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Grenoble Becomes a 'Smart City' in October; Launching 100% Electric Car-Sharing Program Connected to Public Transport

Grenoble Becomes a 'Smart City' in October; Launching 100% Electric Car-Sharing Program Connected to Public Transport

June 30, 2014
Grenoble, France, June 28, 2014 – You hear a lot about future mobility, smart cities, and other innovations designed to make cities and urban transport more pleasant and manageable in years to come. Concrete examples, however, are still few and far between. When the back-to-school season begins after this summer, this dream will become a reality in Grenoble and the outlying area, making the French Alps city a pioneer in future mobility.... more

‘Car of the Future’ Is Here. Now.

‘Car of the Future’ Is Here. Now.

June 27, 2014
ASPEN, Colo., June 27, 2014 – Driving helps make lives safer, greener and more convenient at Toyota’s “Experience the Future of Mobility” exhibit, open now at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Toyota is staging the North American debut of its “Car of the Future” at the annual conference. Unveiled earlier this week at a press conference in Japan, the zero-emission hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be available for sale to customers in California in summer 2015.... more

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Will be Shown at 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Will be Shown at 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

June 25, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (June 25, 2014) – Toyota’s first commercial zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCV) is coming to the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. First unveiled in Japan on Wednesday afternoon, the vehicle will make its North American debut at the annual conference on Friday, June 27.... more

Toyota Reveals Exterior, Japan Price of Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota Reveals Exterior, Japan Price of Fuel Cell Sedan

June 25, 2014
Toyota City, Japan, June 25, 2014—Toyota Motor Corporation has revealed the exterior design and Japan pricing of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan, first unveiled as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.
 
The car will launch in Japan before April 2015, and preparations are underway for launches in the U.S. and European markets in the summer of 2015.... more

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

When Cars and Roads Communicate, Everybody Wins

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (June 20, 2014) -- Hideki Hada has worked in the automotive industry since 1989. During that time, he has seen increased concern from the government and people when it comes to automotive safety. As these concerns have risen, Hideki’s have risen with them. That is why in 2004 he joined Toyota Technical Center (TTC) as a Senior Engineer for the creation of government –industry collaborative projects to develop new wireless technologies for advancing active safety systems. Ten years later, Hideki is the General Manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department at TTC.... more

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014) --  Eric Dede has always been interested in the future. Futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention. That’s how he ended up as a senior engineer for the University of Michigan’s Space Physics Research laboratory. It’s also why he is now a Manager of the Electronics Research Department (ERD) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), where his main responsibilities are the development of elemental technologies for future hybrid vehicle power electronic systems. TTC, Toyota’s North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).... more

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

June 20, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014)  – The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued 1,355 patents to Toyota’s innovative engineers and scientists in 2013.  The patents issued to Toyota companies further demonstrate Toyota’s commitment to ever better vehicles that achieve new environmental, innovation and safety technological advancements.... more

Future Connected Cars & Roads to Improve Safety, Fuel Efficiency and Quality of Life

Future Connected Cars & Roads to Improve Safety, Fuel Efficiency and Quality of Life

June 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2014 – Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication, once thought to be an idea in the distant future, is finally here. Almost. 

?As cars become more connected to each other and the world around them, a new set of benefits and challenges have emerged. ... more

Toyota Robots Help People Walk Again

Toyota Robots Help People Walk Again

May 28, 2014
Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2014 — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin trial leasing of newly developed clinical research versions of its “Walk Training Assist” and “Balance Training Assist” robots to 20 medical facilities in Japan this autumn. The clinical research versions are improved versions of those announced in 2011 as part of the Toyota Partner Robot series. The improved robots are aimed to help in the rehabilitation of patients who find it difficult to walk or maintain balance due to illness or injury.... more

Toyota Develops ‘Diamond-like’ Semiconductor Wafer to Boost Hybrid Mileage

Toyota Develops ‘Diamond-like’ Semiconductor Wafer to Boost Hybrid Mileage

May 20, 2014
Toyota City, Japan – Toyota is using one of the hardest materials in nature after diamonds to develop a semiconductor chip it hopes will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrids, such as the Prius, by as much at 10 percent.

The company and its partners announced today that they have developed a silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor for use in automotive power control units. Toyota plans to begin test-driving vehicles with the technology on public roads in Japan within a year.... more

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

May 06, 2014
The word she keeps using is “obsessed.”

Jackie Birdsall became “obsessed” with cars when she was a teenager. That made her “obsessed” with the history of auto icons like Henry Ford and Lee Iacocca. In 2003, she did an internship with Daimler-Chrysler, leading to an “obsession” with hydrogen fuel cell technology.

And now, as an engineer at Toyota Technical Center, Birdsall is “obsessed” with bringing fuel cell technology to the masses.... more

Toyota Collaborates with FirstElement, Providing Financial Assistance to Facilitate a Hydrogen Refueling Network in Targeted California Locations

Toyota Collaborates with FirstElement, Providing Financial Assistance to Facilitate a Hydrogen Refueling Network in Targeted California Locations

May 01, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 1, 2014) – “The issue of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is not so much about how many stations; but rather, location, location, location,” stated Bob Carter, senior vice president, Automotive Operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), just four months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where he unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell sedan due to launch in 2015.
 
“Solutions are being found through collaboration between government, academia, carmakers and energy providers.  Stay tuned, because this infrastructure thing is going to happen.”
 
Today, TMS and its affiliate Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) announced that they have entered into a group of financial agreements with FirstElement Fuel Inc. (FE) to support the long-term operation and maintenance expenses of new hydrogen refueling stations in California.  The actual amount of financial assistance will be based on an analysis of the grant award to FirstElement by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Notice of Proposed Awards (NOPA) announced on Thursday, May 1, and final approval of the NOPA, anticipated in June.... more

The Future of Fuel Efficient Mobility Comes to the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference

The Future of Fuel Efficient Mobility Comes to the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference

April 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2014) – How to bring the future of fuel efficient mobility to drivers across America was the challenge posed by Toyota during the 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference today in Los Angeles.... more

Toyota Brings “Car of the Future” Ride and Drives to the Big Apple

Toyota Brings “Car of the Future” Ride and Drives to the Big Apple

April 14, 2014
NEW YORK (April 11, 2014) – New Yorkers: What better way to gear up for Earth Day than by checking out the auto industry’s top green technologies firsthand? Join Toyota at the New York International Auto Show to ride in the Prius Plug-In Hybrid and the Highlander fuel cell hydrogen vehicle (FCHV).  After your ride, visit the Toyota exhibit to see a stunning concept of the fuel cell sedan Toyota will bring to market next year. It’s been heralded as the car of the future since its recent debut at the International Consumer Electronics Show.       ... more

Toyota Develops New Series of Gas Engines That Will Boost Fuel Efficiency At Least 10%

Toyota Develops New Series of Gas Engines That Will Boost Fuel Efficiency At Least 10%

April 10, 2014
Toyota City, Japan – Toyota will soon introduce vehicles globally with a series of newly-developed, highly efficient gasoline engines that achieve outstanding thermal efficiency1 and fuel efficiency improvements of at least 10%.... more

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

Paving the Road to Zero Waste at Toyota’s Indiana Plant

April 10, 2014
How do you turn manufacturing sludge into a sustainable building material? Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) offers a “concrete” example.... more

New Era for Toyota Racing with TS040 Hybrid

New Era for Toyota Racing with TS040 Hybrid

March 27, 2014
Paul Ricard, France -  TOYOTA Racing has today revealed the TS040 HYBRID car and revised driver line-up which will take it into the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship - and into a new era of hybrid motorsport.... more

Consumers to Test Ultra-compact ‘i-Road’ EV in Tokyo

Consumers to Test Ultra-compact ‘i-Road’ EV in Tokyo

March 20, 2014
Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2014 --Toyota Motor Corporation announces the start of consumer trials of the “i-Road” personal mobility vehicle in the Greater Tokyo Area. The limited trials, which aim to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas, will run from March 24 through early June.... more

Power to the People

Power to the People

February 19, 2014
Feb. 19, 2014 – This winter – one of the worst on record – has left many people in the dark, literally, with millions experiencing power outages during the last few months.  But what if a car, or parts of it, could provide power during an emergency?  Toyota engineers are looking for “enlightened” ways to do just that.... more

Prius Medals in the Golden State

Prius Medals in the Golden State

February 18, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (Feb. 18, 2014) - The Prius took home the gold in 2013 as the most popular vehicle-line in California for the second year in a row.  The Prius Family (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius c and Prius Plug-in) took the podium in both 2012 and 2013 as the best-selling California vehicle name plate.  69,728 drivers hit the road in 2013, according to the California Auto Outlook Report, while 61,893 Californians joined the family in 2012.  In the Golden State, the Prius Family outsells all other hybrid competitors combined.... more

Polar Vortex No Match for Toyota Fuel Cell

Polar Vortex No Match for Toyota Fuel Cell

January 30, 2014
Jan. 30, 2014 – Record low temperatures have stranded many East Coast drivers, but not those driving a Toyota fuel cell hybrid vehicle.  Connecticut-based Proton Onsite, which operates a fleet of ten Toyota FCHV-adv fuel cell vehicles, says that even in single digit temperatures, the FCHV-adv shows no signs of frostbite.... more

2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - Toyota Fuel Cell Concept (FCV) Debut

2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - Toyota Fuel Cell Concept (FCV) Debut

January 06, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter debuts the Toyota Fuel Cell Concept vehicle at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in Las Vegas. ... more

'Toyota Car of the Future'  On Sale Next Year; Opens 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

'Toyota Car of the Future' On Sale Next Year; Opens 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 06, 2014
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 06, 2014) – “We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel;  just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., at the opening of CES, the world’s largest trade show. “Fuel cell electric vehicles will be in our future sooner than many people believe, and in much greater numbers than anyone expected.”... more

Robot Astronaut Has Historic Talk on International Space Station

Robot Astronaut Has Historic Talk on International Space Station

December 19, 2013
Robot Astronaut Kirobo and astronaut Koichi Wakata made history when they had a conversation on the International Space Station on Dec. 6, 2013.  The conversation was the first of its kind between a human and a robot in outer space.... more

Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan Debuts at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan Debuts at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

December 18, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., (Dec. 18, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will debut the FCV, a sedan based fuel cell vehicle, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The reveal will feature the North America debut of the concept vehicle as well as an introduction to the fuel cell “test mule”, which logged thousands of miles during rigorous quality and durability testing on U.S. roadways.  Toyota’s news conference will be held Monday, January 6 at 1:00 PM at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center.   ... more

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