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    MY2020 Toyota Corolla to be available only as a hybrid in UK
    The Toyota Corolla range has been revised for the 2020 model year.  The most important development is that the car will only be available as a hybrid in the United Kingdom from next year onwards. The Japanese car maker issued a press release on December 3rd confirming the same, and mentioned th...
    03-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Toyota, Nishi-Nippon Railroad begin full-scale operation of ‘my route’ multi-modal mobility service in Japan
    On 28 November, Toyota Motor and Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) started full-scale operation of multi-modal mobility service ‘my route’ for smartphone in Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City in Japan, the Japanese automaker said in a press release last week. The two companies have launched the m...
    Toyota recalls 683 vehicles in Australia over issue with hazard lamps
    Toyota has issued a recall of 683 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with hazard lamps, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 27 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 Toyota Coaster XZB70 vehicles. Significance: The ACCC no...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 12,637 Alphard minivans in China over defective charging control program
    Japanese automaker Toyota will recall a total of 12,637 units of imported Alphard minivans over a defective charging control program, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration for Markets Regulation. Recall is expected to begin on 29 December. The recall affects vehicle...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Lexus showcases all-electric UX 300e
    Lexus has showcased its all-electric crossover UX300e at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The crossover comes with 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery  which gives the vehicle a range of 400 kilometer...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Toyoda Gosei develops new radiator grille with black luster
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has developed a radiator grille to give vehicles a sportier feel, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 21 November. The grille’s paint with a brilliant black luster, which imparts a striking feeling of depth. The new grilles are used on the special-edition LEXUS ...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    LA Motor Show 2019: Toyota unveils RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
    At the 2019 LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, Japanese carmaker Toyota debuted the most powerful version of its RAV4 crossover yet. The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime also happens to be the first plug-in hybrid version of this vehicle. The vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle...
    20-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Lexus announces integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in eight model lines in Australia
    Lexus has said that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will become standard on eight model lines in Australia, according to a company press release on 8 November. Lexus also confirmed that owners will be supported by a smartphone integration dealer-upgrade program. Lexus offers car owne...
    11-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Toyota and BYD to set up JV for EV R&D
    Toyota and BYD have entered into an agreement to set up a joint venture (JV) for research and development (R&D) of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), the companies announced in a joint press release on 7 October. The new R&D company will work on designing and developing BEVs and its related p...
    Toyota, Weathernews join forces to improve accuracy of weather forecasts and increase driver safety
    Toyota announced that it has begun a verification test with Weathernews in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi in which the conditions of roads and their surroundings are ascertained using the operating status of windshield wipers and weather data, the company said in a press release on 1 November. The ...
    Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC): A step towards making autonomous driving a reality?
    As the industry moves towards autonomous vehicles, it is important to create an ecosystem that not only sustains the progress but also creates an environment for collaboration and information sharing. It is difficult for one company to take on the responsibility of creating an autonomous vehicle ent...
    Sumitomo Rubber to supply Falken brand of OE tires for 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries will be supplying its Falken brand of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, according to a company press release on 29 October. The tire-maker is supplying Falken WILDPEAK All-Terrain (or A/T) Trail 01A, size 225/60R18 (100H-ra...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    Toyota to offer public rides in Level 4 autonomous vehicles in Japan next year
    Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a Toyota company focusing on autonomous driving and robotics, will offer public demonstration rides in its Platform (P4) automated driving test vehicle in Tokyo, Japan, next summer, the company said in a press release on 24 October. The test vehicle will demonstrate ...
    Integrated approach to thermal management in BEVs and full HEVs
    The alternative propulsion sector finally seems to be gathering some steam after being on the fringes of the market for several decades. According to IHS Markit forecasts the demand for EVs which include BEVs, full HEVs and FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) is expected to grow by around 24% (compo...
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Lexus showcases ‘LF-30 Electrified’ concept
    Lexus has showcased its all-electric ‘LF-30 Electrified’ concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the company announced in a press release today (23 October). The concept is equipped with a 110 kWh battery which gives it a range of 500 kilometers, as per Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Tes...
    23-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Toyota working with Suzuki to launch compact BEV in India
    Toyota has confirmed that it is planning to launch a compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) along with Suzuki in India, The Economic Times reported on 22 October, citing Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). “India is, of course, one of the countries we have in...
    Toyota's hybrid sales in Europe grow 16% y/y to 435,881 units in January to September period
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has reported a 16% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to 435,881 units in Europe during the first nine months of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. HEVs constituted 52% of TME’s total sales of 838,000 units dur...
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyota to showcase production-ready ultra-compact BEV
    Toyota will demonstrate its new production-ready, ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled to be held from 24 October to 4 November, the automaker said in a press release today. The two-seater BEV has a driving range o...
    17-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Sumitomo Rubber supplies Dunlop brand OE tires for Lexus LS in Japan
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries is supplying its high-performance Dunlop brand tires as original equipment (OE) for Toyota’s Lexus LS models in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 10 October. The company is supplying Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT tires for the Lexus LS model. Sign...
    Toyota unveils new Yaris with four powertrains
    Toyota has unveiled the newest version of their hatchback, the Yaris, according to a press statement issued by the Japanese car maker today. This will be the first time that Toyota will use its new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the underpinnings of a compact car. Until now, it wa...
    16-Oct-2019 News New Products
    LA Auto Show 2019: Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid to be showcased
    In a press release sent out on October 10th, Japanese car maker Toyota has teased the latest version of their crossover, the RAV4, as a plug-in hybrid version. When it goes on sale, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid will be the most powerful version of the RAV4 available for purchase. The compa...
    14-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyota to unveil next-gen Mirai Concept
    According to a press release published on October 11th, Toyota has announced that the company’s latest generation fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), the Mirai, will be showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show that will take place later this month. The zero emission vehicle that will be displayed is ...
    14-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Lexus to showcase all-electric concept
    Lexus is set to showcase an all-electric concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 10 October. Without giving much detail about the concept, Lexus said, “Leveraging continued advances in technologies such as electrification and autonomous drivi...
    11-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Toyota recalls 13,768 Lexus vehicles in Australia over issue with front airbag inflators
    Toyota is recalling 13,768 vehicles in Australia over an issue with front airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 3 October. The recall affects 12,179 units of model year (MY) 2005-2012 Lexus IS 250 (GSE20); 1,281 units of MY 2010...
    10-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 2,714 vehicles in Australia to replace fuel pipe
    Toyota is recalling 2,714 vehicles in Australia to replace the fuel pipe, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 8 October. The recall affects 1,899 units of model year (MY) 2019 Land Cruiser Prado (GDJ150), 576 units of MY2019 Hiace (GDR300 and G...
    09-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota to offer two hybrid powertrains in new C-HR hybrid
    Japanese car maker Toyota will be making the 2020 C-HR Hybrid available for sale with a choice of two hybrid powertrain units, as well as a revised design and improved list of features. Significance: Toyota will be debuting a new 2.0 litre Hybrid Dynamic Force powertrain that delivers 1...
    09-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    Toyota to deepen EV cooperation with JV partners GAC and FAW in China
    Toyota has strengthened its cooperation with Chinese joint venture (JV) partners GAC and FAW for electric vehicles (EV), GAC and FAW announced in separate press releases on 26 September and 27 September. Under the agreements with both companies, Toyota will launch more hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybri...
    Toyota launches redesigned Corolla with hybrid powertrain in Japan
    Toyota Motor Corporation has just rolled out their all-new Corolla family of vehicles. This revised lineup includes the Toyota Corolla sedan, the Corolla Sport hatchback and the Corolla Touring station wagon. The Corolla series debuted in 1966 and has remained one of the bestselling car models in au...
    18-Sep-2019 News New Products
    MY2020 Toyota 4Runner features new instrument panel with 8-inch touchscreen display
    Toyota has debuted a new instrument panel design along with a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen display in its model year (MY) 2020 4Runner SUV, the automaker said in a press release on 12 September. The automaker is offering greater connectivity in the new SUV with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and ...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Toyota recalls 82,756 vehicles in Australia airbags issue
    Toyota is recalling 82,756 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 15 September. The recall affects model year 2001-2003 Toyota Avensis ACM20; MY 2001-2007 Corolla ZZE122; MY  2003-2005 Corolla ZZE123; and...
    16-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 55,399 vehicles in Canada to replace passenger front airbag
    Toyota is recalling 55,399 vehicles in Canada to replace passenger front airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2003–2004 Corolla and MY 2005–2008 Matrix vehicles. Significance: The affected vehicles had already...
    13-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Koito develops BladeScan Adaptive Driving Beam headlamp system
    Koito Manufacturing has developed and started mass-producing ‘BladeScan™’ ADB (Adaptive Driving Beam) headlamp system, according to a company press release on 9 September. The company’s new BladeScan is adopted by Toyota for its new Lexus RX model. Significance: To prevent traffic acciden...
    12-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Toyota develops TNGA platform for small cars
    Toyota has introduced its new GA-B platform for compact vehicles under its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the Japanese automaker said in a press release on 5 September. The new platform is designed to maximize interior space through effectively using smart packaging to deliver a spacious and...
    10-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Toyota, GM recall 219,000 vehicles in US over airbags issue
    Toyota Manufacturing and Engineering will recall 219,000 vehicles in the United States to replace faulty airbags which may not properly deploy during a crash, according to a statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects about 14,000 units of model year (...
    03-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Falken Tyre Europe supplies OE tires for new Toyota Corolla
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ European subsidiary Falken Tyre Europe is supplying original equipment (OE) tires for the new Toyota Corolla, according to a company press release. The tire-maker is supplying its ZIEX ZE914B ECORUN OE tires in sizes 225/40R18 92 W XL and 225/45R17 91W from ZIEX Series,...
    Toyota, Altron, Vodacom collaborate to enable in-car Wi-Fi
    Altron has entered into a partnership with telecom services provider Vodacom Business and Toyota South Africa to roll out connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models sold in the South African market, Altron said in a press release on 29 August. The connectivity hub, kno...
    30-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Toyota enters capital alliance with Suzuki to strengthen strategic partnership
    Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor have agreed to enter into a capital alliance as part their strategy to “establish and promote a long-term partnership,” the two automakers said in a joint press release on 28 August. Under the plan, Toyota will pay JPY96 billion to acquire 4.94 % stake in Suzuki thr...
    Toyota recalls 191,000 vehicles in Japan, North America over defective airbag
    Toyota is recalling 191,000 vehicles in Japan and North America to fix defective airbags which may not inflate properly in a crash, Associated Press reported on 28 August. The recall covers certain model year 2003 through 2008 Corolla compact sedans and 2005 through 2008 Matrix hatchbacks. Of the to...
    29-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota to recall 14,215 vehicles in US due to damaged electrical connector
    Toyota has issued a recall of 14,215 vehicles in the United States due to a damaged electrical connector, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid vehicles. The reca...
    28-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    DaikyoNishikawa begins construction of new plant in US state Alabama
    DaikyoNishikawa US (DNUS) has started construction on its new USD110 million manufacturing plant in North Alabama, United States, according to a press release on 22 August on the official website of the States of Alabama. The DNUS facility will produce plastic automotive parts for the Mazda Toyota M...
    Toyota to deploy diverse mobility solutions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
    Toyota has announced plans to offer a diverse range of mobility solutions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games next year, the company said in a press release on 23 August. The Japanese automaker will provide a total of around 3,700 vehicles and mobility solutions, about 90% of which w...
    Toyota plans to continue production of diesel models in India on sustained demand
    Toyota is planning to continue production of its diesel models in India even after Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards become effective in the country post April 2020, Press Trust of India reported. Toyota decided to continue producing diesel vehicles in India as the company is continuin...
    Toyota collaborates with China-based Pony.ai to accelerate development of autonomous vehicles
    Toyota has teamed up with China-based self-driving startup Pony.ai to collaborate in the field of autonomous driving, according to a press release by Pony.ai on 25 August. As part of the collaboration, the two companies will work on a pilot project to accelerate development and deployment of autonom...
    European Commission approves acquisition of Toyota’s Hirose Plant in Japan by Denso
    The European Commission has approved Denso’s acquisition of the Hirose Plant from Toyota, it said in a press release on 21 August. The plant, located in the Aichi prefecture in Japan, produces semiconductors and electronic components for vehicles. The Commission said that the deal wou...
    Vuteq plans to open new manufacturing facility in US
    Automotive supplier Vuteq USA announced plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Huntsville to serve the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. (MTMUS) auto assembly plant, which is currently under construction in the Limestone County portion of Huntsville, according to a press release on 21 August ...
    Toyota recalls 680 Camry vehicles in US over issue with occupant classification system
    Toyota has issued a recall for 680 units of model year 2019 Camry vehicles in the United States over an issue with the occupant classification system, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. Significance: In the affec...
    20-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 6,925 vehicles in US over issue with brake booster pump
    Toyota has issued a recall of 6,925 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the brake booster pump, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year 2019 Lexus LS500, LC500, ES300h, UX250h, LS500h, ...
    15-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Monetizing Connected Car
    Introduction A big buzz word in the automotive industry now is ‘connected car’—a vehicle which can optimize its operation and maintenance as well as the convenience and comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. General Motors (GM) introduced the concept of conne...
    Toyota plans to produce second hybrid transmission in Poland from 2021
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) is planning to produce a second electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) at its plant in Wałbrzych, Poland, from 2021, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced in a press release on 26 July. TMMP will also produce one of the electric motors that are ...
    29-Jul-2019 News Investments
    Toyota to study connected car data to inform road maintenance in Japan’s Akaiwa City
    Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), a Toyota organization, will hold a conference with Japan’s Akaiwa City, the Okayama Prefecture, Okayama University and the local Akaiwa City Police to discuss studying the possibility of using connected car data to inform road maintenance, the Japanese automa...
    Fuel cell EV sales and attempts to spur growth in the market
    Introduction A hydrogen fuel cell can be likened to a battery that uses an electrochemical reaction to convert the chemical energy of hydrogen (fuel) and oxygen (oxidizing agent) to generate electricity. However, unlike conventional automotive batteries that store energy and must be recharged, an...
    Toyota, BYD partner to develop EVs
    Toyota and BYD have partnered to jointly develop all-electric sedans and low-floor sport utility vehicles (SUV), Toyota announced in a press release on 19 July. The two companies are aiming to launch these vehicles in the Chinese market under the Toyota brand in the first half of the 2020s. The part...
    Researchers at UCLouvain develop solid-state fast ionic conductor for Li-ion batteries
    Researchers at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium, in collaboration with Toyota, scientists from Marburg University and the Technical University from Münich and Graz in Germany, have developed a solid-state fast ionic conductor for lithium-ion batteries, ‘LiTi2(PS4)...
    19-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Toyota partners with CATL for NEV battery sourcing and development
    Toyota Motors has partnered with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) for sourcing batteries for new energy vehicles (NEV), development of new battery system technologies and improvements to the quality of current cell technology, the automaker announced in a press release to...
    Toyota begins testing automated driving on public roads in Europe
    Toyota has started testing its automated driving technology on public roads in Europe, the company said in a press release on 11 July. Toyota Motor Europe (TME), the European subsidiary of the Japan-based automaker, is testing its in-house developed automated driving system in a real life urban sett...
    Toyota plans to transfer shares in Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo to JTKET
    Toyota and JTEKT have agreed to start consideration toward the transfer of Toyota-owned shares of Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo, Ltd. (Yutaka Seimitsu) to JTEKT by January 2020, the two companies announced in separate press releases on 10 July. Upon completion of the transaction, all Yutaka Seimitsu operati...
    Toyota recalls 464 Prius C vehicles in US to replace DC-DC converter
    Toyota has recalled 464 units of Toyota 2018-2019 Prius C vehicles due to faulty DC-DC converter, according to a Notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 26 June. The DC-DC converter may fail resulting in the auxiliary battery no longer receiving power from the convert...
    16-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota's HEV sales grow 18% y/y to 303,400 units in Europe during first half
    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has reported an 18% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to 303,400 units in Europe during the first half of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. HEVs constituted more than 52% of TME’s total sales of 578,400 uni...
    Toyota delivers 35 Mirai FCEVs to taxi fleet in Netherlands
    Last month, Toyota delivered 35 units of its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) to Noot Personenvervoer, a municipality in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Noot Personenvervoer municipality will operate these FCEVs in a taxi fleet. Mirai FCEVs will be used as WMO transport, a taxi service for pe...
    Technology and market dynamics of engine cooling fans & motors sector
    The internal combustion engine (ICE), irrespective of the fuel type, does not sit very high on the efficiency scale.  In most engines, up to 65% of the heat energy produced can be written off as losses—the lion's share lost mainly to the cooling circuit and via exhaust gases. The ICE must be ...
    Toyota, Denso agree to establish JV for R&D of next-generation in-vehicle semiconductors
    Toyota Motor and its group supplier Denso have agreed to establish a joint venture (JV) to conduct research and development of next-generation in-vehicle semiconductors in April 2020, the leading Japanese supplier said in a press release today (10 July). The new company will conduct advanced researc...
    Toyota to launch all-electric version of Proace and Proace City LCV after 2020
    Toyota is planning to launch the all-electric variant of its Proace and Proace City light commercial vehicle (LCV) in 2020 and 2021 respectively in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 8 July. “Growing concerns about climate change and air quality are leading to new, low emission re...
    09-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Vehicle entry system – A review of current trends
    Technology disruptions have led to the evolution of vehicle access systems from traditional lock-and-key systems to keyless entry technology. Keyless vehicle access control systems are fully automated systems featuring an electronic locking feature that secures access to the vehicle electronically, ...
    Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO to start trials of Solar EV in July
    Toyota, along with Sharp and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), is planning to start public road trials of solar-powered electrified vehicles, the Japanese automaker announced in a press release on 4 July. Toyota plans to conduct the trials under various drivin...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) opens new head office in Tokyo
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has moved into a new head office in Tokyo, the company said in a press release on 1 July. The new head office is located on the 16th through the 20th floor of the newly constructed Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo, with a total floor ...
    02-Jul-2019 News Investments
    Toyota plans to invest USD2 billion in EV development in Indonesia
    Toyota plans to invest USD2 billion in Indonesia to develop electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years, Reuters reported on 27 June citing the country’s Co-ordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs. The Japanese automaker’s investment decision came following a meeting between Luhut Pandjait...
    28-Jun-2019 News Investments
    Lexus, Telstra to conduct C-V2X trial in Australia
    Lexus is conducting a connected vehicle trial on public roads in Victoria, Australia, the premium car brand of Toyota said in a press release on 24 June. The trial involves two units of Lexus RX450 F Sport SUVs, equipped with cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology. The test vehicles are c...
    Lexus to make its Lexus Safety System+ standard on all model year 2020 vehicle in US
    Lexus has announced that its ‘Lexus Safety System+’ suite of advanced safety and driver assist technologies will come as standard on all Lexus vehicles in the United States, starting with model year 2020, the company said on 19 June. The Lexus Safety System+ package includes four key active...
    Toyota partners with CATL and BYD for sourcing EV batteries
    Toyota has partnered with Chinese battery makers Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and BYD to source batteries for electric vehicles (EV), Nikkei Asian Review reported on 7 June. Toyota has also entered into a similar partnership with Japan’s Toshiba and GS Yuasa. In a presentation by Shigeki...
    Toyota, Subaru to jointly develop dedicated BEV Platform and all-electric SUV
    Toyota and Subaru have agreed to jointly develop a dedicated platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV) and an all-electric C-segment sport utility vehicle (SUV) based on the new platform, Toyota announced in a press release today (6 June). The dedicated BEV platform will be designed for midsize a...
    Hankook Tires supplies OE tires for new 2020 Toyota Corolla in US
    Hankook Tires is supplying its Kinergy GT tires as original equipment (OE) fitment on new model year 2020 Toyota Corolla in the United States, the South Korean tire-maker said in a press release on 4 June. The company’s premium grand touring all-season tire in the new Corolla comes in size of 205/...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    New Lexus RX's headlight features 'BladeScan Type' adaptive high-beam system
    Lexus has unveiled its new 2020 RX luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) with headlights featuring what the automaker claims to be the world's first ‘BladeScan Type’ adaptive high-beam system (AHS), the automaker announced in a press release today (30 May). Lexus said that in the new BladeSc...
    30-May-2019 News New Products
    Toyota to recall 43,221 vehicles in US over wire harness problem
    Toyota will recall 43,221 vehicles in the United States over a wire harness issue, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notice last month. The vehicles recalled include model year (MY) 2015-2017 Yaris vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 10 June. Significance...
    28-May-2019 News Recalls
    Yokohama supplies AVID GT tires as OE fitment for Toyota’s RAV4 SUV
    Yokohama Rubber is supplying its AVID GT passenger car tire as original equipment (OE) fitment for Toyota’s new RAV4 crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a company press release on 23 May. Toyota’s new RAV4 was first launched in North America in 2018 and later in Japan, South Kore...
    DRiV to supply Monroe intelligent suspension technology for 2020 Toyota GR Supra Sports Coupe
    Tenneco’s aftermarket and ride performance company DRiV is supplying its advanced suspension technology from its Monroe Intelligent Suspension portfolio for the fifth-generation model year (MY) 2020 Toyota GR Supra sports coupe, according to a company press release on 17 May. The company's Continu...
    GAC Toyota plans to invest USD1.6 billion for expanding NEV production in China
    Toyota and Chinese partner Guangzhou Automobile Group’s (GAC) are planning to invest USD1.6 billion expanding new energy vehicle (NEV) production in China, reports Nikkei Asian Review. The investment will be made in the Guangzhou factory which is operated by their joint venture (JV), GAC Toyota. A...
    09-May-2019 News Investments
    Toyota acquires majority stake in carpooling start-up Faxi
    Toyota Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota, has acquired a majority stake in the UK-based carpooling start-up Faxi, the automaker said in a press release on 3 May. Faxi has developed an application (app) and software platform that allows users to connect with colleagues who share...
    Toyota's electrified vehicle sales in Canada grow 82% y/y to 3,876 units in April
    Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has reported a growth of 82% year on year (y/y) in sales of its electrified vehicles in Canada in April, the company announced in a press release on 1 May. Made-in-Canada Toyota RAV4 hybrid was the most popular electrified vehicle with sales of 2,112 units during the month, ...
    Toyota AI Ventures establishes USD100 million fund to invest in start-ups
    Toyota AI Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) company of Toyota Motor, has established a new USD100 million fund dedicated to investing in early-stage start-ups developing disruptive technologies and business models for automotive and robotics markets, the Japanese automaker said in a pres...
    New York Auto Show 2019: Toyota debuts 2020 Highlander SUV with advanced safety and connectivity technologies
    Toyota has debuted its new model year 2020 Highlander mid-size SUV featuring advanced safety and connectivity technologies at the 2019 New York Auto Show in the United States, the company said in a press release. The new SUV comes equipped with the Japanese automaker’s Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suit...
    29-Apr-2019 News New Products
    Toyota offers new hybrid system in RAV4 in Japan
    Toyota has announced that it is offering a new hybrid system in RAV4 in Japan, according to a company press release earlier this month. The car gets an all-new 2.5L hybrid system featuring a 2.5L Dynamic Force Engine based on the TNGA concept, paired with Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) with reduct...
    25-Apr-2019 News New Products
    TRI-AD, Maxar and NTT DATA join forces to develop HD Maps for autonomous vehicles
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Maxar Technologies and NTT DATA have agreed to collaborate on a proof of concept (POC) building automated high-definition (HD) map for autonomous driving vehicles using high-resolution satellite imagery, Toyota said in a press release today (2...
    25-Apr-2019 News New Products
    New York International Auto Show 2019: Toyota unveils hybrid Highlander
    Toyota has unveiled the hybrid variant of its mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) Highlander at the New York International Auto Show 2019 in United States, according to a company press release on 17 April. The hybrid Highlander features Toyota’s new-generation Toyota Hybrid System which combines ...
    24-Apr-2019 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2019: Toyota reveals C-HR and IZOA all-electric vehicles
    Toyota has revealed its all-electric variants of C-HR and IZOA at the 2019 Auto Shanghai in China, according to a company press release on 16 April. C-HR and IZOA will be the first all-electric vehicles from Toyota and will be launched in China in early 2020. Toyota is also showcasing an all-elec...
    16-Apr-2019 News New Products
    Share of hybrids cross 50% of total vehicle sales for Toyota during first quarter in Europe
    In a press release dated 10 April, Toyota announced that 51% of its total vehicle sales of 279,000 units in Europe came from hybrid variants during the first quarter of 2019. The company said that hybrids witnessed a 14% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales, taking Toyota's total market share in ...
    HD Maps – Competitive Landscape
    Introduction Technology companies are taking their mapping and localization efforts to the next level to support the growing development of autonomous driving technologies. This has resulted in the integration of next-generation maps, known as HD maps, into semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. HD...
    A look into the technology and supply chain of the global automotive thermostatic expansion valve sector
    For quite some time now, effective cabin temperature control has been right up there with premium cabin materials and multimedia features, along with ergonomic and comfortable seating, as one of the cornerstones of passenger cabin experience. OEMs have not only obliged but have taken it up a notch ...
    Toyota to transfer core electronic component operations to Denso
    Toyota Motor and Denso have reached an agreement about concluding a contract to transfer core electronic component operations to Denso, the Japanese supplier announced in a press release on 5 April. In June last year, the two companies reached a basic agreement to consolidate the core electronic com...
    Ford, GM, Toyota, SAE form ‘Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium’
    Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota have teamed up with the SAE International to establish a new consortium that will focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles, SAE said in a press release on 3 April. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) will work to promote testing, pre-competitive deve...
    Toyota recalls 6,296 vehicles in US over issue with tires
    Toyota is recalling 6,296 units of model year (MY) 2018 Lexus LS vehicles in the United states over a tire issue, according to a notice on the website of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 27 February. The recall is expected to begin 22 April 2019. Signifi...
    04-Apr-2019 News Recalls
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    Toyota to grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents for vehicle electrification-related technologies
    Toyota has announced to grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents related to vehicle electrification technologies, according to a company press release today (3 April). Toyota said that it will also provide fee-based technical support to other manufacturers developing and selling electrif...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    MONET partners with Hino Motors, Honda to increase MaaS business
    MONET Technologies has entered into a capital and business partnership with Hino Motors and Honda to grow its mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) business, Honda announced in a press release on 28 March. Hino and Honda plan to invest JPY249.95 million (USD2.26 million) each in MONET and acquire 9.998% of M...
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