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Is Prius' longer extension cord worth it?

5 December 2017

The trouble with being first, or one of the first, is that you're sometimes not the best. Case in point - Mark One Prius Plug In Hybrid. All that Prius goodness - the quirky looks, the futuristic interior, instrument graphics to amaze first time buyers, low fuel consumption, low (or no) CO2 emissions, halo but, in my case, a pathetic range on 'lecky only that would not even get me to the office, let alone home again, jiggety-jog.


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 3 of 3

2 November 2017

The final part of the series which examines the passenger vehicles of Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries now turns to current and future Toyota brand crossovers, SUVs, pick-ups and sports cars. This includes hybrid models. This last chapter follows others on Daihatsu, Lexus, Toyota's smaller models and MPVs plus another concerning larger cars and fuel cell vehicles.


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 2

31 October 2017

After three features which respectively encompassed in-depth examinations of the latest and future generation Daihatsu and Lexus and Toyota vehicles, the next instalment in the series on Toyota Motor Corporation looked at the Toyota brand's small and compact models. Now, its D, E and F segment cars as well as MPVs and fuel cell models.


Toyota C-HR waistline not a problem for Kidsview, as it turns out

7 August 2017

Consider a large slice of humble pie cut, served and eaten. Traitorous kids. Soon as Toyota last year started issuing early pix of the controversially styled C-HR crossover (people seem to love or hate it), I was convinced the high waistline would make the view out for little ('ish' in my case now) people. "Don't your designers have kids?" I fired at Toyota GB. "For the more conservative family, we have the RAV4," their soshul meedjah team tweeted back. Touche. I should have kept quiet. Finally, we get one in, the troop lines up for inspection, their first quick drive. No problem at all with the view out the back. So much for my problem with Toyota's waistlines (it also does this with the Aygo city car, unlike Peugeot and Citroen with their versions).

Latest interviews


Q&A on automated driving with Toyota

20 December 2017

At Toyota's recent Advanced Technology Seminar in its R&D Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, the company explained its global vision towards ZERO accidents. In a unique double interview, Seigo Kuzumaki, TMC chief professional engineer in charge of safety R&D and government affairs of technology, and Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, detail the automaker's approach with respect to automated driving, a topic that is increasingly taking centre stage in the automotive industry.


INTERVIEW: Tony Walker eyes growth for Toyota UK manufacturing

21 July 2015

With two recently revised models launching on the European market, Toyota is upbeat over prospects for the plant that makes them at Burnaston, in the UK. Dave Leggett caught up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director Tony Walker for an update on UK manufacturing operations.


INTERVIEW: Dr Sae-Hoon Kim, head of Hyundai-Kia's FCEV research and development

5 November 2014

The Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster which followed the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 might inadvertently provide a foot in the door for sales of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles to take off, believes the man in charge of Hyundai-Kia's FCEV research and development, Dr Sae-Hoon Kim.


Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud

28 July 2014

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.

Latest news


Toyota North American output dips in 2017

17 January 2018

Toyota last year built 1,983,723 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants though volume was down slightly year on year (2,124,608 in 2016).


2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list

16 January 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list.


just-auto Plus only Toyota GR Super Sport Concept car makes its global debut at Tokyo Auto Salon

15 January 2018

Toyota has unveiled its direction for next-generation sports cars with the global debut of the GR Super Sport Concept and test car at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing, the GR Super Sport Concept incorporates hybrid technology developed...


CES - Automotive exhibitor world premieres

10 January 2018

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rinspeed, the Toyota Research Institute, Toyota Motor Corporation and Volkswagen had new technology on show.


Toyota/Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

10 January 2018

Toyota has announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within some of its vehicles sold in the US.


just-auto Plus only Toyota US expands Takata air bag safety recall

10 January 2018

Toyota Motor North America announced that, based on recent information from Takata as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is expanding its recall involving Takata front passenger air bag inflators. The involved vehicles are...


just-auto Plus only Toyota New Zealand sales up 20.1% in 2017

10 January 2018

Toyota New Zealand is celebrating 30 years as the dominant car brand in New Zealand’s automotive market. In 2017 the company’s 68 dealers sold 33,008 new vehicles for a 20.7% share of the market. It was another record year for Toyota New...


CES - Imagine an e-pallette system cluster at Burning Man - Akio Toyoda

8 January 2018

Toyota Motor Corporation on Monday announced its E-palette business system which chairman Akio Toyoda described as a "mobile showroom as a platform for an e-commerce-on-demand retail experience, a multi purpose moving experience, mobile personal shops, an individual, personalised mobile showroom".


Toyota and Dassault join over digital retail

8 January 2018

Dassault Systemes and Toyota Motor Europe have signed a three-year contract to collaborate on an optimised digital production process to create next generation digital marketing solutions for all new car launches in Europe. These solutions will feature localised and personalised content targeting consumers seeking 'new, customised experiences in the car buying journey'.


Toyota Research Institute to present new research vehicle at CES

5 January 2018

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will show its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, Platform 3.0, at CES in Las Vegas.


just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia sells 216,566 vehicles in 2017

5 January 2018

Toyota has delivered its best sales in five years, boosted by a record tally for the popular HiLux which topped the sales charts as Australia's best-selling vehicle for the second year in a row. The industry-leading performance by the...


just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor North America sales down 0.6% in 2017

4 January 2018

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) reported December 2017 sales of 222,985 vehicles, a decrease of 8.3% from December 2016 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in December 2017 compared to December 2016, sales were down 4.8% on a daily selling rate...


just-auto Plus only TMC Japan sales up 1.4% in November 2017

29 December 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces its production, domestic sales, and export results for November 2017, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor, and Hino Motors. November 2017 Results Production in Japan Passenger cars: Toyota -...


just-auto Plus only Asean NCAP announces four new crash test results

19 December 2017

The New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (Asean NCAP) has announced four new crash test results for the 4th Quarter of 2017. These results are the second set to be released under a new protocol for 2017-2020 using a single rating system...


just-auto Plus only Toyota plans to accelerate development/launch of EVs

18 December 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is aiming for electrified vehicles to account for more than 50% of its new-vehicle sales around the end of the next decade, according to a plan outlined today. TMC's plan involves a significant acceleration in the...


Toyota and Panasonic mull batteries collaboration

13 December 2017

Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive battery business.


New company to accelerate Japan’s hydrogen initiative

12 December 2017

Eleven companies have inked a deal to form a new venture next year to develop Japanese hydrogen recharging stations (HRS) for fuel cell vehicles


just-auto Plus only Toyota North America announces leadership changes

11 December 2017

Toyota announced executive changes across its North American operations, effective 1 January 2018. “These appointments will bring new insights into strengthening Toyota’s ability for more collaboration enterprise-wide, helping us respond more...


Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan

6 December 2017

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa).


just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia sells 18,804 vehicles in November 2017

6 December 2017

Toyota has sold 200,000 vehicles in Australia for a thirteenth year and remains the only carmaker to have achieved the feat. The "double ton" is certain to have been reached during the first weekend of December after official figures confirmed...


just-auto Plus only Toyota US sales down 3% in November 2017

5 December 2017

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) reported November 2017 sales of 191,617 units. With the same number of selling days in November 2017 compared to November 2016, sales were down 3% on volume and on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted...


Toyota to build renewable fuel cell and hydrogen station

1 December 2017

Toyota is to construct the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant and hydrogen fuelling station.


just-auto Plus only Mazda Motor announces organisational and personnel changes

1 December 2017

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the following organisational and personnel changes, effective 1 December 2017. 1. Organisational Changes Changes in the area of North American business Aims : Prepare to establish a joint venture production company...


2017 LA AUTO SHOW - world debuts

30 November 2017

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at the 2017 LA auto show.


Toyota updating safety equipment packages in US

29 November 2017

Toyota Motor North America said its second generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package of active safety features will begin to be fitted standard equipment on some models from mid-2018.


Parkopedia to supply Toyota Entune and Lexus Enform

28 November 2017

Toyota and Lexus in the US will use Parkopedia to provide a new in car parking service via the Toyota Entune and Lexus Enform Apps.


just-auto Plus only Toyota to absorb Toyota Marketing Japan Corporation

27 November 2017

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has decided to absorb its wholly owned subsidiary, Toyota Marketing Japan Corporation (TMJ), as of 1 April 2018. In doing so, TMC intends to conceive and implement a dynamic and comprehensive approach to marketing for Japan that...


Toyota warns Kentucky workers over cost cuts

22 November 2017

In an unusual move, Toyota has warned workers at its Kentucky plant building the just redesigned, top-selling Camry sedan to cut costs now or face an uncertain future.


First Global NCAP South Africa results poor

22 November 2017

The first Global NCAP independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa's most popular compact and small cars has delivered poor results, as expected for markets where cars are sold with less standard safety equipment than in Europe. The crashworthiness results of the five cars tested show a wide range of safety performance, from four to zero stars for adult protection, with the lowest ratings resulting in a high probability of life threatening injury in a road crash.


just-auto Plus only New Toyota Camry scores five star ANCAP safety rating

21 November 2017

Independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP, published a 5-star safety rating for the new Toyota Camry. “The new Camry enters the Australian market with the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP chief executive officer James...

Toyota news

Toyota North American output dips in 2017

17 January 2018

Toyota last year built 1,983,723 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants though vo...


2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list

16 January 2018

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list....


just-auto Plus only Toyota GR Super Sport Concept car makes its global debut at Tokyo Auto Salon

15 January 2018

Toyota has unveiled its direction for next-generation sports cars with the global debut of the GR...


CES - Automotive exhibitor world premieres

10 January 2018

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world p...


Toyota/Lexus vehicles to feature Amazon Alexa

10 January 2018

Toyota has announced it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice servi...


just-auto Plus only Toyota US expands Takata air bag safety recall

10 January 2018

Toyota Motor North America announced that, based on recent information from Takata as required by...



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