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Fuel-Cell Vehicles Need More Time, Says Toyota Chairman

Infrastructure needs more time.

by on Jan.20, 2017

A Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.

Fuel-cell vehicles will take longer to popularize than other recent green car technologies, such as hybrids, the chairman of Toyota Motor Corp. said during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The Japanese automaker has been an active proponent of hydrogen power, last year launching in the U.S. its first retail fuel-cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai. There are now two other FCVs on the market, including the Honda Clarity and a version of the Hyundai Tucson, with several other automakers expected to bring their own models to market over the next several years.

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But while public acceptance of the original hybrid-electric vehicle, the Toyota Prius, was “much faster than we had anticipated,” Takeshi Uchiyamada told a reporter for Bloomberg news, that’s not likely to happen with vehicles like the Mirai, the chairman said, because “the infrastructure needs to be prepared before it becomes major in the market.”


Scrubbing NAFTA Could Cost More Than 30,000 U.S. Auto Jobs

Workers, consumers could lose, not win, say experts, new study.

by on Jan.12, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump's opposition to NAFTA could have unexpected consequences.

If President-elect Donald J. Trump moves ahead with plans to derail the North American Free Trade Agreement, it could significantly impact the U.S. auto industry, but not in the way the incoming Commander-in-Chief had promised, according to a new study by the Center for Automotive Research.

After entering the presidential race in 2015, then-candidate Trump began targeting NAFTA as a major factor behind the loss of American manufacturing jobs. He has repeatedly called out automakers, including Ford, General Motors and Toyota, for importing Mexican-made vehicles, and threatened to either end or modify the trade deal or, alternatively, to enact a 35% tariff on goods brought in from the country.

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“Counter to the incoming Trump Administration’s goal of creating manufacturing jobs the withdrawal from NAFTA or the implementation of punitive tariffs could result in the loss of 31,000 U.S. jobs,” said CAR, a highly respected automotive research firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Toyota Adding Navigation to all 2018 Camry Sedans

Japanese maker rapidly expanding array of connected vehicle services, technologies.

by on Jan.10, 2017

Toyota's Entune 3.0 will roll out with the new Camry, featuring Dynamic Navigation, which ensures drivers are using the most up-to-date maps on their trip.

Toyota plans to make navigation systems standard on all of its completely redesigned 2018 Camrys, the head of the maker’s connected vehicle unit announced during a news conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

That move is part of a broader push by the automaker to expand the availability of connected car technologies and services, some as standard equipment, others as profitable options. Many of the features Toyota is working on update its infotainment technology, others will improve vehicle safety and functionality.

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“The amount of technology in cars has been growing exponentially,” said Sandy Lobenstein during his NAIAS News conference. (more…)

From Bland “Refrigerator” to “Captivating” Styling: Toyota Starts Over with Gen-8 Camry

But will it be enough to retain midsize sedan’s long dominance?

by on Jan.09, 2017

Toyota designers were looking to add to excitement to the new Camry for 2018.

Toyota is upping the ante in the midsize sedan battlefield – but is its new weapon arriving a little too late?

The Toyota Camry has long been the midsize king-of-the-hill, despite the fact that “We’ve been criticized for being conservative in our styling,” concedes the maker’s U.S. head of automotive operations, Bob Carter. With the eighth-generation Camry, Toyota set out to develop something that was more than a rolling “refrigerator.”

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“The all-new 2018 Camry is, without a doubt, the most captivating midsize sedan we’ve ever produced,” said Carter, as he introduced the new model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (more…)

Trump Jabs Toyota in Mexico Tweet

President-elect uses same threat on Toyota as he did Ford, GM.

by on Jan.06, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump tagged Toyota in his latest tweet aimed at makers producing cars in Mexico.

President-elect Donald Trump has zeroed in on a new target on Twitter — Toyota.

Toyota announced back in 2015 that it was building a new factory in Baja, Mexico, to build Corollas for the North American market including the U.S. Trump, who has used Twitter of criticize Ford and General Motors for plant location decisions, has now turned his attention to Toyota, which an extensive manufacturing operation in the U.S.

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“Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax,” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. The post caused Toyota’s stock price to dip 1.7%. (more…)

Toyota Throws Cold Water on Rapid Autonomous Roll-Out Plans

Drivers will still be needed for many years, cautions Pratt.

by on Jan.05, 2017

Gill Pratt heads up Toyota's autonomous vehicle program. He believes it will take longer than current estimates to produce viable self-driving vehicles.

Autonomous vehicles have gone from science fiction to everyday reality, or so one might think, listening to the many automotive news conferences at this year’s CES event in Las Vegas.

Hyundai’s vice chairman Eui-sin Chung arrived at his event at the Mandalay Bay Resort in an autonomous Ioniq prototype, reading over his notes along the way. Start-up Faraday Future unveiled its new FF91 battery-car by having it park, and later drive onto the stage, with no one in the vehicle at all.

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Yet, even as more and more autonomous prototypes start testing on public roads, a few skeptical voices can be heard, notably including Gill Pratt, an early pioneer in autonomous technology and now head of the Toyota Research Institute, the recently formed unit charged with overseeing Toyota’s self-driving development program. (more…)

Toyota Partners With Ford on Smart Link Consortium

Makers hope to develop new industry standard for in-car apps.

by on Jan.04, 2017

The new partnership between Ford and Toyota will help improve the user interface with in-car apps.

When Tesla made all of its patents available to its competitors to see – and use – in 2014, it pushed the “open source” movement to a new level in the automotive industry. Now others are following suit.

Ford open sourced “AppLink” a few years back hoping to push the industry in one direction for in-vehicle apps. Now it has a partner in Toyota and the pair are establishing the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) Consortium with other automakers and suppliers to manage open source software for smartphone app development for vehicles.

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“Encouraging innovation is at the center of Ford’s decision to create SmartDeviceLink, and this consortium is a major step toward that goal,” said Doug VanDagens, global director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services, and a board member of the consortium. “Consumers will win with new, innovative app experiences from increased collaboration and developer engagement.” (more…)

Toyota Tries to Humanize Auto Tech with Concept-i

“Yui” helps you drive better, communicate with the world around.

by on Jan.04, 2017

Toyota is looking to make the car of the future with all of its hardware and software a little more human. The result of that effort is the Concept-i.

Tomorrow’s car are going to be computers on wheels, with countless microprocessors, digital displays and other technologies handling safety, powertrain and infotainment systems. But getting a handle on it all can be a bit overwhelming.

So, Toyota is trying to find a way to humanize all that hardware and software with the Concept-i prototype making its debut at the CES in Las Vegas this afternoon.

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The prototype is meant to “foster a warm and friendly user experience,” the automaker explains, using artificial intelligence that “learns and grows with the driver.” (more…)

Autonomous Cars, Battery Vehicles and Record Sales: a Look at 2016’s Top Auto Stories

Industry at “an inflection point.”

by on Dec.29, 2016

Ford's next-generation autonomous Fusion prototype. Self-driving cars were a hot story in 2016.

Barring an unexpected, December surprise, 2016 will go out like a lion for the U.S. auto industry, automakers collectively racking up their third consecutive year of record sales. That’s an all the more massive achievement considering the decade began with the worst downturn the U.S. car market had suffered since the Great Depression.

What’s ahead for the industry is far from certain, demand showing signs of losing momentum in recent months. But what’s clear is that 2016 will not only go down in the record book from a sales perspective but that the year could be seen as marking a series of major transitions – “an inflection point,” in the words of John Krafcik, the CEO of Waymo, Google’s recently renamed autonomous vehicle subsidiary.

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What was once the stuff of science fiction began shifting into everyday reality this past year, with hundreds of self-driving vehicle prototypes taking to public roads across the country – some even being used as part of ride-sharing pilot programs in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.


Toyota Likely to Lose Global Sales Crown

VW in position to take the lead despite diesel woes.

by on Dec.29, 2016

Despite its diesel woes, VW should nab the global sales lead for 2016 from Toyota.

When the final 2016 numbers are totaled next month, Volkswagen AG seems well-positioned to topple the automotive king-of-the-hill, replacing Japan’s Toyota Motor Co. as the world’s best-selling automaker, according to year-to-date sales figures and preliminary estimates for December.

Toyota has been the world’s largest automaker, in terms of sales, for the past four years, and five out of the last six – briefly losing its crown to General Motors following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.

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For the first 11 months of this year, it has lagged behind VW and, “Unless Toyota has a remarkable December, it will lose its No. 1 status,” the Japan Times observed this week.