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Toyota Supplier Awards

Every year, the Toyota Motor Company, along with TEMA (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America) awards part manufacturers with Supplier of the Year honors. "The awards are designed to recognize suppliers who have exceeded the company's expectations in several categories, namely quality performance, value improvement, supplier diversity and launch performance."

Robert Young, TEMA's purchasing vice president, also stated at the event: "Toyota works closely with each supplying partner in order to build our…

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Toyota Expands Production At WV Facility

With the goal of expanding annual production of six-speed automatic transmissions, Toyota is planning to invest $64,000,000.00 in its West Virginia facility. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia currently builds six-speed transmissions for many of Toyota's V6-engine models, including the Toyota Avalon, the Toyota Camry, the Toyota Sienna, the Toyota Venza, and even the Lexus RS350. Such a lofty investment is expected to bump the plant's annual transmission capacity to just…

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Toyota Developing Magnesium Batteries

A better way to power electric cars? a quest for automakers and seemingly elusive wish of consumers. However, Toyota Motor Co., the world's largest seller of hybrid autos is on it. Their most current initiative is developing a magnesium battery that holds twice the energy of lithium-ion cells. And according to the engineer managing the U.S. project, Jeffrey Makarewiez, the work in Ann Arbor complements other future electric-power chemistries at Toyota labs in…

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Toyota's New Safety Research Center

Toyota is planning to launch its new Collaborative Safety Research Center at its technical safety center in Ann Arbor, MI. The new Research Center will provide additional work for over 1,000 Toyota employees who work in Ann Arbor as well as a complex in York Township.

Senior Executive Administrator for External Affairs at Toyota Technical Center, Bruce Brownlee, says, "Our president made a commitment to Congress to take a leadership role in automotive safety…

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Toyota Prius - Best Seller By 2020

Toyota is still holding strong in the consumer market, and execs at the Japanese auto maker are pledging that their Prius branded vehicles will be the best selling cars in America by 2020.

Toyota is working on a line of vehicles that will hold the Prius name, including an MPV and possibly a crossover or coupe. There is also a Plug-in Prius coming later this year. Prius is, without a doubt,  the best-selling hybrid vehicle…
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Toyota's New In-Car Connectivity System

It was a momentous occasion for Toyota at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. After watching Ford monopolize in-car connectivity for four years and Kia enter the arena last year, the company had the opportunity to unveil its new Entune Multimedia System. Entune will debut on select Toyota models later this year.

Similar to competitors' systems, Toyota's Entune Multimedia System uses drivers' mobile phone data plan for connectivity. Users can simply download the Toyota Entune…
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2011 Toyota Highlander Crossover — Driven by New Enhancements

2011 Toyota Highlander and Toyota Highlander Hybrid crossover sport utility vehicles are not only designed to be more stylish. They feature additional standard amenities and updated technologies, making them leaders in the segment of active and passive safety features.

The 2011 Toyota Highlander design showcases a new front fascia, hood, and fenders. The profile is sleeker with chrome-accented black rockers. To complement the new look, the headlights, taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels are also redesigned…
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A Toyota Prius Pickup?

Is Toyota considering a Prius hybrid pickup truck to add to a new line-up of vehicles? Inquiring minds want to know, and all signs point to maybe.

Toyota has been planning an onslaught of Prius models for the next several years, including a "MPV" (the foreign equivalent of a minivan), a sporty coupe and now, apparently, a pickup truck. The Japanese auto maker hopes to combine their most aerodynamic vehicle with one of history's…
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Toyota RAV4 Electric Attracts Big Bucks

For years, Tesla did everything it could to be profitable while making drive trains that will help save the world. Now, with the help of Toyota, they may just do it.

Yes, Tesla has big investments of its own, but when you're losing $50 Million per year to stay in business, that cash goes quickly. But Tesla is here to stay - and Toyota knows this, which is why they've joined with Tesla to…
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Toyota Glass Blocks UV Rays

You know Toyota is head of all technology when it comes to automobiles. Their latest venture may help protect us from the sun. "Toyota has invented an innovative glass technology that claims to reduce ultraviolet (UV) light penetration into the front of the car by approximately 99 per cent," according to reports.

The front-door glass will be used in various new Toyota cars to be launched on international markets during 2011 - and maybe set to…
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