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  • New Toyota minivan lets parents use built-in microphone to scream at unruly kids in back seats

    07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Tom Krisher,
    The latest version of the companys Sienna minivan has a feature called Driver Easy Speak. It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parents voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak so parents dont have to shout to passengers in the back. But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids cant talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an...
  • Isis Convoys of New Toyota Trucks

    06/16/2014 11:24:20 AM PDT · by varmintman · 73 replies
    I don't want to cite any one source for this one since a lot of the sites you'll see this story on are not exactly right of center pollitically... Nonetheless anybody can do a simple Google search on [ ISIS toyota trucks ] and multiple versions of the story will turn up, along with images, e.g. The question you have to ask yourself is, Could I afford a new Toyota truck that easily?? If the answer is no, than you should be bent out of shape more than a little bit here. Real rebels and terrorists are supposed to be...
  • Toyota developing free piston engine linear generator for hybrid cars

    05/04/2014 11:33:17 AM PDT · by NYFreeper · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2 May 2014 | Fox News
    Toyota is hot on hydrogen fuel cells for its next-generation cars, but its not going cold on internal combustion just yet. The companys R&D division has developed a Free Piston Engine Linear Generator that can convert gasoline and other fuels into electricity more efficiently than existing systems.
  • Bye, Bye California

    05/03/2014 4:30:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it will be moving its campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas, writes the Detroit News, as the worlds largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said. Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes...
  • Should Toyota's LBGT Employees Be Worried About Moving To Texas? (Yes, that's the real headline)

    05/02/2014 2:26:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | May 2, 2014 | Aaron Foley
    When it comes to inclusion and equal treatment of LBGT employees, Toyota is at the top of the list. And it helps that the majority of Toyota employees live in a tolerant state like California. But could that change when the company's U.S. headquarters move to Texas in a few years? Toyota is moving 5,300 employees from California (and some in New York and Kentucky) to Plano, Texas, a move Texas welcomed with open arms and an open pocketbook. It'll serve as a devastating blow to Torrance, Calif., who was apparently blindsided by the news. By all accounts, Plano seems...
  • California drove Toyota out of state: Torrance Mayor

    04/29/2014 2:04:05 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/29/2014 | Jaewon Kang
    <p>Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto blames the state of California for Toyota Motor's decision to relocate its North American headquarters from the city to Plano, Texas.</p> <p>"The state of California lost Toyota," Scotto said on "Power Lunch" Tuesday.</p> <p>He pointed to a number of issues in the Golden State that negatively affect companies' bottom line: tax structure, workers' compensation and liability insurance.</p>
  • LOOK: Why Is One of the Largest Car Companies Moving From California To Texas?

    04/29/2014 7:57:42 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | April 29 2014 | Benjamin Austin
    The car-making giant Toyota is going to move its U.S. headquarters from the liberal state of California to the much more red state of Texas, according to several sources. The Dallas Morning News stated that the auto company is looking at a massive plant location in Plano, Texas although an exact location hasnt been determined yet. Toyotas move will involve over 5,000 employees. Many experts view this as a win for both Texas and its Republican governor, Rick Perry. The governor has been actively recruiting companies from all over the country to move to the Lone Star State, touting...
  • Another Company Abandons California

    04/29/2014 5:12:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another blow was struck for competition, common sense and low taxes as Toyota Motor Corp. announced that they be moving their campus in Torrance, California to a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. Toyota Motor Corp. is moving substantial parts of its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., to suburban Dallas, writes the Detroit News, as the worlds largest automaker seeks savings from its U.S. sales unit, people familiar with the matter said. Although no figures are yet available, anecdotal evidence suggests that people are fleeing California, not just companies. SFGate.com says that 66% of all state revenue now comes from personal...
  • Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California

    04/28/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 4-28-2014 | Hunter Walker
    Rick Perry Takes A Victory Lap After Texas Takes Toyota From California Hunter Walker April 28, 2014, 5:04 PM  Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks Texas' "employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations, and world-class workforce" are responsible for Toyota's decision to move its sales headquarters from California to the Lone Star State. "Over the past decade, Texas and Toyota have developed a strong partnership that has resulted in good-paying jobs for thousands of Texans," Perry said in a statement about the automakers move Monday. "Toyota understands that Texas’ employer-friendly combination of low taxes, fair courts, smart regulations...
  • Why It Makes Sense For Toyota To Leave California For Texas

    04/28/2014 11:39:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/28/2014 | Dale Buss
    For Japanese auto brands, the logic of keeping their U.S. sales and administrative arms in California is breaking down under the outsized penalties of conducting business in the Golden State and the changing dynamics of the North American automotive industry. So Toyota is leaving, according to Automotive News. And where is Japans biggest automaker relocating its sales and marketing operations in America? Why, North Texas, of course. The move MOVE -5.08% to Plano, Texas, will involve most of the 5,000 managers and employees at Toyotas current Torrance, Calif., headquarters, the magazine said. Texas Gov. Rick Perry apparently didnt even have...
  • Video: Toyota bailing on California (Moves Sales and Marketing HQ to Texas)

    04/28/2014 10:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The world’s leading automotive maker will follow the lead of its competitors and other large businesses, and leave California for better business climates elsewhere. Toyota had its US headquarters in Torrance for more than three decades, but now nearly 5,000 jobs will shift to Texas: Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans. …The automaker won’t be the first big company Texas has poached from California.Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los...
  • Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas (LAT tries to spin loss)

    04/28/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/27/14 | Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota's Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked...
  • BREAKING: Sources say Toyota fleeing CA, taking 5,000 jobs to more business-friendly Texas

    04/27/2014 4:52:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 95 replies
    PANDO DAILY ^ | 27 APRIL 2014 | MICHAEL CARNEY
    Californias inhospitable tax policies may have struck again, this time costing Los Angeles one of its largest employers. According to multiple sources close to the situation, Toyota will be relocating its US headquarters from the LA suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas. The company has yet to notify its employees of the news, but is expected to do so Monday, followed by a public announcement. While its unlikely that Toyota, which is ranked 8th on Fortunes Global 500, will directly cite taxes as the reason for its relocation, it should come as little surprise that the financial burden of operating...
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    04/22/2014 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:24 AM EDT
    Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million. The Japanese automakers first quarter sales rose by more than 6 percent from the same period the previous year. GMs sales grew 2 percent, while Volkswagens added nearly 6 percent.
  • 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 didnt 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. GMs 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 youre 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 its more dependable than a tankand 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 Fords 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 Nissans 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 Nissans 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, Reids Green Car Fantasy

    09/25/2012 10:38:06 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 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...
  • ARE THE JAPANESE BRANDS SLIPPING?

    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 Japans 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 weekends 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 thats, 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
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    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 (!) 36-90Aero-Dynamic Coupe -oneneverto be equalled by today'srepellent 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 · 36 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk9yGUu6dtA Volvo Cars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtSOYEr-rYQ
  • 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....