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Toyota Needs New Texas HQ to Help Tackle Global Challenges

Maker’s 100-acre campus represents new organization.

by on Jul.10, 2017

Toyota is ready take on all comers with the more than 3,000 employees from its old headquarters in California that moved to its new one in Texas.

Some 25 years ago, a book by three American professors, “The Machine That Changed the World,” underscored how Toyota modified the mass production system to gain an advantage over its rivals in the automotive industry around the world.

Toyota’s system of lean production, however, didn’t insulate the Japanese automaker from the impact of intensifying competition not only in the U.S. where Toyota’s system was emulated by rivals, but also in Asia and in Europe.

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Toyota has had to fight off new challenges from Japanese rivals such as Nissan and Subaru even as its home market in Japan begins to shrink. South Korean automakers such as Kia and Hyundai have surged ahead in the closely watched J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Survey while American rivals have tightened their grip on the all-important truck market in the U.S. (more…)

Toyota: No Plans to Build New Manufacturing Plant in US

Company spending $1.3B to overhaul Kentucky plant.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Jim Lentz, Toyota's top North American executive, said the automaker has no plans to build new manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

Toyota has no immediate plans to add to its production base in the United States, the company’s top U.S. executive said Thursday.

“Right now, our manufacturing footprint is right for our volume,” Jim Lentz, chief executive of Toyota Motors North American region, said during a roundtable session with American and Japanese reporters at Toyota’s new headquarters in Plano, Texas.

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Lentz noted the Toyota is spending $1.3 billion on an overhaul of its manufacturing and assembly complex in Georgetown, Kentucky. (more…)

Three Large Sedans Earn Top Crash Ratings – But Tesla Model S Falls Short

Small overlap test still a challenge for some manufacturers.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Tesla aces most tests but fell short in the small overlap crash - and the Model S had "poor" headlights.

The Tesla Model S was one of three large sedans to fall short in the latest round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The trade group also reports that three other large models fared extremely well during a series of tests for crash worthiness, earning the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

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The poor performance by the Tesla Model S came amidst a series of problems for the electric vehicle maker, and at a time when CEO Elon Musk had hoped to focus on the upcoming launch of the maker’s first mainstream model, the Model 3. Production and sales are set to begin on Friday.


Toyota Nearly Ready to Make Big Move from California to Texas

Maker has 3,000 employees transferring to new headquarters facility.

by on Jul.06, 2017

Toyota is ready to shift more than 3,000 employees from its old headquarters in California to its new one in Texas.

Toyota Motor North America is ready to dedicate its new $1 billion headquarters and central office campus north of Dallas.

The layout and exterior design of corporate campus, which covers 2.1 million square feet, is designed to create a collaborative work environment that “encourages discovery, transparency and creativity.”

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Corgan Associates of Dallas, which designed the Toyota campus, noted headquarters houses team members in various spaces for finance, sales, marketing and distribution dedicated to the North American market. (more…)

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.


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 “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.”