Robot Astronaut Kirobo Awarded Two Guinness World Records™ Titles

Robot Astronaut Kirobo Awarded Two Guinness World Records™ Titles

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Guinness World Records titles have been awarded to Kirobo, the robot astronaut developed as part of a joint research project between Dentsu Inc., the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Robo Garage Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Attention Global Street Musicians: We’re Forming a Band

Attention Global Street Musicians: We’re Forming a Band

March 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

TOKYO, March 18, 2015 — Around the world, some of the most vibrant musical performances take place on street corners. To celebrate some of the world’s best buskers, Toyota Motor Corporation is launching a global street music initiative called “Feeling the Street” ( www.feelingthestreet.com ).

Toyota Becomes IOC TOP Partner

Toyota Becomes IOC TOP Partner

March 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tokyo, Japan, March 13, 2015 — Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to become part of The Olympic Partner (TOP) program.

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to Jointly Support Hydrogen Station Infrastructure Development

Toyota, Nissan and Honda to Jointly Support Hydrogen Station Infrastructure Development

February 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

TOKYO, Japan, Feb. 12, 2015 — Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have agreed to work together to help accelerate the development of hydrogen station infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Specific measures to be undertaken by the three manufacturers will be determined at a later date.

Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics

Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics

January 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Technology , Toyota , Car Buying , Alternative Fuels , Emissions , Green Driving , Japan , Emerging Technologies , Sedan , Hydrogen The government in Tokyo, Japan, is embarking on an aggressive plan to put 6,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and have 35 hydrogen refueling station in the city in time for the Olympic games there in 2020. It’s working with Toyota and Honda to hopefully make the goal a reality. Continue reading Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics Tokyo wants 6k fuel-cell cars from Toyota and Honda for 2020 Olympics originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota reveals custom Mark X, Harrier and Prius for Tokyo Auto Salon

December 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Green , Tokyo Auto Salon , Toyota When it comes to Toyotas, some models (like the Mark X sedan and Harrier crossover) never make it out of Japan. And for the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, two of Toyota’s domestic tuning divisions have made them even more enticing. Continue reading Toyota reveals custom Mark X, Harrier and Prius for Tokyo Auto Salon Toyota reveals custom Mark X, Harrier and Prius for Tokyo Auto Salon originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

Toyota calling for independent, industry-wide Takata airbag testing

December 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Owner reflects on his $20.91 Toyota unintended acceleration settlement check

Owner reflects on his $20.91 Toyota unintended acceleration settlement check

November 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Toyota , Ownership Where General Motors and Takata have grabbed many auto safety-related headlines this year with their problems with ignition switches and airbag inflators, a few years ago, a similar sort of scrutiny fell on Toyota for unintended acceleration. After multiple settlements with various parties totaling billions of dollars , the issues seem largely behind the Japanese automaker now. Owners are actually starting to receive their money, but it isn’t exactly breaking the bank. Payouts are expected to be between $37 and $125 per person. Computer science student Jonathan Sourbeer received a check for just $20.91, and he considers what that money actually means in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal . Sourbeer’s biggest gripe is that the roughly 85 lawyers in the case are receiving $227 million in attorneys’ fees and expenses, while the 25 primary plaintiffs and class representatives receive a total of just $395,270. According to the Frequently Asked Questions about the settlement, Toyota set up a $250 million fund to pay affected owners, as well . The money isn’t for injuries or damages but for alleged economic loss to the vehicles. However, Sourbeer says he feels no personal suffering and still has the same car. In addition to the settlement, the automaker obviously has its own legal fees to deal with, as well.

Toyota prices fuel cell sedan at $70k in Japan, coming to US and Europe next summer [w/video]

Toyota prices fuel cell sedan at $70k in Japan, coming to US and Europe next summer [w/video]

June 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Technology , Toyota Toyota has finally unveiled its FCV hydrogen fuel cell sedan and its Japanese price. We won’t have to wait too long to see the first of these revolutionary vehicles on the roads. It will go on sale in Japan in April 2015 and will come to the US and Europe later that summer. In Japan, the FCV will be priced at roughly 7 million yen before taxes ($68,810 at current exchange rates). However, Toyota makes it clear in the press release that we shouldn’t try to extrapolate US MSRP from that figure, saying that official pricing for the US and Europe has not yet been determined. As will be the case in the US, sales in Japan will be limited to parts of the country that already have a hydrogen refueling infrastructure (that means you, California). The production version of the FCV looks almost identical to the concept from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show . There is a new vertical strip of LEDs at each corner of the front air intake and real sideview windows, instead of the nubs on the prototype. The weird squiggles from the rear trim are also gone in favor of a more production-ready look, but the taillights survive the changes mostly intact. The automaker is keeping most of the specs about the FCV a secret for now as well, but it is confirmed a few key details.

Camatte concept puts the Toy back in Toyota [w/videos]

Camatte concept puts the Toy back in Toyota [w/videos]

June 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Japan , Videos , Toyota , Toys/Games It’s been two years since Toyota first revealed its Camatte show car at the Tokyo Toy Show. Though sadly never destined for production, Toyota brought the concept back the following year as the Camatte 57s roadster, and is now returning to the same show with yet another take on the kid-friendly, configurable 1+2 with interchangeable body panels – this time with a slew of features that are fresh not only to the concept itself, but to the industry altogether. This year the Camatte is being showcased in two forms: a bare chassis in the Tech Lab that lets kids see the inner workings of a modern automobile, and another in the Design Lab that lets kids draw their own motif for the concept that is then displayed on an LED hood. The overall approach reminds us of the way Toyota’s budget brand Daihatsu unveiled the Kopen roadster concept at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, only even more kid-focused and decidedly more light-hearted than you might otherwise expect from one of the largest industrial giants in the world, and could only have been made for a toy exposition. In Japan. Which would explain the ridiculously upbeat videos below , where you’ll also find the brief press release. Continue reading Camatte concept puts the Toy back in Toyota [w/videos] Camatte concept puts the Toy back in Toyota [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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