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Toyota Pays Workers to Build Habitat for Humanity Homes

It is hard to keep up with all of the world's current events. Between floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, the killing of a terrorist leader, a royal wedding, and a tsunami, for better or worse, this world is a busy, intense place. That is why we are happy to bring you a simple, heartwarming story from the good people at Toyota.

After the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Toyota's Tundra facility in San…

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Toyota Inspires U.S. Hospitals to Exercise Better Management

What did Virginia Mason Medical Center CEO, Dr. Gary Kaplan, do when his facility started to lose money in 1998? He visited hospitals around the U.S... He talked with many of the smartest minds in the industry. And after two years... he decided there wasn't one institution in the entire medical system whose footsteps he felt were worth following. So, he turned to Japanese automaker, Toyota, for inspiration, instead.

Yes, three years after…

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Toyota Partners with Microsoft to Improve EV Efficiency

Toyota and Microsoft are partnering to create an in-car electronics system designed to aid the efficiency of the Japanese automaker's battery-powered vehicles. In accordance with the agreement, both market leviathans will invest one-billion yen (~$12 million) into a Toyota subsidiary that will provide data services for drivers.

Toyota and Microsoft indicate the forthcoming system will incorporate a suite of telematics services, including: data, navigation, in-car entertainment, and multimedia. Powered by Window's Azure cloud…

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Toyota Sells 1 Millionth Prius

April 5, 2011 marks a momentous day for the Toyota Prius, on two important accounts. Not only does it mark the date when U.S. sales of the Prius hit one million. It also represents the hybrids' third significant sales milestone in six months.

The Toyota Prius hit its first major sales milestone back in October 2010, when worldwide sales topped two-million. It hit its second just last month, when global sales hit three million…

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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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