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Toyota Rules Out Using Diesel Hybrids

Maker avoids diesels despite ability to improve mileage.

by on Jun.23, 2017

Toyota isn't to be producing any hybrids using a diesel engine any time the near term, an executive said.

Skepticism of diesel engines runs deep among carmakers and governments in East Asia, where the influential automakers in South Korea, Japan and China have avoided major investments in diesel power because of concerns about costs, pollution and public health.

Even European companies, such as Volkswagen AG and the French company PSA, have elected to limit the use of diesel engines in the Chinese market.

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A Toyota Motor executive this week ruled out the possibility of rolling out hybrid models powered by diesel engines in the near future.  (more…)

First Drive: 2018 Toyota Camry

Toyota aims for a younger buyer with the 2018 Camry, but what will the faithful think?

by on Jun.21, 2017

Coming at you: Toyota has more gas and hybrid variants to choose from with the 2018 Camry.

Here’s a question for you: how many redesigned sedans have been launched over the last two or three years, and what are they? It’s something Jack Hollis, Toyota Division general manager, asked last week as journalists gathered for the first drive of the completely redesigned Toyota Camry.

“Nothing really stands out,” he said during the event in Oregon. “If you’re a sedan buyer, what are you getting excited about? The new truck, the new crossover the new SUV.”

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It’s a concern for Hollis and his employer as Toyota gets ready to launch the fully redesigned midsized sedan later this year. The Camry has been the number one-selling passenger car in the U.S for 19 of the past 20 years, while more than 18 million have been sold worldwide since its launch in 1982. Yet Toyota hasn’t been exempt from the sudden shift in buyer preference, as 63 percent of U.S. car buyers opt for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers rather than passenger cars.

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Toyota Leaves Nothing to Chance with New Camry Launch

Toyota's top-selling midsize sedan still drives company's global efforts.

by on Jun.19, 2017

Toyota designers were looking to add to excitement to the new Camry for 2018 as the maker remains committed to the "car" segment.

Toyota Motor Co. isn’t leaving anything to chance as it prepares for the launch of the new 2018 Toyota Camry, which will be the star of the largest advertising campaign the company has ever mounted.

“We’re almost doubling the size of the outgoing model’s marketing effort,” said Jack Hollis, who was promoted to group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division is early March.

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His ascension to the top spot came as Toyota was preparing for the launch of the eighth generation Camry, which is played a dominant role in the mid-sized passenger car segment for three decades. (more…)

Toyota Tops Automaker Patent List

Company only automaker on Top 20 list.

by on Jun.06, 2017

Toyota's prototype hydrogen truck with the automaker's 's fuel-cell-powered Mirai sedan show the company's technical prowess.

Toyota Motor Co. has come out on top in one closely watched measure of technical prowess — awards of U.S. patents, according to a new study.

A new report published this week indicating “Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2016,” which is published by the Intellectual Property Owners Association, showed that Toyota was awarded 1,540 U.S. patents in 2016 — more than any other automaker at a time when car makers and traditional automotive suppliers are scrambling to push into new areas such as the fast-evolving world of mobility.

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“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, group vice president, Toyota Motor North America Research & Development.  (more…)

Toyota Pulls Plug on Long-Standing Relationship with Tesla

Japanese makers sells off its remaining shares of battery-carmaker.

by on Jun.05, 2017

Toyota is ramping up its own electric vehicle program instead of relying on former partner Tesla.

Toyota revealed over the weekend that it had sold off all of its remaining shares in Tesla Inc., the Silicon Valley-based battery-electric automaker, ending what had once been seen as a promising tie-up.

The move – which, it turns out, was completed by the end of 2016 – comes as Toyota ramps up its own, tenuous electric vehicle program, shifting some of its resources away from its long-standing hydrogen fuel-cell program.

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“Our development partnership with Tesla ended a while ago, and since there has not been any new developments on that front, we decided it was time to sell the remaining stake,” Toyota spokesman Ryo Sakai told the Reuters news service, adding that the move was part of a periodic review of investments. (more…)

Toyota Could Take to the Air – Starting with 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Automaker looking at “aerial solutions,” along with number other winged hopefuls.

by on Jun.05, 2017

The Cartivator briefly takes to the air.

Already the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, Toyota might soon dominate personal transportation on the ground – and in the air.

The industry giant is lending its support to a small Japanese tech firm, Cartivator Resource Management, that is developing a single-seat flying car it hopes to have ready to demonstrate in time for the opening ceremonies at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, a company spokesman confirmed. Longer-term, Toyota itself is looking at what it describes as “aerial solutions.”

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“Is Toyota planning to make a business out of flying cars?” the company asked of itself in a statement provided to TheDetroitBureau.com. “We are advancing broad research and development on ways of transportation, including aerial solutions,” it continued, adding “Such efforts are only in the very-early stages, and nothing has been decided yet about commercialization.”

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Toyota Adopts Automotive Grade Linux for 2018 Camry

Open-source software speeds development, promotes individuality.

by on May.31, 2017

Toyota is using Automotive Grade Linux for its new Entune 3.0 system in the 2018 Camry.

It appears that Toyota is taking control — of its infotainment systems. As part of an announcement that its new 2018 Camry will be getting a new infotainment system the company revealed it will use open-source software from Linux.

Automotive Grade Linux, or AGL, is a group of more than 100 companies collaborating to develop and improve a common platform, which Toyota is using as the basis for Entune 3.0. Once it’s complete and deemed “successful” it will likely cascade over to other Toyota vehicles.

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“The flexibility of the AGL platform allows us to quickly roll-out Toyota’s infotainment system across our vehicle line-up, providing customers with greater connectivity and new functionalities at a pace that is more consistent with consumer technology,” said Keiji Yamamoto, executive vice president, Connected Company of Toyota Motor Corp. (more…)

Toyota RAV4 SUV Outsells Camry Sedan

Maker facing tough task of getting buyers what they want.

by on May.18, 2017

The Toyota RAV4 outsold the best-selling sedan in the U.S. last month: the Toyota Camry.

The shift in consumer preferences from cars, specifically sedans, to trucks and utility vehicles has been an ongoing story for years, although it’s been at the fore since precipitous drop in gas prices a few years back.

Trucks and utes are outselling cars at a rate approaching 60/40 after crossing the 50/50 mark a few years back. Now, automakers are trying to figure out how to handle the growth of ute sales that are driving the new ratio.

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In fact, so pronounced is the move that America’s best-selling car for the past 15 years, the Toyota Camry, is now being outsold by the new RAV4. In April, the Japanese automaker sold 329 more units of the little ute than the family sedan. It was the second time this year that it has happened. (more…)

Toyota Lends a Hand to Flying Car Project

Japanese automaker puts up $353,000 for group.

by on May.15, 2017

Toyota has put up $353,000 to help fund the Cartivator, a flying car concept being developed by a group of employees.

Toyota Motor is putting up $353,000 to help a group of young employees to develop a flying car.

The project, led by a group called Cartivator, started in 2012 when project leader Tsubasa Nakamura and some employees began volunteering their time for the project. The group now has more than 30 members.

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Drone technology is being used to power the three-wheeled prototypes, which measure just nine-and-a-half feet by four feet, and have a projected top speed of 62 mph, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. (more…)

Automakers Hit by Ransomware Attack

Several Renault-Nissan European plants temporarily idled.

by on May.15, 2017

Nissan's Sunderland plant was one of several European auto plants impacted by the attack.

With the Wannacry ransomware attack again heating up as the workweek begins, at least two automakers have been hit, forcing both France’s Renault and its Japanese alliance partner Nissan to temporarily idle some of their plants in Europe.

“We are doing what is needed to counter this attack,” a Renault spokesperson said, while Nissan stated it is “responding accordingly” to what may be the world’s single-biggest attack by hackers, computers in as many as 100 countries reportedly impacted, according to various news wires, by Monday morning.

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That includes everything from individual computers to corporate networks, as well as the British healthcare system. Approximately 20% of the hospitals in Great Britain were impacted in recent days, forcing many to cancel all but emergency medical procedures.

What worries cybersecurity experts is that while the Wannacry attack appeared to be winding down as the weekend began, there were signs that a new assault was underway on Monday.

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