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Toyota Division is No. 1 Retail Brand In First Half of 2014

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Camry and Corolla lead their segments in first six months of 2014; Lexus up over 10 percent in June
July 01, 2014
June 2014 Sales Chart
June 2014 Sales Conference Call (Audio Clip)

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total June 2014 sales results of 201,714 units, an increase of 11.9 percent from June 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 24 selling days in June 2014 versus 26 selling days in June 2013, sales increased 3.3 percent from year-ago month.

For the first half of the year, Toyota, Scion and Lexus reported sales of 1,165,607 units. With 152 selling days in the first half of 2014 versus 153 selling days during the same period in 2013, sales are up 5.8 percent on a DSR basis. Unadjusted, sales were up 5.1 percent year-over-year.

Toyota division posted June 2014 sales of 178,196 units, up 11 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota division sales increased 2.5 percent over June 2013. Calendar-year-to-date, Toyota division posted sales of 1,026,918 units, up 4.4 percent on a DSR basis and 3.7 percent volume-wise over the same period in 2013.

“Sales in the first half of 2014 indicate a steadily recovering industry, and we expect this pace to increase as we move into the second part of the year,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “In June, Camry and Corolla posted double-digit gains as passenger cars showed renewed strength industry-wide.”

Lexus reported June sales of 23,518 units, a 19.3 percent increase on a DSR basis and a 10.1 percent increase on a raw-volume basis, both year-over-year. Calendar-year-to-date, Lexus division posted sales of 138,689 units, up 17.9 percent on a DSR basis and 17.1 percent volume-wise over the same period in 2013.

“While the industry has been posting healthy gains, Lexus has been able to more than double the average growth rate with a combination of fresh new products, improving availability and industry-leading customer satisfaction practices,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The new Lexus IS and GX models were two of the industry’s strongest performing products during the first six months of 2014.”

Other Highlights:

  • Camry up over 13 percent in June; up over 7 percent in first half
  • All-new Corolla up 17 percent with sales of nearly 31,000 units in June
  • Toyota and Lexus hybrids post sales of almost 28,000 units in June
  • Prius posts sales of 18,649 units in June
  • Toyota division trucks flat in June; up 7.8 percent in first half
  • All-new RAV4 increased 5.1 percent in June; up almost 16 percent in first half
  • All-new Highlander up 4.2 percent in June; up nearly 17 percent in first half
  • 4Runner up 41.7 percent in June; up about 39 percent in first half
  • All-new Tundra posts sales of almost 9,000 units in June; up 12.5 percent in first half
  • Tacoma posts sales of more than 12,000 units in June
  • All-new Lexus IS increased 105 percent in June; up over 118 percent in first half
  • Lexus ES posts sales of more than 5,500 units in June
  • Lexus luxury utility vehicles up 6.5 percent in June; up 14 percent in first half
  • Lexus RX posts sales of 8,426 units in June; up over 3 percent in first half
  • Lexus GX posts triple-digit gains for the eighth month in a row; up over 130 percent in first half

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

Source: [ToyotaNews.pressroom.toyota.com]

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‘Car of the Future’ Is Here. Now.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Toyota Shows Production Fuel Cell Vehicle; Previews Mobility’s Future at 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

Toyota’s Driver Awareness Research Vehicle, DARV 1.5, demonstrating ways for the car and driver to share tasks and reduce distraction

June 27, 2014
ASPEN, Colo., June 27, 2014 – Driving helps make lives safer, greener and more convenient at Toyota’s “Experience the Future of Mobility” exhibit, open now at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Toyota is staging the North American debut of its “Car of the Future” at the annual conference. Unveiled earlier this week at a press conference in Japan, the zero-emission hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be available for sale to customers in California in summer 2015.

True to the Festival’s 2014 focus on imagining the future, the Toyota FCV is an important step forward for zero-emission vehicle technology. An electric-drive, mid-size, four-door sedan, the vehicle won’t require customers to compromise on safety, price or performance. Instead, the FCV will travel approximately 300 miles on a single fill-up of hydrogen, which takes less than five minutes.

In addition, Toyota is taking steps to ensure that owners of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be able to fill their tanks, no matter what brand is on the hood. In May, the company announced it had entered a financial relationship with FirstElement Fuels to support the long-term operation and maintenance of 19 new hydrogen refueling stations in California.

“Our society is on the cusp of a revolution in personal mobility,” said Osamu Nagata, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. “Slowly but surely, new technologies are changing how we think about automobiles and transportation — from intelligent, automated systems that team up with drivers to improve safety, to zero-emission vehicles that emit nothing but water vapor. These technologies will help save lives, improve the environment, create jobs and help the U.S. maintain technical leadership in a field that is an important contributor to economic growth.”

Nagata will discuss the company’s vision for the future of mobility on the Festival’s main stage on June 28 during a one-on-one interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin, Financial Columnist, Editor-at-Large, New York Times; Co-anchor, CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

In addition to the FCV, Toyota is presenting a comprehensive vision for the Future of Mobility with an interactive exhibit that brings to life emerging automated vehicle technologies and cutting-edge safety research.

The display includes a preview of the Toyota’s newest generation Driver Awareness Research Vehicle (DARV 1.5), part of the company’s ongoing research into the dynamics of driver distraction at the Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Toyota DARV 1.5 uses advanced technology, including Microsoft’s Surface and Kinect and custom biometric software and algorithms by Infosys, to help driver, passengers and the vehicle itself work together as a team to achieve safer driving.

The technology allows for features such as “driver lock-in,” which tracks the driver’s body frame and automatically enables or disables features based upon who is interacting with the navigation panel. The Toyota research vehicle also explores new ways to use emerging wearable devices, such as smart watches, to control key vehicle functions in an effort to understand the potential impact of these devices on auto safety. In addition, the Toyota DARV 1.5 looks at new ways to create a safer driving environment by measuring driver behavior and providing a driving “score” based on safe driving choices.

Aspen Ideas Festival attendees will also experience:

A large interactive wall that uses image capture to display the activity of visitors moving about the exhibit, while sharing how next-generation automated safety technologies will team up with drivers to improve safety;

Educational information about the technologies, a fueling station to enjoy pour-over coffee, and outdoor living room relaxation area.

Toyota is a presenting underwriter of the tenth annual Aspen Ideas Festival, the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

Source: [ToyotaNews.pressroom.toyota.com]

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Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle Revealed in Production Trim

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Toyota has moved one step further to launching what it hopes is the next big revolution in the auto industry, revealing the production version of its new Fuel Cell Vehicle.

The new car, tentatively named the FCV, will go on sale in Japan before April of 2015 and will arrive in the US and Europe the following summer.

The FCV will have a range of roughly 435 miles and can be refilled in just three minutes. During operation, it’s only emission is water vapor.

Source: [AutoGuide.com]

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If Your Hybrid is Even More Efficient in the Future, Thank This Guy

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 20, 2014) — Eric Dede has always been interested in the future. Futuristic concepts such as space and astronautics have always consumed Eric’s attention. That’s how he ended up as a senior engineer for the University of Michigan’s Space Physics Research laboratory. It’s also why he is now a Manager of the Electronics Research Department (ERD) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), where his main responsibilities are the development of elemental technologies for future hybrid vehicle power electronic systems. TTC, Toyota’s North American R&D center, is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA).

After spending considerable time working with the University of Michigan Space Physics Research Laboratory, Eric decided in 2008 to test the waters in the evolving technology of hybrid vehicles and joined Toyota to research and develop multiphysics simulation and thermal management technology for hybrid vehicle power electronic systems. While that may seem like a mouthful, it comes down to a pretty simple concept: Make Toyota’s hybrid vehicles even better.

Now five years after joining Toyota, Eric’s futuristic mindset has helped him invent something that has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of hybrid vehicles. His invention is a new Micro-channel Cold Plate in EVs and Hybrids. It provides a 70% increase in heat transfer with a 50% reduction of pumping power. What that boils down to is the potential for a 10% increase in hybrid efficiency.

This invention has the potential to have such a major impact that it was recognized for an R&D 100 Award. The R&D 100 Awards, often called the “Oscars of Invention” recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. In a highly innovative and quickly evolving field, having one of the top 100 technology products is no small feat, but it’s not the first R&D 100 award Toyota engineers and scientists have won. It is, however, the first that resulted from research that was done entirely in-house at TTC. While the patent and resulting award bear Eric’s name, he’s certainly not one to take all the credit. “This was a great collaborative project that established useful methods for the advanced design and optimization of electromechanical systems.” Dede said.

Eric and his fellow TTC scientists and engineers were recognized for their efforts that lead to 1,355 patents in 2013 at a special “Innovation Dinner” held June 19th near the TTC Ann Arbor, Mich., campus.

TEMA president Simon Nagata commended the awardees for their efforts in furthering Toyota’s recognition not only as a leading automotive company, but also as a leading technology company. “The innovations developed by our TTC engineers and scientists show that we’re not just keeping pace- we’re helping to set the pace.”

Source: [ToyotaNews.pressroom.toyota.com]

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