TMC Worldwide Cumulative Vehicle Production Passes 200 Million Mark

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that in June, its worldwide cumulative vehicle production surpassed 200 million units.

This milestone began with production of the Model G1 truck in August 1935 at Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd.’s Automotive Department, which was spun off and later became TMC. As of the end of June, cumulative production in Japan totaled 145.21 million vehicles and overseas production totaled 55.12 million vehicles.

Marking the achievement, TMC President Akio Toyoda said: “I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to our customers the world over who made it possible for us to reach this milestone. I also have the most profound respect and gratitude for the efforts of all persons who were involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the years. We are determined to make our cars even better, to continue to give our customers the best possible product. This is the common goal of our 300,000 Toyota staff members worldwide.”

The most-produced model among Toyota-brand vehicles is the Corolla, of which the 11th generation was launched in Japan on May 11. Cumulative worldwide Corolla production totaled 39.08 million units as of the end of June.

Toyota Named Best Global Green Brand for Second Consecutive Year

Toyota retains the number one spot in the second annual Best Global Green Brand report, published by international brand consultancy, Interbrand, earlier this month. The report gauges the gap between consumer perception of brand’s environmental performance (based on surveys from the countries with the world’s 10 largest economies) and its actual environmental practices (across 82 different sustainability metrics).

Interbrand credits Toyota’s achievement to the fact it continues to make environmental sustainability a core priority, and it cites the expansion of the world’s first mass-produced full hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, into a full family of models as a further success story for the company.

Toyota is aiming to reduce carbon emissions through the complete manufacturing and sales process. It is also working towards conserving natural resources through reuse and recycling of materials. “Toyota also achieved near zero-landfill status at all of its North American manufacturing plants, and continues its commitment to build LEED-certified buildings and dealerships,” according to Interbrand’s report.

“With long term goals around fuel efficiency, superior energy use, and the reduction of toxic emissions, the automotive industry has been able to turn such consideration points into areas of environmental leadership. The industry as a whole has launched a competitive range of high-profile alternative fuel vehicles—from electric models to hybrids—and even some with internal [combustion] engines.”

“Overall, the automotive brands’ investment in developing and marketing fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles is paying off—in terms of both performance and perception.”

Options for Gas and Hybrid Powertrains Available for All-New 2013 Toyota Avalon

Originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new Toyota Avalon features a stunning design, greater refinement, and a highly spacious interior with a variety of convenience technologies. Along with its new, compact dimensions and lighter curbweight, the Avalon will be available in two main trims: one powered by a powerful V6 gasoline powertrain and another by Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The 2013 Avalon will feature a 3.5-litre, DOHC V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle, which has been enhanced to offer more responsive and efficient performance, the result is the new sedan is propelled from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Also available are unique drives modes in ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT. The V6-powered 2013 Avalon achieves an EPA-rated 21 mpg (11.2 L/100km) city, 31 mpg (7.59 L/100km) highway and a combined 25 mpg (9.41 L/100km).

The Avalon Hybrid features the 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine, a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle which results in a total system output of 200 horsepower. The powertrain has been updated with three unique drive modes: EV, ECO and SPORT. EV mode can be engaged, provided other conditions are correct, for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph (40.23 km/h), providing an all-electric option that is convenient in residential areas or parking garages. With the new hybrid model, the all-new premium mid-sized sedan will achieve an EPA-rated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) city, 39 mpg (6.03 L/100km) highway and 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) combined.

The vehicle’s stylish design was executed entirely by Toyota’s Calty Design operation in California and Michigan; and the all-North American theme continues as the vehicle will be assembled in Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, facility. Steeper angles of the windshield and rear window, shorter front and rear overhangs, a lower beltline, plus a 1-inch reduction in height, altogether creates a sleeker, more refined look. The Avalon’s stance has been made to look more aggressive thanks to its big two-tiered grille and modestly expanded track width at 62.6 inches in the front and 62.2 inches in the rear.

In addition to a more appealing exterior, the Avalon is bolstered by improved structural rigidity with extensive spot-welding in the assembly process, as well as increased use of high-strength steel. A benefit with the use of high-strength steel is reduced weight. As a result, the Avalon’s minimum curb weight is 3,497 pounds, which is down almost 120 pounds compared to its predecessor.

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Toyota To Climb Pikes Peak With High Performance Electric Vehicle


Come July 8, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will participate in one of the oldest motorsport events in North America in hopes to demonstrate its high-performance electric powertrain technology. This event is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

Last year, TMG set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, a record which still stands today. The vehicle that will run Pikes Peak will be an improved version of this rec0rd-setting model. TMG’s advanced electric and electronic department has spent the past months developing on an updated electric powertrain, which is more powerful and more durable than its predecessor and will be appropriately named the TMG EV Poo2.

That high-performance electric powertrain is the heart of the new TMG EV P002 car, which will compete at Pikes Peak as part of a project from Japanese company RK1 Inc. Multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara will drive the car which features prominent branding from Yokohama.

Based on a chassis from niche performance automaker Radical, the TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 350kW from its two axial flux motors.

The hillclimb, which begins at an altitude of 2,800m and reaches the summit of 4,300m, is an ideal environment to showcase the strengths of an electric powertrain. TMG’s high-performance electric powertrain maintains full power despite the thin atmosphere at high altitude while delivering an impressive 900Nm of torque through its single-speed gearing.

The TMG EV P002 underwent a successful three-day testing session at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France in May to verify car and powertrain performance.

Ludwig Zeller, General Manager Electric & Electronics: “Pikes Peak is a great showcase for TMG’s electric powertrain technology. We already proved at the Nürburgring that TMG is leading the way in developing such powertrains for motorsport and this is another sign of our commitment to this technology. TMG wants to be increasingly involved in electric motorsport and we believe our powertrain technology is an industry-leading combination of performance, durability and packaging. Electric powertrain technology in motorsport is still in its development phase but through projects like this one, TMG is laying the foundations for the future of high-performance and motorsport cars.”