clean side profile.

Toyota sold more cars than any other carmaker worldwide in 2013. But the Japanese manufacturer’s vehicles also had the most problems in 2013. For 2014, it’s worse. Because of a potential fire hazard in seats via seat heaters, Toyota has stopped sales of nearly all of its new cars and trucks. Included in the stoppage: ... Read More »