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Toyota: Focused on Plants, People and Planet

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Looking for a new vehicle?  How about one that was assembled at a North American facility that helped save 61 million gallons of water last year?   And you can buy that vehicle at one of the most environmentally advanced dealerships in the country.  These examples of environmental leadership and more are highlighted in the recently published 2013 Toyota North American environmental report.

Noteworthy efforts for the year include:

1. Toyota and Lexus exceeded sales of 2 million hybrid vehicles in the U.S. and more than 5 million hybrids globally.  Toyota estimates the use of 5 million hybrid vehicles has avoided 34 million tons of CO2 emissions.
2. Energy use has been reduced by22 percent per vehicle produced (since FY2002).
3. Ten Toyota North American plants achieved zero waste to landfill.
4. Since 2002, Toyota’s parts and accessories returnable container program has saved over 308 million pounds of wood and 185 million pounds of cardboard.  Or 2.5 million trees worth.
5. Now in its sixth year, Toyota TogetherGreen has engaged nearly half a million participants in conservation action in all 50 states.
2013 also marks the formation of the Toyota North American Environmental (TNAE) organization.  TNAE serves as coordinator of environmental efforts across North America by establishing priorities and consolidating environmental action plan targets across all operations, including research and development, manufacturing, logistics and sales.  The annual environmental report summarizes progress toward these North American goals.

“At Toyota, we strive to minimize environmental impacts throughout the vehicle life cycle,” said Kevin Butt, regional environmental director, Toyota North America.  “Our North American companies are working together to continually improve, innovate and serve as environmental leaders in our communities.”

To view the complete 2013 North American environmental report, please visit

Additional 2013 environmental highlights:


  • In the United States, Toyota is the most fuel-efficient full-line automotive manufacturer.
  • Toyota’s Prius c earned the title of Greenest Car of the Year from the ACEEE in their annual Greenest Vehicles list. Prius and Prius Plug–in tied for third.
  • The 2013 Avalon Hybrid is the first Toyota vehicle to be fully styled, developed and built in North America. It achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.


  • Toyota’s North American manufacturing division received its ninth ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for leadership in energy management.
  • With the implementation of brackish reverse osmosis systems, four Toyota assembly plants are saving 61 million gallons of water per year, or enough to fill 97 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • Last year, U.S. parts and vehicle distribution centers diverted 98 percent of waste from landfill and incineration, and recycled more than 17 million pounds of material.
  • The 1.11 megawatt stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Toyota sales headquarters in Torrance, California, is the largest PEM fuel cell in the world and the first application of its kind.
  • Toyota manufacturing plants have reduced emissions of volatile organic compounds – compounds that react with sunlight to form smog – by 63 percent since 2002.

Business Partners

  • Toyota’s truck assembly plant in Texas reduced landfill waste by 71 percent in 2013 through an innovative partnership with Waste Management that turns trash into fuel.
  • Since 2008, Toyota has participated in energy “treasure hunts” with 41 suppliers, helping them identify annual energy savings of over 43.5 million kilowatt-hours – equivalent to 15,200 metric tons of CO2 per year.
  • Toyota and Lexus lead the industry with 36 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada certified to LEED®. Combined, these dealerships have over 2.1 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.
  • Of the 36 LEED certified dealerships, three are certified Platinum, the highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


  • WWF and Toyota have been working together for over a decade to transform the Galápagos into a model of community-based conservation and sustainable development.
  • 2013 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tree Campus USA program, resulting in more than 110,000 trees planted.
  • Thanks to a grant from Lexus Eco Challenge, a middle school in South Carolina was able to increase local curbside recycling by 16 percent.


Source: [Toyota Media]

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Toyota Baja California Celebrates 10 Years of Manufacturing Excellence

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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Baja Calif., Mexico (Dec. 2, 2013) – Commemorating 10 years since breaking ground Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) donated $10,000 (USD) today to the Boys and Girls Club of Tecate and three Toyota trucks to local nonprofit partners, including:

  • Cruz Roja Mexicana (Red Cross), Tijuana
  • Dirección de Bomberos (Fire Brigade), Tijuana
  • Desarrollo Integral de La Familia (Children’s Foundation), Tecate

Team members, suppliers and special guests at the Tijuana home of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck celebrated with their local community. Tacoma has been named one of the best cars for the money for outstanding quality and good value by US News & World Report.

“The dedication of our Mexico team has contributed to the facility’s manufacturing excellence,” said Osamu “Simon” Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. “Their efforts strengthen our vision of building great trucks, while contributing to the local community and supporting economic development in the region.”

Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) represents over $180 million (USD) with capacity to build 57,000 Tacomas and 200,000 truck beds per year. Last October, Toyota announced it would increase TMMBC’s capacity to 63,000 annually starting mid-2014.  This increase will create more than 50 jobs bringing total TMMBC employment to 1,180.

“Demand for trucks is strong and TMMBC’s product is making a unique contribution
to Toyota’s competitiveness,” said Joe DaRosa, TMMBC president.  “Thanks in part to team members’ spirit and can-do attitude we are well positioned to meet next year’s capacity increase.”

TMMBC Milestones:

Date Milestone
2002 Toyota Baja California site announcement
2003 Groundbreaking ceremony
2004 Capacity increase: 30,000 trucks,  180,000 Tacoma decks
2005 Line off ceremony
2006 Capacity increase: 50,000 trucks, 200,000 Tacoma decks
2010 1 millionth unit  production (includes trucks and truck beds)
2013 Capacity increase: 57,000 trucks
2014 Capacity increase: 63,000 trucks


Source: [Toyota Media]

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Toyota Indiana Launches the 2014 Highlander; Prepares for Hybrids and Exports

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Popular SUV responsible for $430 million investment and more than 600 jobs by 2014 end
TMMI President Norm Bafunno thanks team members for their hard work and commitment to quality during the Highlander life-off ceremony, Dec. 5, 2013.

PRINCETON, Ind. (Dec. 5, 2013) – Hoosier pride was felt deep and wide on the plant floor of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) this morning as the company celebrated the start of production of the all-new 2014 Highlander.

TMMI team members and area citizens have much to celebrate, as the popular midsize SUV is responsible for $430 million additional investment and more than 600 jobs at the Princeton automotive plant.

“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers around Indiana are putting their expansion plans into gear, creating jobs and more opportunities in every corner of the state,” said Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann. “With Toyota’s launch of production for the new Highlander right here in the Hoosier State, we are witnessing an economy driving forward. From our world-class workforce to our low cost of doing business, Indiana proves daily that it is a state that works for automotive manufacturing.”

The Princeton plant builds a gas version of the Highlander and will begin producing the hybrid version early next year.  Highlanders born in Indiana will find new homes with drivers in the Russian and Australian regions as TMMI expands its export reach.

Highlander export business allows for better utilization of the Indiana plant, and helps capitalize on the improving North American and global auto market.  In addition to the new jobs created at the Indiana plant, this project increases opportunities and jobs for Toyota’s North American supply base.

2014 new Highlander features 

  • All-new exterior with three-row seating for up to eight,
  • Increased cargo capacity,
  • Three power train choices: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a powerful V-6 with a new six-speed transmission, and a V-6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive,
  • Entune Audio with Bluetooth phone and streaming music and touch-screen display,
  • Integrated backup camera,
  • STAR Safety System, includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake assist and Smart Stop Technology,
  • Adjustable height power rear liftgate and flip-up rear hatch window, and
  • Eight-way power driver seat.

“The all-new Highlander is a dynamic, stylish SUV and its quality craftsmanship and the fact that it will be exported to the Russian and Australian markets is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members.” TMMI President Norm Bafunno said.  “This really is a milestone for our entire team,”

Sheila Showalter, Quality Assurance team leader, couldn’t agree more. “When I started here 16 years ago, I was one of 1,300 team members in the West Plant and we were only building the Tundra.  It is exciting to be a part of something this big.”

Representing a $4.2 billion investment, TMMI currently employs about 4,500.  By the end of 2014, Toyota will directly employ 4,700 team members.  The Princeton plant also produces the Sequoia full-size SUV and Sienna minivan.

Source: [Toyota Media]

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Toyota Motor Sales No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in November 2013

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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All-new RAV4 up nearly 57 percent; All-new Avalon posts triple-digit gains for ninth month in a row

November 2013 Sales Chart
November 2013 Sales Conference Call (audio clip)

TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2013)– Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported November 2013 sales results of 178,044 units, an increase of 5.9 percent over November 2012 on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.  On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in November 2013 versus 25 selling days in November 2012, TMS sales increased 10.1 percent from year-ago month.

Toyota Division posted November 2013 sales of 152,433 units, up 5.5 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota division sales increased 9.7 percent over November 2012.

“Industry sales in November picked up after Thanksgiving, contributing to the best sales pace of the year,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “Showroom traffic surged over the holiday weekend for Toyota, indicating good momentum that we expect to continue through the end of the year and into 2014.”

Lexus reported November sales of 25,611 units, an 8.4 percent increase on a DSR basis and a 12.7 percent increase on a raw volume basis, both year-over-year.

“December is traditionally one of the best sales months of the year for luxury car brands, and we’re off to an early start with sales up 35 percent over the Thanksgiving weekend,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “With great product availability and financing options, Lexus dealers are positioned with the best programs of the year.”

Other Highlights:

  • Avalon posts triple-digit gains for ninth month in a row
  • Camry tops 30,000 units and is segment leader
  • All-new Corolla posts sales of 22,434 units
  • TMS hybrids retain more than half of the market with sales of more than 24,000 units
  • Prius family records sales of 16,129 units
  • Highlander up nearly 22 percent with sales of more than 11,500 units
  • All-new RAV4 up nearly 57 percent with a best-ever November
  • Toyota division trucks up 16 percent with 72,000 units
  • All-new Tundra up almost 21 percent topping sales of 10,000 units
  • All-new Lexus IS sales doubled to nearly 4,000 units
  • Lexus ES is volume car leader with sales of nearly 6,300 units
  • Lexus RX posts sales of almost 9,500
  • Lexus GX posts best month of the year with sales up 70 percent

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

About Toyota
Toyota, the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good.  (NYSE:TM)  For more information about Toyota, visit


 Source: [Toyota Media]

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