Toyota Unveils NEW 2020 Corolla Sedans at China’s Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition

2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyota today unveils new sedan models in the Corolla series (known in China as “Corolla” and “Levin”) in a world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which opened November 16.

The new models deliver enhanced basic performance achieved by the GA-C platform, and include the Sporty model (in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries/regions) with an active, energetic edge, and the Prestige model (in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries/regions) sporting an exterior design that produces a striking, high-end appearance.

Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start in spring 2019. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

“We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but “connectivity” functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world,” stated Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models. “I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota’s “making ever-better cars” philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota’s car-making has changed significantly.”

Corolla is Toyota’s all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide (including derivative models) since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, Corolla has evolved. New advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all the while inheriting its core DNA―reliability and usability―from the very first generation.

Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative to structurally transform vehicle development, the new platform has been unified globally within the present 12th generation, including the hatchback model that went on sale in summer 2018, and the wagon model released in regions such as Europe in early 2019. The new generation hatchback and wagon models in Europe and other countries and regions also take the Corolla name, further strengthening the Corolla brand.

The new platform offers improved performance characterized by smooth driving, ride comfort, quietness, and safety. The Corolla delivers a joyful driving experience to customers in a wide range of countries and regions, backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents.

Enabled by TNGA’s new platform, the exterior design concept, Shooting Robust, instills an active essence, achieving a firm, lower center of gravity and sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than current models.

The interior design is based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept (a design that is simple yet sensuously appealing), aptly incorporating a sleek instrument panel that conveys a comfortable spaciousness, and integrated functional parts, creating a refined elegance.

The enhanced driving and environmental performance originates from various powertrains that suit the needs and characteristics of customers across diverse countries and regions, including the recent powertrains developed under TNGA initiatives (e.g., 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, Direct Shift-CVT, 6-speed manual transmission). Hybrid models equipped with the latest hybrid technologies will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with upgraded advanced safety features, in the form of the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with specifications and availability refined for each market, ensuring the Corolla contributes to the widespread use of safer cars.

The new models offer optimal connected functions and services tuned to each market, delivering safety and security as well as comfort and convenience by connecting people and cars, and cars and society. In China, the new models come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected. Connected services will be introduced across all grades, providing “just-in-time” services and offering security and peace of mind to customers 24/7. Other examples include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the United States, and services in Europe that allow the car to be connected to an operator in emergency situations and the dispatch of rescue vehicles based on the car’s location.

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This Toyota truck helped a nurse save lives in California fire

A nurse working in the town of Paradise drove his Toyota Tundra truck through one of the horrific blazes currently ripping through California to save the lives of patients trapped in a hospital.

New York Times reporter Jack Nicas unearthed the story of how Pierce, who manages the ICU at Paradise’s Adventist Health hospital, was trapped in the middle of the blaze in his Tundra, before a bulldozer knocked a burning truck in front of him out of the way.

Rather than drive to safety, Pierce quickly drove back to the hospital in order to help save patients and injured residents. Along with other first responders, they set up a triage centre in the hospital’s car park, and relocated patients to the helipad.

“This truck literally saved my life today,” Pierce later posted on Instagram, alongside a picture of his burnt truck.

“Thanks to the fire fighters, law enforcement and my fellow healthcare workers for the work we all did getting the hospital evacuated and our patients to safety,” he added.

Responding to his Instagram post, Toyota USA promised to replace his Tundra. “We are humbled you’d risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety,” the official Toyota USA account wrote. “Don’t worry about your truck, we’re honoured to get you a new one”.

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Toyota is Googled globally more than any other car brand

Toyota is the world’s most searched-for car brand online, according to information gathered by insurance company Veygo, with people in more than 57 countries typing in the term more than any other automaker’s name to find out what’s new with the Japanese giant.

More than 7.8 million people per month searched for “Toyota” in 2018, with “Honda” and “Ford” coming in a close second and third.

Canada and the United States provided a lot of the clicks, with Toyota being the most popular brand there, though places like Australia and New Zealand also added to the total.

Autoblog reports there’s some interesting information here, including some strange numbers. Russia’s number-one top-searched brand was Hyundai, while Japan’s was BMW. In Mexico, Chevrolet took the number one spot, while India was looking at Tesla.

At the bottom spot for the entire world was Pagani, though that’s kind of not surprising. The brand hasn’t released anything new in a long time, even if it does build some of the most interesting and fastest cars ever built. For actual high-volume production brands, Acura sits at the bottom; I guess people are already over the NSX.

It’s interesting to see people around the world aren’t just interested cars from their own country, and that some of the most exciting brands aren’t the top searched. Maybe it just goes to show for a lot of people, cars really are just transportation.

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5 hottest-selling U.S. vehicles in October: Tesla, Toyota, Subaru make the list

For most automakers, passenger-car sales are plunging while sales of SUVs, crossovers and pickups have been more resilient.

American preferences have shifted toward larger vehicles amid fuel economy improvements and low gasoline prices.

The shift has had a significant effect on the mix of sales at the major automakers. Nearly two-thirds of vehicles sold in October by Toyota, for example, were pickups, SUVs and crossovers.

The Japanese automaker known for its stalwart sedans is increasingly becoming an SUV and truck brand in the U.S.

Other automakers have chosen to become one. Ford, for example, recently announced it would discontinue most of its passenger cars. And Fiat Chrysler has already done so.

But there’s at least one car that’s bucking the trend.

And it’s No. 1 on our list of the hottest vehicles in the U.S. in October. To be sure, this list is not based purely on volume. If it was, the Ford F-series pickup would always be No. 1 since it’s the industry’s perennial best-seller.

Instead, this list is based on a rather subjective but analytical assessment of sales volume, buzz and momentum:

1. Tesla Model 3

It’s getting harder to deny that the Tesla Model 3 is become a disruptive force in the auto industry.

While Tesla does not report sales on a monthly basis, the company sold 55,840 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, which covered July, August and September.

With only three models for sale, Tesla outsold luxury rival Mercedes-Benz in the third quarter in the U.S.

During that period, the Model 3 electric sedan was the third-best-selling car in the U.S., Tesla CEO Elon Musk said.

With the average price starting at $49,000 in the third quarter, that’s stunning.

2. Toyota Highlander

Toyota’s pivot from passenger cars to SUVs and pickups has been striking for a brand that capitalized on the American auto industry’s lack of small cars in the past.

But it’s a sign of Toyota’s adaptability that nearly two in three of its vehicles sold to Americans in October were crossovers, SUVs or pickups.

The Highlander is a perfect example. It posted its best-ever October sales at 20,548, up 17.7 percent from a year earlier. It was the brand’s fourth-best-seller for the month.

3. Toyota Tacoma

This midsize pickup is racking up sales while the industry awaits the arrival of a fierce competitor: the return of the once-dead Ford Ranger.

Sales of the Tacoma rose 24.9 percent in October to 20,534 units. It was no fluke. The Tacoma is up 25.3 percent for the year.

4. Subaru Forester 

Subaru may be the hottest automotive brand in the U.S., given its 83 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth.

In October, the brand’s recently redesigned Forester SUV delivered a 19 percent increase to 15,981. Sales of the new model and the outgoing version combined to make it the brand’s best-seller in October, surpassing the Outback.

5. Volkswagen Atlas

This large SUV has come to VW’s rescue since it hit showrooms in spring 2017. While VW could still use more SUVs, the Atlas has given dealers something to sell in an increasingly popular segment.

The Atlas passed the Passat as the VW brand’s third-best-selling vehicle for the month, behind only the Jetta and the Tiguan.

VW sold 4,725 Atlas vehicles for the month, up 29 percent from a year earlier.

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Toyota Tacoma new pickup makes pizza

Toyota Tacoma Pizza Hut

Toyota built a truck that’s business up front and a pizza party in the back.

The Tundra has been converted to run on electricity provided by a hydrogen fuel cell and equipped with a robotic kitchen in the bed that was designed in collaboration with Pizza Hut, which shares Toyota’s new Plano, Tex., home.

Using two mechanical arms, the kitchen is able to grab a prepared pizza from a refrigerator, place it on a conveyor belt oven, remove it from the other side when it’s done, slice it, box it and hand it to someone standing next to the truck.

The entire process takes less than 7 minutes, which means it could be completed during a typical delivery run. Could being the operative word.

The truck is only being used as a promotional vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Markets Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, but it may offer a glimpse at a real future.

Back in January Toyota and Pizza Hut announced they are working together on developing autonomous mobile stores, and one that could make the pizza itself would double down on that idea.

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Top 10 Cars With the Lowest 5-Year Depreciation

Car sales website recently analyzed more than 4.3 million new and used car and attempted to identify the vehicle models with the lowest amount of depreciation five years after being sold.

Vehicles that hold their value well typically have traits that are desirable for a wide variety of consumers. Reliability, practicality, safety and brand reputation are strong influencing factors when it comes to resale value. Large trucks and SUVs also hold their resale value well, as they are in high demand but can be expensive to buy new – makign them very popular second-hand vehicles.

“The lower depreciation for pickup trucks is likely because it is a growing vehicle segment and their popularity is keeping values high,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly.

iSeeCars explains body-on-frame SUVs, like the Toyota 4Runner, have strong value retention for the same reasons.

“The Toyota 4Runner is a body-on-frame SUV, which means it’s built like a truck and has truck-like durability,” said Ly. “Its ruggedness and reputation for being a reliable vehicle help contribute to its value retention.”

Below are the top 10 vehicles that have the strongest resale value after five years, according to iSeeCars. The average new vehicle loses 50.2 percent of its value after five years, so all vehicles on this list will come in below the industry average.

10. Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 depreciates by 42.7% after five years, 7.5% below the industry average.

9. Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza depreciates by 42.3% over five years, which is 7.9% below the industry average.

8. GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra depreciates by 39.9% over five years, Which is 10.3% below the industry average.

7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado depreciates by just 39.7% after five years, 10.5% below average.

6. Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner’s reliability and practicality help it achieve low five-year depreciation of 38.1%, which is 12.1% below average.

5. Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier depreciates 37.8% after five years, 12.4% below average.

4. Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra depreciates 37.1% after five years, 13.1% below average.

3. Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma may be old, but its customers like it just the way it is. It retains more than 70% of its value after five years, dipping in price by just 29.5%. That’s 20.7% below average.

1. and 2. Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Are you shocked? The Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of residual value. It depreciates by 27.3% after five years, 22.9% below average. That’s true for both two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited models.

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The Toyota MR2 could grace showrooms again—as an EV

The revival of the Supra has gotten us hot and bothered for a couple of years now, but what about the other two cars from Toyota’s legendary lineup, the Celica, and the MR2?

Well, Akio Toyoda may have some good news for those of us who like living in the past.

Matt Harrison, VP of sales and marketing for Toyota, told Autocar the MR2 has entered the “discussion stage,” and confirmed the company would love to add it to the product plan.

The new MR2 would most likely feature an EV drivetrain in lieu of a classic four-cylinder, which would make it a fantastic small sports car for the city.

The vehicle does not have the green light yet, and there must be a solid case for the MR2 to be built. The addition of the MR2 would finish off what Akio Toyoda calls the “three brothers,” joining the Supra and the modern Celica, the GT86.

Toyota already has a small sports car concept from 2015 called the S-FR, which was inspired by the 1965 S800 Coupe, so hopefully they follow along with the sports car renaissance and bring the MR2 with it.

The last time we saw an MR2 was 2007, and this new venture is unlikely to appear before 2020, but Akio Toyoda is keen to offer more “affordable, simple and fun-to-drive” cars in his company’s EV lineup, which should be possible in the near future thanks to the advancement of battery tech.

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Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018

Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Survey and there are a few surprises.

This year’s survey collected data from over 500,000 Consumer Reports members to determine what problems or issues vehicle owners can expect. Those problems range from troublesome turbocharged engines to infuriating infotainment systems, as well as transmission issues and other problems. The publication said this year’s survey reinforces its recommendation that consumers should avoid brand new or redesigned models, instead waiting a year or two until the automaker has had a chance to work out the issues that often arise.

Below, you will find the top 10 most reliable automakers from this year’s study.

9. Hyundai

With an average reliability score of 57, Hyundai ties in ninth place this year. According to Consumer Reports, the Korean automaker’s least reliable model is the Ioniq, while its most reliable model is the Santa Fe XL. Hyundai Tucson owners have been complaining about the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission, saying the transmission suffers from rough shifting, computer problems, and slipping. Overall, the Ioniq Hybrid has below average reliability, with owners complaining about rough shifts from the six-speed transmission and engine problems.

Hyundai’s overall ranking did not change from last year and a total of five models were considered in the survey.


MINI ties Hyundai with an average reliability score of 57, but it’s worth noting the British automaker didn’t even have a ranking last year. Two models were considered in the survey, with the Cooper being MINI’s least reliable and the Countryman being its most reliable. The Cooper did improve to average, while the Countryman has an above average reliability rating.

8. BMW

In this year’s survey, BMW drops three spots to eighth place with seven models analyzed in the study. The German automaker received an average reliability score of 58, with the X1 being its least reliable model and the i3 being its most reliable model. The redesigned BMW X3 was noticeably below average, with owners complaining about climate system issues, including coolant leaks. Seat controls that required the seatback to be replaced were also noted.

The BMW X1 crossover dropped to below average due to suspension problems, premature brake wear, and steering wheel vibrations.

7. Audi

Also dropping three spots this year, Audi edges out competitor BMW with an average reliability score of 60 to land itself in seventh place. Six models were considered in the survey, with the Audi A3 being the least reliable and the Audi Q5 being the most reliable. Overall, all the Audi models that Consumer Reports has sufficient reliability data for rated average or better, although the scores were not as high as they have been in previous years.

5. Infiniti

With four models with sufficient reliability data, Infiniti went up one spot this year to tie for fifth place. The Japanese luxury automaker’s least reliable model is the Q50, while the Q60 was the most reliable model. The brand scored 61 in this year’s survey, and both the Q50 sedan and QX60 improved to average reliability ratings.

5. Kia

With the same average reliability score as Infiniti, Kia dropped two spots to tie for fifth place. Eight models were considered in this year’s survey, with the Cadenza being reported as the least reliable model. The Sedona minivan topped reliability for the brand. Although the Kia Sportage is similar to the Hyundai Tucson, it has been much more reliable. The same applies to the Niro Hybrid, which has above-average predicted reliability.‘s Car of the Year, the 2018 Kia Stinger, has average reliability. Hurting the Cadenza’s reliability score are issues with faulty thermostat sensors, problems with the climate system, and engine cooling.

4. Subaru

Making a two-spot jump to fourth place, Subaru has an average reliability score of 65 in this year’s study. Six models provided sufficient data, with the Subaru WRX being the least reliable model and the Crosstrek being the most reliable offering from the brand. According to Consumer Reports, the redesigned Impreza has problems last year but has rebounded this year with better than average reliability. The redesigned Crosstrek has much better than average first-year reliability, while the WRX was the only Subaru model with below average reliability due to transmission problems.

3. Mazda

Mazda saw a huge jump in this year’s survey, climbing nine spots to third place with an average reliability score of 69. The Japanese automaker had six models analyzed in this year’s survey with the CX-3 being noted as the least reliable and the MX-5 Miata as the most reliable. It appears Mazda has managed to work out the issues that plagued the CX-9 and MX-5 Miata, but the CX-3 is still rated below average due to climate system problems.

2. Toyota

Toyota lost the crown in this year’s survey, dropping one spot to second place. With 14 models supplying reliability data, the Japanese automaker received an average reliability score of 76. Its most reliable model is the Prius c, while the least reliable model is the Tacoma. The Tacoma continues to have issues with the driver system and in the transmission minor trouble spots, while the 2018 Camry saw a slight drop in reliability to better than average. Owners say they experienced problems with the Entune infotainment system and rough shifting from the eight-speed automatic transmission.

1. Lexus

Toyota may have lost the top spot this year, but at least the honors went to its luxury arm, Lexus. Rising one spot, Lexus had six models accounted for in this year’s study, earning an average reliability score of 78. The brand’s least reliable model is the IS while its most reliable model is the GX. This year, all Lexus models with sufficient data were rated average or above, although the redesigned LS was not taken into consideration since there wasn’t sufficient data.

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Free Fallin’: The 10 vehicles falling out of favour with Canadians

Honda CR-V

They’re falling out of favour, fading quickly, and suffering significant losses in demand. They are, by one standard of measurement, Canada’s 10 worst-selling vehicles. Although many vehicles prove to be less common, these are the automobiles that are losing momentum faster than the Leafs in a game seven.

10. Dodge Grand Caravan: 27,466, down 25 per cent

The Dodge Grand Caravan accounts for nearly half of all minivans sold in Canada during the first three quarters of 2018. But the fleet-focused Grand Caravan is fading fast as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles inches closer to determining the fate of its Windsor-built people carrier. FCA also markets a new generation of van under the Chrysler banner, but that Pacifica — while on the rise — sells but once for every five Grand Caravans.

9. Volkswagen Jetta: 10,723, down 26 per cent

Generational changeovers are often cause for brief lapses in demand, and such a factor could be at play with Volkswagen’s Jetta. The Jetta enters the 2019 model year with a new design and a new platform, but even now that the new Jetta is widely available, sales continue to slide. September volume was down 11 per cent after a 19-per cent August drop. Volkswagen Canada volume is on the rise, but the Jetta is joined by other mainstream cars  — the Golf and Passat — in posting significant demand declines. Fortunately, Volkswagen SUV/crossover sales are up 61 per cent in 2018.

8. Honda HR-V: 8,155, down 26 per cent

As if the aging process and an onslaught of new competitors didn’t produce a stiff enough challenge for the Honda HR-V, a major June flood at Honda’s Celaya, Mexico, assembly plant stalled production throughout the summer just as the automaker intended to switch over to a refreshed 2019 model. As recently as last year, the HR-V was a class leader in terms of Canadian output, but this major downturn helped rivals rise higher on the subcompact SUV leaderboard in 2018. The Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, and Buick Encore are all outselling the HR-V this year. Meanwhile, the flood cost Honda the equivalent of US$422 million.

7. Dodge Challenger: 1,966, down 32 per cent

Only one year ago, Canadian sales of the Dodge Challenger soared higher than at any point since the nameplate was reincarnated a decade ago. Challenger volume shot up to 3,422 units, more than double the total Dodge managed only three years prior. It was an unsustainable pace, however, as Challenger volume has fallen by nearly a third in 2018. Competitors are struggling as well, but not to the same degree. Chevrolet Camaro sales are down 8 per cent in 2018’s first nine months; the segment-leading Ford Mustang is off last year’s pace by 5 per cent.

6. Hyundai Accent: 7,067, down 34 per cent

Canada’s historically dominant subcompact car remains the class leader, but sales of the Hyundai Accent in 2018 have cratered as Hyundai gradually switches over to a fifth-generation hatch and sedan. Hyundai isn’t alone in suffering from sharp drops in subcompact demand. Segment-wide sales are down 16 per cent through 2018’s first nine months.

5. Nissan Pathfinder: 5,346, down 36 per cent

Although Nissan’s core three-row utility vehicle undergoes another refresh for the 2019 model year, the Pathfinder is clearly yet another example of Nissan forging ahead with long product lifecycles. The 2019 model year will be the fourth-gen Pathfinder’s seventh; Canada’s most popular car, for comparison’s sake, was most recently re-engineered after a four-year life cycle. Pathfinder volume had held steady for the last half decade, even approaching 2015’s record performance last year. In 2018, however, Pathfinder sales are decreasing by more than 300 units per month.

4. Hyundai Sonata: 3,899, down 37 per cent

In general, cars are struggling. The traditional passenger car is increasingly deemed undesirable by consumers who more and more often turn to SUVs and crossovers. This trend is seen most obviously with midsize cars, sales of which are down 18 per cent in 2018. Canadians will likely acquire no more than 65,000 midsize sedans in 2018, down by more than half over the last half-decade. Despite a thorough refresh for 2018, the anti-car trend that’s most obvious as an anti-midsize trend is most keenly felt by the Hyundai Sonata, which is on track for fewer than 5,000 sales in 2018, down from 16,343 at its peak in 2011.

3. Nissan Micra: 4,416, down 39 per cent

In any parts of the world, there’s already a new version of the Nissan Micra, a value-priced city car that made its way to Canada — but not the U.S. — in 2014. The Micra was an early hit for Nissan Canada; nearly 12,000 were sold in 2015 and more than 38,000 in its first four years. But the Micra was an already an older design when it hit the Canadian market, and it certainly feels outdated in 2018. Sales are less than half as strong today than they were at the Micra’s Canadian peak.

2. Dodge Journey: 5,013, down 52 per cent

Canadian demand for the Dodge Journey peaked seven years ago, in its fourth year on the market. Dodge has updated the Journey, no doubt, but underlying this fleet-friendly, budget-minded crossover is the same platform that served the long-defunct Dodge Avenger sedan. By 2017, Journey demand was only half as strong as it was four years earlier, but Journey volume has taken another huge hit in 2018. With the Grand Caravan and Journey both starring on this list of rapidly declining vehicles, no wonder the Dodge brand is down 26 per cent this year.

1. Jeep Renegade: 1,000, down 62 per cent

The Jeep Renegade never took off in Canada. Yet south of the border, the Renegade has been a favourite in U.S. subcompact SUV circles. In 2016, the smallest Jeep’s first full year, Renegade demand in the U.S. — a market that produces nine times the volume — was 27 times stronger than it was in Canada. U.S. demand has slipped only slightly. Canadian demand, weak to begin with, has cratered.

Toyota sets up new division specializing in zero-emission vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. set up a new division to oversee broad operations from development to production for zero-emission vehicles, as it increases efforts to speed up the introduction of green cars, the company said Saturday.

The Toyota ZEV Factory was established last week with 200 engineers to handle the development, parts procurement and preparation for mass production of electric and fuel-cell vehicles, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Japanese automaker has been gearing up efforts to manufacture environmentally friendly vehicles, as major markets such as China and the United States as well as European countries are introducing stricter emissions regulations.

The new division is based on Toyota’s EV business planning team, which was launched in December 2016 and directly headed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, with 50 workers responsible for EV development, the sources said.

The team in November 2017 became a unit of an in-house Toyota company that takes charge of the automaker’s advanced technology development.

Shigeki Terashi, Toyota executive vice president in charge of the company’s advanced research and development, leads the new division.

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