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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Lexus unveils NX models with all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system
    Lexus has unveiled its model year (MY) 2022 NX models with the all-new Lexus Interface multimedia system, it said in a press release on 7 October. It comes with a standard 9.8-inch touchscreen with a new Human Machine Interface (HMI). An optional 14-inch touchscreen includes a three-year trial for D...
    08-Oct-2021 News New Products
    BHP Group collaborates with Toyota and Panasonic for supply of nickel sulphate
    Australian mining company BHP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) to create a green electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem that will enhance sustainability, recyclability and traceability of elements, the co...
    Toyota unveils EV battery strategy, plans to invest nearly USD14 billion by 2030
    Unveiling its electric vehicle (EV) battery strategy to the media and investors in a press conference on 7 September, Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation said that it plans to invest nearly JPY1.5 trillion (USD14 billion) on developing the battery supply chain and research and developmen...
    08-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Toyoda Gosei supplies new fuel tank cut-off valve for Toyota Land Cruiser
    Japan-based supplier, Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., has developed a cutoff valve with a structure that contributes to lighter vehicle weight. According to a press release issued by Toyoda Gosei on 31 August, the company stated that this new cutoff valve is being used on the new Land Cruiser from Toyota Mo...
    02-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Toyota to resume self-driving e-Palette vehicle operations at Tokyo Olympic village
    Toyota Motor announces, in an official press release dated August 30, that the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has decided to resume operations of the e-Palette mobility vehicle within the Athletes' Village. Mobility service operations were halted in response to an ...
    Toyota plans to cut production in the US as COVID-19 rattles supply chain
    The maker of popular Land Cruiser sports utility vehicles (SUVs), Toyota Motor plans to cut down its vehicle production in North America in August and September as a resurgence of COVID-19 cases rattle the automakers supply chain, according to a report filed by The Dallas Morning News on 19 August. ...
    Toyota debuts mobile collision assistance service in US
    According to a press release dated 11 August, Toyota and Lexus drivers now have access to a new assistance service in the aftermath of a collision. Collision Assistance, a just-in-time assistance service, is now available to Toyota and Lexus drivers via the Toyota and Lexus mobile apps. The feature ...
    12-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Lexus launches MY 2022 RX 350 and 450H models with advanced connectivity
    Lexus has announced the launch of model year (MY) 2022 RX 350 and 450H models with option to choose between the standard 8-inch display and 12.3-inch high-resolution, split-screen multimedia display, among other options, an official press release on 4 August read. The Lexus RX comes with six USB ...
    09-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Metawave delivers 76–81 GHz beamformer chip for automotive long-range radar
    Metawave has announced the delivery of 76–81 GHz beamformer chip alpha samples and evaluation boards to MIRISE Technologies, according to a company press release last month. The chip is used for high-resolution long-range radar for autonomous driving. Metawave’s MARCONI beamformer chip for mu...
    Toyota launches Halo connected fleet management solutions for businesses in Australia
    Toyota has launched Halo connected fleet management solutions in Australia in partnership with Fleetsu, the company said in a press release on 27 July. Toyota Halo leverages Fleetsu's platform to deploy a suite of connected vehicle solutions. Toyota Halo software offers customers the ability to proc...
    Toyota to feature voice-based Driver’s Companion in Toyota App for MY 2021 Sienna
    Toyota has announced that the owners of model year (MY) 2021 Sienna models will get access to voice-based Driver’s Companion in the Toyota App, a company press release dated 22 July read. The feature, powered by Google Cloud, includes a voice-activated virtual assistant named Joya. “Toyota Dr...
    26-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Suzuki, Daihatsu join Toyota’s Commercial Japan Partnership to connect, electrify light CVs
    Vehicle manufacturers Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Company, Ltd. have joined the Toyota-backed Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJP) to accelerate their carbon neutrality initiatives in mini or light commercial vehicles through the dissemination of CASE (connecte...
    Toyota's subsidiary Woven Planet Closes Acquisition of Lyft's Level 5 Division
    Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the completion of the acquisition of Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, Inc. (“Lyft”), a proposed transaction previously announced in April 2021, in an official press release dated 20 July. This is Woven Planet's...
    Lexus joins Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem to trial V2I technology
    Lexus has joined the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) technology development initiative to test vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, specifically V2I technology (V2I), news.com.au reported on 20 July. Two high-tech Lexus RX hybrids modified with Dedicated Short-Range Commun...
    Toyota to launch new Aqua with high-output, bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery
    Toyota Motor Corporation announced the launch of its all-new Aqua hybrid hatchback. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 19 July, the vehicle uses a high-output, bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery as an electric drive battery, which realizes approximately twice the output compared to the ba...
    20-Jul-2021 News New Products
    India-based Rico Auto to supply component for Toyota’s hybrid vehicle
    Indian automotive components supplier Rico Auto has announced that it will be supplying components for a Toyota hybrid vehicle. At the company’s fourth quarter 2021 earnings conference call held on 23 June, Arvind Kapur, the chairman, CEO, and managing director of Rico Auto, stated that ...
    Toyota Woven Capital invests in AV fleet startup Ridecell
    Woven Capital, a venture capital unit of Toyota, announced an investment in Ridecell, a platform powering digital transformations and internet-of-things (IoT) automation for fleet-driven businesses, on its official website on 17 June. It is the investment arm of the Woven Planet Group, a Toyota s...
    18-Jun-2021 News Investments
    Lexus unveils NX model with new ‘Advanced Park’ system
    Lexus has announced that its NX model features a new, Lexus-first “Advanced Park” system, in a press release on 11 June. The remote parking function enables remote control from outside the vehicle via a digital key and assists with parking in unfamiliar or confined spaces. The vehicle feature...
    15-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Toyota unveils new in-vehicle multimedia solution
    Toyota has unveiled a new multimedia solution for the North American market, the carmaker said in a press release on 11 June. The new system features multiple touchscreen options from 8-inches up-to 14-inches. With newly enhanced designs and functionality, these screens retain volume knob. Accord...
    14-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Parkopedia to offer premium parking and payment services for Toyota in US
    Parkopedia has announced its portfolio of off-street parking services and payment services will be available to Toyota and Lexus customers in North America, it said in a press release on 8 June. Services include reservations and digital payments. The 'Park with Parkopedia' service is integrated into...
    Toyota to rename VC arm from Toyota AI Ventures to Toyota Ventures
    Toyota’s standalone, early-stage venture capital firm, Toyota AI Ventures, will change its name to Toyota Ventures. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 3 June, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm will also grow its total assets under management to more than USD500 million wit...
    Toyota partners with Kinto to offer customer-centric driving software
    Toyota Motor Corp has partnered with KINTO to offer a customer-based software and mobility service, it said in a 7 June press release. The service will be offered in new GR Yaris Morizo Selection, and can be updated with the latest software customized for each customer. Significance: Toyota annou...
    07-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Toyota unveils Toyota Data Privacy Portal for Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners in North America
    Toyota Motor has announced the development of Toyota Data Privacy Portal for data transparency, accessibility, and control, according to a press release dated 1 June. It is available for Toyota and Lexus vehicle owners in North America. “Toyota strictly adheres to the Automotive Consumer Privac...
    02-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Toyota selects ZF and Mobileye to develop driver-assistance systems
    ZF and Intel-owned Mobileye have been chosen by Toyota Motor Corp. to develop advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for use in multiple vehicle platforms starting in the next few years. According to a joint press release issued by ZF and Mobileye on 18 May, ZF will also supply its Gen 21 mid-ran...
    Toyota, Woven Planet, and ENEOS to test hydrogen-based supply chain
    ENEOS Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have announced their agreement on a new partnership to explore the utilization and application of hydrogen energy at Woven City, the prototype city of the future that Toyota has started to develop in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. According...
    12-May-2021 News New Products
    Toyota launches PROACE battery electric panel vans in Europe
    In fourth quarter 2020, Proace Electric was introduced to Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In first quarter 2021 it will be launched in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, alongside Proace Verso Electric in some markets. The models come with...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
    Toyota Industries FY 2021 net sales fall 2.4% y/y to USD19.51 billion
    According to a company report on 28 April, Toyota Industries has reported that net sales has amounted to JPY2,118.3 billion, a decrease of JPY53.0 billion, or 2%, from the previous fiscal year. The Automobile market shrank overall, although it recovered in China. Amid such operating conditions, n...
    Toyota to invest USD803 million in Princeton plant in Indiana, US
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) has announced a USD803 million investment for the Princeton, Indiana, US, manufacturing plant in preparation to introduce two new sports utility vehicles (SUVs), one of which will officially introduce the Lexus line to Toyota Indiana. According to a press...
    29-Apr-2021 News Investments
    EV startup REE Auto, Toyota’s Hino Motors sign strategic business alliance agreement
    Hino Motors, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, and REE Automotive have signed a strategic business alliance agreement to over “next-generation commercial mobility,” according to a company press release on 27 April. The companies plan to develop hardware prototypes by fiscal year (FY) 202...
    Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu, Toyota, and Mazda to work on next-gen vehicle communications devices
    Toyota has partnered with Suzuki Motor, Subaru, Daihatsu Motor, and Mazda to jointly develop technical specifications for next-generation vehicle communications devices, a company press release on 27 April read. The companies will provide safe connected services to customers as early as possible,...
    Toyota’s Woven Planet acquires Lyft's Level 5 division in USD550 million deal
    Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (“Woven Planet”), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, acquires Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, Inc. one of the largest ride-hailing companies worldwide according to a press release on the company website dated 27 April. The transaction, which is e...
    Toyota, Chevron sign MoU on developing hydrogen business lines
    According to a press release dated April 21, Toyota Motor North America and Chevron USA, through its Chevron Products Company division, have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to explore a strategic alliance to catalyze and lead the development of commercially viable, large-scale...
    23-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota Industries Corporation launches global AV software development company
    Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) announced in a news release dated 20 April, the creation of a new company called T-Hive. The new company is a partnership between Toyota L&F, Bastian Solutions, Toyota Forklifts, Vanderlande, Toyota Material Handling and Raymond. T-Hive B.V. wi...
    21-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota bZ BEV series launched
    Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched ‘Toyota bZ,’ a new series of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a company press release on 19 April. Toyota also unveiled a concept version of the Toyota bZ4X, which will be the first model in the bZ series, at Auto Shanghai Show in main...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota recalls more than 279,000 vehicles in US over wire harness issue
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting approximately 279,000 vehicles in the United States over airbag issue, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 April 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2009–15 Toyota Venza vehicles. Significance: The subject vehicles have a...
    19-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Toyota starts production of hybrid electric drives for Yaris in Poland
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has launched the production of hybrid electric transmissions for its low-emission hybrid electric powertrains. According to a press release issued by TMMP on 7 April, the company stated that this new transmission combines with the latest generation 1.5L ...
    Toyota North America, AT&T partner to offer WarnerMedia RIDE to customers
    Toyota Motor North America has partnered with AT&T to offer WarnerMedia RIDE app, which can connect up to five compatible devices, the automaker said in a press release on 8 April. Passengers can view from a selection of live and on-demand content, including ‘thousands of hours’ of TV shows ...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota unveils new Mirai, Lexus LS models with advanced driver assistance technologies
    Toyota Motor Corp unveiled new models of Lexus and Mirai in Japan, equipped with Level 2 autonomous system. The new driving assist technology, or Advanced Drive will help in limiting the car in its lane, maintaining the distance from other vehicles, and changing lanes under the driver...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Subaru to idle Japan plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Subaru Corp will shut its Yajima plant in Japan between 10 and 27 April due to a shortage in semiconductor supplies, Reuters reported on 5 April. The shutdown will impact the production of 10,000 vehicles. The automaker is expected to restart all production lines at the Yajima plant from 10 May, ...
    Toyota Motor Corporation invests in e-Mobility Power Inc.
    e-Mobility Power, Inc., the equity holders of which are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO HD) and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. entered into an absorption-type corporate division agreement with Nippon Charge Service, LLC on 5 February. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 5 A...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Lexus debuts LF-Z Electrified concept EV
    Toyota-owned Japanese luxury carmaker, Lexus, has debuted its new electric vehicle (EV) concept, the LF-Z Electrified. According to a press release issued by Lexus on 30 March, the company stated the Lexus LF-Z Electrified is slated for launch in 2025. Additionally, the company has lined up 20 new E...
    31-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Toyota Woven Capital invests in AV startup Nuro’s Series C funding round
    Woven Capital, L.P., a USD800 million global investment fund that supports growth-stage companies in mobility, made an equity investment in Nuro, a robotics company providing autonomous delivery. This marks the first investment from Woven Capital, which was established in January 2021 as the investm...
    29-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Japanese automakers to assess impact on production due to fire at Renesas plant
    Japanese carmakers including Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are assessing the impact on vehicle production caused by a fire at Renesas Electronics’ chip making unit, Reuters reported on 22 March. The fire, at a time when the automotive industry is struggling to cope with the shortage in semiconductors,...
    Toyota suspends manufacturing in Czechia due to chip shortage
    Toyota Motor has suspended operations at its Czechia plant for two weeks due to a shortage of automotive semiconductors, Bloomberg reported on 20 March. The Kolin facility, which manufactures the Aygo hatchback, will have operations suspended starting 22 March 22. Suspension is caused by the lo...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Supra
    The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra is assembled at Toyota's facility in Graz #2, Austria. Output of the new version of the sports grand tourer is expected to peak at more than 8,800 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car ...
    Toyota to cut production at four North American plants over supply chain issues
    Toyota will cut production at four plants in North America, Reuters reported on 17 March. The plants mentioned are in Kentucky and West Virginia in the United States and in Mexico. Toyota has attributed the production cut to “a shortage of petrochemicals” and “recent severe weather conditions...
    Nissan, Mitsubishi to introduce electric minicar in Japan; likely price under USD18,000
    Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors plan to launch an electric minicar next year with a price point of lower than USD18,400 with subsidies in Japan, reports Nikkei Asia. The battery range of the car Nissan and Mitsubishi are developing will be in line with this concept, and be limited to about&nbs...
    10-Mar-2021 News New Products
    US NHTSA probes nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4s for fire risk
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into nearly 1.9 million Toyota RAV4 vehicles for fire risk, according to a report by Associated Press on 1 March. Toyota RAV4s that have battery frames that may result in the sudden loss of electrical power, vehic...
    02-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Toyota extends production suspension at Japanese plants due to parts shortage
    Toyota has further extended production suspension across 12 production lines at 8 manufacturing plants in Japan during 22–23 February due to a shortage of autoparts, the company said in a press release on 22 February. The extension affects the company’s plants in Takaoka, Tahara, Miayata, F...
    Automakers suspends production in North America amid severe winter weather
    Several automakers, including Ford, GM, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have suspended operations this week at their manufacturing plants in the United States and Mexico amid severe cold weather, Reuters reported on 18 February. Ford temporarily closed its plants in Kansas City, Michigan, and Kentuck...
    Toyota to invest USD210 million to upgrade West Virginia plant in US
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, US, has announced that it will invest USD210 million to upgrade its existing engine production line. According to a press release issued Toyota Motor USA on 18 February, the company stated that the objective of this is to help meet customer demand, and to th...
    19-Feb-2021 News Investments
    Toyota to suspend production at nine plants in Japan due to earthquake
    Toyota has decided to suspend production at its nine vehicle manufacturing plants in Japan this week after a powerful earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, struck the coast of the Tohoku region on 13 February. According to a press release by the Japanese automaker on 16 February, manufactu...
    Toyota offers map showing real-time traffic information and road closures in Japan
    Toyota Motor announced that it will provide real-time traffic information and road closures in Japan, according to a press release by the automaker on 14 February. The data provided is real-time and based on T-Connect/G-Book telematics service information from the communications modules in the ...
    16-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Toyota to debut three new electrified vehicles in the US this year
    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) announced plans to debut three new electrified models, two battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) in the US market in 2021. According to a press release issued by Toyota North America on 10 February, the company has over 40% share of th...
    11-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Cerence installs new cloud service center in Japan; signs Toyota as first customer
    Cerence has announced the installment of a new cloud service center in Japan, according to a company press release on 21 January. Toyota Motor Corporation will be signing on as its first user. The cloud center will offer AI-powered products and technologies such as speech recognition, text-to-speech...
    Toyota launches new RAV4 PHEV SUV in UK
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has launched the latest version of its RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV in the United Kingdom. According to a press release issued by Toyota UK on 19 January, the company stated that this vehicle’s hybrid powertrain generates a combined system power output of 302 bhp, and th...
    26-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Toyota agrees to pay USD180 million fine to settle delayed emission defect report in US
    Japanese automaker Toyota has agreed to pay USD180 million in fine to settle allegations made by the US government. According to a report filed by news agency The Detroit News on 14 January, the US government alleged that Toyota failed to report and rectify pollution control defects in its vehicles ...
    Toyota recalls 2,341 vehicles in Australia over seatbelt issue
    Toyota has issued a recall of 2,341 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the seatbelt, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 19 January. The recall affects 806 units of model year (MY) 2020 Toyota Yaris Cross (MXPB10) and 1,535 units of ...
    25-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    Toyota Research Institute, Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab to collaborate on improving vehicle safety
    Researchers at Toyota Research Institute (TRI) are working with Stanford's Dynamic Design Lab to improve automotive safety, according to a TRI press release on 14 January 2021. The engineers are conducting research into how to bring together the instincts of professional drivers and automated drivin...
    18-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Corolla
    The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla is assembled at Toyota's facility in Tupelo, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Corolla from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 160,000 units. If you would like your compan...
    Aichi Steel supplies high-strength steel for hydrogen application in Mirai FCEV
    Aichi Steel is supplying its AUS305- H2 high-strength steel for hydrogen application, such as hydrogen receptacles, in Toyota Mirai FCEV, the company announced in a press release in December 2020. “Going forward, Aichi Steel will further enhance its material development capabilities to support the...
    Global OEMs adjust vehicle production due to semiconductor supply shortage
    In the past week, Ford Motor, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Nissan Motor have all announced that they would cut vehicle production in January due to a shortage of semiconductors, according to a Reuters article on 8 January. Ford also announced that it would idle the Louisville Assembly p...
    Toyota launches C+pod ultra-compact EV in Japan
    Toyota has launched its ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) ‘C+pod’ in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 25 December. The C+pod is rear-wheel drive vehicle, which produces 9.2 kW of power and 56 Nm of torque. It comes with a 9.06-kWh battery that offers a cruising range...
    28-Dec-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Toyota to suspend production in UK, France due to part shipment delays
    Toyota has suspended production at its plants in the UK and France from today (22 December) because of expected delays in parts shipment caused by reports of a mutated strain of the COVID-19 coronavirus spreading in the UK, Bloomberg reported. The reports have led many count...
    22-Dec-2020 News COVID-19
    Toyota presents e-Palette for autonomous MaaS applications
    Toyota has announced its e-Palette, which is a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for autonomous mobility as a service (Autono-MaaS) applications, the automaker said in a press release on 22 December. The e-Palette, which features automated driving functions, made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 20...
    Toyota recalls 23,957 vehicles in Australia over issue with brake booster
    Toyota has issued a recall of 23,957 vehicles in Australia over an issue with brake booster, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 16 December. The recall affects 1,348 units of model year (MY) 2018 Hilux (GUN122); 595 units of MY 2018 Hilux (GUN...
    21-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota to launch 10 EVs in Indonesia over next five years
    Japanese carmaker Toyota is planning to launch 10 types of electric vehicles (EVs) in Indonesia over the next five years. According to a report filed by Indonesian news publication Jakarta Globe on 8 December, the company will be doing this as part of a USD2 billion investment pledge that ...
    Sensible 4, Toyota Motor Europe, and others begin trial of AVs in Oslo, Norway
    Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology start-up Sensible 4 has teamed up with public transport authority Ruter, mobility company Holo, and automaker Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to begin trial of AVs in Oslo, Norway, the company said in a press release on 14 December. The one-year trial aims to explore way...
    18-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Sumitomo Rubber supplies Falken tires as OE fitment for new Toyota Mirai FCEV
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. has begun supplying its high-performance Falken AZENIS FK001 A/S tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Toyota’s new Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for the North American market, which went on sale this December, the Japanese tiremaker announced in a...
    Toyota launches second generation Mirai FCEV in Japan
    Toyota has launched the second generation Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 9 December. The vehicle has been launched at a starting price of JPY7.1 million (USD68,202). Compared to the old version, the new Mirai has a 30% higher range of 52...
    10-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Toyota to launch KINTO’s mobility services operations in Europe in April 2021
    Toyota has announced that it will launch KINTO’s mobility services in Europe from April 2021, the company said in a press release on 7 December. Kinto Europe, a joint venture (JV) between Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Toyota Financial Services (TFS), will be based in Cologne, Germany. Kinto Europe...
    Lexus unveils new electric drive control technology
    Lexus has unveiled a new electric drive control technology ‘DIRECT4’ for next generation battery electric and hybrid vehicles, according to a company press release on 7 December. Lexus also gave a preview of a new battery electric vehicle (BEV) design concept featuring DIRECT4 and other Lexus el...
    08-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Toyota to unveil new all-new electric SUV for European market
    Toyota is set to unveil a new all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) for European market in the coming months, the company announced in a press release on 7 December. The new battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be based on Toyota’s upcoming e-TNGA platform. “Toyota will shortly take the next s...
    08-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Toyota joins Japan Hydrogen Association
    Toyota has joined the Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A), a new organization that promotes global collaboration and the formation of a hydrogen supply chain in the field, the automaker said in a press release on 7 December. Significance: JH2A works with various stakeholders in the field of hydroge...
    Toyota establishes European Fuel Cell Business Group to accelerate hydrogen adoption
    Japanese carmaker Toyota has established the European Fuel Cell Business Group in order to maximize the adoption and opportunities for hydrogen in Europe. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 7 December, this new business group has been established by Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and it wil...
    Aisin supplies electric drive modules to Lexus UX300e EV
    In a press release dated 30 November, Aisin Group announced that it is supplying its electric drive module ‘eAxle’ Lexus for its all-electric crossover UX300e. Aisin claimed that ‘eAxle’ is a lightweight and compact permanent magnet type synchronous motor dedicated for electric vehicle ...
    Toyota partners with Intelematics for connected vehicles in Australia
    Toyota has announced a partnership with Intelematics, which will see selected Toyota cars feature connected services from later this year, according to a company press release on 25 November. Intelematics’ ASURE product suite will support Toyota’s connected safety and security offerings such ...
    25-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Toyota unveils new all-electric van PROACE Verso Electric
    Toyota has unveiled a new all-electric van PROACE Verso Electric, the company announced in a press release on 16 November. The people mover will come with two battery options—a 50 and 75 kWh lithium-ion battery variants. The van will have a maximum range of up to 330 km, as per Worldwide Harmonise...
    17-Nov-2020 News New Products
    C- and D-segment vehicles to drive demand for semi-active damping systems
    The focus on ride quality is increasing and so is the demand for advanced, cost-effective suspension systems. Automotive suspension systems range from simple, passive spring-based systems to cutting-edge active systems that can independently raise or lower the height of vehicle at each wheel in resp...
    Toyota, Iwatani Corporation to establish seven hydrogen fueling stations in California, US
    Iwatani Corporation of America has announced a partnership with Toyota Motor under which the companies will work together to build seven open retail hydrogen-fueling stations in Southern California, a company press release dated 12 November read. This would be an increase of 6,300 kg per day of...
    Toyota recalls 400,000 vehicles in mainland China over issue with fuel pumps
    Toyota Motor China Investment and three Chinese joint ventures have announced a recall of more than 400,000 vehicles in China over issue with fuel pumps, according to a report by Yicai Global on 6 November. The recall affects various brands including Lexus, Crown, ŠKODA, Prado, and Camry, according...
    09-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota, KDDI strengthen partnership with new business and capital alliance
    Toyota and KDDI Corporation have entered into a new business and capital alliance to strengthen their long-term partnership, the two companies said in a joint press release on 30 October. As part of the new business alliance, Toyota and KDDI will work on new initiatives that go beyond the realm of t...
    Toyota recalls additional 1.5 million vehicles in US for fuel pump issue
    Toyota is recalling an additional 1.52 million vehicles in the United States over a fuel pump issue, stated a press release dated 28 October 2020. The recall involves certain Lexus and Toyota vehicles produced between July 2017 through September 2020. In January 2020, Toyota announced a safety re...
    29-Oct-2020 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 3,121 vehicles in US to replace the seat trim covers
    Toyota is recalling 3,121 vehicles in the United States over airbag issues, according to a recall notice on the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 22 October. The recall involves certain model year 2020 Highlander and Highlander hybrid vehicles. The recall i...
    26-Oct-2020 News Recalls
    Lexus partners with Digital Charging Solutions to launch new charging service in Europe
    Lexus has partnered with Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) to launch a new electric vehicles (EV) charging service, ‘Lexus Charging Network’, in Europe, DCS announced in a press release on 21 October. Lexus Charging Network will allow Lexus owners to benefit from cross-border charging while only ...
    Toyota collaborates with KDDI and Telstra for connected car services in Australia
    Toyota has collaborated with telecom operators Telstra and KDDI to offer connected car services in Australia, the automaker said in a press release on 20 October. Toyota Motor Corporation Australia’s partnership with the operators will ensure 4G connectivity for select vehicles in the country from...
    Honda, Toyota and Hyundai to collaborate on connected vehicles pilot project in US
    Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) will collaborate with Honda Research and Development (R&D) Americas, Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI), and Toyota Motor North America to deploy vehicles with connected vehicle (CV) technology, a press release by Toyota read on 15 Octobe...
    KDDI picks Orange Business Services to provide IoT platform for Toyota and Mazda
    KDDI has picked Orange Business Services to offer a customized Internet of Things (IoT) platform for Toyota and Mazda, the company said in a press release on 14 October. The platform will enable the automakers to offer connected car capabilities in their vehicles sold across Europe. The solu...
    Toyota and Panasonic's JV to build batteries for hybrids
    The joint venture between Toyota and Panasonic, ‘Prime Planet Energy & Solutions’, is planning to manufacture lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for hybrids from 2022 onward, Reuters reported on 6 October. The batteries will be produced at  Panasonic factory in Tokushima prefecture in Japan...
    Are UK-based OEMs at risk of failing local content requirements in Brexit deal blow?
    The EU has rejected calls from Brexit’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost to include components as ‘local content’ if they imported from countries with which both the EU and the UK have trade deals with or are in the processing of finalizing, such as Japan and Turkey.   Under this so-c...
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mech...
    BMW recalls 4,265 vehicles in US over headlamps issue
    BMW and Toyota are recalling 4,265 vehicles in the United States due to some headlamps issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 27 August. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2019–20 Z4 sDrive30i, Z4 M40i and MY 2020 Toyota ...
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    Nuvve Corporation provides key technology for V2G project in Japan
    Nuvve Corporation will offer key technology for a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Japan, the company said in a press release on 9 September. The project aims at demonstrating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) batteries can be aggregated into a virtual po...
    Toyota, Honda, Shell plan to expand hydrogen refueling network in California
    Toyota, Honda, and Shell are planning to jointly expand hydrogen refueling network in California, the United States, Toyota announced in a press release on 9 September. Shell Hydrogen will receive USD40.8 million from California  Energy Commission (CEC) as part of its Grant Funding Opportunity ...
    Toyota Research Institute Advanced Development to establish new investment fund
    Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD) has announced that it will create a new global growth-stage investment fund called 'Woven Capital, L.P' according to a press release on 10 September 2020. The USD800 million fund will invest in growth-stage companies that are de...
    Toyota upgrades Aygo’s audio solutions with five-speaker JBL audio system
    Toyota has unveiled the Aygo JBL Edition, it said in a press release on 4 September. The system has an amplifier with 100W per channel, with a total of 600W of sound power on tap. The set-up consists of two 25mm high-frequency tweeters on top of the instrument panel, two 150mm full-range speakers do...
    Toyoda Gosei supplies weatherstrip for the new Lexus LC 500 Convertible
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. is supplying weatherstrips for new Lexus LC 500 Convertible, which was launched in July 2020, the Japanese supplier said in a press release 28 August 2020. Toyoda Gosei supplies 34 weatherstrips of 20 different types for use on the doors, luggage compartment, hood, and elsewhe...
    Toyota launches Yaris Cross Hybrid in Japan with electric 4WD system
    Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the release of the Yaris Cross compact SUV in Japan. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 31 August, the vehicle will be available through Toyota dealers across the nation from 31 August onwards. The hybrid version of this vehi...
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    Toyota supplies Yaris Hybrids for hiyacar car-sharing service in Bristol, UK
    Japanese automaker Toyota has entered into a partnership agreement with peer-to-peer car rental business hiyacar’s car-sharing service in Bristol, the United Kingdom, Toyota UK said in a press release on 18 August. As part of the deal, Toyota is providing a fleet of 25 self-charging Yaris Hybrids ...
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