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Toyota Leads Innovation With Three-peat!

Toyota Leads Innovation With Three-peat!

June 05, 2017
York Township, Mich. (June 5, 2017) – In the quickly evolving world of mobility, staying ahead of the technology curve is no easy task. For the third year in a row, Toyota hasn’t just kept up with the pack, they’ve set the pace. A recently released report, “Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents in 2016,” which is published by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), shows that Toyota was awarded 1,540 U.S. patents in 2016 -- more than any other automaker.... more

CSRC 2017 Report

CSRC 2017 Report

May 31, 2017

Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) Launches CSRC Next to Study Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Technologies

Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) Launches CSRC Next to Study Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Technologies

May 31, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 31, 2017) – Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today formally launched the next phase of its research mission, celebrating the successful conclusion of its first five years of auto safety research. The new research effort, named CSRC Next, will focus on the challenges and opportunities of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies over the next decade.... more

Michigan Science Center Unveils New $1.44M Toyota 4D Engineering Theater

Michigan Science Center Unveils New $1.44M Toyota 4D Engineering Theater

May 22, 2017
DETROIT, May 22, 2017 – Today, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) unveiled the new Toyota 4D Engineering Theater (TET). The theater is designed to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through exciting programs and engaging films, the TET will showcase the fun and dynamic world of STEM and provide a resource for future generations of STEM professionals.  ... more

Toyota USA Foundation Expands Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing with $2.35 Million Award

Toyota USA Foundation Expands Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing with $2.35 Million Award

May 16, 2017
Plano, Texas and Florence, Ky. (May 16, 2017) – Continuing its commitment to preparing teachers and students for the next-generation of jobs, Toyota USA Foundation awarded two grants totaling $2.35 million to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE).... more

2017 TMNA R&D York Township (Michigan) Expansion Grand Opening - Jim Lentz

2017 TMNA R&D York Township (Michigan) Expansion Grand Opening - Jim Lentz

May 04, 2017
James Lentz, Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., speaks at the grand opening of the new TMNA R&D Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 4, 2017.... more

2017 TMNA R&D York Township (Michigan) Expansion Grand Opening - Shinichi Yasui

2017 TMNA R&D York Township (Michigan) Expansion Grand Opening - Shinichi Yasui

May 04, 2017
Shinichi Yasui, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development, speaks at the 2017 TMNA R&D Grand Opening in Ann Harbor, Michigan, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.... more

Toyota celebrates 40 Years of research and development in North America with the official opening of the expanded R&D centers in Michigan

Toyota celebrates 40 Years of research and development in North America with the official opening of the expanded R&D centers in Michigan

May 04, 2017
York Township, Mich. (May 4, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its North American research and development operations alongside an important milestone today, as the company officially opened its expanded Toyota Motor North American Research & Development (TMNA R&D) Purchasing and Prototype Development centers in York Township, Michigan.  ... more

Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National  ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

Changing the Game: Toyota Employees Earn National ‘Women in Manufacturing’ Award

April 21, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky.  (April 21, 2017) – At a reception in Washington, D.C., Thursday, The Manufacturing Institute recognized 130 recipients of the Women in Manufacturing  STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, including two women from Toyota.
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Toyota Opens a Portal to the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

Toyota Opens a Portal to the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

April 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2017)— Picture the 710 Freeway heading south, bumper-to-bumper semis hauling cargo to and from the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now imagine those trucks are moving that cargo quietly, quickly and without producing any emissions.  Toyota is working to make this vision a reality.     ... more

Toyota Top Automaker at 2016 R&D100 Awards

Toyota Top Automaker at 2016 R&D100 Awards

November 08, 2016
Washington, D.C. (November 8, 2016) – Toyota is already the leading automotive innovator, having been awarded more patents than any other automaker over the past 8 years. So it was no surprise when R&D Magazine awarded the year’s top 100 innovations in the global research and development space, that Toyota was the most awarded carmaker.... more

#iMfast: Leaving the Desk in the Dust

#iMfast: Leaving the Desk in the Dust

October 19, 2016
Houghton, Mich. (October 19, 2016) –  When it comes to developing parts and systems for tomorrow’s cars and trucks, engineers at Toyota’s North American R&D headquarters in Southeast Michigan spend a lot of time at their desks crunching data, working on CAD images and doing some of the less glamorous work that goes into making ever better cars. Some of that work, however, is far from ho-hum and far from the desk.... more

The Truck Whisperer

The Truck Whisperer

September 06, 2016
At the Toyota Technical Center in York Township, Mich., Mike Sweers serves as the chief engineer for both the Tundra and Tacoma.  Take a ride to Southeastern Michigan to find out a little more about the life of a chief engineer and what goes into making Toyota trucks the toughest on the road. ... more

Toyota Engineers Easier Access for Child Safety Seat Mounts

Toyota Engineers Easier Access for Child Safety Seat Mounts

September 01, 2016
Toyota already has more vehicles rated as Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker1, but now they have yet another rating to add to the list of accolades, an IIHS Good+ rating for Child Safety Seat Ease-of-Use.
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#iMfast: ENGINEERING FLAT OUT

#iMfast: ENGINEERING FLAT OUT

August 30, 2016
Detroit Lakes, Minn. (August 30, 2016) –  Engineers from Toyota’s North American R&D headquarters in Michigan took to the Minnesota wilderness last weekend in a nearly-stock Corolla iM and they left having earned their first-ever podium finish. ... more

Engineers of Tomorrow: Toyota Helps Michigan Science Center ‘Catch ‘Em All’

Engineers of Tomorrow: Toyota Helps Michigan Science Center ‘Catch ‘Em All’

July 21, 2016
Detroit (July 21, 2016) -- Inspiring today’s students to become tomorrow’s science and engineering leaders is something Toyota believes is critical to society. Whether it’s autonomous cars, flying cars or something that has yet to be envisioned, the future of mobility depends on sparking children’s interests in engineering and science careers.... more

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

July 15, 2016
Pennington, N.J.  (July 15, 2016) -- The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has selected three recipients who will receive a minimum of $50,000 each for fellowships for projects in green energy technology. The winners are Professor Elizabeth Biddinger, City College of New York; Professor Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Professor Joshua Snyder, Drexel University.... more

Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

June 30, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 30, 2016) – Whether it’s creating artificial skin for pedestrian safety mannequins, helping autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles or fabrics that clean themselves, Toyota leads the way in anticipating and engineering the cars of tomorrow for today.... more

America's Best-Selling Car Still Most 'American-Made'

America's Best-Selling Car Still Most 'American-Made'

June 28, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Ky., June 28, 2016 -- The best-selling car in America for 14 consecutive years is on another streak that recognizes its American symbolism: another award from Cars.com for most American-made. For the second year in a row and sixth time overall, the Toyota Camry claims the top position on Cars.com’s American-Made Index.... more

Toyota Adds Child Models to Virtual Crash Dummy Line-up

Toyota Adds Child Models to Virtual Crash Dummy Line-up

June 21, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, June 21, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation has added three new models to represent children aged ten, six, and three to Version 4 of its Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual crash dummy software. THUMS allows injuries sustained by human bodies during vehicle crashes to be simulated on computer, and sales of the new models will begin from this autumn.... 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

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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Honor thy Planet.

Honor thy Planet.

April 22, 2016
Toyota and team members from Mississippi to Michigan are celebrating the Earth in a variety of ways.... more

Toyota Helps Turn Ann Arbor into World’s Largest Connected Car Proving Ground

Toyota Helps Turn Ann Arbor into World’s Largest Connected Car Proving Ground

April 13, 2016
Ann Arbor, Mich. (April 13, 2016) – On the heels of last week’s announcement that Toyota is putting more boots on the ground in Ann Arbor to study fully autonomous driving and advanced mobility, Toyota also will be deploying cars on the road for real world testing. Toyota, in partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), is transforming the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich. into the world’s largest operational, real-world deployment of connected vehicles and infrastructure. ... more

U Asked For It, U Got It. uBox.

U Asked For It, U Got It. uBox.

April 12, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. (April 12, 2016) -- Most of Toyota’s North American vehicles are engineered in Southeast Michigan. The newest concept to wear the automaker’s famous badge, however, has its roots firmly planted in the red clay of South Carolina.... more

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