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Toyota first to market with MirrorLink functionality in iQ

Toyota first to market with MirrorLink functionality in iQ

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Technology , Toyota , Infotainment Toyota Touch – the Euro-spec version of Entune – is gaining one more functionality in the Toyota (not Scion ) iQ : Toyota Touch Life. The system is the first to use the Car Connectivity Consortium ‘s (CCC) MirrorLink technology, which can port an exact replica of a connected smartphone’s display to the iQ’s seven-inch touchscreen. The first platform supported by Toyota Touch Life comes from Nokia – a key partner in the CCC – and its Car Mode app, which can be download from the Nokia Store for devices running Symbian Belle (which, ironically, is about to be phased out in favor of Windows Phone 7). Apple iPhone users aren’t left out of the mix and will be able to download the Application Launcher app from the App Store, allowing them to access the Garmin StreetPilot app, Stitcher radio and Facebook and Twitter integration through a clean and supposedly distraction-free interface. However, functionality in U.S. models remains an open question, something which should be cleared up in the coming months. Full details in the press blast below the fold . Continue reading Toyota first to market with MirrorLink functionality in iQ Toyota first to market with MirrorLink functionality in iQ originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota says U.S. plants may be hurt by Thai floods

Toyota says U.S. plants may be hurt by Thai floods

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Automotive News reports that Toyota may experience production delays tied to widespread flooding in Thailand . The Japanese automaker relies on certain Thai components, including audio systems, diodes and condensers that may see production shortages. Such shortages have already caused three plants in Thailand to be shut down entirely and some of the automaker’s facilities in Japan to scale back production. Now there’s a chance that the squeeze may be placed on some North American Toyota plants. Currently, the automaker says that it’s evaluating its supply chain to determine just how far-reaching the production delays will be. The report indicates that Toyota is already considering cutting one day of Saturday work at its four North American facilities and contemplating additional overtime restrictions. As of right now, the automaker says it has enough parts in stock to continue production while its suppliers source components from Malaysia and the Philippines. All told, the flooding in Thailand has caused a restriction on around 100 individual Toyota components. Toyota says U.S. plants may be hurt by Thai floods originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 17:28:00 EST.

Toyota Temporarily Suspends Overtime at Some North American Plants

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Flooding in Thailand has caused some interruption in production for a number of Toyota suppliers in that region.

2011 SEMA Show: Lexus CT 200h – Five Axis

October 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

VW to pass Toyota as biggest global automaker this year?

VW to pass Toyota as biggest global automaker this year?

October 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: China , GM , Toyota , Volkswagen , India For what seemed like an eternity, the title of World’s Largest Automaker belonged to General Motors . More recently, Toyota was able to wrestle the mantle away from GM as the Japanese automaker made huge gains in GM’s home country and abroad, and Volkswagen has been nipping at the two behemoth’s heels. According to Bloomberg , though, the top three are likely to see themselves reshuffled before 2011 officially draws to a close. Volkswagen, with an estimated 2011 sales tally of around 8.1 million vehicles globally (up 13 percent over 2010), is likely to earn top billing as the largest automaker in the world. General Motors, which was in the sales lead through the first half of 2011 , ought to move around 7.55 million machines (an eight-percent increase) to hold on to second place while Toyota’s estimated 7.27 million sales (a nine-percent falloff) would only be good enough for third in the global race for sales dominance. There are a number of reasons Toyota has seen its sales flounder in 2011 – most notably the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in the first quarter of the year that halted production of many of its popular models, but also due in part to lingering aftereffects of its recall-ridden history over the past few years. Company CEO Akio Toyoda has vowed to address all of these concerns. Analysts are split on predictions for 2012, with some suggesting VW will have enough momentum to hang on to its number one spot and others believing Toyota will rebound to reclaim first place in global sales. Success in emerging markets like China and India will likely be the deciding factor in sales supremacy, both in 2012 and in the years to follow. VW to pass Toyota as biggest global automaker this year?

2011 SEMA Show: Guide to Lexus Vehicles

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Stephen Ciccone Named Group Vice President of Toyota Government Affairs

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WASHINGTON , D.C ., Oct. 24 – Toyota Motor North America (TMA) today announced that Stephen Ciccone has joined the company as group vice president of government affairs…

Toyota launches new FT-86… app

Toyota launches new FT-86… app

October 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Technology , Videos , Toyota , Toys/Games Toyota just launched a new iPhone app that lets users position computer-generated renderings of the upcoming FT-86 sports car against real-world backdrops and then share them with other users. Judging from the video Toyota released to promote the app, Instagram shouldn’t feel threatened; the renderings aren’t exactly stellar, and the novelty of positioning a CGI FT-86 on your iPhone screen is likely to wear off quickly. Fortunately, the app is free. Just remember, kids, you get what you pay for. Hit the jump for a look at the aforementioned promo video. Continue reading Toyota launches new FT-86… app Toyota launches new FT-86… app originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Ford and GM think new vehicle sales will increase in 2012

Ford and GM think new vehicle sales will increase in 2012

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Ford , GM , Honda , Toyota Auto sales have grown steadily since the U.S. and its auto industry performed a synchronized swan dive. But, unfortunately for automakers, those numbers have risen at a painfully slow pace. The ‘slow and steady’ trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, but The Detroit News reports that both Ford and General Motors see continued sales increases in 2012. Ford economist Jenny Lin thinks that sales should progress beyond the 12.5 million to 13.5 million units forecasted for 2011. Lin added that a lack of new car sales over the last few years has led to a quickly aging fleet of vehicles on U.S. roads. In fact, the average vehicle on our roads is 10.6 years old, an all-time high. GM chief economist Mustafa Mohatarem seems to agree, adding that demand is high and sales would be higher if Honda and Toyota could ramp up production. Mohatarem says the two Japanese automakers are still struggling to fill dealer lots in the wake of Japan’s March earthquake and tsunami.

44 Environmental Projects Receive TogetherGreen Innovation Grants

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New York, October 19, 2011 – Energy and dollar savings for churches in Phoenix, gardens for people and wildlife in rural Colorado, and restored habitat for the threatened American eel in the Hudson River are just three expected results of the 44 projects receiving a total of $1.1 million in the latest round of TogetherGreen Innovation Grants.

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