Toyota City, Japan, Jan. 29, 2015 — Using a Camry Hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation will bring a brand new technology to the streets of Japan for testing this year. The tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electrified powertrains.
Filed under: Green , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , Japan , Hydrogen Toyota will ramp up production of its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle from 700 units this year to 2,000 in 2016 on higher demand. Continue reading Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle Toyota announces production increase for Mirai fuel cell vehicle originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2015) – The bold, new 2015 Toyota Camry has earned a much-deserved place in the most talked about sporting event of the year. Today, America’s best-selling car for thirteen consecutive years kicks off the next phase of its “One Bold Choice Leads to Another” marketing campaign for Super Bowl XLIX.
Filed under: Toyota , Japan , Sedan The Crown was Toyota’s first export to the US, to Europe and to Africa, and this year the company’s oldest nameplate marks its 60th anniversary. Continue reading Toyota Crown celebrates 60 years Toyota Crown celebrates 60 years originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2015) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported December 2014 sales of 215,057, an increase of 12.7 percent from December 2013 on a volume basis.
Filed under: Car Buying , Honda , Toyota , Earnings/Financials , Ownership Oh, what a difference a year has made. When the numbers were tallied for 2013, the Honda Civic was riding high by claiming its segment’s sales crown in the US despite being challenged by the latest generation of the Toyota Corolla for part of the year. However, with just a month to go in the battle for C-segment supremacy in 2014, it looks like Toyota gets to hoist the trophy this time. Looking at November sales numbers, Honda moved 300,644 Civics through the first 11 months of the year, down 2.1 percent in volume. Furthermore, for the month alone, the company sold 23,060 Civics, a 12.3 percent drop. Meanwhile, on Toyota’s side, business has been booming comparatively. Through the first 11 months it sold 309,373 Corollas, a 10.6 percent jump, and for November alone it moved 25,609 examples, a 14.2 percent improvement. With fewer than 10,000 cars between them, it would take quite a December slump for the Corolla to lose this fight. According to The Truth About Cars , the Civic actually started out the 2014 somewhat positively with 5 percent growth over the previous year, though still behind the Corolla’s figures . However, the Honda has seen a slide since then with five consecutive months of sales drops.
Filed under: Aftermarket , SEMA Show , Truck , Crossover , Toyota , Off-Road Toyota marks the 35th anniversary of its Toyota Racing Development performance arm this year, and the division is celebrating at this year’s SEMA Show with a quartet of tuned off-roaders based on on the 4Runner , Tacoma and Tundra that look more than ready to go just about anywhere. All four of them will take part in this year’s Baja 1000 race, but only the Tundra (far left in the above photo) is actually competing. The other three will be there to act as support vehicles. Inspired by the production TRD Pro Series trucks , the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra are prepared by off-road fabricator N-Fab with a mix of TRD and the company’s own parts to be able to take whatever the grueling, 1,000-mile can throw at them. The trio is fettled with extra communications equipment, GPS, additional lights and all sorts of body and suspension modifications to help them survive the ordeal. Scroll down to read more about these tuned trucks, and check out the gallery for a closer look at them. Continue reading Toyota TRD Pro Chase Trucks are ready to hit the desert at SEMA Toyota TRD Pro Chase Trucks are ready to hit the desert at SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Hybrid , Sedan , Performance , SUV , Truck , Technology , Crossover , BMW , Chevrolet , Dodge , Ford , GMC , Infiniti , Mercedes-Benz , Subaru , Toyota , Electric , Diesel , Luxury , Ram Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year’s Technology of the Year Award . Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles ( BMW i3 , i8 ) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles. Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks. Continue reading Meet the finalists for Autoblog’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award Meet the finalists for Autoblog’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
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.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 22, 2014) –