Breakdowns and Highway Companions

Breakdowns and Highway Companions

October 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

HOUGHTON, Mich. (October 24, 2017) – When Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) R&D Executive Vice President Shinichi Yasui learned that a group of engineers, technicians and other Toyota team members compete in Rally America competitions, he was intrigued. When he found out they were racing in a Corolla iM, for which he had been chief engineer, he decided this was something he needed to see for himself. So, he and two other R&D executives accompanied the Toyota R&D Rally Team to the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last weekend. The Rally America event, which takes place among the woods and wildflowers along U.S. 41, is among the most challenging events on the rally schedule.

2015 Chicago Auto Show – 2016 Toyota Avalon Reveal

2015 Chicago Auto Show – 2016 Toyota Avalon Reveal

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Bill Fay,

January 2015 Sales Conference Notes

January 2015 Sales Conference Notes

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken review January 2015 sales.

2015 J.D. Power Automotive Summit – Bob Carter

2015 J.D. Power Automotive Summit – Bob Carter

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TMS Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter speaks at the 2015 J.D. Power Automotive Summit in San Francisco on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

2015 NAIAS – 2016 Lexus GS F Debut

2015 NAIAS – 2016 Lexus GS F Debut

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Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager

2015 NAIAS – 2016 Toyota Tacoma Debut

2015 NAIAS – 2016 Toyota Tacoma Debut

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Bill Fay,

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

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Filed under: Safety , Toyota The initiative is still very new, and there’s no set timeframe for this third-party testing to begin. With Takata’s airbag inflator recall expanding nationwide soon , the scope of this safety campaign is only growing, and is set to affect millions of additional vehicles. Toyota thinks that it can help, though. The Japanese automaker has announced an initiative to get all of the affected companies to band together to fund independent, third-party testing of the faulty components. The goal of this work is to “ensure the inflators that require replacement are accurately identified and promptly fixed,” according to Toyota. All of the data would be shared among the participating automakers to better understand the causes of these problems, which still aren’t entirely known , and come up with the best way to repair the affected vehicles. “By combining our collective efforts behind a coordinated, comprehensive testing program, we believe we can achieve greater results. Together we will be better equipped to address this issue more rapidly for all customers,” said Simon Nagata, President and CEO, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, in the company’s release. According to Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight speaking to Autoblog , the initiative is still very new, and there’s no set timeframe for this third-party testing to begin. The automaker’s first step is simply getting the word out that it’s looking for partners.

Aging Prius, dropping gas prices putting hurt on hybrid, EV sales

Aging Prius, dropping gas prices putting hurt on hybrid, EV sales

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Toyota , Electric “As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes,” – Ed Kim, Autopacific Fuel prices in the US have been tumbling for the last several weeks, with the average price of a gallon of gas at $3.120 as of October 20, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That price reflects a serious recent drop from $3.299 on October 6. Reports have even suggested that those low numbers might not change for a little while , perhaps as long as years. While drivers certainly love paying less at the pump, the change may be hurting the market for more fuel-efficient models, including the Toyota Prius . According to a report from National Public Radio, sales of hybrids, plug-ins and EVs are down around 5 percent for the year , but trucks and SUVs have seen a 17 and 20 percent improvement, respectively. Autoblog Green’s By the Numbers reports indicate similar figures of around a 5.4 percent drop so far in 2014. In fact, as of September, green-car sales have endured their fourth straight month of declines . That segment of the market fell 11 percent year-over-year in August and 9.6 percent in September. “As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes,” Ed Kim, Vice President of Industry Analysis at AutoPacific tells Autoblog . That paints a bleak picture for hybrids, because at the moment, the Prius is doing pretty poorly.

September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

September 2014 Sales Conference Notes

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Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Vice President of Sales and Dealer Development Steve Hearne review September 2014 sales.

CHCI Goes Green with Toyota During Hispanic Heritage Month

CHCI Goes Green with Toyota During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Washington D.C. (Oct. 2, 2014)

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