Toyota Building Corolla Stateside (in MS)

Toyota opened a new plant in Tupelo, Mississippi that is dedicated to the production of their Corolla model. Toyota’s goal with the new plant is to win back American customers by using American made parts and contributing to the local economy. Toyota boosted the local economy by hiring local, and all of the cars produced will be assembled with at least 80 percent North American made parts. In addition, Toyota has partnered with the CREATE Foundation to donate $50 million to local schools over the next 10 years.

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CarMD best manufacturer award:  this is a new award conferred by CarMD.  Though only a year old, this was their first award giving occasion. This year it was for Toyota Motor Sales, USA inc. who grabbed this award.  This was somewhat unexpected to many casual observers, given Toyota’s recall issues of late.

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CarMD Presents Toyota With First Annual CarMD? Vehicle Health Index(TM) Best …

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Score another one for the smartphone pundits. Toyota Financial Services has launched an iPhone app that makes it easy for consumers to make their new car loan payments anywhere.

There has been an average of 150,000 mobile visits per month since launching a website designed for mobile usage. The number of users on that site encouraged Toyota to launch an iPhone app as well. ”We have been monitoring usage and found that nearly 60 percent of our customers are using an iPhone when they access the mobile site,” said Jeanice Lee, consumer portal manager for Toyota Financial Services. ”So for us it made sense to develop an iPhone app for our customers to manage their accounts on the go.” The company expects 20 percent of consumers will bypass online sites completely and pay their bills directly via smart devices. In the first couple of days the app was available, there were 5,200 downloads.

The app incorporates QR code technology, which allows customers can instantly access their accounts even if they have never registered prior to downloading the app. Users simply scan a personalized bar code on their billing statement. ”If a customer is not registered for an online account with Toyota Financial Services, they can download the iPhone app and scan the QR code available on their billing statements which will populate the registration fields, so they don’t have to enter them manually, simplifying the registration process,” Lee said. The QR codes began to appear on November billing statements. Toyota plans to expand to other smartphone devices and potentially tablets.  If you have a Toyota car loan or lease, this is truly a convenience-booster.

Toyota Unveils Plan To Improve Sales

First off, this is not a story about a company struggling to remain relevant. Toyota has been suffering sales decreases steadily all year for one reason only, the production interruptions created by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Due to production issues, Toyota saw its American sales dip from 147,162 units in September, 2010 to 121,451 in September, 2011. The overwhelming reason was that dealers only had limited inventory to sell. That trends has begun to reverse. Toyota now has a 30 day supply of cars at its dealerships with plans to increase that to 45 days or more by the end of the year according to Bob Carter, group vice president of Toyota Motor Sales.

With plenty of Prius Vs, Camrys, and Scions on the lots, dealers should have trouble keeping up with the customers on the lot. Toyota is probably right in its belief that increased inventory is all that is needed to reverse sales declines this year.

Toyota Has Re-Achieved Pre-Tsunami Output

Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s largest auto maker, has increased their monthly production and reached the pre-Tsunami-earth quake levels in auto production. The August output proved their efforts reaching the pre-quake levels. Toyota has achieved a near complete recovery in August, in its part supply. But there is a wrong note sounded, which says that Japan’s strong currency status is capable of disturbing the recovery of the export prospects.

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Toyota Domestic Output Up For First Time Since Quake

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Dezi Nagayya has been selected as the new design manager for Toyota Motor Company. He proposes to put an end to the conservative designs of Toyota and come out with a more attractive design theme. Though he looks radical, his outlook is promising to bring back the emotion that is missing and is dynamic and sportive in his approach. At the same time, he promises to keep the rational and traditional values intact in the designing of Toyota future vehicles. 

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Toyota Launching First Mini Car

Toyota is introducing its first mini car in Japan on Monday. It’s called the ‘Pixis Space’ and will retail at prices starting 1.12 million yen. Mini cars, known as ‘kei’ in Japanese, are defined as cars with proportions less than 3.4m by 1.48m in length and width, and less than 2m tall, and are taxed at lower prices than regular sized cars.

Toyota will be introducing two more mini car models at some point in the future, although dates for this have not yet been confirmed.

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Toyota adds first tiny ‘minicar’ to Japan lineup

Toyota Prius V Going on Tour

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc along with FILTER Creative Group will take the Prius V to many destinations on an experimental tour, beginning tomorrow, Sep 23. This Prius Creation Station tour is set to feature unique activities for parents and children. Guests can pick up entry forms for a chance to win a brand new Toyota Prius in The Prius Goes Plural Sweepstakes.

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Toyota Launches “Prius v Creation Station” Tour This Fall

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Toyota (New) Supra in Development

The article is all about the introduction of the New Supra, a successor to the beloved Supra. As per the article, production of the New Supra is currently in progress. Recent reports also say that the production project is going on after the approval from the company’s CEO, Akio Toyoda. The New Supra is probably not going to make any kind of positive changes in the company’s sales – it’s too much of a niche product.

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Toyota Engineers Working On Secret Supra Successor: Report

The campaign in question was called  ”Your Other You”. It should have been titled ”The Dumbest Thing We Could Possible Do”. A woman is suing the automaker after they sent her emails and other online material that made her think that she was about to receive a visit from a man running from the police and needing a place to stay.

“Sebastian Bowler,” who appeared to be a 25-year-old Englishman and soccer fanatic with a drinking problem emailed the woman and even supplied a MySpace page. He told her that he was on a cross-country road trip and would be at her house in a few days. Just for fun, he claimed to have run into some trouble at a motel, after which the woman received an e-mail from the hotel manager with a bill for a TV Bowler had smashed.

The woman, Amanda Duick, sued Toyota for $10 million claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress; unfair, unlawful, and deceptive trade practices; and negligent misrepresentation, among other things. A court recently denied Toyota’s claim that she had inadvertently agreed to participate in the program, clearing the way for the fate of the $10 mil to be decided.

Toyota’s aim was to take advantage of the Punk’d craze sweeping America at the time. In the end, Toyota may be the only one getting Punk’d. To the tune of several million.

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