The Prius Plug-In by Toyota, the Japanese automaker is already commercially available. The company launched another model in the series named as the Prius Prime. The new model is quite much different from the previous one.
The new car receives many noticeable changes on exterior. For instance, changes in anterior and the grille of the vehicle. The front end of the Prius Plug-In looks outdated and plain, while the new model is more defined grille design that's connected to the slim headlights. There is a major facelift on its overall shape.
The new design has a lower arching back making the side windows appear longer. On the other hand, Plug-In has traditional aerodynamic styling of the original Prius cars. The Prius Prime has sporty design and its back is almost unique.
Toyota Motor Corp’s newest effort to reduce its risk from potentially lethal air-bag inflators supplied by Takata Corp involves purchase of millions of them from smaller parts maker Kayaku Co.
The Japanese car maker talked to the second-tier supplier to boost production in a bid to supply more than 13 million inflators from next July until 2020. The move is a pragmatic approach, prompting more than 10 automakers to issue a recall of tens of millions of vehicles since 2008 to replace Takta air bags.
Eight deaths are believed to have resulted from Takata air-bag inflators and more than 100 injuries after exploding with excessive force, spraying shrapnel inside vehicles.
According to Japan's Kyodo News, it is expected that the American Toyota executive who was taken into custody last month after alleged drug law violation will be released on Tuesday. The source of this information has not been identified by Kyoto.
Tokyo prosecutors also did not comment in the matter and Toyota Motor Corp. said that it was not having any information.
On June 18, Julie Hamp, who was the highest ranking woman executive at the Japanese automaker, was taken into custody on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. This drug is strictly controlled in the country.
A controversial share sale been defended by Toyota Motor, and critics have called the move a measure to tame shareholder activism. According to the world's biggest carmaker, 75% of shareholders had casted their votes in favor of the plan on Tuesday.
As per the plan, 500 million shares will be sold and they must be held for five years. Also, the shares will not be publicly traded.
Japanese automotive giant Toyota Motor Corporation has offered promotion to more foreigners to senior posts. Europe chief Didier Leroy has been appointed executive vice president by the world's biggest automaker.
Leroy will be one of six executive vice presidents (EVP) at Toyota. Julie Hamp, a senior official at Toyota Motor North America will be made a managing officer and will also become first female executive.
An African-American general counsel in North America, Christopher Reynolds is also going to hold the post of a managing officer. Promotion of Hamp marks a step in Japanese automaker's move to reduce the gender gap in the workplace. Corporate Japan has been asked to appoint women to 30% of top jobs by 2020.
London, Feb 16 : Engineers have created the world's very first ticklish car which "giggles" when touched at sensitive areas.
The new Toyota Yaris with a "TICK LME" number plate, which was unveiled for Red Nose Day, reacts to touch by lighting up and flashing its headlights and indicators, spraying water from the windscreen washer fluid spouts and moving as if it was chuckling, in addition to a laugh recorded by Red Nose Day legend Lenny Henry, the Daily Star reported.
Mr Tickle from the Mr Men series, who unveiled the red hatchback and is the celebrity consultant on the project, said that he was "tickled pink" to be part of the innovative project.
Washington, Oct 28 : Toyota has led the Consumer Reports' annual reliability rankings consecutively for the 8th time.
According to the survey, the company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the ranking, while its Scion brand is in the top ten, Fox News reported.
Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' head of auto testing said that Toyota has a strategy that emphasizes reliability over excitement, as they take a conservative approach to redesign and roll out new features slowly.
Fisher added that the risk is they may not have the latest bells and whistles, but the reward is world class reliability. (ANI)
Guwahati - Japanese car giant Toyota plans to increase operations in India's North Eastern region, where its sales have grown at double the national average of 3 percent annually.
The company, which is present in India through a joint venture with Kirloskar group, is looking to set up an area office in the North East considering its rising importance.
Tokyo Japanese auto giant Toyota will start selling its first fuel cell sedan this financial year, with a price tag of around USD 70,000, the company announced Wednesday.
The vehicles will be rolled out by March and beyond the home market during the summer of 2015, it said, in a move that will see the environmentally friendly cars available in the United States and Europe.
New Delhi, May 7 : Indo-Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota Kirloskar Motor Wednesday launched Etios Cross -- its first cross-over between a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a hatchback -- priced between Rs. 5.76 lakh and Rs. 7.40 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
"The B-car segment is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry. Segment growth comes along with fast changing customer requirements," Naomi Ishii, managing director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor was quoted in a statement as saying.
Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its plans to introduce a new series of fuel-efficient engines that will cut fuel costs for vehicle owners and help manufacturers meet tighter emissions regulations.
Toyota said it would introduce a total of 14 engine models in the new series fuel-efficient engines over the next couple of years. The new series start off with 1.0 and 1.3 litre gasoline engines.
The impasse between the management and workers of Toyota Kirloskar Motors Ltd continued despite the automobile giant lifted the week-long lockout at two of its plants in Bidadi near Bangalore.
The stand-off continued as the agitating employees refused to sign an undertaking for joining duty. Prasanna Kumar, president of workers union, argued that the lockout was illegal, and the undertaking was against their rights.
Bangalore, March 25 : Toyota India has hired about 1,000 people on contract to resume production as a stand-off with its trade union continued Tuesday over its employees not signing an undertaking for good conduct before resuming duty.
"As employees are not joining duty even after the eight-day lockout was lifted early Monday, we have taken about 1,000 people on contract to resume production," a company official told IANS Tuesday, citing a statement issued earlier.
Bangalore, March 24 - The stand-off between Toyota India and its agitating employees continued as they refused to sign an undertaking for joining duty after eight-day lockout was lifted early Monday.
"As we are against giving or signing any undertaking, none of us has entered the factory for the first shift beginning 6 a. m.," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. union president Prasanna Kumar told IANS here.
A defiant management has been insisting that the workers should be give an undertaking to abide by rules governing their work ethic and conduct.
The Indian unit of automotive giant, Toyota has said that its workers are now ready to resume work after the company announced its decision to lift lock-out at its two plants in Bidadi.
The company said that it is lifting lockouts following the state government's conciliatory efforts. The Toyota Kirloskar Employees Union (TKMEU) indicated that they are ready to resume work but did not agree to sign any undertaking from the company.
Bangalore, March 21 - Toyota India has agreed to lift the lockout in its twin car plants five days after shutting them down over a failed wage hike deal with its employees.
"The decision (to lift lockout) was taken considering the inclination and in the interest of the majority of law-abiding team members," Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd said in a statement hours after talks with its workers' union ended in presence of a senior state labour official here late Thursday.
The company, however, has asked the employees to give an undertaking on good conduct before resuming work Monday.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. on Thursday crossed the mark of 1 million sales in India, the car maker said in a statement.
The automobile giant recorded its 1 millionth vehicle sale in the country through its Cochin-based authorised dealer Nippon Toyota. The millionth vehicle sold by the company was a Toyota Etios, which was handed over to a customer during a ceremony yesterday.
London, Feb 13: Toyota is reportedly said to recall1.9 million of its best selling Prius hybrid cars in order to fix software faults in its flagship vehicle.
More than 400 reports have been received by Toyota pertaining to software problems, with most of them coming from Japan and North America.
However, Toyota said that no accidents were reported over the defect and added that in some cases, the hybrid system might shut down and the vehicle would stop while being driven, the BBC reported.
Greater Noida, Feb 5 : Toyota showcased the all new Corolla Altis sedan Wednesday, a day before the biennial 12th Auto Expo opens here.
With its smooth contours and aggressive stance, the 11th generation of the new Corolla is a huge improvement over its predecessor which had started to look dated. At the same time, it oozes luxury with highlights like plush leather seats, dual-tone interior, piano black instrument clusters, and keyless entry.
Taking note of the fact that many Corolla vehicles are chauffeur-driven, Toyota has claimed that the rear of the car has the best in class cabin space and even reclining seats.
Toyota Motor Corp has stopped selling several vehicles, including its widely popular Camry sedan, in North America as seat material used in these vehicles has failed to meet fire retardation standards.
The auto giant stopped selling eight recent-model seat heater-equipped vehicles after South Korean safety officials alerted it about a fire risk in the vehicles.