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Toyota to Export U.S.-Built Corolla to Latin America and the Caribbean

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

2014 Toyota Corolla(2014 Toyota Corolla Shown Right)

Toyota today announced that it will begin exporting U.S.-built*Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014.  These shipments are expected to build upon Toyota’s all-time record export of more than 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles to 21 global markets in 2012, an increase of 45 percent over the prior year.

“Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations continue to grow as a key supplier of cars and trucks for global markets, which is only possible thanks to the dedication and high-quality work of our team members here,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North America Region, “the export of U.S.-built Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean will help to further solidify our U.S. manufacturing base.”

Once production begins in April 2014, Toyota expects to export more than 7,500 Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean during the first year of sales.  These vehicles will be built at the company’s Tupelo, Miss. plant, which employs about 2,000 team members and represents an $800 million investment.

*Toyota vehicles and components are built using U.S. and globally sourced parts.

 

Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In to Start Under $30,000

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

2014 Toyota Prius Plug in(2014 Toyota Plug-In Shown Right)

It just got a little easier for drivers to maximize their fuel savings and be environmentally responsible.

Toyota’s most advanced technology passenger car, the Prius Plug-in, will be available to customers at a substantially reduced price beginning with the 2014 model year.

Toyota has reduced MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by over $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding DPH). This price repositioning on the base Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not accompanied by any reduction in vehicle content.

The 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid is well-equipped (similar to a Prius Three), but adds these appealing features:

  • Heated cloth front seats – a unique standard feature available only on Prius Plug-in
  • Remote Climate – a feature that allows customers to activate their A/C remotely (standard on Prius Plug-in, available on Prius Three)
  • Ability to drive extended distances in EV Mode, helping to increase  fuel efficiency
  • Unique 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • 1 additional year of Roadside Assistance through ToyotaCare, for a total of 3 year

Pricing for the 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced model has also been adjusted to make the model more accessible to consumers with a $4,620 reduction in MSRP to $34,905 (excluding DPH).  The Prius Plug-in Advanced will still offer popular features including:

  • Premium HDD Navigation with Entune® App Suite (including Plug-in Hybrid Applications) and JBL
  • SofTex-trimmed heated front seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Head-Up Display
  • Safety Connect

The 2014 Prius Plug-in Advanced will offer DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, PCS (Pre-Collision System), LED headlights and fog lights as part of an optional Technology Package for customers seeking the highest level of technology.

Production of the 2014 model year Prius Plug-in begins in October with pricing taking effect when these models arrive in showrooms in November.The Prius Plug-in qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $2,500 in addition to the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) which offers a $1,500 rebate. Information about the Federal Tax credit and vehicle eligibility can be found on: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/article/0,,id=219867,00.html

The 2014 Prius Plug-in is also eligible for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker (www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm). The Prius Plug-in is available in 15 states (California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Hawaii). For special deals in your local area, please visit www.buyatoyota.com.

 

Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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Toyota Develops New Pedestrian Safety Technology

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

LogoPre-collision System with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist

Uses Automatic Steering to Help Avoid Collisions

Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed a Pre-collision System (PCS) that uses automatic steering in addition to increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking to help prevent collisions with pedestrians.  Toyota is committed to developing safety technologies that help eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries involving pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

The new PCS with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist can help prevent collisions in cases where automatic braking alone is not sufficient, such as when the vehicle is travelling too fast or a pedestrian suddenly steps into the vehicle’s path.  An on-board sensor detects pedestrians and issues a visual alert on the dashboard immediately in front of the driver if the system determines that there is a risk of collision.  If the likelihood of a collision increases, the system issues an audio and visual alarm to encourage the driver to take evasive action, and the increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking functions are activated.  If the system determines that a collision cannot be avoided by braking alone and there is sufficient room for avoidance, steer assist is activated to steer the vehicle away from the pedestrian.

The number of traffic fatalities in Japan has declined for 12 consecutive years, reaching 4,411 in 2012.  However, of that total, pedestrian fatalities are the most common, accounting for 37.0 percent*.

Last year, Toyota developed a system that uses increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking to help prevent collisions with pedestrians.  The system, which was adopted on the Lexus “LS”, warns the driver when it detects a potential collision with a pedestrian or obstacle.  If the driver does not take action to avoid the collision, the system activates.

TMC aims to make PCS (Pedestrian-avoidance with no steer assist) more affordable and roll it out by 2015 on a wider range of vehicles, before introducing PCS with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist.

*National Police Agency Traffic Bureau data

 

Source: [Toyota News]

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Toyota Continues to See Growth with Sales-Per-Day Increase in September 2013

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Sales GraphCorolla sales up as all-new model reaches showrooms; Camry is once again No. 1

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported September 2013 sales results of 164,457 units, an increase of 4 percent over September 2012 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 23 selling days in September 2013 versus 25 selling days in September 2012, TMS sales decreased 4.3 percent from year-ago month.

Toyota Division posted September 2013 sales of 144,935 units, up 4 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis.   Volume-wise, Toyota division sales decreased 4.3 percent over September 2012.

“September was a solid month for the auto industry despite two fewer selling days,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Industry fundamentals are strong as interest rates stay low and consumers remain confident.”

Lexus reported September sales of 19,522 units, a 4.1 percent increase on a DSR basis and a 4.2 percent decrease on a raw volume basis, both year-over-year.

“September was another good IS month, along with continued healthy year to date results for RX, ES and LS,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager.  “Additionally, we anticipate a strong final quarter pace to close out the 2013 calendar year.”

Other Highlights:

• All-new Corolla posts sales of 23,251 units
• Camry is best-selling car in America with sales of almost 32,000 units
• All-new Avalon posts triple-digit gains for seventh month in a row
• TMS hybrids retains more than half of the market with sales of nearly 23,500 units
• Prius family records sales of 15,890 units
• All-new RAV4 increases 15.5 percent with a best-ever September
• Sienna up 4.5 percent with sales of more than 9,000 units
• Toyota division pickups post sales of more than 20,000 units
• All-new Lexus IS up more than 42 percent
• Lexus LS up more than 36 percent
• Lexus ES is volume car leader with sales of 4,866 units
• Lexus RX up almost 8 percent with sales of 7,601 units

*Note:  Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

 

Source: [Toyota Pressroom]

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