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  • A twin-engine plane carrying three employees of electric car maker Tesla Motors crashed into a fog-shrouded residential neighborhood Wednesday, raining fiery debris over homes.

    Investigators are hoping a neighborhood sound system near the crash site that claimed the lives of 3 Tesla Motors employees this week will yield new clues on the crash.

  • Toyota headquarters

    As someone who studies the way people perceive risk, and the importance of trust to those perceptions, it continues to amaze me how many smart successful firms like Toyota manage to forget the importance of trust until they’re in trouble, and then they have to spend huge amounts of money and effort, for years, trying to rebuild it, writes the author David Ropeik.

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    In the social-media age, Toyota’s crisis-management strategy never had a chance.

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    While the initial thought is Toyoda's appearance will finally be the chance for us to get to the bottom of the safety questions surrounding millions of Toyota cars and trucks, I think you'd be better served to dial back your expectations.

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    The initial headlines out of Japan this morning are sure to ruffle feathers on Capitol Hill. Toyota President Akio Toyoda told reporters that he is not planning to appear at congressional hearings in Washington, D.C.

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    Toyota said Tuesday it plans to idle production temporarily at assembly plants in Texas and Kentucky while it grapples with massive recalls in the United States.

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    As Toyota lays plans for a major incentive and marketing campaign designed to win back buyers, I was intrigued by the headlines coming from Toyota dealers at the National Auto Dealers Association meeting this weekend.

  • Hummer H3

    Starting this week, Japanese buyers of the hulking power machines from General Motors receive a 250,000 yen subsidy under Japan’s new, looser fuel-efficiency standards for imported cars.

  • Toyota headquarters

    The big question is how much will Toyota wind up paying in legal claims for the lawsuits it faces and will face as a result of its unintended acceleration problems?

  • Few things are more powerful than road rage but one glance at a Toyota driver these days is enough to snap you out of your expletive-filled tirade. We talked to a few to see what's going through their minds on the road.

  • For years, if you wanted to buy a Toyota you knew that you weren't going to get much of a deal. It was a given. Some people grumbled about it, but most looked at it as the price you paid for peace of mind. After all, when you bought a new Camry or Corolla you knew the car wasn't going to break down or be part of a major recall like many of its American rivals.

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    The weekly chart of the Australian listing for Rio shows this has been a remarkably simple trend trade starting in December 2008 with the trend confirmed in March 2009.

  • Toyota

    From Washington to Detroit to California there is one question being asked time and again: Why didn't NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) move quicker on Toyota?

  • Shares of Toyota bounced on Tuesday, despite word that the automaker had issued yet another recall.

  • Stocks closed broadly higher on optimism that help was on the way for Greece to deal with its heavy debt burden.

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    One implies screwing up one too many times. The other suggests you finally get it right. The question for much of America is which one suits the current situation Toyota finds itself in right now?

  • Stocks staged a relief rally Wednesday amid talks of a bailout for Greece and positive earnings and sales news from some key Dow components.

  • U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a higher open Tuesday morning, a day after a last-hour selloff pushed the Dow to its first close below 10,000 since November, and the S&P 500 to a fresh three-month closing low as well.

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    Many economists say  Toyota’s trauma is a wake-up call that Japan needs to understand that its reliance on manufacturing and industrial exports, which served the country so well after World War II, is no longer wise.

  • Ford sign

    Ever since Toyota's gas pedal problems came out roughly four months ago, I've often asked executives with the Big 3 why they aren't more aggressive going after Toyota. The executives often told me, "We're getting the message out there." It was as if the folks in Detroit were afraid to take a shot at Toyota.