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Yesterday Daimler AG announced it has reorganized its cooperation with Tesla Motors Inc. In doing so, the German automaker terminated the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and has sold its approximately 4-percent stake in Tesla. Daimler explained it initially acquired a 9.1 percent interest in Tesla in May 2009 for an estimated $50 million. […]

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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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September sales numbers being fed from the UK show Toyota’s hybrids are proving popular. Britain’s drivers are opting for hybrid vehicles in increasing numbers. Toyota said sales results for September and the first three quarters of 2014 showing the company’s hybrids attracting an ever greater proportion of customers. Figures released earlier this week by the […]

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How can cities address urban sustainability and the complexities of connected technology and connected vehicles? Toyota leaders will join 350 of the world’s greatest thinkers at the Meeting of the Minds 2014 summit next week, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, to explore this urban transformation and ways of harnessing the power of technology. Toyota stated […]

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Toyota is playing catch-up with incorporating aluminum into its more popular vehicles, unlike rivals Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The three North American automakers have wholly embraced the material, starting with hoods and panels in pickups and big SUVs, and spreading through — in the case of Chrysler — about 80 percent of its lineup. […]

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After helping find the place, real estate strategy firm JLL will be Toyota’s third partner in building the company’s new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Toyota said it has already tapped developer KDC and design firm Corgan. JLL will provide project management services, helping keep the enormous undertaking on track and on target. “We […]

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Toyota is providing 70 ultra-compact electric vehicles for Cité lib by Ha:Mo, an urban mobility project to be launched in Grenoble, France Oct. 1. The automaker is providing a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. The three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be by […]

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Toyota has decided not to pull its punches anymore when discussing the success of its hybrids. While applauding other manufacturers “expanding the popularity of hybrid vehicles,” the company still “retains hybrid leadership worldwide.” Toyota is celebrating “its utter hybrid dominance” by offering a special edition of its 2015 Prius. Built on the mid-range Three trim […]

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Wanting to make tomorrow’s driving safer, Toyota is strengthening its efforts and research into safety technology as well as into automated- and connected-vehicle technologies. Toyota explained its Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is expanding its mission to advance automotive safety research, with a new focus on the challenges and opportunities that evolving vehicle technologies will […]

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Toyota gained Japanese government approval to build and inspect high-pressure hydrogen tanks. This thereby handles one of the main issues with hydrogen vehicles in that high tank pressures must be sustainable, durable, and reliable. The company said this approval is an important production staging post in its program to launch its first fuel cell vehicle. […]

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