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RUSH LIMBAUGH CALLER STEAMED OVER TOYOTA RECALL COVERAGE

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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A Caller to Open Line Friday, January 29, 2010 talks with Rush Limbaugh and he is steamed over the recall coverage and discusses the  possible smear factor against Toyota that could be in play…Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste!GM AND TOYOTA

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RUSH: Marion, Illinois, John, you’re next, Open Line Friday.  Hello.CALLER:  Mr. Rush, mega dittos from southern Illinois.RUSH:  Thank you, sir.CALLER:  It’s a pleasure to talk with you.  I don’t know if you’ve talked about the Toyota issue very much, but I read an article in the Wall Street Journal of where the Obama administration had talked with Toyota and they had put the onus on Toyota to do something about this (quote, unquote) “problem” with the gas pedal sticking and all that good stuff that’s going on.  I sold Toyota for the last six years prior.  I’m not selling anymore.  I know several people in the business, including service managers that have worked on them for years.  I’ve never had one customer complain.  I’ve never seen it.  The service manager said that it’s impossible for them to go in and recreate the situation that’s causing the gas pedal to stick.

RUSH:  Well, wait a minute, now.  There is a recall, isn’t there?

CALLER:  Well, Toyota is recalling them to change them, and the only reason they’re doing that is to preempt the government from doing more.  Now, I know I’m not a Toyota executive, but I worked in Toyota and I know how they work, and they want to be aboveboard no matter what’s going on. They want to have the best attitude and look the best they can to their customers by saying, “Okay, we don’t even know if there’s really a major problem but we’re going to recall them.”

RUSH:  Well, I think Obama Motor Company’s also exploiting this.

CALLER:  Very much so.

RUSH:  In the midst of this, they’re offering potential customers a $1,000 rebate if they’d get rid of their Toyota and come buy an Obamamobile.

CALLER:  That’s exactly right.  That goes to my main point: You know, this Government Motors that we own now still can’t sell cars. They’re still losing major money because they’re bending over backwards for the unions.  They’re crying about jobs not being created, yet they’re trying their best to cause Toyota to lose jobs in the United States, and then they just happened to have all these commercials ready to go for national television saying, “Well, you bring your Toyota in to us and we’ll give you an extra thousand dollars for it.”  Don’t tell me that this is not planned out and that Obama didn’t know. He knows exactly what he’s doing, and this is just another nail in the coffin, hopefully, in 2012 when he runs again, and people have enough of this and they’re just sick of it.  It just infuriated me.

RUSH:  I can tell.  I can hear it. I can hear the infuriation in your voice.  I can hear it.  I’m trained that way and I can tell that you’re angry.  I can also see that Honda is going to recall 640,000 cars.  I don’t know what the reason for it is. I’ll find out.  But your theory is it would be to keep Obama off their back.

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RUSH: Here’s the Honda story on the recall of 646,000 cars. It’s the Honda Fit. There are 140,000 of them in the United States. “The Fit is Honda’s best-selling model in Japan. Honda said the recall was to fix a defective master switch, which could cause water to enter the power window switch and in some cases cause a fire. There were three reported cases of fires due to the defect, two in the United States and one in South Africa…”

 

 

 

 
 
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2012 TOYOTA SPORTS COUPE

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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Toyota will be back into the affordable sports-coupe game with an all-new model priced at around $20,000, although it will most likely carry the Scion nameplate.toyota_sports_car

This front-engine/rear-drive 2-door may reincarnate the spirit of the 1983–1987 Corolla Levin/Trueno (AE86), a car that’s still popular today

Don’t be surprised though to see a different production car than all the teaser prototypes that have been shown around. Do expect fairly quick acceleration times, probably around 6.0 sec. to 60 mph. The suspension mayl consist of MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup at the rear.

Toyota will be in charge of the car’s styling and expect a car that is very appealing.

The car is scheduled to appear sometime in 2011 or 2012. If this future car truly is a reincarnation of the AE86, Toyota will have a big hit on their hands.

NEW TOYOTA RECALL WEBSITE AIDS CONSUMERS

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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A new website dedicated to providing update information about the most recent Toyota recall has united Toyota owners from all over the country who are looking for answers to many of their questions. toyota-floor-mat-recall-2-copy

 With millions of Toyota vehicles recently recalled, Toyota owners are turning to this website to find Toyota recall update answers to their questions and express their feelings and opinions with fellow consumers.

The dedicated Toyota recall website, http://www.toyotarecall.org, is an independent, consumer to consumer website that is not affiliated with Toyota or the government. It was launched as a way to collect the massive amount of questions and answers that exist online and bring it all to one simple destination for consumers.

The website provides an outlet for Toyota owners through various forums through which consumers can share their comments, opinions and experiences. Current forums being discussed now include:

One of the most active areas of the Toyota recall update website is the Q&A section where an outpouring of emotions and frustration has been seen.

One consumer wrote in, “Me and my family’s lives are not worth it. In the interest of public safety, none of these cars should even be on the road. The question is whether Toyota is going to do the right thing and allow people out of their contract or is it still going to stonewall everyone and claim that they’re going to work it out.”

Another consumer posed the question, “What is a consumer to do when the dealerships tells me that a letter will be sent out sometime next week/next month to address this problem? Do we keep driving this death trap?”

The website demonstrates visible anger and frustration on the parts of millions of Toyota owners.  Toyota owners who would like to share any information they have received can take part in the online forums by visiting http://www.toyotarecall.org/

Consumers who would like information from Toyota directly can call the official Toyota Customer Care phone number at 1-800-331-4331.

TOYOTA SUPPLIER HAS FIX FOR GAS PEDAL PROBLEM

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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A key Toyota Supplier has a fix for the gas pedal recall issue plaguing 8 core models in the Toyota line up.CTS

Toyota has come up with two possible repairs that dealers could perform. A Spokesman said the company had discussed the potential fixes with U.S. regulators, but declined to add additional information. He stated “Our desire is to repair as many vehicles as possible as quickly as possible. The ball is in our court.”

The supplier behind the pedal fiasco, CTS, is currently building replacement parts after determining condensation was the potential cause for wear to the pedal mechanism. According to the company’s Chairman and CEO, Vinod Khilnani, “That, we believe, is the reason for the slow return of the pedal.”  He continued, “We have the fix. It’s a … robust pedal, which is meeting the tougher specifications by Toyota. All of our three facilities which supply to Toyota are already producing the new pedal.”

TOYOTA HAS FIX FOR STICKING ACCELERATOR PROBLEM

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Toyota  says it has a fix to the problem with sticking accelerator pedals and will update employees with details today, Friday, January 29, 2010.

The company informed workers Thursday night that it presented a remedy to federal regulators.

The e-mail says that plans are being developed on a variety of fronts. The company says it will update workers on Friday.

The company says its engineers are working around the clock to fix the problem in eight core models, including the top-selling Camry midsize sedan.

Toyota says accelerators rarely stick. But earlier this week the company halted sales and production of the 8 models. It has recalled at least 2.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S., Europe and China to eliminate  the problem.

TOYOTA OWNER QUESTIONS ON RECALL AND SALES SUSPENSION

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Frequently Asked Questions For Sticking Accelerator Pedal Recall and Suspension of Sales

Which models are affected by the recall/stop sale?
Toyota’s accelerator pedal recall and suspension of sales is confined to the following Toyota Division vehicles:
  • Certain 2009-2010 RAV4,
  • Certain 2009-2010 Corolla,
  • 2009-2010 Matrix,
  • 2005-2010 Avalon,
  • Certain 2007-2010 Camry, 
  • Certain 2010 Highlander,
  • 2007-2010 Tundra,
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
No Lexus Division or Scion vehicles are affected by these actions. Also not affected are Toyota Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Highlander hybrids and Camry hybrids, which will remain for sale.
 
Further, Camry, RAV4, Corolla and Highlander vehicles with VINs that begin with “J” are not affected by the sticky accelerator pedal recall.
 
What is the condition that has prompted Toyota to take this action?
In rare instances, there is a possibility that certain accelerator pedal mechanisms may, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position.  
 
What is the likelihood that my vehicle will experience this condition?
The condition is rare and does not occur suddenly. It can occur when the pedal mechanism becomes worn and, in certain conditions, the accelerator pedal may become harder to depress, slower to return or, in the worst case, stuck in a partially depressed position.  
 
Are you continuing to investigate other models?
Toyota is confident that all models that contain the potentially sticking pedals have been identified.  
 
Why has Toyota stopped selling the affected vehicles? 
Until Toyota has finalized an appropriate remedy to address the potential for sticking accelerator pedals, a sales suspension is necessary.  
 
How long will this stop sale be in effect?
New cars covered by this recall will not be delivered until a remedy is finalized and then implemented.  
 
When do you expect to have a remedy?
Toyota is making every effort to remedy this situation for customers as quickly as possible.  
 
What options are you exploring for a remedy?
Toyota is reviewing a number of different options, and the company hopes to announce a remedy soon.
 
What should I do if I believe my vehicle is affected by this condition, i.e. I have noticed that my accelerator pedal is hard to depress, slow to return or is unsmooth during operation. What should I do?
The vehicle should be driven to the nearest safe location, the engine shut off and a Toyota dealer contacted for assistance.  
 
What if you experience a sticking accelerator pedal while driving?
Each circumstance may vary, and drivers must use their best judgment, but Toyota recommends taking one of the following actions:
  
• If you need to stop immediately, the vehicle can be controlled by stepping on the brake pedal with both feet using firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brake pedal as it will deplete the vacuum utilized for the power brake assist.
• Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
• If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
• If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button. 
• If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.  
 
If I am an owner of one of the affected vehicles, what action do I need to take?
Toyota is working quickly to prepare a correction remedy and will issue owner notifications in the future.  No action is required at this time unless you feel you are experiencing this condition.  If you are experiencing this condition, immediately contact your nearest Toyota Dealer for assistance.  
 
Toyota stated that this did not affect new/low mileage vehicles, has the situation changed?
The law requires that the entire universe of new vehicles identified in the recall notice must be included in the stop sale. 
 
Why are you stopping production at your factories?
Production is being stopped temporarily at five North American production facilities to assess and coordinate activities related to the recall announced on January 21. 
 
What should I do if I still have questions or concerns?
If you still have questions or concerns that have not been addressed here, please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. 
The Toyota Customer Experience Center hours are:
Mon – Fri, 5:00 am – 6:00 pm PST
Sat, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm PST    
 

TOYOTA SUSPENDS SALES AND PULLS “ANDON” ON 8 MODELS TO “NIP IT IN THE BUD”

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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Toyota is suspending U.S. Sales on 8 popular Car and Truck models to fix a potential Accelerator, Throttle, Gas Pedal Problem. These models include the following: the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.toyota suspended sales

This is a Good Thing…There is a passage from (Jeremiah 6:16) that says:”Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

The Toyota Production Process operates on a set of its own foundation principles and paths somewhat ancient in origin and involve process concepts of Jidoka, AndonGenchi Genbutsu, and a few others. Jidoka is a term that has evolved to mean automation with a human touch or the ability to stop production lines anytime at the sight of a problem. Andon refers to realtime visual and physical controls about current production state of affairs; Any Toyota worker can stop the production line  any time at the sign of trouble by pulling an “ANDON CORD”. Genchi Genbutsu is to “Go and See” and is the belief that practical experience is more valuable than theoretical knowledge; “One must see the problem to know the problem”.

Toyota is calling upon its own successful ancient paths of experience by taking Bold Action to pull the “Andon Cord” on Sales and Production of 8 U.S. Popular Core Product Vehicles so that they can apply “Genchi Genbutsu” to quickly and effectively solve and eliminate once and for all any Accelerator problem it may have with the suspended vehicles. Toyota is willing to do this for as long as it takes to eliminate any problem that might exist.

Yes, this is a Bold and Risky Move; yet a move that Must Be Taken and one that is True to the Heart Of Toyota Integrity. Think about it, instead of continuing to build and sell football field after football field full of defect laiden product like domestic manufacturers have done in the past, Toyota is stopping everything to get it right, “Nip It In The Bud”, before they allow business to continue. What a novel concept,,, stopping everything to get it right before allowing business to continue…Come to think of it,,, the U.S. Government could learn a few things here…….

Toyota is going the extra mile to reassure people that they really care about the customers. This is something that is going to be a short-term hardship on Dealers and Toyota; yet, in the long-term a homerun for Toyota , Dealers, and Customers.

God said follow the ancient paths. He probably taught Barney Fife to “Nip It In the Bud”. Toyota is using both to solve this one…

TOYOTA ACCELERATOR RECALL…WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
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moving forwardToyota  is doing the right thing as it recalls 2.3 million Toyota-brand cars and trucks dating back to 2005  citing problems with certain supplier accelerator pedal mechanisms. Toyota is working quickly to prepare the correction remedy and they will solve this in a timely manner.

Recently there have been 60 plus new cases of Toyota vehicles accelerating on their own reported by safety experts since last year when Toyota announced it had solved the problem will a massive recall of suspect floor mats and proposed changes to gas pedals. The 60 new cases is added to approximately 2000 suspect cases that go back to 2006.

A recall of any magnitude is justified if it will save one person’s life. A recall became of utmost responsibility for Toyota though with a tragic and dramatic incident that occurred on the day after Christmas 2009. On that day not one but four people died in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, when a 2008 Toyota sped off the road, through a fence and landed upside down in a pond. The car’s floor mats were found in the trunk of the car, where owners had been advised to put them as part of the recall late last year.

There definitely is a problem on some scale with certain accelerator throttle mechanisms used by Toyota in some of their vehicles. This problem is an elusive one though as there is no engine error code for a problem like this. The vehicle computer doesn’t know the driver’s intention. If you release the pedal and it stays down, the computer thinks you still have the pedal pushed down. 

Toyota will fix this problem…But is the media characterizing this issue accurately? Certainly it is the responsibility of media outlets to report and announce issues that are of importance to the public such as the Toyota recall. But the media over-steps it’s boundries when it blows a story such as Toyota’s out of proportion to an extent as to cause widespread fear, panic and despair with owners, so much so that they are scared to drive their vehicle.

Lets put this into perspective. There are approximately 27 million Toyota vehicles on the road in the United States. there have been a liitle over 2000 reported incidents of possible Toyota accelerator problems. That means at this time the odds of experiencing a Toyota accelerator problem are 13,500 to 1.

Here are  a few other odd for comparison:

  • Odds of death in a transportation accident this year 77 to 1
  • Odds of fatality slipping in bath or shower  2,232 to 1
  • Odds of being considered possessed by satan 7000 to 1

Drive your vehicle and remain calm. Take your vehicle in for the recall when you are contacted. Toyota will spare no expense to fix this problem. In the meantime, be familiar with procedures to handle an accelerator problem,

  • Shift into neutral
  • Firmly apply brakes
  • When you come to a stop, cut engine off

Here is a list of additional occurrances and their odds…

Odds that a person between the age of 18 and 29 does NOT read a newspaper regularly: 3 to 1
Odds that an American adult does not want to live to age 120 under any circumstances: 3 to 2
Odds of injury from fireworks: 19,556 to 1
Odds of injury from shaving: 6,585 to 1
Odds of injury from using a chain saw: 4,464 to 1
Odds of injury from mowing the lawn: 3,623 to 1
Odds of fatally slipping in bath or shower: 2,232 to 1
Odds of drowning in a bathtub: 685,000 to 1
Odds of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip: 500,000,000 to 1
Odds of being killed sometime in the next year in any sort of transportation accident: 77 to 1
Odds of being killed in any sort of non-transportation accident: 69 to 1
Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1
Odds of being killed by lightning: 2,320,000 to 1
Odds of being murdered: 18,000 to 1
Odds of getting away with murder: 2 to 1
Odds of being the victim of serious crime in your lifetime: 20 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds of being considered possessed by Satan: 7,000 to 1
Odds that a first marriage will survive without separation or divorce for 15 years: 1.3 to 1
Odds that a celebrity marriage will last a lifetime: 3 to 1
Odds of getting hemorrhoids: 25 to 1
Odds of being born a twin in North America: 90 to 1
Odds of being on plane with a drunken pilot: 117 to 1
Odds of being audited by the IRS: 175 to 1
Odds of having your identity stolen: 200 to 1
Odds of dating a millionaire: 215 to 1
Odds of dating a supermodel: 88,000 to 1
Odds of writing a New York Times best seller: 220 to 1
Odds of finding out your child is a genius: 250 to 1
Odds of catching a ball at a major league ballgame: 563 to 1
Odds of becoming a pro athlete: 22,000 to 1
Odds of finding a four-leaf clover on first try: 10,000 to 1
Odds of a person in the military winning the Medal of Honor: 11,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Academy Award: 11,500 to 1
Odds of striking it rich on Antiques Roadshow: 60,000 to 1
Odds of getting a royal flush in poker on first five cards dealt: 649,740 to 1
Odds of spotting a UFO today: 3,000,000 to 1
Odds of becoming president: 10,000,000 to 1
Odds of winning the California lottery: 13,000,000 to 1
Odds of becoming a saint: 20,000,000 to 1
Odds of a meteor landing on your house: 182,138,880,000,000 to 1
Chance of an American home having at least one container of ice cream in the freezer: 9 in 10.
Chance of dying from any kind of injury during the next year: 1 in 1,820
Chance of dying from intentional self-harm: 1 in 9,380
Chance of dying from an assault: 1 in 16,421
Chance of dying from a car accident: 1 in 18,585
Chance of dying from any kind of fall: 1 in 20,666
Chance of dying from accidental drowning: 1 in 79,065
Chance of dying from exposure to smoke, fire, and flames: 1 in 81,524
Chance of dying in an explosion: 1 in 107,787
Chance that Earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years: 1 in 5,000
Chance of dying in such a collision: 1 in 20,000
Chance of dying from exposure to forces of nature (heat, cold, lightning, earthquake, flood): 1 in 225,107
Chance of dying in an airplane accident: 1 in 354,319
Chance of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370,035
Chance of dying in a terrorist attack while visiting a foreign country: 1 in 650,000
Chance of dying in a fireworks accident: 1 in 1,000,000
Chance of dying from overexertion, travel or privation: 1 in 1,428,377
Chance of dying from food poisoning: 1 in 3,000,000
Chance of dying from legal execution: 1 in 3,441,325
Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564
Chance of dying from parts falling off an airplane: 1 in 10,000,000
Chance of dying from ignition or melting of nightwear: 1 in 30,589,556
Chance of dying from being bitten by a dog: 1 in 700,000
Chance of dying from contact with a venomous animal or plant: 1 in 3,441,325
Chance of dying from being bitten or struck by mammals (other than dogs or humans): 1 in 4,235,477
Chance of dying from a mountain lion attack in California: 1 in 32,000,000
Chance of dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000
Chance of having a stroke: 1 in 6
Chance of dying from heart disease: 1 in 3
Chance of getting arthritis: 1 in 7
Chance of suffering from asthma or allergy diseases: 1 in 6
Chance of getting the flu this year: 1 in 10
Chance of developing schizophrenia: 1 in 00
Chance of contracting the human version of mad cow disease: 1 in 40,000,000
Chance of dying from SARS in the United States: 1 in 100,000,000
Chance of American man developing cancer in his lifetime: 1 in 2
Chance of an American woman developing cancer in her lifetime: 1 in 3
Chance of getting prostate cancer: 1 in 6
Chance of getting breast cancer: 1 in 9
Chance of getting colon / rectal cancer: 1 in 26
Chance of beating pancreatic or liver cancer: 1 in 9
Chance of beating thyroid or testicular cancer: 9 in 10

YES VIRGINIA THERE WILL BE A NEW 2011 TOYOTA AVALON

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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There is a new 2011 Toyota Avalon coming and very soon! We have it on good authority that a new Avalon will be introduced in February at the Chicago Auto Show.car cover

But why so much secrecy? I mean, you can’t find a spy photo of a 2011 Avalon at this time even if someone put a gun to your head…

We believe that with competition growing from Buick, Hyundai, and others, Toyota has Avalon under wraps and is planning a big marketing role-out for this the 4th generation of the car which has earned an impressive reputation for Value, Quality, Reliability, and Resale Value. 

We understand that the 2011 Avalon will have a completely redesigned interior with more attention to luxurious details. Our recent report about Avalon’s interior being used to showcase new QI Standard Technology may provide the  foreshadowing of things to come. The exterior will receive carefully executed refinements to the existing Avalon body.

New 2011 Avalon colors as we understand them to be are Black, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Cocoa Bean Metallic, Cypress Pearl, Magnetic gray Metallic, Sandy Beach Metallic, Sizzling Crimson Mica, and Zephyr Blue Metallic.

Toyota for 2011 may be ready to really showcase the Avalon and embrace what Avalon owners have come to know…that you could easily spend $20,000 more for a car and throw your money away.

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TOYOTA PLEDGES $500,000 FOR HAITI

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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   Toyota has just announced for Haiti a total of $500,000 in donations.dollar sign
This will be divided equally among the American Red Cross, Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders in support of their relief and recovery efforts for earthquake victims.  In addition, all Toyota companies will match team member and associate contributions to these organizations.
  
Toyota Contribution In The United States
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants.  There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009. Toyota directly employs nearly 34,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals nearly $25 billion.

TOYOTA DEBUTS AUTO ACCESS SEAT FOR 2011 SIENNA

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
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Toyota is the first automaker in North America to offer a Factory Installed, Rotating, Power Ascending/Descending Lift-Up Access Seat.  Designed internally for use in the all new 2011 Toyota Sienna Van, the Auto Access Seat will offer a new level of comfort and convenience to anyone who may need assistance getting in or out of a vehicle. The Factory Installed Auto Access Seat is being displayed at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

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Factory installed at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) assembly plant, the Auto Access Seat offers consumers a seamless purchase-process alternative to the current aftermarket installation method, which requires the consumer to purchase their vehicle and then have it modified by an aftermarket supplier.
 
The Sienna minivan equipped with the Auto Access Seat will offer a much needed transportation solution for the caregivers of an elderly parent or spouse with a walking disability, a disabled veteran, or for the parents of child with a disability.
 
The Auto Access Seat features a one-touch operation and benefits from the all-new Sienna’s spacious interior and wide-opening sliding doors.  A seat-mounted ingress/egress switch and a wireless remote control allows for easy and flexible seat operation. 
 
 The seat rotates 90 degrees and can be lowered to within 19 inches of the ground to further facilitate easier passenger transfers at the exact height required.
 
Once inside, the Auto Access Seat occupant can utilize reclining and slide switches located on both sides of the seat.  This allows operation of up to four inches of slide travel and reclining of up to 24 degrees.  The auto-recline feature also allows for safe head clearance through the door frame during entry and exit.  The compact design of the seat also provides ample legroom for third-row passengers.
 
The Auto Access Seat is equipped with a number of safety attributes, including an audible beep when the seat is in operation, and a park-shift interlock feature that prevents seat operation if the vehicle is not in the “Park” position.  A sliding door sensor allows the seat to operate only when the sliding door is completely open.  Two audible beeps will warn the user of a partially open sliding-door condition, or if the seat is not fully stowed when the door close button is pressed.  A manual retraction function allows the seat to be retracted fully in the event of a vehicle power failure.
 
The Auto Access Seat also features obstruction-detection programming, which notifies the operator with two audible beeps and halts seat operation.  The seat will retract when an obstruction is met to facilitate easier removal of the object.
 
Additional safety features include Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) to properly secure any iso-fix style child safety seat.  The Auto Access Seat meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
 
The Auto Access Seat will be available on Sienna LE and XLE models…  The seat fabric matches the vehicle interior fabric and has a stain- and odor-resistant treatment.  The seat is vinyl trimmed on the XLE model to better match the XLE grade interior style and allows for easier passenger transfer.
 
Consumers will benefit from Toyota quality, durability, and reliability with the new Auto Access Seat system.  The seat-operating mechanism is link-driven, allowing enhanced durability and a more quiet operation than chain-driven systems. The Auto Access Seat has a lift capacity of up to 330 lbs., making it useful for people of all sizes or those who carry specialized medical equipment.  Owners will also enjoy the convenience of having the seat system serviced at their local Toyota dealership, which comes with a comprehensive three-year/36,000 mile factory warranty.
 
Toyota’s Auto Access Seat will be available when the new third-generation Sienna goes on sale in February 2010 (dealer order may be required).
 

TOYOTA PLANS TO LOAD UP ON HYBRID CARS

Monday, January 18th, 2010
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Toyota Motor Corp is going to put lots more Hybrid and Prius cars into the world soon.MULTIPLE PRIUS

The company plans to double its global production of hybrid vehicles in about two years, positioning such fuel-sipping cars as a core profit earner, a report said on Monday.

The automaker recently notified parts suppliers that it intends to roll out about 800,000 hybrids domestically this year, with the figure to be raised to around 900,000 in 2011 and 1.1 million in 2012, it has been reported.

Last year’s output was estimated to be around 500,000, it said without citing sources.

Toyota also plans to sell an additional 10 new hybrid models from minivans, subcompacts to luxury cars within a few years, on top of its current lineups such as the Prius, Sai and Lexus HS250h.

The world’s biggest automaker now makes about 90 per cent of its hybrids in Japan.

In 2011, hybrids will likely account for about 30 per cent of all vehicles that Toyota manufactures in Japan, up from the projected figure of about 20

per cent for 2009.

Toyota’s petrol-electric Prius was the bestselling car in Japan last year, becoming the first hybrid to top the annual rankings, while the sales almost tripled from the previous year.

TOYOTA VIN NUMBER CODES EXPLAINED

Sunday, January 17th, 2010
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Toyota Identification Codes Can Be Understood By Any Of Us With The Following Brief Tutorial…TOYOTA VIN

 

VIN format 1996-

Toyota used the following VIN format and codes in the USA after 1996.

Position Sample Description
1 J Country of Origin
2 T Manufacturer
3 4 Vehicle Type
4 T Body Type
5 N Engine
6 1 Series
7 2 Restraint
8 D Model
9 8 Check digit
10 V Model year
11 0 Plant
12 0 Sequential number
13 3
14 0
15 5
16 1
17 9

 VIN format 1980-1995

For vehicles older than 1996 (Model Year 1980-1995):

Position Sample Description
1 J Country of Origin
2 T Manufacturer
3 2 Vehicle Category
4 S Engine Type
5 T Model/Platform
6 8 Series
7 8 Model Grade
8 P Body/Chassis Configuration
9 X Check digit
10 P Model year
11 0 Plant
12 1 Sequential number
13 0
14 8
15 3
16 8
17 5

 VIN positions

 Country of origin

Position 1

Code Description
1 USA
2 Canada
3 Mexico
4 USA
5 USA
6 Australia
8 Argentina
9 Brazil
J Japan
S England

 Manufacturer

Position 2

Code Description
1NX NUMMI
T Toyota

 Vehicle Type

Position 3

Code Description
D,G,K,X,1,2,7,N Passenger Car
A,B,M,4 Truck
B Truck
E,L,3 Multipurpose Passenger Vehicle (SUV)
5 Incomplete Vehicle (typically a convertible)

 Body

Position 4 (1996-present)

Code Description
A 2DR Sedan 2WD
B 4DR Sedan 2WD
C 2DR Coupe 2WD
D 3DR Liftback 2WD
F 2DR Convertible 2WD
G 4DR Wagon 2WD
H 4DR Wagon 4WD
J 4DR Truck 2WD
K 5DR Wagon 2WD
L 5DR Wagon 4WD
M 5DR Door Van 2WD
P 2DR Regular Cab Pickup 4WD
S 3DR Liftback 4WD
T 2DR Extended Cab Pickup 2WD
W 2DR Extended Cab Pickup 4WD?
Z 5DR Wagon 2WD

 Engine

Position 5 (1996-)

Code Description
4 7A-FE Lean Burn
A 3MZ-FE
B 1NZ-FXE or Toyota AZ engine#2AZ-FXE|2AZ-FXE
D 2AZ-FE
E 2AZ-FE
F 1MZ-FE
G 5S-FE
H 1AZ-FE
J 1FZ-FE
K 2GR-FE
L 2RZ-FE
M 3RZ-FE
N 5VZ-FE
P 3S-FE
R 1ZZ-FE
S 1BM or Electric — RAV4 EV only
T 3S-GTE
U 1GR-FE
Y 2ZZ-GE

Position 4 (1980-1995)

  • Letter indicates engine family; e.g. R represents the Toyota R engine|R series engines, S represents the S series engines, and so on.

 Series

Position 6

  • Based on the Chassis code given for the car.

 Restraint

Position 7

Code Description
0 Manual Belts w/2 Airbags and Curtain Airbags
1 Manual Belt / 1 STD
2 Manual Belts w/Drivers Side Airbag
3 Manual Belts w/2 Airbags
6 Manual Belts w/2 Airbags, Side Airbags, Curtain Shield Airbags, and Knee Airbag (Driver Seat)
7 Manual Belts w/2 Airbags and Knee Airbag (Driver Seat)
8 Manual Belts w/2 Airbags and Side Airbags

 Model/Platform

Position 8 (1996-)

Position 5 (1980-1995)

Code Description
0 MR2 Spyder
1 Tundra
3 Echo and Yaris
4 xB and Scion xD
7 Scion tC
A Highlander/Sequoia/Celica RWD/Supra
B Avalon
C Sienna and Previa
D T100
E Corolla/Matrix
F FJ Cruiser
J Land Cruiser
K Camry
L Tercel and Paseo
N Tacoma and older trucks as well
P Camry Solara
R 4Runner & Corolla
T Celica FWD
U Prius
V RAV4
W MR2 (non-spyder models)
X Cressida

 Check digit

Position 9

VIN#Check digit calculation|Check Digit

 Model year

Position 10

10th character- Identifies the model year. For example: 1988(J), 1989(K), 1990(L), 1991(M), 1992(N), 1993(P), 1994(R), 1995(S), 1996(T),
1997(V), 1998(W), 1999(X), 2000(Y)——2001(1), 2002(2), 2003(3)

VIN#Model year encoding|Model Year, e.g. 5 for 2005

 Plant

Position 11

Code Description
0-9 (All numeric) Japan
C Cambridge, ON, CA (TMMC)
E United Kingdom
K Japan
M Baja, CA, US
R Lafayette, IN, US (Subaru of Indiana Automotive)
S Princeton, IN, US
U Georgetown, KY, US
W Woodstock, ON, CA (TMMC)
X San Antonio, TX, US
Z Fremont, CA, US (NUMMI)

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DISCONTINUED TOYOTA MODELS REFUTED

Sunday, January 17th, 2010
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In a U.S. News and World Report story distributed via Yahoo dubbed “The 10 Best Discontinued Cars,” the FJ Cruiser and Toyota Matrix were Mentioned. 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

It seems author Rick Newman spoke with an unnamed analyst at Kelley Blue Book  in an effort to help new car shoppers find exceptionally deep discounts on new cars. It gets messy though: As part of that process, Newman sought to:

“…identify models likely to be discontinued over the next couple of years. For some of these models, the manufacturers have confirmed that the car is being axed; others made the list because of strong indicators that they’re being discontinued, such as manufacturing changes or declining shipments to dealers.”

Note the word usage of “likely” and “next couple of years” coupled to that very misleading title. To Newman’s credit, he notes “unconfirmed” when discussing vehicles that haven’t been officially killed off, but, the title is misleading and the execution of the list itself has shades of a  disingenuous nature, particularly as it mixes vehicles that have already been officially nixed (Honda S2000, Mercury Sable, Pontiac G8, Saturn Sky, Volkswagen Jetta GLI) with end-of-life models likely to be replaced or die out such as (Chevrolet Colorado, Lexus SC430). There are also nameplates that have been facing declining or slow sales such as  the Toyota Matrix and FJ Cruiser listed and it is these vehicles we want to address here.

Curt McCallister, Toyota’s Midwest Public Relations Manager spoke about the fate of the Matrix and FJ Cruiser, and he offered us the following guidance:

“There are no plans to discontinue either model. The Yahoo story is erroneous in that it was based on conjecture from unnamed analysts from Kelley Blue Book. The reporter (Newman) was informed of the factual errors in his story, multiple times yesterday. He was also questioned on why we weren’t allowed to confirm or deny these assumptions. It was poor reporting that unfortunately has an Internet reach.”

FOCUSDRIVEN LEADS WAY TO STOP CELL-DISTRACTED DRIVING

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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FocusDriven.Org Could Say Cell Phone, Text Message Driven Road Warriors Have Led To The Question…DO YOU SEE THE MOTORCYCLE???

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DO YOU SEE IT NOW?

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The Honda rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a CELL PHONE when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The riders reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident. The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place. 
All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly…

An army of people is coming together to call attention to distracted driving — a serious, life-threatening epidemic that is stealing loved ones from us.

Called Focus Driven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving, is a  non-profit “army”  that has been operating since last year to convince the nation’s motorists to take a simple action that most states have not yet required by law: Put down the cellphone or the BlackBerry, a driving violation that can mean a $100 fine in over a dozen states.

FocusDriven.org was launched last year after its president, Jennifer Smith, lost her mother in a crash with a distracted driver who went through a red light while on his cellphone. The group is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose advocacy led to changes in laws and public opinion about drinking and driving.

An Announcement Tuesday in Washington, D.C., means the White House is endorsing the group and is actually seeking victims and family members to change public opinion about a driving practice that some studies believe causes at least 6,000 deaths annually….notexting

Wake up people , Stop talking on Cell phones and
Texting while  trying to drive. Put your Cell phone
in the back seat !!!