Mayors Challenge Their Residents in Water Conservation Movement

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2014) — With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year – including the most severe drought California has faced in decades – water conservation has evolved into a national imperative.

Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth

Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth

February 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Design/Style Enthusiasts have been begging for a new Supra practically since Toyota stopped selling its fourth generation in the US way back in 1998. We’ve been hearing rumors about a successor for years, but the Toyota FT-1 Concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is the first tangible sign from the automaker that a new generation may be on the table. To temp us even more, the Japanese company reportedly filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office last week to renew its 2010 trademark for the name “Supra.” Granted, these kinds of trademark updates aren’t uncommon, as automakers don’t want to lose their rights to nameplates (even if they have no immediate plans to use them). However, Toyota briefly abandoned its rights to the Supra name entirely. According to The Motor Report , the original trademark was continually renewed until 2006, but the Japanese automaker let it lapse in the US until applying for it again in 2010. The FT-1 Concept in Detroit was created at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in California and carries cues from the 2000GT , Celica and Supra in an ultra-curvy body. Officials did not disclose anything about its powertrain. Toyota is also co-developing a future sports car platform with BMW that will underpin models from both companies, but few other details are konwn, and it isn’t yet clear that the joint venture has anything to do with a future Supra. Hope springs eternal. Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:01:00 EST.

Prius Medals in the Golden State

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‘Muppets Most Wanted’ de Disney, y Terry Crews Llevan a Toyota a un Divertido Paseo el Día del Super Bowl

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TORRANCE, California (21 de enero de 2014) – La pandilla de los Muppets est

Toyota’s Calty Design Research Celebrates Its 40th Year and a Rich Sports Car Design Heritage

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DETROIT, Michigan (Jan. 13, 2014) – The first design center established in North America by a Japanese automaker, Toyota’s Calty Design Research began as a bold experiment on October 2, 1973 in El Segundo, California.

Toyota Tundra Hauls in Another Prestigious Award for Endeavour Campaign

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Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere

Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere

December 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Chevrolet , Ford , GMC , Honda , Nissan , Toyota The Ford F-Series is hands down the best-selling vehicle in the US, but as it turns out, there are plenty of states where the truck doesn’t reign supreme. Business Insider compiled data from Kelley Blue Book based on 2013 sales figures from January through August to create a map of the top-selling vehicles in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Looking at the map, Ford’s truck is the top vehicle in 34 states, but there are states – some surprising, some not – where other vehicles are more popular among consumers. After Ford’s pickup, it’s a battle among midsize sedans, with the Honda Accord being the most popular in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, while the Toyota Camry (the reigning best-selling car in the US) is the favorite among Florida and Maryland owners; the Nissan Altima is one of the surprises on the list as the most popular car in Oklahoma. The Ford Fusion is the top-selling car in Michigan, and it is also the only American-branded car on the list. Rounding out the passenger cars, Massachusetts and Connecticut favor the Honda CR-V , California buyers flock to the Honda Civic and Washington, D.C. buyers prefer the Toyota Corolla . Truck-loving buyers also reside in Maine and Indiana (choosing the Chevy Silverado ), Vermont ( GMC Sierra ) and Hawaii ( Toyota Tacoma ). Regardless of what vehicle is most popular in which state, one interesting observation for all the models on this list is that they all have at least some US production. Head on over to Business Insider to see the whole map.

Toyota to buck engine downsizing trend, may go larger and turbo-free

Toyota to buck engine downsizing trend, may go larger and turbo-free

October 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Technology , Toyota Turbocharging isn’t really Toyota’s specialty, and the Japanese automaker isn’t being shy about acknowledging it. Koei Saga, a senior managing officer in charge of drivetrain research and development, says that eschewing turbos and increasing displacement of engines using the Atkinson cycle can produce better power gains without sacrificing fuel economy, Automotive News reports . Toyota is investing heavily in larger-displacement Atkinson-cycle engines in addition to turbocharged engines, but Saga doesn’t think the automaker will use turbocharging across many product lines. He apparently remains unconvinced that the technology “makes the world better.” In Toyota’s eyes then, Atkinson cycle engines do make the world better, and here’s how . Their pistons complete four processes – intake, compression, power and exhaust – in one revolution of the crankshaft, and the power stroke is longer than the compression stroke. Traditional Otto cycle engines require two crankshaft revolutions to accomplish those same four operations and have equal-length compression and power strokes. Atkinson cycle engines are more efficient, but less power dense, though increasing displacement can offset that shortfall. In addition to the aforementioned technologies, Toyota is also investing more in continuously variable and fixed-gear automatic transmissions, as well as its fuel-cell vehicle program. As for electric vehicles? Saga is skeptical of them, stating that Toyota wouldn’t have developed the RAV4 EV if it weren’t forced to comply with California Air Resource Board regulations.

Toyota must go to trial over unintended acceleration suits

Toyota must go to trial over unintended acceleration suits

October 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota is surely readying its trial lawyers, as the Japanese giant is officially headed to court in a pair of cases relating to its unintended acceleration fiascos of 2009 and 2010. In the first case, the United States Supreme Court has actually got involved in matters, ignoring an appeal from Toyota that attempted to use an arbitrator to settle its California lawsuits. The automaker will now go to trial to face owners of 2010 Prius models over an alleged defect with the anti-lock braking systems, which plaintiffs say made the cars more difficult to stop, according to Bloomberg . The second trial is a bit more in depth, covering the case of Ida St. John, an 83-year-old from Georgia, that crashed her 2005 Camry in 2009. The accident is believed to have played a part in her death, although the suit, being filed by her grandson, doesn’t actually place blame on Toyota for her death. St. John’s grandson filed suit against Toyota accusing it of negligence, that there was a design and manufacturing defect with the car and that Toyota failed to warn owners about the car’s problem. While Toyota moved to dismiss the case, US District Judge upheld the charges over the design defect and Toyota’s failure to inform customers, while dismissing the manufacturing defect claim and negligence. Where St.

Toyota Motor Sales Dominates Auto Club Green Car List

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2013) – California drivers looking for a green vehicle at a good value need look no further. Toyota, Lexus and Scion took top honors in the 2013 Green Car Guide, published today by the Automobile Club of Southern California. Six of the top ten overall green vehicle and “best value” scores are held by the Toyota family.

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