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    Toyoda Gosei develops extra-large spindle grille for Lexus LM
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has developed new extra-large spindle grilles for Toyota’s Lexus LM, a luxury minivan sold in China, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 26 March 2020. The new Lexus LM was launched for the growing luxury minivan segments in Asian and other markets. Significa...
    Toyota, BYD form a JV for development of EVs
    Toyota Motors and Chinese automaker BYD have completed setting up a new JV to conduct research and development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Toyota announced in a press release on 2 April. The new 50:50 JV has been named BYD Toyota EV Technology Co. Ltd. (BTET) and will be headquartered ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota suspends operations at Russian plant for five days
    Toyota has suspended manufacturing operations at its St Petersburg plant in Russia for five days this week from 30 March to 3 April, according to a report by Kyodo News. With this, the Japanese automaker has suspended manufacturing operations at nine of its plants in Europe and Russia to prevent the...
    31-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford, FCA, Toyota extend production suspension at North American plants
    Automakers in North America have announced further extension in production suspension in response to  a sharp increase in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. In a press release issued on 26 March, Ford said it was aiming to restart production at select plant in North America as early as next we...
    30-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota recalls 39,000 MY 2020 Highlander SUVs in US due to problem with auto stop-start
    Toyota is recalling nearly 39,000 vehicles in the US over problem with auto stop-start, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model-year 2020 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Significa...
    25-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 pandemic: Renault, Toyota, GM, Ford suspend production in India
    Renault, Toyota, Ford, and General Motors (GM) have announced production suspension at their plants in India to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release issued on 23 March, Renault said it temporarily halted production at it’s Alliance manufac...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota stops manufacturing at five plants in Japan
    Toyota has decided to temporarily suspend manufacturing operations at seven of its production lines at five plants in Japan in response to weak vehicle demand amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the automaker said in a press release on 23 March. The Japanese automaker will suspend...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota suspends production in North America until 3 April
    Toyota has extended production suspension at all its production facilities in North America, including in Canada, Mexico, and the US, through to 3 April, in response to a sharp increase in confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in regions where vehicle demand has been severe...
    23-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota to temporarily close operations at plants in Europe, North America
    Toyota Motor has announced plans to temporarily close operations at its plants in Europe and North America to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Japanese automaker said in two separate press releases. In Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) decided to organize p...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota partners with Chinese start-up Momenta to develop HD map platform in China
    Toyota Motor Corp has collaborated with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to create a high-definition (HD) mapping platform for autonomous vehicles in China, Reuters reported on 18 March. Toyota’s research arm Toyota Research Institute is developing the Automated Mapping Platform to ...
    Toyota’s TRI-AD, Dynamic Map Platform collaborate to build proof of concept aimed at HD map update
    Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced a partnership with Dynamic Map Platform (DMP) to build a proof of concept (PoC) applying the technologies of both companies starting April 2020, a company press release dated 17 March showed. The idea of the PoC is to sh...
    Toyota develops new paint atomizer with over 95% coating efficiency
    Toyota Motor has developed a new type of paint atomizer—airless paint atomizer—that uses static electricity in place of air, to replace the conventional air paint atomizers used in the vehicle body painting process, according to a press release by the automaker on 12 March 2020. Toyota claims th...
    12-Mar-2020 News New Products
    TRI-AD completes proof of concepts on HD map building for surface roads
    Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced that it has successfully completed proof of concepts, showing high-definition map building for surface roads with relative accuracy of less than 50 centimeters, a company press release on 10 March showed. TRI-AD verified that b...
    Toyota recalls 3.2 million vehicles globally to fix fuel pump issue
    Toyota has recalled nearly 3.2 million vehicles globally due to faulty fuel pump, Reuters reported on 4 March citing information from the company. This includes recall of around 1.8 million units of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US Significance: According to the report, Toyota has recalled veh...
    05-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    INVESTMENT: Toyota plans to build a new EV plant in Chinese city Tianjin with FAW Group
    Toyota is planning to set up a new electric vehicle (EV) plant in Tianjin, China, in collaboration with its local partner FAW, Reuters reported on 29 February, citing a document issued by local authorities of the China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. The partners are aiming to invest CNY8.5 billion (USD...
    03-Mar-2020 News Investments
    Toyota invests USD400 million in Chinese self-driving startup Pony.ai
    Toyota has invested USD400 million in self-driving startup Pony.ai, the China-based company said on 26 February. The latest investment takes Pony.ai’s worth to just over USD3 billion. Strengthened ties will enable deeper integration of Pony.ai's autonomous driving system with Toyota's robu...
    27-Feb-2020 News Investments
    Toyota Boshoku, Covestro jointly develop new polyurethane composite material
    Toyota Boshoku and Covestro have jointly developed a new polyurethane composite material for Toyota Motor’s new electric concept car “LQ”, Covestro announced in a press release on 26 February. The material integrates Covestro's advanced Baypreg® F NF technology and Toyota Boshoku's expertise ...
    27-Feb-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Toyota restarts operations at all plants in China
    Toyota restarted operations at its Chengdu assembly plant in Sichuan Province, China on Monday (24 February), Nikkei Asian Review reported on 25 February. The Japanese automaker has now resumed operations at all four plants in China, following an extended shutdown due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbr...
    26-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota Motor, Toyota Industries jointly develop new battery for hybrid vehicles
    Toyota Motor and Toyota Industries have jointly developed a new battery for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), the two companies said in a joint press release on 20 February. The two companies have developed the new battery to meet an expected surge in demand for HEVs. Toyota Industries will begin pro...
    24-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Toyota recalls 1,037 vehicles in Australia over issue with seat belt reminder system
    Toyota has issued a recall of 1,037 vehicles in Australia over a failure of seatbelt reminder system, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015-19 Prius (ZVW50) and Prius V (ZVW40) vehicles. Sig...
    19-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    COVID-19 outbreak: Toyota, Mazda resume some operations in China
    Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda have resumed some manufacturing operations at their plants in China after extended shutdown due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, Kyodo News reported on 17 February. Toyota has resumed operations at its plants in Changchun, Jilin Province a...
    18-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota recalls 52,000 vehicles over possible coolant leaks
    Toyota is recalling nearly 52,000 vehicles in North America over possible coolant leakage, the automaker announced in a press release on 6 February. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2020 Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid, MY 2019–20 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid and MY 2020 Lexus ES 300h. The rec...
    07-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota develops ‘Acceleration Suppression Function’ leveraging big data from connected cars
    Toyota Motor Corp has developed an acceleration suppression function which utilizes data from connected cars to keep a track on the accelerator and control acceleration, the Japanese automaker said in a press release on 3 February. Toyota aims to install the function in new cars and introduce a n...
    03-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Toyota, Panasonic decide to establish JV specializing in automotive prismatic batteries
    Toyota and Panasonic have concretized their plans to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop prismatic batteries for the automotive industry, Toyota announced in a press release on 3 February. Named ‘Prime Planet Energy & Solutions’, the JV is expected to start operations from April 2020. ...
    Toyota recalls 138,842 vehicles in US over defective airbags
    Toyota is recalling 138,842 vehicles in the United States to replace defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 1998-2000 RAV4, MY 1998-1999 RAV4 EV and Celica ...
    28-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 407,318 vehicles in Canada over airbags issue
    Toyota has issued a recall of 407,318 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 17 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-18 Avalon, MY 2011-19 Corolla, and MY 2011-14 Matrix vehicles. Significance: In the subject vehic...
    24-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 17,022 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
    Toyota has issued a recall of 17,022 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 22 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997-99 Celica, MY 1998-99 Paseo, and MY 1998-2000 RAV4 vehicles. Significance: In subject vehicles, th...
    23-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 2.9 million vehicles in US over faulty ECU
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting 2.9 million vehicles in the United States over defective airbags, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 January 2020. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2011-2019 Corolla, MY 2011-2013 Matrix, MY 2012-2018 Avalon, and MY 2013-2018 Av...
    22-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota sells over 550,000 hybrid vehicles in Europe in 2019
    Toyota sold over 550,000 hybrid vehicles in Europe in 2019, the company announced in a press release on 13 January. During the full year, hybrid accounted for 52% of total sales of Toyota in Europe. In total, Toyota Motor Europe reported sales of 1,089,422 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in 2019, an incre...
    Toyota completes USD1.3 billion investment in modernization project at Indiana plant in US
    Toyota Motor has invested an additional USD700 million and added 150 jobs to complete a modernization project at its Princeton plant in Indiana, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 17 January. According to the Japanese automaker, the modernization project at Toyota Motor Manufact...
    21-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Toyota recalls 54,687 vehicles in Canada over fuel pump problem
    Toyota will recall 54,687 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Canada over a fuel pump issue, the automaker said in a press release on 13 January. The recall involves model year (MY) 2018-2019 Lexus GS 350 AWD, LX 570, and RX 350/350L; MY 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 300 AWD/350 AWD, IS 300 RWD, ES 350, GX...
    21-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota showcases new generation Mirai FCEV in Europe
    Japan-based automaker Toyota has showcased the second-generation of its zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) Mirai sedan in Europe, according to a company press release on 14 January. The new Mirai is scheduled for launch in late 2020, initially in Japan, North America and later in Europe...
    16-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toyota to recall nearly 696,000 vehicles in US over issue with fuel pumps
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall for 696,000 vehicles in the United States over a fuel pump issue, the automaker said in a press release on 13 January 2020. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018-2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and RX 350; MY 2...
    15-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota aims to sell 500,000 EVs by 2025
    Toyota is aiming to sell 500,000 all-electric vehicles globally by 2025, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 9 January. Toyota is planning to launch at least 10 new models internationally by 2025. In total, the company is aiming to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles which will include mainly hybrid v...
    Toyota unveils GR Yaris with upgraded chassis systems
    Japanese auto maker Toyota has premiered their latest high performance hatchback, the GR Yaris, at the Tokyo Auto Salon event. In a press statement issued by the company on 10 January, the Toyota Motor Corporation announced that the vehicle will go on sale during the summer of this year. The GR Y...
    10-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toyota to recall 1,380 vehicles in China due to defective emergency locking retractor
    Japanese automaker Toyota will recall 1,380 vehicles in China, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration (SAMR) on 29 December. The recall involves 723 imported Alphard Hybrid models manufactured between 19 August 2019 and 10 Sep...
    02-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota to recall 9,468 vehicles in US over issue with seatbelt webbing sensor locking mechanism
    Toyota is recalling 9,468 units of Corolla and Corolla Hybrid vehicles in the United States over an issue with the seatbelt webbing sensor locking mechanism, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 11 December. The recall affects mo...
    26-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota to recall 3,751 vehicles in US over risk of electrical short circuit
    Japanese automaker Toyota is recalling 3,751 units of model year 2019 Prius vehicles in the United States over the risk of an electrical short circuit, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 11 December. The recall is expected to begin ...
    26-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance unveil ‘Telematics Damage Service’ system
    Toyota Motor Corp and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance have jointly developed the Telematics Damage Service System, the automaker said in a press release on 23 December. The service will be available from March 2020 on Toyota and Lexus brand connected cars. The Telematics Damage Service System is an ac...
    New Toyota Yaris to get hybrid powertrain
    Toyota will equip its new Yaris hatchback with a hybrid powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 20 December. The car's next-generation Toyota Hybrid System II is based around a 1.5L inline three-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine which enables a fuel-efficiency of 36 kilometers per liter,...
    24-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Toyota recalls 1,058 vehicles in Australia over issue with seatbelt locking mechanisms
    Toyota has issued a recall of 1,058 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with the seatbelt locking mechanism, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 20 December. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Toyota Camry (ASV70, GSV70) and Camry Hybrid...
    23-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Denso, Toyota name semiconductor JV ‘MIRISE Technologies’
    Toyota Motor Corp has said that its joint venture with Denso will be called MIRISE Technologies, a company press release on 10 December showed. The JV will be established in April 2020. The JV will conduct research and develop next-generation in-vehicle semiconductors and manufacturing electronic...
    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...
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