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Nov 27, 2011

Toyota aims to bring fun back with “86″ sports car

OYAMA-CHO, Japan (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) unveiled a highly anticipated sports car that it hopes will trigger the rebirth of the company as a maker of “fun” cars that it hasn’t been in years.

Japan’s top automaker took the wraps off the compact, rear-wheel-drive model at the Fuji Speedway circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji on Sunday, in front of thousands of racing fans, in a departure from traditional banquet-room launches.

Nov 10, 2011

Flood impact on Honda spreads, Toyota slowly recovers

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The impact of Thailand’s floods on
Honda Motor Co has extended to a fourth continent,
while in contrast Toyota Motor Corp showed further
signs of recovery from the disaster.

Thailand’s worst floods in half a century have inundated
hundreds of parts suppliers, forcing many automakers to halt
work in the country and reduce output elsewhere.

Nov 10, 2011

Toyota slowly recovers from floods, Honda impact spreads

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp plans
to bring back overtime at its North American factories next week
in a partial recovery from the impact of the Thai floods, while
Honda Motor Co said its supply shortage has spread
across four continents.

Thailand’s worst floods in half a century have inundated
hundreds of parts suppliers, forcing many automakers to halt
work in the country and reduce output elsewhere.

Nov 8, 2011

Toyota Q2 falls 32 percent, withdraws full-year forecast

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted a 32 percent drop in quarterly operating profit and withdrew its full-year profit forecasts as Thai floods pose a fresh threat to production while supply shortages from the March earthquake kept output low.

Toyota is also drowning under a stubbornly strong yen, which is making its annual exports of 1.5 million vehicles from Japan unprofitable and less competitive against cars from rivals such as Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Nov 8, 2011

Toyota seen keeping guidance despite Thai floods

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp is set
to post a drop in quarterly operating profit on Tuesday as
supply shortages from the March earthquake kept output low,
while floods in Thailand pose a fresh threat for the rest of the
year.

Toyota is also struggling to cope with a stubbornly strong
yen, which is making its annual exports of 1.5 million vehicles
from Japan unprofitable and less competitive against cars from
the likes of Hyundai Motor Co .

Nov 7, 2011

Toyota seen keeping annual guidance despite Thai floods

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp is set
to post a drop in quarterly operating profit on Tuesday as
supply shortages from the March earthquake kept output low,
while floods in Thailand pose a fresh threat for the rest of the
year.

Toyota is also drowning under a stubbornly strong yen, which
is making its annual exports of 1.5 million vehicles from Japan
unprofitable and less competitive against cars from the likes of
Hyundai Motor Co .

Nov 7, 2011

No longer beast, Toyota strives for beauty

NUERBURGRING, Germany (Reuters) – As Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda passed the banged-up Aston Martin Zagato in his Lexus LFA on the Nuerburgring race track last month, he figured that was it for the British race car.

Toyoda and Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez, both recognized for their contribution to motorsports by the German auto industry this year, were meant to switch cars later and cross the finish line side by side — Bez in the Lexus, the Toyota (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) chief in the Zagato.

Nov 7, 2011

Suzuki Q2 op profit up despite strife in India

TOKYO (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp on Monday posted a 6.2 percent rise in quarterly operating profit as lower marketing costs offset a fall in sales, particularly in India where its subsidiary was struck by labour unrest.

Thanks to a big overshoot in the first half, Japan’s No.4 automaker kept its cautious annual forecasts unchanged even though it assumed tougher exchange rates for the rest of the year.

Nov 7, 2011

Suzuki Q2 up despite India strikes, keeps forecasts

TOKYO (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp on Monday posted a 6.2 percent rise in quarterly operating profit as lower marketing costs offset a fall in sales, particularly in India where its subsidiary was struck by labour unrest.

Thanks to a big overshoot in the first half, Japan’s No.4 automaker kept its cautious annual forecasts unchanged even though it assumed tougher exchange rates for the rest of the year.

Nov 7, 2011

Suzuki Q2 op profit up despite India strife, keeps guidance

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Suzuki Motor Corp on
Monday posted a 6.2 percent rise in quarterly operating profit
as lower marketing costs offset a fall in sales, particularly in
India where its subsidiary was struck by labour unrest.

Thanks to a big overshoot in the first half, Japan’s No.4
automaker kept its cautious annual forecasts unchanged even
though it assumed tougher exchange rates for the rest of the
year.

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