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Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.

Subsidiaries include Daihatsu, Lexus, Hino, GAC Toyota

Toyota is launching a joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems in China

Six companies that share a common vision for the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in China signed a joint venture agreement for the establishment of United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD).

FCRD’s primary business will be the development of fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles to contribute to the realization of a clean mobility society in China. Dong Changzheng will be appointed chairman and Ryu Akita will be chief executive officer (CEO). Plans call for FCRD to be established in Beijing during 2020.

The six companies participating in the joint venture are as follows:

  • China FAW Corporation Limited (“FAW”)
  • Dongfeng Motor Corporation (“DFM”)
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (“GAC GROUP”)
  • Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (“BAIC GROUP”)
  • Beijing SinoHytec Co., Ltd. (“SinoHytec”)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota”)

More » Toyota News Release, electrive, Reuters, Nikkei, Bloomberg, Automotive News

The 2021 RAV4 Prime, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of America’s best-selling crossover, will start at US$39,220 » In dealerships this summer

Kyle Patrick / AutoGuide »

The Prime uses the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine as the regular Hybrid, augmented by an electric motor at each axle. An uprated lithium-ion battery provides the juice. Combined, the system sends 302 hp to all four wheels. Toyota is quoting a 0–60 mph time—remember those?— of just 5.7 seconds. That makes the Prime the fastest four-door Toyota out there, and second overall, behind only the Supra. That’s what we call progress.

More » The Car Connection, CNET, Carscoops, Autoblog, Automotive News (paywall), Motor Illustrated

Toyota reveals the PROACE Electric van

Carrie Hampel / electrive »

The information is taken from the Toyota website in the Netherlands, where the Proace Electric will be the first to be offered from October this year. The commercial version of the Proace Electric, targeted as a delivery vehicle or for tradespeople, is scheduled to be launched this year. The passenger version with up to nine seats will follow at the beginning of 2021, and the Proace City Electric has been announced for the end of 2021.

The technical data mentioned on the Dutch website are identical to those of the PSA trio: Depending on the battery, between 230 and 330 kilometres WLTP range, and between 1,000 and 1,275 kilograms payload, depending on wheelbase and battery. The three-phase 11-kW onboard charger also appears to be optional for Toyota.

The following video is in Dutch »

More » Toyota Netherlands

23 U.S. states sue White House administration over fuel efficiency rollback

Lawsuit seeks to restore emissions reductions needed to achieve economic, public health, and climate goals.

David Shepardson / Reuters »

Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”

New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.

Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…

More » CNET, The Verge, Carscoops, Vanity Fair, The Detroit Bureau

The first mass-market hybrid-electric vehicle is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Toyota plans to mark the occasion with a limited-production Special Edition Prius

2020 Toyota Prius Special Edition

2020 Toyota Prius Special Edition

The first Toyota Prius was exclusive to Japanese customers from 1997. The second generation, produced from 2000, was the first Prius exported by Toyota outside of Japan, with sales starting in Asia, Europe, Australia, and America.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Model-T, the Beetle, the 911, the Willys CJ. There aren’t many cars that can claim to have “changed an industry,” but the original Toyota Prius certainly belongs on the list.

More » Carscoops, Car and Driver, The Car Connection, Autoblog, CNET, Green Car Reports, AutoGuide, SlashGear


China April sales mark first monthly rise in nearly 2 years, while Tesla sales dropped 64%

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., speaks during an event in Shanghai, China, Jan. 7, 2019.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., speaks during an event in Shanghai, China, Jan. 7, 2019.

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC »

Sales of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan in China fell over 64% in April compared with the previous month, despite a recovery in the electric car market, according to data from an industry body released on Monday.

Tesla sold 3,635 Model 3 cars in April — down from 10,160 in March, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said.

Just Auto »

Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor both recorded rises in car sales in China in April, their first monthly increases since the novel coronavirus broke out in January, and an indication of the possible return of consumer demand.

Automotive News » China April sales mark first monthly rise in nearly 2 years

Sales totaled 2.07 million, up 4.4 percent from a year earlier, driven by higher commercial vehicle demand as the government boosted construction and infrastructure outlays. But electrified-vehicle deliveries fell for a tenth straight month, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said.

More » Just Auto, SpeedLux, InsideEVs

The Detroit Bureau has a discussion with Toyota’s Jackie Birdsall about the future of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Toyota Mirai

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

When I first started working on this technology we would fit all the components in the back of a van and get 50 miles before running out of fuel. The current Mirai carries four people and gets 312 miles on a fill with all the components fitting into a conventional sedan structure. The downsizing has been phenomenal.

Toyota passes 15 million hybrid electric vehicles global sales, claiming to have reduced more than 120 million tonnes of CO2 worldwide

Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Toyota Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Toyota has crossed the symbolic milestone of 15 million hybrid vehicles sold since the 1997 launch of the iconic Prius, the first full hybrid mass-produced car.

Toyota states hybrid technology is today offered on 44 individual models across a wide range of size and body types, Toyota claims it’s hybrid electric technology has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 120 million tonnes worldwide.

In Europe, the company has sold over 2.8 million hybrid cars, allowing it to be a leading automaker towards EU CO2 reduction targets in 2020 and 2021.

Toyota states it’s hybrid technology allows drivers to cover more than 50% of their journeys in and around the urban areas with zero emissions.

More » Toyota Europe News Release, Green Cars Report, Autoevolution

Lexus UX 300e goes on sale in China, with it’s siblings, the Toyota C-HR and Toyota Izoa, soon to follow

Lexus UX 300e

Lexus UX 300e

Bradley Berman / Electrek »

The three vehicles use a 54.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

Two trim levels of the Lexus UX 300e sell for 362,000 yuan ($51,100) and 385,000 yuan ($54,300). The electric UX has a range rating of 400 km (248 miles) on the NEDC cycle. The charging capacity is 6.6 kW for AC, with a 50 kW capacity for a DC quick charger.

Brawny little Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid revealed, for the European market in 2021 [Updated]

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid

My take » Give me a full battery electric version of this little beast.

James Brodie / Auto Express »

This is the brand new Toyota Yaris Cross, a small SUV designed to give the Japanese manufacturer a proper rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq when it arrives in Britain in 2021.

It will be built at Toyota’s French production facility in Valenciennes, and in big quantities too: around 150,000 a year according to Toyota’s own estimations, which would give the brand a sizeable market share in the European B-SUV market, if it were to sell every one.

More » Autocar, Carscoops, SlashGear, Autoblog, electrive

Updated April 26, 2020

Forbes » Toyota expects huge sales from new SUV compact Yaris Cross (paywall)

Updated April 27, 2020

Motor Authority  » Toyota Yaris Cross is a handsome crossover we won’t see in the US

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