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.
January 8, 2003 |
Toyota Motor Corp. raised the bar Tuesday in the battle for the emerging gas-electric hybrid market, introducing the first luxury sport utility vehicle with hybrid technology that the Japanese automaker said was the most advanced in the industry. The hybrid version of the Lexus RX 330 will hit the marketplace late next year as a 2005 model and, according to Toyota, provide not only fuel economy and low emissions but also power and performance that are superior to its conventional counterpart.