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Toyota close to $1 billion deal to settle U.S. probe: WSJ

(Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is close to a deal to pay $1 billion to settle a U.S. criminal investigation into how it disclosed customers' complaints about unintended acceleration years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources. Toyota could reach a deal with U.S. authorities within weeks, the Journal quoted the sources as saying, ending a four-year probe into one of the Japanese automaker's most embarrassing international episodes.

Toyota announces 11-year, naming rights deal at revamped Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway. The Japanese automaker and International Speedway Corp., which owns the famous Florida track, announced the sponsorship deal at the Chicago Auto Show.

Toyota's quarterly profit climbs on weak yen, solid sales, raises annual forecasts

TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. reported a more than fivefold jump in its quarterly profit Tuesday and raised its earnings forecast, crediting a weak yen and strong sales. Toyota's profit for the October-December quarter totalled a better-than-expected 525.4 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up dramatically from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales jumped 24 per cent to 6.585 trillion yen ($64.2 billion). Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a 437 billion yen ($4.3 billion) quarterly profit.

In trickle-down Abenomics, some Toyota suppliers come up dry

By Yoko Kubota NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is one of the conspicuous success stories of Japan's radical efforts to revive its economy, with profits rebounding and its 60,000 workers in Japan hoping this year to receive their first base wage rise in six years. But when the carmaker reports on Tuesday quarterly profits that are likely to be nearly five times what it booked a year ago, its continued revival will mask a much less optimistic mood among the auto industry's smaller firms.

Toyota tells U.S. agency seat issue could lead to recall

By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> has alerted U.S. safety officials that seat material in several vehicles, including its top-selling Camry sedan, fails to meet fire retardation standards and could result in a recall. Toyota said on Thursday it had stopped selling eight recent-model vehicles equipped with seat heaters in North America following an advisory about fire risk from South Korean safety officials. The world largest automaker said it did not believe a recall was necessary, however.

Toyota tells U.S. agency seat issue could lead to recall

By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> has alerted U.S. safety officials that seat material in several vehicles, including the top-selling Camry sedan, does not meet fire retardation standards and could result in a recall.

Toyota retains global auto crown in 2013, sees strong 2014

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp retained its rank as the world's best-selling automaker last year, beating out rivals General Motors Co and Volkswagen AG for the second year in a row as the weak yen underpinned sales overseas. Toyota sales rose 2 percent in 2013 to 9.98 million vehicles, the company said in a statement on Thursday. With the weaker Japanese currency still helping it compete against global rivals, Toyota expects annual group sales to top 10 million vehicles for the first time this year.

Toyota remains world's top-selling automaker for second straight year in 2013, beating GM

TOKYO - Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year. That would mark a milestone as no automaker has ever topped annual worldwide sales of 10 million. Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it sold a record 9.98 million vehicles worldwide last year, up 2 per cent from the previous year.

Toyota posts record N. American output in 2013

Toyota Motor Corp.'s automobile production in North America rose 5 percent last year from 2012 to a record 1,857,695 units, the company said Thursday. Toyota attributed the outcome to brisk sales backed by the U.S. economic recovery. Among all-new models, Toyota made 211,529 units of the RAV4 sport-utility vehicle in Canada, up 19 percent, and 100,006 units of the Avalon midsize sedan in the U.S. state of Kentucky, up about 2.4 times. ==Kyodo

Toyota posts record N. American output in 2013

Toyota Motor Corp.'s automobile production in North America rose 5 percent last year from 2012 to a record 1,857,695 units, the company said Thursday. Toyota attributed the outcome to brisk sales backed by the U.S. economic recovery. Among all-new models, Toyota made 211,529 units of the RAV4 sport-utility vehicle in Canada, up 19 percent, and 100,006 units of the Avalon midsize sedan in the U.S. state of Kentucky, up about 2.4 times. ==Kyodo
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