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Students’ Concept for Mobility App for the Blind Wins National Challenge from Toyota and Net Impact

Students’ Concept for Mobility App for the Blind Wins National Challenge from Toyota and Net Impact

May 25, 2016
Plano, Texas (May 25, 2016) -- Imagine an average commute. Perhaps you wait for a bus, walk through crowded streets and ride an elevator up to your office. Now, imagine doing it without being able to see clearly or even at all.  

A team of students did just that and came up with an idea for a solution that won first prize in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a new competition to inspire millennials to address critical mobility needs from Net Impact, Toyota and the Toyota Mobility Foundation.... more

Toyota and Uber to Explore Ridesharing Collaboration

Toyota and Uber to Explore Ridesharing Collaboration

May 24, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, May 24, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation, an automotive company aiming for safer, more efficient and convenient mobility, and Uber, a technology platform that is evolving the way the world moves, are announcing a partnership. The companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore collaboration, starting with trials, in the world of ridesharing in countries where ridesharing is expanding, taking various factors into account such as regulations, business conditions, and customer needs. As part of the partnership, Toyota Financial Services Corporation and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership are making a strategic investment in Uber.... more

Toyota Presents Community Stars

Toyota Presents Community Stars

May 24, 2016
PORTLAND, ORE. (May 24, 2016) - Through the passenger-side window, 83-year-old Ferne Fabis points with excitement at the new bakery set to open soon near her home in Rockville, Maryland. New people and places have always been Ferne’s passion – even after a leg injury forced her to give up her driver’s license.... more

Driving to Make a Difference

Driving to Make a Difference

May 24, 2016
PLANO, TEXAS (May 24, 2016) - On a rainy day in Rockville, Md., Larry Korb parks his Toyota Camry and hurries to open the passenger door and hold an umbrella over 77-year-old Sondra Wasserman.
 
As a driver at the Senior Connection in nearby Silver Spring, this is the sort of trip Korb made more than 200 times the last year - volunteering his time and vehicle to pick up senior citizens and take them to doctor’s appointments, shopping trips and community events. The National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) supports thousands of drivers like Korb, and organizations like the Senior Connection, that enable the freedom of mobility.  And now NVTC has a new supporter, Toyota.... more

Toyota Expands Takata Air Bag Safety Recall

Toyota Expands Takata Air Bag Safety Recall

May 23, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif., May 23, 2016 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that, based on recent information from Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  it is expanding its recalls involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. 
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iBOT Poised for Comeback

iBOT Poised for Comeback

May 21, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 21, 2016) – Toyota Motor North America is joining forces with DEKA Research and Development, the company founded by legendary inventor Dean Kamen, to support mobility solutions for the disabled community. This agreement will help DEKA to proceed with plans to complete the development and launch the next generation iBOT motorized wheelchair.
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Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Surpass 9 Million Units

Worldwide Sales of Toyota Hybrids Surpass 9 Million Units

May 20, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, May 20, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation is proud to announce that the cumulative figures for global sales of its hybrid vehicles reached 9.014 million units as of April 30, surpassing the 9 million unit mark1. This latest million-unit milestone was achieved in just nine months.... more

Win at Olympus Marks Back-to-Back Victories for Toyota RAV4

Win at Olympus Marks Back-to-Back Victories for Toyota RAV4

May 18, 2016
This past weekend at the Olympus Rally in the deep forest of Shelton,Wash., Ryan Millen and the Toyota RAV4 SE put another exclamation point on their season, winning the 2WD Class with ease, and finishing ahead of all but four 4WD competitors.  The class win was punctuated by a gap of over five minutes ahead of their nearest in-class competitor.... more

Lights, Camera, Action...The All-New Prius Lights Up People En Español's Annual Los 50 Mas Bellos

Lights, Camera, Action...The All-New Prius Lights Up People En Español's Annual Los 50 Mas Bellos

May 18, 2016
NEW YORK (May 18, 2016) – The all-new Toyota Prius lit up the world’s most beautiful and famous Latino celebrities on the red carpet last night during People en Español’s 20th annual Los 50 Mas Bellos event, held at the trendy New York City venue Espace.... more

Meet the Man

Meet the Man

May 17, 2016
Do you know what the life of a CEO is really like?  And how do you get there? Learn more about the path Toyota Motor North America Jim Lentz took and what his life looks like today.... more

Toyota Named New Official Special Olympics Texas Partner, Opportunity Drawing for 2017 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Named New Official Special Olympics Texas Partner, Opportunity Drawing for 2017 Toyota Tundra

May 17, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas, May 17, 2016 -- Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) officially announced Toyota as its newest Official Partner today, making the automaker a year-round statewide $250,000-level co-sponsor of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SOTX provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 55,200 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state of Texas.... more

Toyota Mobility Foundation Joins New Cities Foundation as Global Strategic Member

Toyota Mobility Foundation Joins New Cities Foundation as Global Strategic Member

May 16, 2016
Montréal, Canada, May 16, 2016 – The New Cities Foundation today welcomed the Toyota Mobility Foundation as its latest Global Strategic Member. The partnership between the two organizations aims to activate the next generation of urban mobility solutions.... more

Toyota Financial Services Supports Environmental Sustainability by Expanding Green Bond Program

Toyota Financial Services Supports Environmental Sustainability by Expanding Green Bond Program

May 13, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif., May 13, 2016 – Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to supporting the sale of green vehicles, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) issued its third Asset-Backed Green Bond in the amount of $1.6 billion.  TFS revolutionized the Green Bond market by introducing the auto industry’s first-ever Asset-Backed Green Bond in 2014. Green Bonds are an important component of TFS’ broad-ranging funding program and serve to enhance Toyota’s already extensive green commitment.... more

Olympus Rally Next Challenge for RAV4

Olympus Rally Next Challenge for RAV4

May 12, 2016
Torrance, Calif., May 12, 2016 -- Coming off of a high from the last round’s nail-biter win at Oregon Trail, Ryan Millen, Christina Fate, and the Rally RAV4 are looking for back-to-back wins at the Olympus Rally in Shelton, Wash.... more

What Is a Million-Mile Toyota Tundra Worth?

What Is a Million-Mile Toyota Tundra Worth?

May 11, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. (May 11, 2016) –Toyota customer Victor Sheppard was so satisfied with his Toyota Tundra, even after he had safely driven 1 million miles, he continued driving it. When Toyota saw the well-kept truck, they asked: What is a Toyota Tundra with more than a million miles worth?

For Toyota’s production engineers and team members, the truck’s longevity offers invaluable insight for future products. For Sheppard, it was worth a new truck.... more

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence in STEM-Related Fields

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence in STEM-Related Fields

May 11, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 11, 2016) –  In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Toyota is pleased to announce that it awarded scholarships to 22 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students for post-secondary education in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).... more

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016

May 11, 2016
Toyota’s global net income increased 6.4 percent for the 2016 fiscal year which ended March 31, 2016.... more

Toyota Opens New Engine Plant in Porto Feliz, São Paulo

Toyota Opens New Engine Plant in Porto Feliz, São Paulo

May 10, 2016
São Paulo, May 10, 2016 -- Today, Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB) officially opens its new engine manufacturing facility in the city of Porto Feliz. Built on a plot of land that covers an area of 872,500 m2 (9.39 million sq. ft.), the new facility represents an investment of 18 billion JPY (conversion to 580 million Brazilian R$ or 170 million USD) and approximately 320 direct jobs in the region. With this new manufacturing operation, Toyota reinforces its commitment to the Brazilian economy and increases its support for Latin America and the Caribbean region as a whole. In this, the company remains steadfast to a corporate mission of the betterment of society.... more

New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity

New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity

May 10, 2016
Gland, Switzerland, May 10, 2016 --  (IUCN) The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced a five-year partnership to provide funding to broaden the scope of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This will significantly increase knowledge on the extinction risk of more than 28,000 species, including many that are key food sources for a significant portion of the global population.... more

Toyota Signs Championship Off-Road Racer BJ Baldwin to Multi-Year Sponsorship

Toyota Signs Championship Off-Road Racer BJ Baldwin to Multi-Year Sponsorship

May 07, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, May 7, 2016— Before a roaring crowd of AMA Supercross fans, Toyota announced its sponsorship of BJ Baldwin, off-road racing superstar and mastermind behind the successful #Recoil video franchise. “Ballistic” BJ, an off-roader who has won the grueling Baja 1000 twice without the assistance of a second driver, will join Toyota’s diverse roster of sponsored athletes and will field a Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck in the SCORE International and Best in the Desert (BITD) series.... more

Pedal to the Medal: Students Chart Course for New Mobility Solutions

Pedal to the Medal: Students Chart Course for New Mobility Solutions

May 06, 2016
Plano, Texas (May 6, 2016) – Meeting neighborhoods’ needs through Mobile Community Centers. Turning car trunks into moving mailboxes. Customizing navigation systems for the blind. These are the innovative concepts from the three finalists in the Next Generation Mobility Challenge, a new competition from Toyota and Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical mobility needs in local communities and around the world.
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What makes nuns go 'Whoopi?' Give ‘em a Toyota Sienna

What makes nuns go 'Whoopi?' Give ‘em a Toyota Sienna

May 05, 2016
NEW YORK, May 5, 2016 – Celebrating the 100th anniversary of an order of black nuns, Whoopi Goldberg and ABC’s “The View” teamed up with Toyota today to present a new 2016 Toyota Sienna minivan to the 14 sisters from Harlem. Now that’s a reason to say “Whoopi!”... more

Charging Ahead

Charging Ahead

May 04, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 4, 2016) -- For anyone (i.e. everyone) who’s ever panicked when their mobile device chirped, “low battery,” the future could be far less stressful, thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA). A new breakthrough involving magnesium batteries may soon open the doors for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones.
 
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Lexus RX Hybrid Named Green Vehicle of Texas at Texas Auto Writers Auto Roundup

Lexus RX Hybrid Named Green Vehicle of Texas at Texas Auto Writers Auto Roundup

May 03, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 3, 2016) – What do you get when you combine head-turning looks with the latest hybrid technology?... more

Toyota No. 1 Retail Brand in April 2016

Toyota No. 1 Retail Brand in April 2016

May 03, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 3, 2016) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported April 2016 sales of 211,125 units, an increase of 3.8 percent from April 2015 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in April 2016 compared to April 2015, sales were flat (zero percent) on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. ... more

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