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  • The Toyota logo is displayed on the grill of brand new Toyota RAV4s on the sales lot at City Toyota in Daly City, California.

    Toyota's stay in the penalty box won't be a quick one. If the last week has shown us anything it's the fact hearings, lawsuits, and a steady stream of stories about Toyota being slow to recall millions of potentially dangerous will keep flowing for some time.

  • Toyota's Congressional Hearing: 'How Risky Is It' Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 11:13 AM ET
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    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.

  • Akio Will Show, Toyota Gets its Message in Gear Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

    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.

  • China Will Keep Trimming Treasurys: Jim Rogers Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 1:41 AM ET
    Treasury Building

    China's move to unload US debt is likely to continue in the long term while the "euro scare" may last a while, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • No Go Akio—Will Washington Push Mr. Toyoda to Testify? Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 8:57 AM ET

    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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    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.

  • Lining Up To Sue Toyota Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 9:30 AM ET
    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?

  • Toyota Fallout: Prices Falling Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | 8:44 AM ET

    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.

  • Toyota's Troubles Are Washington's Troubles Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 10:54 AM ET

    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?

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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?

  • The Lesson for Corporate Japan in Toyota's Mess Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 1:47 AM ET
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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 Goes After Toyota Buyers With New Ads Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | 6:23 PM ET
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    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.

  • World Financial Leaders Focus on Budget Crises Saturday, 6 Feb 2010 | 9:34 AM ET

    Amid fears that go-it-alone moves such as President Barack Obama's plan to break up big banks will further hamper the fledging economic recovery, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven major industrial countries meet.

  • Two weeks after announcing the recall of 2.3 million cars and trucks that may have sticking gas pedals, and just days after admitting there may be a problem with the brakes on 2010 Prius models, the namesake and top guy at Toyota finally addressed the controversy.

  • Prius Problems Could Stall Brand Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 9:27 AM ET
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    Now even Toyota's golden child is tarnished. Early this morning in Japan, Toyota announced that there was a design flaw in the anti-lock brakes of third generation Prius models made up until January of last year.

  • Toyota's Prius Problem Wednesday, 3 Feb 2010 | 9:57 AM ET
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    Ever since Toyota first addressed complaints about unintended acceleration last October, there have been a steady number of complaints from Prius owners. I've heard them from time to time and they basically amount to Prius owners saying their car suddenly sped up or the brakes didn't work properly.

  • Emerging From The Crisis Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 3:51 PM ET

    Japan's largest investment bank, Nomura Holdings, has been one of the beneficiaries of the financial crisis. Its EMEA Chairman and CEO Sadeq Sayeed told Maria Bartiromo on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that "the more turmoil there in the market surprisingly helps us."

  • Toyota Called ‘A Little Safety Deaf’ Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 2:02 PM ET
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    Today in Washington, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood publicly blasted Toyota for being slow to react to concerns about its accelerators and unintended acceleration. LaHood said federal safety officials had to "wake them (Toyota) up" to the seriousness of the pedal issue.

  • Toyota's Problems Not a Death Blow: Wilbur Ross Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 7:59 AM ET
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    Both Toyota and its suppliers are to blame for the massive recall that hurt the Japanese automaker's reputation, investor Wilbur Ross, WL Ross & Co. Chairman and CEO, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Ghosn Drives Toward Growth Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | 2:35 PM ET

    Automakers around the world have found some stabilization after trying to stabilize in 2009 in which the industry saw big players die, merge and shrink. But Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is optimistic, believing the sector will see gradual growth in the new year in every market except Europe.