Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk

Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk

September 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Toyota Toyota has announced that it will be issuing a recall of 690,000 Tacoma pickups from model years 2005 through 2011. The affected vehicles include both the four-wheel-drive model and the two-wheel-drive PreRunner (but not the standard 4×2 pickups), which may have a rather serious problem with their rear suspensions. In some cases, corrosion and stress could cause one of the three or four leaves in the rear suspension’s leaf springs to fracture. While the trucks can still be driven with a broken leaf, Toyota is concerned that it could move out of position and impact other components in the rear of the truck, with a particular focus on the fuel tank. Needless to say, but a piece of metal continuously impacting anything, let alone the fuel tank, is cause for concern. As of this writing, there have been no reports of crashes, injuries, fires or deaths due to this problem, although that won’t stop Toyota from informing all affected customers of the issue. Those 690,000 owners will need to report in to dealers for inspections and, if necessary, repairs. Scroll down for the press release from Toyota. Continue reading Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma trucks for rusty leaf springs, fire risk originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota recalling 20k 2014 and 2015 cars and CUVs with 3.5L engines

Toyota recalling 20k 2014 and 2015 cars and CUVs with 3.5L engines

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Recalls , Safety , Crossover , Toyota Toyota has announced a recall of roughly 20,000 vehicles covering the 2014 Avalon , Camry , Highlander (pictured) and Sienna , as well as the 2015 Lexus RX luxury crossover. The affected vehicles are all powered the 2GR-FE engine, which in layman’s terms, is Toyota’s well-regarded 3.5-liter V6. According to Toyota’s statement, a parts supplier might not have welded “the end cap on the right-hand fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment” correctly, meaning fuel could leak. Leaking fuel, of course, increases the chance of an engine fire. That said, no fires, crashes or injuries have been reported due to the issue. Owners will be notified to report to dealers, where techs will check the fuel delivery pipe and fit a replacement part as necessary. Scroll down for the full statement from Toyota. Continue reading Toyota recalling 20k 2014 and 2015 cars and CUVs with 3.5L engines Toyota recalling 20k 2014 and 2015 cars and CUVs with 3.5L engines originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.

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

May 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

New Toyota semiconductors could increase hybrid fuel efficiency by 10%

New Toyota semiconductors could increase hybrid fuel efficiency by 10%

May 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Toyota , Electric Toyota may have an ace up its sleeve in the fuel economy wars, as it’s developed a new type of semiconductor that will allegedly help the company’s hybrids net a ten-percent improvement in fuel economy. The tech is still in development, although Toyota is already reporting five-percent gains during testing, six years before it plans to implement the new semiconductor in production vehicles, meaning the ten-percent improvement doesn’t seem like an untenable goal. That is, until you hear from Kimimori Hamada, the project general manager of Toyota’s electronics division. “We are aiming for great improvement in fuel economy and miniaturization,” Hamada told Automotive News . “This is a very challenging target.” The new semiconductors are made from wafers of silicon carbide, rather than just silicon. The compound is far more efficient, losing just a tenth of the energy that’s lost from a normal silicon semiconductor. That not only makes the semiconductor more efficient, but it allows Toyota to use a power control unit that’s 80 percent smaller. While the initial results are promising, silicon carbide is considerably more expensive than silicon, and once acquired, it’s more difficult to work with. “There are still enormous technical barriers,” Hamada said. New Toyota semiconductors could increase hybrid fuel efficiency by 10% originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 May 2014 10:15:00 EST.

Toyota Develops ‘Diamond-like’ Computer Chips to Boost Hybrid Mileage

May 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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

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NEW YORK (April 11, 2014)

Toyota Fuel Cell Concept Sedan Debuts at 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Dec. 18, 2013) –

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.

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In to Start Under $30,000

October 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 9, 2013

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