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Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Full-Size Pickup Truck to Make World Debut at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

(2013 Toyota Tundra Shown Right)

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013 – Toyota will stage the world debut of the new 2014 Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

The press conference will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9:00 a.m. (CST) in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place.

The reveal of the redesigned Tundra will be broadcast live via Livestream at:


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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‘Genie’ Kaley Cuoco Grants Wishes in All-New Toyota RAV4 Commercial

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

(2012 Toyota RAV4 Shown Right)

TORRANCE, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2013) – Embodying the modern, stylish and smart characteristics of the all-new RAV4, Toyota’s new “Wish Granted” commercial starring Kaley Cuoco will make its broadcast debut on Feb. 3.  The star of CBS hit show “The Big Bang Theory” will appear granting the wishes of a family in unexpected and creative ways during one of the biggest sporting and advertising events of the year.  Cuoco’s comedic chops made her a perfect partner in bringing the RAV4 Genie character to life.

“The all-new RAV4 is a testament to the people that drive it and live lifestyles that are full of energy and enthusiasm, which is one of the reasons we are so pumped to work with Kaley to showcase it,” said Jack Hollis, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We wanted to share Toyota’s ‘Let’s Go Places’ spirit of journey with viewers of the big game in a light and relatable way.”

“Wish Granted” features the all-new RAV4 that comes with a modern genie played by Cuoco who grants wishes to the Henderson family, the owners of the vehicle.  With a loveable, sidekick dog, Chester, Cuoco goes about granting the wishes of each family member in her own interpretation. The journey takes the family on a series of unexpected adventures including a trip to space and fulfilling the daughter’s request for princessdom.

“As soon as I saw the script, I knew I wanted to be in this commercial because the sense of humor was right up my alley,” said Cuoco.  “It was so much fun and I’m excited that everyone gets to see it now and again on Sunday.”

The 60-second RAV4 commercial is designed to resonate with people who lead active, busy lifestyles but still make time to embrace everyday adventures.  It speaks to drivers who want a stylish, capable and versatile vehicle that keeps up with the pace of their lives and still allows them to find the enjoyment and excitement along the way.

The commercial also features an image submitted by Ryan Koch of Fitchburg, Wis., as part of the Get In the Big Game opportunity that took place earlier this month.  Fans were invited to upload photos of themselves using the hashtag #wishgranted to Instagram and Twitter, and Koch’s photo was selected to appear in the ad.

“Ryan’s photo captures the spirit and lifestyle of Toyota’s new brand direction – ‘Let’s Go Places’ – and the all new RAV4,” said Hollis. “Toyota’s ‘Let’s Go Places’ is all about inviting our customers on a fun journey with us, and the Get in the Big Game campaign was an opportunity to do just that.”

“Wish Granted,” created by Saatchi & Saatchi LA, will run during the first quarter of Sunday’s game, followed by the Toyota Super Bowl Today Post-Game Show, which will also include the airing of two additional new commercials highlighting the Tundra Endeavour tow and the recently-launched company direction, “Let’s Go Places.”  For a preview of “Wish Granted” spot before game day, please go to


Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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Toyota Motor Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Nine-month

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Period Ended December 31, 2012

(All consolidated financial information has been prepared in accordance with
accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America)
Click Here for Comprehensive FY2013 Third Quarter Financial Materials

TOYOTA CITY, Japan, Feb. 5, 2013—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announces

its financial results for the nine-month period ended Dec. 31, 2012.
On a consolidated basis, net revenues for the period totaled 16.2 trillion yen, an increase
of 26.0 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year. Operating income increased
from 117.1 billion yen to 818.5 billion yen, an increase of 701.3 billion yen, while income
before income taxes1 was 925.7 billion yen. Net income2 increased from 162.5 billion yen
to 648.1 billion yen.
Major factors contributing to the increase in operating income include the positive effects
from marketing activities generating 660.0 billion yen and cost reduction efforts saving
320.0 billion yen.
Consolidated vehicle sales for the nine months totaled 6.629 million units, an increase of
1.634 million units compared to the same period last year.
Commenting on the results, TMC Senior Managing Officer Takahiko Ijichi said: “Our
consolidated operating income for the period April through December 2012, 818.5 billion
yen, reflects our increased vehicle sales and the progress we are making with our profit
improvement activities—in spite of a currency exchange rate around the same level as
last year. We also managed to secure an unconsolidated operating income of 21.5
billion yen for the same period.”
In Japan, vehicle sales totaled 1.668 million units, an increase of 310,564 units compared
to the same period last fiscal year. Operating income from Japanese operations
increased by 572.9 billion yen to 266.4 billion yen.
In North America, vehicle sales totaled 1.865 million units, an increase of 596,587 units
compared to the same period last fiscal year. Operating income increased by 13.6 billion
yen to 165.4 billion yen, including 31.3 billion yen of valuation gains/losses on interest
rate swaps. Operating income, excluding the impact of valuation gains/losses on interest
rate swaps, increased by 19.7 billion yen to 134.1 billion yen.
In Europe, vehicle sales totaled 603 thousand units, an increase of 23,365 units
compared to the same period last fiscal year, while operating income increased by 12.7
billion yen to 21.3 billion yen.
In Asia, vehicle sales totaled 1.267 million units, an increase of 373,635 units compared
to the same period last fiscal year, while operating income increased by 115.2 billion yen
to 286.3 billion yen.
In Central and South America, Oceania and Africa, vehicle sales totaled 1.226 million
units, an increase of 329,698 units compared to the same period last fiscal year, while
operating income decreased by 4.9 billion yen to 91.0 billion yen.
In the financial services segment, operating income decreased by 10.9 billion yen to
243.5 billion yen compared to the same period last year, including 27.7 billion yen of
valuation gains/losses on interest rate swaps. Excluding valuation gains/losses,
operating income decreased by 10.5 billion yen to 215.8 billion yen. This was mainly
due to a lower reversal of provisions for loan and residual losses in comparison to the
same period last year.
TMC also today revises its consolidated vehicles sales forecast for fiscal year 2013 from
8.750 million units to 8.850 million units, an increase of 100,000 units from the previous
forecast announced in November 2012, due to the increased overseas vehicle sales,
mostly in North America.
TMC also upwardly revises its consolidated financial forecasts for fiscal year 2013 to
consolidated net revenue of 21.8 trillion yen, operating income of 1.15 trillion yen, income
before income taxes of 1.29 trillion yen and net income of 860.0 billion yen, with the
revision of an exchange rate of 81 yen to the U.S. dollar and 104 yen to the euro.
Commenting on the forecasts for fiscal year 2013, Ijichi said: “Given increased overseas
vehicle sales mostly in North America, progress in our companywide profit improvement
activities and the slight weakening of the yen, we have revised upwardly our consolidated
forecast for the current fiscal year to 1.15 trillion yen and also forecast a full-year profit on
an unconsolidated basis, our first in five years. We believe that our efforts have been
bearing fruit and that we are finally on the road to sustainable growth. We will continue
our efforts to build ever-better cars and to move forward in a steadfast manner.”
1Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of affiliated companies
2Net income attributable to Toyota Motor Corporation

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Lollipop Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipe

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


  • 12 craft sticks
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 drops red food coloring


  1. Soak craft sticks for one hour in a bowl of cold water.
  2. In small heavy saucepan over very low heat, stir chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; let cool.
  3. In large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat egg in well; beat in cooled chocolate. With mixer at low speed, beat in flour, cocoa powder and salt until smooth. Divide dough in half.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and grease 2 large cookie sheets.
  5. Roll each half out to 1/8 inch thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper; freeze, in wax paper, 5 minutes. Peal top sheets of wax paper off dough; cut dough out using 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Reroll scraps; freeze again 5 minutes; cut out. Place half of the hearts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Drain sticks, pat dry. Place one stick on each heart to make 2 1/2 inch handle, pressing lightly into dough. Place remaining hearts on top; press edges gently to seal. Bake about 12 minutes until firm to touch. Cool on wire racks.
  7. In 2-quart heavy saucepan over very low heat, or in top of double boiler set over barely simmering water, stir white or milk chocolate until melted and smooth; if using both chocolates, melt in separate 1-quart pans. Remove from heat.
  8. Holding each lollipop by handle, dip into chocolate to coat on both sides; let excess chocolate drip back into pan. Place each lollipop as it is coated on wax-paper-lined cookie sheet; refrigerate 20 minutes until chocolate is set.
  9. To Make Icing: In large bowl with electric mixer at high speed, beat egg white and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. If desired, remove small portion of icing to separate bowl; tint with drops of food coloring. Spoon icing into decorating bag fitted with small writing tip; pipe over lollipops in desired patterns. Decorate with assorted candies and decors; attaching with dots of icing.


Source: [All Recipes]

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