May 23, 2010
Toyota documents compiled in connection with a court case show the automaker's travails with the 2002-2006 model years of the Lexus ES 300, 330 and 350 sedans. Oct. 1999: Four engineers identify "shift shock" and "weak feeling" in the transmission of the early prototype. Aug. 2000: Eight engineers rate the ES prototype unacceptable in 20 of 41 performance categories. Feb. 2001: A driveability test notes that "some customers may equate delayed [gear] engagement with engine acceleration hesitation."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1991 |
'I think we really have to take the blinders off and recognize what's happening.' --John Horton, Toyota manager The biggest compliment John Horton recalls getting during his decade at Toyota Technical Center in Gardena was a whispered comment about his work from a Japanese supervisor. "John san, you're almost Japanese," Horton recalls his boss saying.
August 23, 2001 |
Toyota Motor Corp. showed off its newest fuel-cell-powered vehicle Wednesday but said that although the Highlander-sport-utility-based FCHV-4 represents a nearly seamless integration of fuel cell technology into a standard production vehicle, mass production and retail sales are at least a decade away. The five-passenger fuel cell hybrid vehicle is unusual in that it uses a small storage battery to capture the electricity produced in the hydrogen-fed fuel cell and feed it to the motor on demand.
October 19, 2004 |
Toyota Motor Corp. has a message for its American operations: It's all yours. With top management concentrating on expanding in Asia and Europe as part of Toyota's drive to grab 15% of the global automotive market by 2010, much of the decision-making at the company's thriving U.S. division is being put in the hands of U.S.-based, non-Japanese executives.
May 31, 1991 |
Toyota Motor Corp., significantly expanding its presence in Southern California, on Thursday opened a sprawling new $46-million research and development center near its automobile sales headquarters in Torrance. The technical center, which will share the spotlight today with a greatly expanded Toyota car design facility that is opening in Newport Beach, is part of a $220-million investment to strengthen Toyota's U.S. research and development capability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2006 |
He was an engineering wizard for Toyota with an environmentalist's heart -- an executive who championed hybrid gasoline-electric cars years before global warming entered the popular conversation. He translated the virtues of the fuel-efficient Prius in appearances before lawmakers and scientists, promoting a car of the future that would win the embrace of a once-skeptical American public.