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Toyota recalls 1.9 mn Prius cars worldwide

Toyota on Wednesday announced a global recall of 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars, dealing a blow to a brand favoured by the eco-conscious including Hollywood celebrities. The company said it decided on the call-back -- its biggest-ever for the vehicle -- after the discovery of problems with software used to control a power converter that posed a risk to drivers.

Toyota recalls 1.9 mn Prius cars worldwide

Toyota on Wednesday announced a global recall of 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars, dealing a blow to a brand favoured by the eco-conscious including Hollywood celebrities. The company said it decided on the call-back -- its biggest-ever for the vehicle -- after the discovery of problems with software used to control a power converter that posed a risk to drivers.

Toyota recalls 1.9 mn Prius cars worldwide

Japanese auto giant Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling 1.9 million of its Prius hybrid cars around the world because of a fault that might cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly. The company said there was a problem with software used to control a power converter. "In limited cases, the hybrid system might shut down and the vehicle will stop, perhaps while being driven," it said in a statement.

Toyota to end Australia production by end of 2017

Toyota said Monday it would stop making cars in Australia in a move that would leave the country with no auto manufacturing, despite appeals by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Japanese auto giant, the world's biggest vehicle maker, said production of vehicles and engines would stop at the end of 2017, throwing into doubt 3,900 jobs at its Altona plant in a Melbourne suburb and another 150 jobs at a separate design facility.

Toyota to end Australia production by end of 2017

Toyota said Monday it would stop making cars in Australia in a move that would leave the country with no auto manufacturing, despite appeals by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Japanese auto giant, the world's biggest vehicle maker, said production of vehicles and engines would stop at the end of 2017, throwing into doubt 3,900 jobs at its Altona plant in a Melbourne suburb and another 150 jobs at a separate design facility.

Toyota says to end Australia production by end of 2017

Toyota said Monday it would end production of vehicles and engines in Australia, possibly putting 3,900 jobs at stake, despite Australian prime minister Tony Abbott's appeals to the automaker to stay in the country. Toyota President Akio Toyoda made the announcement in a statement that said the "painful decision" was due to "various negative factors such as an extremely competitive market and a strong Australian dollar, together with forecasts of a reduction in the total scale of vehicle production in Australia". pb/hg/jta

Venezuelan president wants to talk to Toyota exec

President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he wants to speak to Totoya's top official for Latin America after the carmaker said it would stop production here. Toyota said Friday it would soon halt production at its only assembly plant in Venezuela because the world's largest automaker lacks hard currency to import parts due to government controls. The temporary shutdown of the Japanese car maker's operations in the western city of Cumana is due to begin February 13 and last at least six weeks.

Toyota keeps world No. 1 title with record vehicle sales

Japan's Toyota sold a record 9.98 million vehicles last year, it said Thursday, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen to maintain its title of world's biggest automaker. The auto giant's highest-ever annual sales volume came thanks to a weaker yen and strong US sales, signalling it had recovered from a series of damaging safety recalls and Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster. The figures beat US-based GM, which said it sold 9.71 million cars last year, while Germany's Volkswagen logged annual sales of 9.5 million.

Toyota sells 9.98 mn vehicles in 2013, keeps world's No. 1 title

Toyota said Thursday it outpaced rivals General Motors and Volkswagen last year to keep the title of world's biggest automaker with sales of 9.98 million vehicles. The Japanese auto giant logged its highest-ever annual sales volume, with the results signalling it had recovered from a series of damaging safety recalls and Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster. The figures come after US-based GM said it sold 9.71 million cars last year, while Germany's Volkswagen logged annual sales of 9.5 million.

Toyota keeps world No. 1 title with record vehicle sales

Toyota sold a record 9.98 million vehicles last year, it said Thursday, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen to maintain its title of world's biggest automaker. The Japanese auto giant's highest-ever annual sales volume came thanks to a weaker yen as well as strong US and China sales, signalling it had recovered from a series of damaging safety recalls and Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster. The figures beat US-based GM, which said it sold 9.71 million cars last year, while Germany's Volkswagen logged annual sales of 9.5 million.
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