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Toyota Recalling 228K Tacomas in US

Oil leak could damage differential, causing loss of control.

by on Apr.28, 2017

Toyota is recalling 250,000 Tacomas worldwide due to an oil leak that could damage the truck's differential.

Toyota announced it will recall 228,000 Tacomas in the U.S. to fix an oil leak that could increase the risk of a crash. The action impacts 2016 and 2017 model-year pickups.

The automaker said the truck could leak oil, potentially damaging the rear differential. If that occurs, there could be an increase “in noise and reduced propulsion.” If the problem is bad enough the differential could seize and the driver could lose control of the truck.

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There are 250,000 trucks globally that are part of the recall. It is unclear at this point if there have been any complaints about crashes or injuries related to the problem. Toyota officials declined to comment, according to multiple reports. (more…)

Toyota Project Portal Would Replace LA Port Diesels with Clean Hydrogen Trucks

Fuel-cell system would replace diesels at busy, smoggy L.A. ports.

by on Apr.19, 2017

Toyota will begin a study this summer that could see hydrogen-powered trucks go into operation at two key Los Angeles ports.

While Tinseltown’s air quality has improved dramatically over the last few decades, there are still some problem spots, especially near the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach where long lines of diesel trucks queue up to drop off or pick up their loads of cargo.

State and local regulators have struggled to clear the air along the 710 freeway that links the ports but, so far, with only limited success. Now, Toyota hopes to offer an even more dramatic solution through what it is calling “Project Portal.”

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The maker late last year hinted that it had begun working on a project that would use its fuel-cell technology in a heavy-duty truck. On Wednesday, it revealed that the first possible application could see hydrogen-powered semis replace diesel models at the two Los Angeles-area ports. A proof-of-concept study will begin over the summer.


Toyota’s New Robot Helps Paralysis Recovery

Robotic leg helps victims recover more quickly.

by on Apr.13, 2017

Toyota's Welwalk WW-1000 uses a robotic leg brace to help partial paralysis sufferers with their rehabilitation.

Toyota’s latest model introduction doesn’t shatter any speed records, offer industry leading fuel economy or come some unique color with “pearlescent” in the name — it is a wearable robotic leg brace that helps partially paralyzed people walk.

The device is named the Welwalk WW-1000. It’s composed of a motorized robotic frame that a person wears from the knee down. It’s used in concert with a specialized treadmill that can support the weight of the rehabbing patient. The system can be controlled by medical staffers using a touch screen.

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The automaker worked with Fujita Health University to develop the device, which is designed to be worn on one leg at a time. Its focus is on improving mobility for a person who suffers from paralysis on one side due to a stroke or other similar issue. (more…)

Toyota Trying to Appeal to Millennials with FT-4X Concept

New ute designed to meet demands of younger buyers.

by on Apr.12, 2017

Toyota's looking to appeal to millennials with the new FT-4X Concept at this year's New York International Auto Show.

If Toyota’s latest concept vehicle debuted in New York is any indication, the Japanese automaker believes that millennials are buying new vehicles as the FT-4X Concept is aimed squarely at that segment.

The almost Lego-ish SUV concept evokes a sense of what the recently discontinued FJ Cruiser might look like in another decade or so. However, this is designed to allow millennials to live their lives on their terms: no boundaries and quick decisions.

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It’s a four-wheel drive toolbox penned by Toyota’s Calty Design Research Inc. in Newport Beach, California. With its long list of unique functionalities and a Rugged Charm compact design, the FT-4X is the seamless conduit of popular Casualcore – rather than hardcore – outings by anyone, anytime. (more…)

Toyota Investing $1.33b in Kentucky Plant

Georgetown plant will came new flexibility, improved productivity.

by on Apr.10, 2017

The plant update will help ready Georgetown for the launch of the 2018 Toyota Camry line.

Toyota will spend $1.33 billion to upgrade its big Georgetown, Kentucky assembly plant, the automaker announced Monday morning, a move that will both improve productivity and allow the factory to produce the next generation of Toyota vehicles.

That includes the updated Camry sedan and hybrid, both migrating to the Toyota New Global Architecture that will be shared with a wide range of products, including the recently redesigned, fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid.

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“This $1.33 billion investment is part of Toyota’s plan to invest $10 billion dollars in the U.S. over the next five years, on top of the nearly $22 billion Toyota has invested in the U.S. over the past 60 years,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America.


U.S. Market the Big Battleground for Toyota, Volkswagen

Japanese maker regains lead in global sales.

by on Mar.29, 2017

Toyota is counting big sales results from the RAV4 in the United States. The maker has regained the global sales lead it lost to Volkswagen last year.

The battle of the titans has taken a new turn this year. After toppling Toyota as the global king-of-the-hill in 2016, Volkswagen is again finding itself back in second place in the global sales sweepstakes this year.

Toyota saw a real surge in global demand during the first two months of the year. On the other hand, VW lost momentum, especially in the massive Chinese market, where it has long been the leader.

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But the real, long-term test could come in the U.S. market where Toyota has been a traditional powerhouse, and VW is still struggling to reverse the significant sales losses it experienced in the wake of the September 2015 revelation that it had rigged more than 500,000 diesel vehicles sold in the States. In contrast to global trends, VW is now regaining American momentum while Toyota is the one struggling. (more…)

Is This Concept Toyota’s Answer to the Ford Bronco?

Japanese maker confirms plans to debut FT-4X at New York Auto Show.

by on Mar.29, 2017

Toyota drops a hint of what it has coming at next month's New York International Auto Show.

Rumors have been buzzing since last autumn, when Toyota registered the new trademark, FT-4X. What might that be used for? The initial inklings suggested it would likely show up on a light truck, perhaps the replacement for the old FJ Cruiser, dropped after the 2014 model-year.

The Japanese maker is now confirming a concept using that badge will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next month, and from the teaser image accompanying that terse announcement, it’s safe to assume the show car will be some form of utility vehicle.

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But what type of ute does Toyota have in mind? A “soft-roader,” ala the RAV4, seems unlikely. The betting would suggest that the new Toyota FJ-4X will be a serious off-roader, perhaps even something opting for a body-on-frame design, that would take aim at the likes of the new Ford Bronco or next-generation Jeep Wrangler.


Toyota Cleans California Air Using Eco-Friendly Billboards

Maker's zero-emissions Mirai is a "vehicle of change."

by on Mar.23, 2017

The Toyota Mirai eco-billboard campaign will help clear the air from April 3–May 28. This is one of 37 billboards in the Los Angeles area.

The tables are turning in Los Angeles these days when it comes to smog. For decades, the City of Angels has battled a daily haze that comes with the crushing number of cars on its congested freeways.

However, many automakers are now producing vehicles with lower emissions, and no emissions in the case of the Toyota Mirai fuel cell-powered sedan. Toyota is now not only leading with what powers its vehicles, but also advertising the air clean.

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The Japanese maker is showing off its new zero-emissions vehicle with series of 37 eco-billboards in L.A. and San Francisco coated in a smog-reducing layer of titanium dioxide catalyst. (more…)

Toyota Bringing Mutt-and-Jeff Intros to NY Auto Show

Pairing updated Sienna, Yaris models.

by on Mar.22, 2017

Toyota updates the Yaris for 2018.

Toyota will be going to extremes at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, unveiling updates to both its smallest entry into the U.S. market, as well as one of its biggest.

The update to the Toyota Sienna comes at a critical time, as the Japanese maker’s people-mover faces tough competition from two key competitors: the well-reviewed Chrysler Pacifica and the popular Honda Odyssey, both of which have undergone complete makeovers in the last year.

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The Toyota Yaris, meanwhile, is playing in a segment that has lost significant momentum over the last several years as cheap gas has helped shift the U.S. market away from small passenger cars to larger crossovers and SUVs.


Toyota Eyes Building Auto Plant in Saudi Arabia

Saudi government wants to diversify its economy.

by on Mar.15, 2017

Toyota is exploring the feasibility of helping Saudi Arabia build an auto plant in the country.

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to conduct a joint survey with the Saudi Arabian government to explore the feasibility of building vehicles in Saudi Arabia, according to a report in Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest newspaper.

To move away from being an oil-dependent economy, Saudi Arabia is aiming to diversify and nurture its industries, including manufacturing. It is particularly keen to attract the automobile industry, the paper reported.

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The automobile market in Saudi Arabia has grown steadily in recent years, with the number of car sales reaching about 880,000 units in 2015, making it larger than the markets in well-developed automotive cultures, such as Argentina and Thailand. (more…)