Eiji Toyoda dead at 100

Eiji Toyoda dead at 100

September 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Japan , Toyota Toyota has had number of chiefs over its 76-year history, but none ever served as long as Eiji Toyoda. The younger cousin of the company’s founder served as president of the automaker from 1967 to 1982 and as chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation for another ten years following the unification of the manufacturing and sales divisions. During his 25 years at the helm, Eiji Toyoda (pictured above in 1967) was credited with establishing the company’s headquarters in Toyota City, spearheading the development of the Prius , expanding production overseas for the first time, launching the Lexus brand and turning Toyota from a minor player into one of the largest automakers in the world. Even after his retirement in 1992, he remained an honorary chairman and close advisor to his successors, and chaired the company’s museum. He died of heart failure, ending a 100-year life that started on September 12, 1913, before the company that bore his family’s name (albeit slightly modified) had even started building automatic looms, let alone automobiles. We extend our condolences to the Toyoda family and our congratulations on an accomplished life. Eiji Toyoda dead at 100 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota readying TMG performance sub-brand?

Toyota readying TMG performance sub-brand?

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Performance , Lexus , Scion , Toyota , Luxury It has been said before, but this time we hope we’re joining Toyota in saying it again: the brand should build proper performance cars like it did over a decade ago. Apparently, at least one person at the Japanese automaker agrees. Auto Express recently spoke with Toyota Europe Executive Vice President Karl Schlicht, who said: “We are currently discussing sport lines for Toyota models. There is an appetite for Toyota to do credible performance cars.” And there’s evidence that the Japanese automaker is taking performance seriously. First there’s the excellent Scion FR-S (known as the Toyota GT86 overseas), a joint-development with Subaru . And then there are other less-subtle projects and concepts like the Lexus LS Sports 650 shown above, a 650-horsepower super-sedan developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH , and the more recent Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R , a 420-hp super capacitor-equipped hybrid hatchback, which also was developed by TMG. All of this leads us to ask two questions: is TMG gearing up to be Toyota’s next official performance brand? Will it have a hand in the development of a successor to the revered but long-dead Supra? We’re not sure, but let’s assume Toyota rules out another established sub-brand to produce performance cars, Toyota Racing Development. TRD has produced performance parts and accessories for awhile, and has even produced sport-oriented vehicles in some markets, but there’s little evidence it will be part of a serious performance initiative at Toyota.

Toyota readying TMG performance sub-brand?

Toyota readying TMG performance sub-brand?

September 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Performance , Lexus , Scion , Toyota , Luxury It has been said before, but this time we hope we’re joining Toyota in saying it again: the brand should build proper performance cars like it did over a decade ago. Apparently, at least one person at the Japanese automaker agrees. Auto Express recently spoke with Toyota Europe Executive Vice President Karl Schlicht, who said: “We are currently discussing sport lines for Toyota models. There is an appetite for Toyota to do credible performance cars.” And there’s evidence that the Japanese automaker is taking performance seriously. First there’s the excellent Scion FR-S (known as the Toyota GT86 overseas), a joint-development with Subaru . And then there are other less-subtle projects and concepts like the Lexus LS Sports 650 shown above, a 650-horsepower super-sedan developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH , and the more recent Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R , a 420-hp super capacitor-equipped hybrid hatchback, which also was developed by TMG. All of this leads us to ask two questions: is TMG gearing up to be Toyota’s next official performance brand? Will it have a hand in the development of a successor to the revered but long-dead Supra? We’re not sure, but let’s assume Toyota rules out another established sub-brand to produce performance cars, Toyota Racing Development. TRD has produced performance parts and accessories for awhile, and has even produced sport-oriented vehicles in some markets, but there’s little evidence it will be part of a serious performance initiative at Toyota.

Hay Farmer from Northern Michigan Heads Development of New 2014 Toyota Tundra Pickup Truck

August 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On farms throughout America, pickup trucks are like a member of the family.

Toyota Issues Statement regarding Ongoing Collaboration with Ford and Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hybrids

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota and Ford have completed their feasibility study for collaboration on the development of a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, which was first announced in August of 2011.

Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon

Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon

January 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon The Tokyo Auto Salon will welcome a Toyota GT86 (known here as the Scion FR-S ) tuned by Gazoo Racing , said to be called the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum. We only get the briefest of teasers right now before the show begins on January 11, so we don’t have much to go on beyond a unique lower front fascia and headlight treatment, a hood with at least one scoop, and a giant wing with unique LED taillights out back. Assuming this coupe is a further development of the GRMN Sports FR Concept from earlier in 2012, it will likewise use a twin-charged version of the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder and put out something like 330 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. We’ll get the rest of the skinny in about two weeks, so for now, there’s a gallery of other teased angles above. Gazoo Racing teases Toyota GT86-based concept for Tokyo Auto Salon originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota turning Nintendo DS into navigation system

Toyota turning Nintendo DS into navigation system

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Technology , Toyota , Toys/Games Video games are already an easy target for politicians, what with their amazing ability to turn both brains and muscles to jelly while also promoting violence and other sociopathic behaviors. So we can only wonder at the political grandstanding that might accompany this development: The Nintendo DS can now be used to control a Toyota navigation system. Yes, that’s right, if you can pull yourself away from drawing evil kittens on your DS – and you live in Japan – you can pair it via Bluetooth, and use it to input destinations and display a speedometer on the DS, according to Kotaku. The Kuruma de DS game card also gives your handheld gaming device the ability to broadcast its audio through the car’s stereo system. The software is designed to be used by passengers – of course – but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before Japan experiences its first I-was-just-using-my-DS-to-program-my-nav crash. Kotaku says the game card is being sold by Toyota dealers for about $92. Toyota turning Nintendo DS into navigation system originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 May 2012 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center Announces Four New Safety Research Projects

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ann Arbor, Mich., Dec. 6, 2011 – Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced four new research projects and three new research partnerships aimed at advancing the development of innovative vehicle safety technologies across the automotive industry.

Ford, Toyota to Collaborate on Developing New Hybrid System for Light Trucks, SUVs; Future Telematics Standards

August 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dearborn, Mich., Aug. 22, 2011 – Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation – the world’s two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles – today announced they will equally collaborate on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for light truck and SUV customers.

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