Toyota dominates Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list

Toyota dominates Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Etc. , Toyota Two years after Consumer Reports smacked Toyota by pulling its coveted Recommended label from the Japanese automaker’s vehicles in the wake of safety concerns , the venerable consumer products testing magazine has slipped back into its comfortable role of being one of Toyota’s biggest fans. In announcing its annual Top Picks list, CR lauded five Toyota models as best-in-class, meaning the once beleaguered brand captured fully half of the category awards. The five triumphant Toyota models included the Camry Hybrid (hybrid), RAV4 (small SUV), Sienna V6 (family hauler), Prius (green car), and Highlander (Family SUV). It is the first time since 2003 that a single automaker has scored five class awards. Honda , the last automaker to do so, did not land a single vehicle on the list for the second time in three years. Other vehicles landing a spot on the list include the Ford Mustang (sporty car), Hyundai Sonata (affordable family sedan), Infiniti G (sports sedan), Subaru Impreza (small car), and Chevrolet Avalanche (pickup truck). CR says it evaluates vehicles for their road test performance, as well as reliability and safety, requiring that winners rank at least near the top of their category on the organization’s overall road test scores while having average or better reliability on reader surveys and performing “well” on crash tests. Click past the jump to read the full press release. Continue reading Toyota dominates Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list Toyota dominates Consumer Reports annual Top Picks list originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:30:00 EST.

Toyota to export Highlander from U.S. to Australia, Russia

Toyota to export Highlander from U.S. to Australia, Russia

February 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Crossover , Toyota Toyota is struggling with the rising yen, so much so that the automaker has been shifting vehicle production outside of Japan . That’s bad news for laborers in Japan, but it works out in favor of the American workforce in Princeton, Indiana. That’s because Toyota has announced that it will hire 400 more workers and spend $400 million to ramp up production of the popular Highlander . Toyota plans to ship off the extra production to buyers in countries like Russia and Australia. The plant expansion and additional jobs will enable the Princeton plant to crank out 50,000 additional Highlander models each year. Toyota plans to complete the upgrades to the Princeton facility by late 2013. Hit the jump to read over the Toyota press release. Continue reading Toyota to export Highlander from U.S. to Australia, Russia Toyota to export Highlander from U.S. to Australia, Russia originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 12 Feb 2012 12:03:00 EST.

Toyota to Increase Highlander Output, Including Hybrid and Exports, in Indiana

February 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ERLANGER, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2012) – Toyota will increase production of the Highlander mid-size SUV in late 2013 at the company’s Princeton, Ind. plant.

Customer FAQs for Toyota/Lexus Crankshaft Pulley Recall

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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2012 Toyota Highlander Offers Choice of Four-Cylinder, V6 and Hybrid Models

September 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Fresh off a significant vehicle revision for 2011, the popular Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models move into 2012 and continue to offer the exceptional value cited by numerous third-party sources. Produced at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Princeton, Indiana, the Highlander is a three-row crossover that offers a choice between four-cylinder and V6 power, front-wheel drive (FWD) and full-time four-wheel drive (4WD). The Highlander Hybrid provides an exceptional blend of performance and fuel economy, with class-leading 28/28-MPG EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings.

Toyota Announces 2012 Prices for Highlander and FJ Cruiser Models

August 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., August 1, 2011 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. today announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser sport utility vehicle (SUV), and the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUV.

Customer FAQs for Toyota Highlander Hybrid Intelligent Power Module Recall

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall of Certain 2006 and 2007 Model Year Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h Vehicles

June 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., June 29, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles sold in the U.S.

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