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.
November 6, 2002 |
Those who've been wishing for more choices in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles have been buzzing about word from Japan that Toyota Motor Corp. intends to have hybrid versions of all of its vehicle types available by 2012. Wrong. Dave Hermance, chief engineer in the environmental engineering section of Toyota Technical Center USA in Torrance, says what the company wants is to have a standardized hybrid system ready by 2012 to use in whichever segments it decides to offer a hybrid car or truck.