Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘toyota news’

Toyota Eyeing Plant for Mexico

Maker reportedly eyeing several possible locations.

by on Sep.11, 2014

Toyota may be the next to head South of the Border.

Toyota may soon become the next major automaker to open an assembly plant in Mexico, following other global manufacturers including BMW, Kia and Mercedes-Benz, all of whom announced plans to set up operations “South of the border” in recent months.

Toyota, which already operates an extensive manufacturing network in the U.S. and Canada, would not be a stranger to Mexico. It already operates a so-called “kit car” plant in Baja, California an hour south of Tijuana, that assembles about 50,000 small pickup trucks annually.  But unlike other global manufacturers, Toyota has not built a full-scale assembly plant in Mexico, which has seen automotive-oriented investments boom in recent years.

Your Auto News Source!

Mexico is already the world’s sixth-largest auto producing nation, with manufacturers including Detroit’s Big Three, Volkswagen and Nissan, firmly entrenched. Audi is in the midst of readying a plant near Puebla that will become the first to build luxury cars. Honda joined the procession in February, and, just since June, Kia Motor Corp. BMW AG and Daimler AG have announced plans for Mexican operations.

(more…)

Toyota Aims to “Redefine” Urban Utility with U2 Concept

A “flexible, functional gadget.”

by on Sep.10, 2014

Toyota's Urban Utility concept will make its public debut in NY City later this month.

With millions of people from Boston to Berlin and Beijing moving back into cities, automakers are trying to rethink what that might mean for the automobile. One possible example is Toyota’s new Urban Utility concept.

Also known as the U2, the prototype is meant to “redefine urban utility,” the maker says, by balancing the need for smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles with those that can continue to appeal to “Americans’ love of adventure.”

Subscribe Now!

Developed at the Japanese maker’s Calty Design Research Center in Newport Beach, California, the U2 adopts an extremely flexible “architecture” that allows for a wide range of cargo and seating configurations, a fold-back roof, even a tailgate that can turn into a ramp.

(more…)

Tesla CEO Hints “Significant” New Deal with Toyota in the Works

But joint venture could be “two to three” years off, cautions Musk.

by on Sep.09, 2014

Toyota is putting the kibosh on the RAV4 EV, but it may not be the end of its working relationship with Tesla, according to Elon Musk.

With Toyota about to pull the plug on its slow-selling RAV4 EV, it looked like the Japanese maker also was switching off its relationship with Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors – but it now looks like another deal linking the two manufacturers is in the works.

Exactly what they’re working on hasn’t been revealed, but it could come to light in “two to three years,” according to Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk.

The Leader in Global Automotive News!

“If you look out maybe two or three years from now, I would not be surprised if there was a significant deal with Toyota and Tesla,” the oft-garrulous Musk told reporters during a visit to Tokyo. (more…)

Toyota Adding $35 Million to Safety Center Budget

Maker invites collaboration to develop new technologies.

by on Sep.04, 2014

Toyota is working research related to autonomous vehicles at its Collaborative Safety Research Center.

America’s roads are becoming safer and safer through ground-breaking new technologies. These innovations often are born out of collaborations between companies, and Toyota is playing a significant role in those efforts.

Toyota plans to invest an additional $35 million in the Collaborative Safety Research Center in Michigan for research into the prospects for and problems with automated driving and connected technology.

A Real Performer!

Osamu Nagata, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, said during a reception that kicked off the Advanced Safety Seminar in Ypsilanti the company plans to provide the center, also known as the CSRC, with an additional $35 million in funding during the next five years. (more…)

Toyota Expands Tech Center as Part of North American Reorganization

Maker getting as much as $8.6 million in incentives in Michigan.

by on Aug.27, 2014

Toyota is getting as much as $8.6 million in incentives to offset the cost of a $32.5 million expansion of its tech center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

As Toyota moves ahead with plans to reshape its North American operations, the automaker may get as much as $8.6 million in incentives to offset a $32.5 million expansion of its technical center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Toyota is moving 250 purchasing jobs from Kentucky to Michigan necessitating the larger facility. In addition to the expansion in Michigan, the maker is moving its headquarters from southern California to a suburb of Dallas, Texas.

Auto Insight!

The State of Michigan is providing a $4 million grant while York Township, near Ann Arbor, is also considering a 12-year property tax abatement valued at $4.6 million. (more…)

Ram Diesel, Toyota Highlander Hybrid Win Consumer Reports Nods

Both deliver unexpected mileage, magazine says.

by on Aug.27, 2014

The Ram EcoDiesel delivers sedan-like mileage, according to Consumer Reports testers.

Consumer Reports has placed Fiat Chrysler’s Ram 1500 EcoDiesel at the top of its full-size pickup truck ratings due to its performance in fuel-economy tests, while the influential magazine also lauded the Toyota Highlander SUV.

The choice of the Ram Diesel underscores the growing intensity of the competition in the full-size pickup segment, which is undergoing a technical revolution as truck makers roll out new, more fuel-efficient powertrains and make other significant improvements meant to boost fuel-economy.

Your Inside Source!

Ford Motor Co. will launch a new, aluminum-bodied F-150 this fall that sheds up to 700 pounds and is expected to gain significant mileage, but the all-new truck wasn’t included in this round of tests by Consumer Reports.

(more…)

Toyota Adding 300 Workers to Meet Highlander Demand

Maker spending $100 million in Indiana plant expansion.

by on Aug.25, 2014

Toyota announced it would be adding 300 workers to its plant in Princeton, Ind., to meet the sales demand for the Toyota Highlander.

Much of the news lately about automakers expanding their production capabilities seems to be tied to Mexico; however, Toyota is adding 300 jobs at its plant in Princeton, Ind. as part of a $100 million expansion to increase production of its Highlander.

The project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2016. Toyota has invested more than $4 billion into its Indiana facilities.

Subscribe and Stay on Top!

Since production of the third-generation Highlander began in the Indiana plant in December 2013, sales have been strong. From January through July 2014, Toyota sold about 90,000 Highlanders, an increase of 16% over the same period the previous year. (more…)

Ford Plans to Take on Toyota Prius with New Hybrid Line

New “dedicated” hybrid line expected to debut in 2019.

by on Aug.22, 2014

Ford will take dead aim at the segment leader, the Toyota Prius, with its new "dedicated" hybrid.

Already one of the most ambitious players in the battery-based vehicle market, Ford Motor Co. wants to take a run at hybrid market leader Toyota with a new gasoline-electric model it will launch in 2018, according to a new report.

The as yet-unnamed model will be directly targeted at the Toyota Prius, the world’s most popular hybrid-electric vehicle, and will use a dedicated design, unlike other Ford hybrids that are pitched as optional alternatives in conventional vehicles.

Auto Insight!

A report by the Reuters news service says the new model will be produced in a plant near Detroit, likely the factory in Wayne, Michigan that currently produces a mix of other Ford battery-cars, including the Focus EV, and the C-Max, which is offered in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations in the U.S.

(more…)

Toyota Produces Second FT-1 Concept Sports Car

Fans relying on Gran Turismo 6 to test rumored Supra replacement.

by on Aug.14, 2014

The FT-1 concept from Toyota gets a new look with a graphite exterior and a saddle interior.

The buzz for a new Toyota Supra just went up a couple of decibels today as the automaker revealed a new version of its ballyhooed FT-1 concept car in California with a graphite exterior and saddle-colored interior.

The original FT-1 debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January in a bold red with a black leather interior. Officials were adamant that it was merely a design exercise. In fact, it didn’t even have a working engine in it. The show car borrowed a Ferrari trick, mounting a powertrain under a transparent panel.

Go With the Heavyweight News Source!

However, the appearance of a second edition, developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, after the company teased fans by allowing a computerized version to appear in racing video game Gran Turismo 6, is only going to whet the appetites of Supra fans even more. (more…)

Former U.S. Attorney Monitoring Toyota’s Safety Efforts

Part of $1.2-billion settlement includes watchdog.

by on Aug.13, 2014

As part of the settlement reached by the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, in Toyota's unintended accretion case, former U.S. Attorney David Kelley was named as the monitor for Toyota's safety efforts going forward.

Nearly five months after Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to a $1.2-billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department the two sides agreed on a monitor for the Japanese maker’s safety compliance efforts: former U.S. Attorney David Kelley.

In March, Toyota pleaded not guilty, but acknowledged wrongdoing in its handling of cases of unintended acceleration. The two sides reviewed more than a dozen possible candidates before settling on Kelley.

Free Subscription!

A partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, Kelley role will have him reviewing Toyota’s safety policies and procedures as well as verifying the accuracy of its public statements. (more…)