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Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s...

Seat maker to hire 400 workers for Alabama plant

Apr. 10, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A company that will make seats for a new car plant in north Alabama will open a more than $50 million factory in Athens. Gov. Kay Ivey and other officials announced plans on Wednesday for the new plant, which will employ around 400 people eventually. Toyota Boshoku America will...

Car-sharing offers ways to profit from or ditch personal car

Apr. 3, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While a growing number of Americans are struggling to make payments on their auto loans, a new crop of companies is offering alternative ways for car owners to get rid of costly vehicles or earn money while their cars would normally sit idle. Companies such as Turo and Getaround provide a...

Edmunds examines costly side effect of safety tech: repairs

Apr. 3, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

Vehicle safety technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Today's cars can watch your blind spot, help keep you in your lane, automatically hit the brakes in an emergency, and more. But while the technology helps prevent accidents, there is a potential side effect: increased repair costs. These technology...

Toyota robot can't slam dunk but shoots a mean 3-pointer

Apr. 1, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer. The 207-centimeter (six-foot, 10-inch)-tall machine made five of eight 3-point shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual....

Ivanka Trump visits Kentucky Toyota plant, touts training

Mar. 28, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Ivanka Trump toured the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in central Kentucky, viewing several stages of the manufacturing process. The White House says in a release that Ivanka Trump, an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, has focused on workforce training. The Georgetown...

Japan's Honda, Hino join SoftBank-Toyota mobility venture

Mar. 28, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automakers Honda and Hino are joining a partnership between SoftBank and Toyota for mobility service innovation such as self-driving cars. Japanese technology company SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., the nation's top automaker, announced late last year a joint venture for...

Ivanka Trump coming to Kentucky on Thursday

Mar. 27, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Ivanka Trump is coming back to Kentucky. The adviser to President Donald Trump will tour Toyota's largest manufacturing plant in Georgetown on Thursday. Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky President Susan Elkington are scheduled to sign the...

Mazda Toyota to begin hiring for Huntsville in fall

Mar. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. will begin hiring for the new $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville this fall. Hiring for production workers will continue until the plant is at full capacity. The company plans to create up to 4,000 new jobs in Alabama. Applications and training...

Ford shifting 550 jobs to boost SUV production in Kentucky

Mar. 19, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will shift 550 jobs to its Kentucky Truck Plant to boost production of its Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles to meet growing demand for its large SUVs. Growing sales for the Expedition and Navigator are driving a 20 percent production boost at the plant in Louisville, the...