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  • Toyota recalls 6.5 MILLION cars because airbags may fail, steering columns might break

    04/09/2014 2:20:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/09/14
    Toyota is recalling more than 6.5milllion cars -including 35,000 in the UK - after it discovered a number of faults. The car manufacturer found in some models airbags can deactivate, seats may move and steering columns could break, the company said today. The models involved are the RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and the Urban Cruiser.
  • Will Americans Buy Toyota Motor Corporation's Hydrogen Car?

    04/01/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 31, 2014 | John Rosevear
    Hydrogen-powered cars are coming to U.S. dealerships. But will Americans buy them? Toyota (NYSE: TM ) is betting that at least a few Americans will be willing to pay for a car that runs on hydrogen. The company is expected to launch a production version of its FCV Concept vehicle in Japan, the U.S., and Europe next year. The FCV Concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Essentially, it's an electric car that extracts its energy from compressed hydrogen, instead of a battery. Advocates of fuel-cell-powered cars say they're just as clean as battery-electrics -- their only "exhaust" is...
  • Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Vehicles Worldwide Over (software) Glitch

    02/12/2014 2:29:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/14
    Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause them to stall. **SNIP** The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
  • Toyota to end car manufacturing in Australia

    02/09/2014 10:55:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 10, 2014 1:32 AM EST | Kristen Gelineau
    Toyota said Monday it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, spelling a final blow to auto manufacturing in the country, where car companies say high production costs and tough competition have made the business financially unviable. […] In a statement, Toyota Motor Corp. said its decision was based on a combination of factors including the high Australian dollar, the high cost of manufacturing and competition. …
  • UAW Sets Up Organizing Committee at Tesla's Fremont Factory

    01/06/2014 4:14:33 PM PST · by nascarnation · 19 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | 1/06/2014 | S. Blanco
    Tesla is happy to do things differently than other automakers, from the company-owned stores to the all-electric drivetrain. It also doesn't use union workers at its factory in Fremont, California (the former NUMMI plant, pictured). But now the United Auto Workers (UAW) is testing the waters for representation at the plant, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. UAW President Bob King has revealed that the UAW has created an organizing committee in Fremont. How this would change things at Tesla – and whether it would be a good or bad thing – is not really known, but...
  • Toyota Brings Hydrogen Cars To Production

    12/11/2013 3:27:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Big Stage from NYSE ^ | December 10, 2013 | Josh Dean
    Twelve years ago, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) began testing a unique — and outlandishly expensive — automobile in California: a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This so-called FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) was an electric car that didn’t need to be plugged in. Its electricity was generated by a stack of fuel cells that ran on compressed gaseous hydrogen, a relatively cheap fuel that gives off no harmful emissions; its only byproduct was water vapor. The FCHV never made it to dealer lots, however. Production of plug-in electric cars proved more viable, partially because the FCHV technology was...
  • GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017

    12/11/2013 2:15:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 4:07 AM EST | Rod McGuirk
    General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition. The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic. Toyota Motor Corp. announced it is reassessing its future in Australia. A union said 50,000 jobs in the auto industry are in jeopardy. GM’s Australian subsidiary Holden once dominated Australian auto sales, but lost market share to imported cars....
  • The Toyota Pickup Truck Is the War Chariot of the Third Worl

    11/08/2013 5:00:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 8, 2013 | Kyle Mizokami
    For three decades, one vehicle has dominated Third World battlefields. Ubiquitous and incognito, chances are you’re less than a mile from one right now. You could pass one on virtually any street in any city in the world and you wouldn't think twice. The vehicle costs a fraction as much as a modern main battle tank. In fact, you can buy 266 of them for the cost of just one tank. Plus it’s more dependable than a tank—and easier to maintain.
  • Toyota Confirms Mitsubishi Transmutation of Cs to Pr

    11/02/2013 7:44:26 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 38 replies
    Slideshare ^ | October 31, 2013 | Lewis Larsen
    In Oct. 2013, Toyota published a paper in the peer-reviewed Japanese Journal of Applied Physics which confirmed important experimental results that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had first published in 2002. MHI had claimed transmutation of Cesium into Praseodymium via the forced diffusion of Deuterium gas through a thin-film heterostructure containing elemental Palladium using a permeation method pioneered by Mitsubishi; it is capable of triggering nuclear reactions in condensed matter systems under modest temperatures and pressures. Importantly, all of this experimental data is predicted and fully explained by the peer-reviewed Widom-Larsen theory of low energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). While the Mitsubishi permeation...
  • Toyota Case: Vehicle Testing Confirms Fatal Flaws

    11/01/2013 10:04:04 AM PDT · by Freeport · 43 replies
    EETimes ^ | 10/31/2013 | Junko Yoshida
    MADISON, Wis. — Among the hundreds of cases brought by individuals across the United States claiming their Toyota vehicles accelerated without warning, only Bookout v. Toyota Motor, tried in Oklahoma County, Okla., resulted in a verdict against Toyota. This was also one of the first unintended acceleration cases to go to trial since the Japanese carmaker began recalling millions of vehicles in 2009 over this very issue. The Oklahoma case was also the first in which plaintiffs' attorneys put the fault squarely on a flaw in the vehicle's electronic throttle control system. They dismissed arguments about floor mats and sticky...
  • Ford, Toyota fight over who has top-selling car

    10/23/2013 2:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2013 5:23 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    A name makes all the difference in the fight between Ford and Toyota over who has the top-selling car in the world. Ford on Wednesday claimed that crown for its Focus compact during the first half of the year, based on registration data gathered by the R.L. Polk & Co. research firm. … But Toyota disputes Ford’s leadership. The Japanese automaker has said it sold a Corolla hatchback under the Matrix name, and it sells cars that are nearly identical to the Corolla under different names in countries outside the U.S. …
  • Science Confirms That BMW And Prius Drivers Are The Worst

    08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT · by posterchild · 89 replies
    jalopnik ^ | Wed Aug 13, 2013 | Patrick George
    We have long ragged on BMW drivers for their terrible parking skills and general assholery, and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness. Now, it has been confirmed — through the miraculous power of science — that their owners are, in fact, terrible and inconsiderate motorists. Our old pal Benjamin Preston reports in the New York Times on a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley which links poor driving habits and wealth. Basically, rich people are more likely to be jerks behind the wheel. The researchers examined how motorists in...
  • Imagine what a genuine malfunction might have cost

    07/28/2013 11:23:11 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 91 replies
    Overlawyered ^ | 07/26/13 | Walter Olson
    The bogus Toyota sudden-acceleration scandal, fed by credulous media and hungry lawyers, has now cost the Japanese automaker upwards of one billion dollars on paper in settlements, despite the lack of an actual mechanical basis for the claims.
  • Toyota, Ford end hybrid partnership (Japan)

    07/25/2013 1:48:33 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyodo
    CHICAGO – Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have ended a partnership to jointly develop gas-electric hybrid systems for trucks and sport utility vehicles, the automakers said Tuesday. The two companies had planned on cooperation to curb massive development costs. But they are believed to have failed to reach an agreement on basic designing of a hybrid system as well as other details, such as production sites and the scope of technological disclosure. Ford, the second-largest U.S. carmaker, has developed a hybrid system for cars that can be converted for use in pickups and SUVs, reducing the need for...
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Int. Raceway, Saturday, April 27 on FOX 7:30 PM ET

    04/24/2013 6:18:31 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 107 replies
    Saturday night race! Nationwide race is on ESPNEWS.
  • Toyota and Nissan Shift From Electric Vehicles; Death Knell for Chevy Volt?

    02/05/2013 9:26:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Mark Modica
    According to Toyota Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, "Because of its shortcomings - driving range, cost and recharging time - the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars; we need something entirely new." Uchiyamada is considered the "father of the Prius." An article by Reuter's exposes the limitations of EVs and focuses on Toyota's, along with Nissan's, change in strategy, which is now moving away from EVs. Even the most ideological and extreme green energy proponents and backers of the Chevy Volt will have to open their eyes to the sad truth uncovered by the latest report....
  • Goodbye, Prius? Japanese carmakers drop battery electric-car development

    02/04/2013 10:41:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Japan is backtracking on battery electric-car development, as even Nissan’s vice chairman, the so-called “father of the Prius,” announced plans to copy Toyota and pursue fuel-cell cars that convert hydrogen to electricity. “Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Nissan’s vice chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada,..
  • Mitsubishi Reports Toyota Replication [of Iwamura's LENR transmutation of elements]

    12/12/2012 4:54:03 PM PST · by TXnMA · 166 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | December 7, 2012 | Steve Krivit
    Dec. 7, 2012 – By Steven B. Krivit – Researchers from Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories performed an independent replication of a Mitsubishi low-energy nuclear reaction transmutation experiment, according to a physicist from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries speaking at the American Nuclear Society LENR session on Nov. 14 in San Diego, Calif. The physicist, Yasuhiro Iwamura, told the ANS audience that the Toyota researchers confirmed that nuclear changes from one element to another took place without the use of high-energy nuclear physics. Most scientists who have not followed this field closely consider such profound claims inconceivable. Toyota used a LENR...
  • Toyota recalls 160,000 Tacoma pickups in U.S. and Canada (2001 to 2004 cold-weather states recall)

    11/21/2012 7:34:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> is recalling about 160,000 Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks from the model years 2001 to 2004 in cold-weather U.S. states and in Canada because the spare tire could fall off. The spare tire in these Tacoma models is stored beneath the trucks' bed. When the trucks were made, the metal plate that keeps the spare tire in place was not coated with sufficient amounts of phosphate to retard rust, Toyota said. Two accidents have been reported to Toyota involving vehicles following a Tacoma truck, but they did not result in injuries, a Toyota spokesman said....
  • Toyota Pulls Plug on Obama, Reid’s Green Car Fantasy

    09/25/2012 10:38:06 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies ^ | 9/25/12 | Lindsay Leveen
    Toyota has scrapped plans for widespread manufacturing and sale of a new mini-car that was to be powered as electric only. Reuters reports that Toyota stated they “had misread the market and the ability of still emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands.” We would all be a lot better off, if Only Barack Obama and Harry Reid had the same amount of guts as Toyota to admit to making gross errors in judgment. Takeshi Uchiyamada, the engineer who oversees vehicle development as Vice Chairman of Toyota, was frank in stating, “two years later, there are many difficulties.” Takeshi is...
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • Toyota Japan’s sexy new topless ad featuring transgender model shocks viewers

    08/24/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 24AUG2012 | Steven Simonitch
    TOKYO — A racy new Japanese ad campaign launched for the 2012 Toyota Auris, or Corolla as it’s known in some markets, has been causing a commotion for boldly challenging convention — and probably not in the way you would think. Have a look at the commercial here. The star of the commercial is 19-year-old Ukrainian transgender model Stav Strashko. The commercial ends with the campaign’s tagline “Turn Your Rear to Common Sense” (常識にお尻を向けろ). Check out a short interview with Stav about the commercial here.
  • U.S. Senator Believes “Tin Whiskers” Were Cause of Toyota Sudden Acceleration

    07/14/2012 7:53:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 40 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | 13 July 2012 | Karla Sanchez
    The Toyota sudden acceleration debacle may be a thing of the past, but one U.S. Senator thinks the government investigation is worth another look. Sen. Charles E. Grassley claims the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with NASA, may have let what he calls a “serious issue” fall through the cracks. In a letter sent to NHSTA administrator David Strickland, Grassley raised questions about the investigation, asking whether vehicles were tested for a very serious defect called “tin whiskers,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Tin whiskers, as described in a NASA report, are “electronically conductive, crystalline structures of tin that...
  • Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper (What we'll all be living in soon?)

    03/17/2012 12:22:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gas2 ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jo Borras
    There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something that’s, well, livable! The “living area” has room for a small coffee table with booth-type seating and underseat storage which can be converted to a queen-size bed (as shown, below), with an additional “permanent” bed in the forward section (above the cockpit). At the rear...
  • GM Breaks 9 Million Taking Global Sales Crown From Toyota: Cars ($8 billion profit- isn't that bad?)

    01/19/2012 5:04:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Link only - GM Breaks 9 Million Taking Global Sales Crown From Toyota: Cars
  • Is U.S. 'Lazy' On Investment?

    11/16/2011 7:53:21 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 15 Nov 2011 | Editorial
    Leadership: President Obama told CEOs in Hawaii that the U.S. had been "lazy" in attracting foreign investment. Actually, the White House has been pretty busy demonizing it. The Obama administration has a record of making life miserable for foreign investors that put their capital on the line to create jobs in the U.S. Politically wedded to special interests such as Big Labor, White House officials have hurled scurrilous charges against foreign companies and muscled others in ways no domestic company would tolerate. Foreign investors also have been targets of punitive regulations disguised as "patriotism" and had contracts kicked out from...
  • In tough economy, Toyota plant brings Miss. jobs

    11/07/2011 1:50:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | November 7th, 2011 | HOLBROOK MOHR
    Before Toyota came, Cassius Perry was struggling like many in this hilly, sparsely populated region of north Mississippi that's shed thousands of furniture manufacturing jobs since the 1990s. The young father of three went to school to be a barber, but ended up working for a salvage company while he held out hope for something better. This year Perry landed good pay and health insurance when he went to work for a supplier to the sprawling new Toyota plant on the outskirts of the tiny town of Blue Springs. Hundreds have been hired, giving local leaders hope that their area...
  • Toyota Develops New Electric Car Battery(1000km per charge)

    10/23/2011 9:57:17 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 49 replies
    The Chosunilbo ^ | 10/24/11 | The Chosunilbo
    Toyota Motor has developed a secondary electric car battery that can last up to 1,000 km per charge, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Monday. That is five times the energy storage capacity of existing batteries. Toyota came up with the prototype in collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. The new battery is based on a solid core and its simplified structure means it does not require fire-retardant materials. It eliminates the disadvantages of lithium-ion batteries, which are based on an easily heatable and combustible liquid core. Toyota plans to improve the battery...
  • REAL Stars... and Their Cars

    10/01/2011 5:10:55 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 1, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Spectacular images of an elegant time gone by- Marlene Dietrich: 1936 Cadillac V-16 (!) 36-90 Aero-Dynamic Coupe  -one never to be equalled by today's repellent  Hollywood slobs and their farcical 'green' charade More at Reaganite Republican
  • Crash in a Volvo or in a Toyota?

    08/30/2011 6:27:20 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 35 replies
    08/31/2011 | WesternCulture
    Recently, Toyota have been claiming to build the safest cars on Earth. Just like (Chinese owned) Volvo Cars have been doing for decades. I happen to live in Gothenburg, Sweden, home of Volvo. I also happen to admire and respect Japanese culture. But I fail to see how average Toyota cars actually could compete with vehicles like the Volvo V70/XC70/XC60/XC90. The Avensis can, to a certain degree, but is not representative of their product line. Toyota: Volvo Cars:
  • New Toyota Technology Controls Steering

    07/21/2011 8:14:46 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 31 replies
    Manufacturing.Net ^ | July 21, 2011 | Yuri Kageyama
    SUSONO, Japan (AP) -- Toyota is developing a safety technology that takes control of the steering so the vehicle can veer away when it isn't able to stop before impact. Toyota Motor Corp. showed some of its up and coming safety innovations in a demonstration to reporters Thursday at its facility in this town, west of Tokyo, near Mount Fuji. All the world's automakers are working on special safety technology in an effort to woo customers, as competition intensifies among manufacturers already neck-and-neck in delivering the regular features for their products. Cars that stop or slow down automatically before an...
  • Yes, there is a difference between American and Japanese cars

    06/20/2011 6:36:40 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/20/11 | Bob Lutz
    A lot of words have been written in the past few post-tsunami weeks about the negative impact of the disastrous tragedy on the short-term future of Japanese cars in the U.S. market. In parallel, many articles proclaim this to be a “historical window of opportunity” for the “Detroit Three,” now able to deliver to waiting customers an abundant supply of new vehicles while, at Toyota, Honda and Nissan, the cupboard is bare.
  • Class action suit against Toyota starts with Utah

    06/10/2011 8:10:06 PM PDT · by quantim · 4 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 10, 10:21 PM EDT
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge expects the first lawsuit to go to trial in a massive class action against Toyota Motor Corp. over a sudden acceleration problem that led the company to recall 14 million cars will involve a crash that killed a Utah couple. U.S. District Judge James Selna told attorneys Friday that the case of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd - whose Toyota Camry slammed into a wall in Utah in 2010 - will go to trial in early 2013. The case will be the first of several bellwether lawsuits, intended to determine...
  • Toyota recalls 106,000 Prius cars

    06/01/2011 4:59:50 AM PDT · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 1, 7:24 AM EDT | YURI KAGEYAMA
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota recalled 106,000 first-generation Prius hybrid cars globally on Wednesday for faulty steering caused by a nut that may come loose. The single minor accident suspected of being related to the problem was reported in the U.S., according to Toyota Motor Corp. The latest recall from Toyota, which has taken hit to its reputation from massive recalls worldwide, affects 48,000 Prius vehicles in Japan, starting with the first Prius models that went on sale in 1997, and those manufactured through 2003. It also affects 58,000 vehicles sold abroad, including 52,000 Prius cars sold from 2001 through 2003...
  • Toyota To Lose No. 1 Spot Sometime This Year

    05/09/2011 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 35 replies
    Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operations ^ | May 9, 2011 | Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer
    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., which is likely to lose its spot as the world's No. 1 automaker to General Motors Co. later this year, reports its fiscal fourth quarter results Wednesday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Toyota's production capacity was sorely hurt by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11. The twin disasters nearly washed away Japan's northeastern coast, home to a network of key auto-parts suppliers. The maker of the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid overtook GM as the world's biggest automaker in 2008, a distinction that the American car manufacturer had held since 1932....
  • Judge: I will again deny dismissal of Toyota suits

    04/29/2011 12:46:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/29/11 | GREG RISLING, Associated Press
    A federal judge in California said Friday that he will deny another request from Toyota Motor Corp. to dismiss lawsuits filed by car owners who claim sudden-acceleration defects caused the value of their vehicles to drop. U.S. District Judge James Selna said in a 30-page ruling that the lawsuits have enough merit to move forward. "Taking these allegations as true, as the court must at the pleading stage, they establish an economic loss," Selna wrote. "Plaintiffs bargained for safe, defect-free vehicles, but instead received unsafe, defective vehicles. A vehicle with a defect is worth less than one without a defect."...
  • Toyota To Suspend More Output In N America Due To Parts Supply Delay(4-day weekend)

    04/20/2011 6:25:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 04/20/11
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Toyota To Suspend More Output In N America Due To Parts Supply Delay NEW YORK (Kyodo)--Toyota Motor Corp. will fully halt manufacturing operations at its 14 North American factories on Mondays and Fridays during the period from April 26 through June 3 due to disruptions in parts supply caused by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster in Japan, the company said Tuesday.
  • Toyota resumes output at all domestic plants

    04/17/2011 11:09:23 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | April 18, 2011 | no byline
    Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday resumed manufacturing at all of its domestic plants with parts availability improving as the automaker sought to restore its supply chain after the massive March 11 earthquake. Nissan Motor Co. meanwhile restarted operations at its engine plant in quake-hit Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Monday, in a sign that Japanese automakers are making headway toward full-fledged recovery after being heavily hit by the quake and ensuing tsunami in northeastern Japan. Toyota will continue manufacturing all models until June 3 and will make a decision regarding production after that date, company officials said.
  • Toyota to Halt Output in N. America after Japan Quake

    04/09/2011 8:30:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 04/09/11
    Toyota to Halt Output in N. America after Japan Quake New York, April 8 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Friday it will suspend vehicle production at 13 of its 14 North American plants due to disruptions in Japanese-made parts and component supplies caused by the March 11 massive earthquake and tsunami. The 13 plants will stop operations for four to five days in the April 15-25 period, the top Japanese automaker said. Production plans for April 26 and beyond have not been decided yet. (2011/04/09-13:21)
  • Japan: Toyota likely to halt all output operations in N. America

    04/04/2011 8:38:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/04/11
    Toyota likely to halt all output operations in N. America NEW YORK, April 4, Kyodo Toyota Motor Corp. is highly likely to halt all manufacturing operations at its factories in North America later this month due to parts supply disruptions caused by the March 11 earthquake disaster in Japan, company officials said Monday. Toyota has already halted overtime production and operations on Saturdays at its North American plants following the disaster, but has been continuing to operate using existing inventories during normal hours. The automaker has apparently judged that continuing production during normal hours would be difficult as parts manufacturers...
  • Toyota Will Shut Down All Of Its North American Factories Due To Shortages In Japan

    04/04/2011 12:48:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/04/2011 | Gus Lubin
    Toyota just announced it will shut down all of its North American factories due to shortages of parts from Japan. This is a temporary shutdown, which will affect about 25,000 workers. The length of the shutdown is unknown and depends on how fast Japanese parts factories can get back in operation, spokesman Mike Gross told the AP. Toyota gets about 15 percent of its parts from Japan. Last month GM's Shreveport plant was shutdown temporarily due to troubles in Japan.
  • REUTERS FLASH: Toyota says to halt all production in Japan until at least March 16

    03/13/2011 9:44:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Reuters Live Blog ^ | 1-14-11 | Reuters
    This a Rueters flash... As was just discussed on NHK, Japan is having severe power problems in the North. I wonder how this will affect U.S. Production?
  • Toyota Recalls 2.17 Million Vehicles in the U.S.

    02/24/2011 7:32:04 AM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2011, 10:14 A.M. ET. | MIKE RAMSEY
    Responding to a request from regulators, Toyota Motor Corp. said it would recall a total of 2.17 million U.S. vehicles dating back to the 2003 model year to address various flaws that could lead to a floor mat interfering with the accelerator pedal. Thursday's recall expands on already-known floor mat issues by adding new models and new causes to pedal interference. A California state trooper and three of his passengers were killed in August 2009 in an accident in which a slipping floormat is believed to have entrapped the accelerator pedal and sent Lexus speeding out of control.
  • U.S. Blames Drivers, Not Toyota

    02/10/2011 10:20:57 AM PST · by SgtHooper · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 9, 2011 | JOSH MITCHELL, MIKE RAMSEY and CHESTER DAWSON
    Federal highway safety officials on Tuesday absolved the electronics in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles for unintended acceleration, and said driver error was to blame for most of the incidents. The findings of a 10-month-long study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration identified three main causes for sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus models. Two of them—sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats that trapped the throttle in an open position—were the subject of a series of Toyota recalls.
  • Toyota Fail: More Media Hype From the MSM.(Funny but True)

    02/09/2011 9:03:48 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 47 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 02-09-11 | Greg Gutfeld
    So roughly a year ago, reporters went batpoop crazy over possessed Toyotas that accelerate without your consent – smashing into other sedans, running into and over people, or worse: ruining floral mailboxes that look like miniature versions of stately homes. Well, if you’re like me, you knew this might be B.S.
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car

    02/09/2011 4:11:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/9/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car--a Toyota Sienna--and that she did so. LaHood's comment came as he announced the results of a 10-month long Department of Transportation study that was undertaken to determine whether electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The study determined that this was not the case. LaHood's statement that
  • Was GM/UAW Behind Toyota Bashing?

    02/09/2011 11:43:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 9, 2011 | Mark Modica
    One year after federal prosecutors opened a criminal investigation in to Toyota's unintended acceleration safety issues, a ten month investigation came to the conclusion that there were no electronic flaws that led to accidents involving Toyota vehicles. The causes were attributed to driver error and sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats. These were the exact causes that Toyota pointed to when congressional leaders decided to attack the automaker at a time when General Motors was struggling to regain sales after exiting its bankruptcy. The SEC subpoenaed documents from Toyota back in February of 2010 when the criminal investigation began. Members...
  • Government: No Electronic Flaws in Toyotas

    02/08/2011 11:10:17 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 126 replies
    AP via FNC ^ | 02/08/2011 | Staff
    WASHINGTON -- A government investigation into Toyota safety problems has found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration.
  • Toyota Camrys

    02/04/2011 5:56:12 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | Feb. 4, 2011 | Self
    I own(ed) a 2005 Toyota Corolla, that I bought new in 2005. I had 100,000 trouble free miles on it, it was a stick shift and the sticker said 36/42 mpg. and it got that and better up until two weeks ago when my son totaled it. All I ever did to it was regular maintenance, new tires, oil changes, new wiper blades and that's it. I will be buying a 2011 car in the next few days and am seriously considering a new Camry, loaded with stuff for $19,990. Anybody here have one? Anything to say about them, negative...