15 Things You Didn’t Know About Toyota

  1. The company brand name was changed from Toyoda – the last name of the founder to Toyota, in 1937
  2. Toyota Corolla is the world’s best selling car of all time, with over 44 million units sold as of 2017
  3. The Korean War helped the company get over very tough years, boosting the production with big orders from US
  4. Toyota has the most patents registered worldwide of any car manufacturer
  5. Toyota was the first car manufacturer to sell hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles commercially
  6. Toyota sells cars in 85% of the world’s countries
  7. RAV4 holds the record for the most people who piled into a car – 41 people
  8. Over 10 million hybrid vehicles were manufactured and sold by Toyota – the most in the world
  9. 85% of Toyota vehicles produced and sold 20 years ago are still on the road. Camrys stand at even higher 90%
  10. Toyota has been number one car manufacturer in the world for more than 10 years in a row. Only in 2017 some statistics said it was surpassed by Volkswagen, but some said the numbers were off because of many makes and vehicle categories that shouldn’t have been accounted for
  11. Toyota 2000 GT became the first Asian car to ever be sold for more than 1 million dollars at auction
  12. Toyota launched a venture capital fund of over 1 billion dollars to research and develop Artificial Intelligence and Robotics technologies that are to be integrated into their vehicles
  13. The Toyota logo stands for unification of customers’ hearts with the heart of the Toyota products and also the global expansion and unlimited potential
  14. Toyota spends 1 million dollars per hour on research and development of new products and technologies
  15. Toyota GT-One road version is valued at 1,3 million dollars

This is Gabriel Rosentall – huge Toyota fan and Product Advisor working for Regency Toyota in Vancouver, at 401 Kingsway.

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Uber and Airbus Enlist in Japan’s Flying-Car Plan

Japan is making a push to develop flying cars, enlisting companies including Uber Technologies Inc. and Boeing Co. in a government-led group to bring airborne vehicles to the country in the next decade.

The group will initially comprise 21 businesses and organizations, including Airbus SE, NEC Corp., a Toyota Motor Corp.-backed startup called Cartivator, ANA Holdings Inc.Japan Airlines Co., and Yamato Holdings Co., according to a statement Friday from the trade ministry in Tokyo. Delegates will gather Aug. 29 to help chart a road map this year, it said.

“The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” the ministry said.

Flying cars that can zoom over congested roads are closer to reality than many people think. Startups around the world are pursuing small aircraft, which were until recently only in the realm of science fiction. With Japanese companies already trailing their global peers in electric vehicles and self-driving cars, the government is showing urgency on the aircraft technology, stepping in to facilitate legislation and infrastructure to help gain leadership.

The technology, just like aviation, would need to win approvals from several regulators that can take many years. That would also happen only when safety standards are set by agencies, without which commuters won’t embrace the flying craft.

“It’s necessary for the government to take a lead and coordinate on setting safety standards,” said Yasuo Hashimoto, a researcher at Tokyo-based Japan Aviation Management Research. “They are trying to set a tone for the industry ahead of other countries.”

Japan’s Economy Minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters this month that flying cars could ease urban traffic snarls, help transportation in remote islands or mountainous areas at times of disasters, and can be used in the tourism industry.

Many have already had a head start in the race. Uber, which will invest 20 million euros ($23 million) over the next five years to develop flying car services in a new facility in Paris, has set a goal of starting commercial operations of its air-taxi business by 2023. Kitty Hawk, the Mountain View, California-based startup founded and backed by Google’s Larry Page, in June offered a glimpse of an aircraft prototype: a single-person recreational vehicle.

Other global companies envisioning this new form of transportation include Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and Chinese carmaker Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. Japanese carmakers have not yet announced their plans to develop flying cars.

Original article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-24/uber-airbus-are-said-to-be-enlisted-in-japan-s-flying-car-plan

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Top 5 Best Selling Cars of All Time

5. Volkswagen Passat (1973-present, 23 million sold)

The Passat has been a massive success story for Volkswagen, with over 23 million units sold so far. It was launched in 1973; however it wasn’t until Ferdinand Piech, who moved from Audi to VW in 1993, got his hands on the fourth-gen Passat that sales begin to soar.

This version of the Passat was lavishly engineered and had Audi underpinnings and refinement (it was based on the A4). As a result Volkswagen was seen as being more ‘upmarket’ and desirable, which helped drive sales of the car – as too did its pretty decent price.

4. Honda Civic (1972-present, 24 million sold)

Honda was actually considering pulling out of car production altogether to concentrate on its more popular motorcycle manufacturing but then, in 1972, the Civic launched and  was such a hit that it Honda changed its mind.

The car has been in production ever since and entered its tenth generation in 2016. Fun fact: the Civic has been Canada’s best-selling car for 19 straight years, 1997-2016.

3. Volkswagen Golf (1974-present, 33 million sold)

The Golf arrived on European roads in 1974 and American highways in 1975, although it was badged the Rabbit there.

Today, over 33-million units have been sold. This works out at 2,120 Golfs being produced and sold every day for four decades. The Golf is so popular because it is really good to drive, offers good value for money and has proven to be very reliable over the decades.

2. Ford F-Series (1948-present, 40 million sold)

The Ford F-Series of trucks is unstoppable! The F-Series has been the best selling truck in America for 40 consecutive years and America’s best selling vehicle overall for the past 35 years. (Truck yeah!).

It was first introduced in 1948 and has gone on to sell 40 million units. In the 21st century, Ford sells a pickup for every single minute of the day. The first F-Series pickup trucks were easy to fix, gained a reputation for being reliable workhorses and quickly became essential farm equipment.

1. Toyota Corolla (1966-present, 44.1 million sold)

Since the launch of the first-generation Corolla in 1966, more than 44 million Corollas have been sold globally. By 1974 the Corolla was already the best selling car in the world.

One of the reasons it sells so well is that it is sold in over 150 countries and regions.

In 2015, the Corolla set another record, becoming the first new vehicle ever to sell more than 1.3 million units worldwide in a calendar year. The love of the Corolla doesn’t seem to be waning either as it is the best selling car so far this year with 297,471 already sold. (as of June 2017)

The Top Ten:

  1. Toyota Corolla – 44.1 million
  2. Ford F-Series – 40 million
  3. Volkswagen Golf – 33 million
  4. Honda Civic – 24 million
  5. Volkswagen Passat – 23 million
  6. Volkswagen Beetle (first gen) – 21.5 million
  7. Vaz 2101 & Ford Escort – 20 million
  8. Ford Fiesta & Vauxhall/Opel Corsa – 18 million
  9. Ford Model T – 15 million
  10. BMW 3 Series – 14.6 million

Original article here: http://www.thejournal.ie/best-selling-cars-of-all-time-3418959-Jun2017/

This is Gabriel Rosentall – huge Toyota fan and Product Advisor working for Regency Toyota in Vancouver, at 401 Kingsway.

To get the best deals and assistance for making an informed decision you can reach me directly on my cell at 236 863 2192 and email: gabrielr@regencyauto.com

 

How Toyota Changed The Way We Make Things

Toyota – The Japanese Car Company is a corporate behemoth – but it’s done much more than just give us Corollas or Land Cruisers. It’s changed the way the world makes products. Here’s how.

Toyota knows how to make cars.
It does it so well it became the first company to produce more than 10 million a year.
Its success is rooted in a special system and began what is now known as ‘Lean Manufacturing’, an ethos emulated by companies around the world to make products faster, cheaper and better.
Following the Second World War, Japan was left in a precarious economic position. Steel and other metals are scarce. Already disadvantaged by lacking natural resources, materials were hard to come by and companies had to be creative to compete.
Toyota’s founder Sakichi Toyoda had started a loom business, but it was his son Kiichiro who founded the motor company in 1937. They were used to working within narrow margins – as the shortage of materials increased during
the war, the number of headlamps on its Model K truck was reduced to one and it only had brakes on one of the axles.
The turning point for Toyota’s Production System would come in the early fifties, when Kiichiro’s cousin Eiji would travel to the U.S. with a veteran loom machinist, Taiichi Ohno.
They visited Ford’s River Rouge plant in Michigan and were impressed by the scale of the operation, but knew that in cash-strapped Japan companies didn’t have the resources for such a system; Having months’ worth of stock sitting in a warehouse would tie up precious capital they didn’t have.
Instead, what truly impressed Ohno was a visit to a supermarket, a Piggly Wiggly, according to legend… Japan didn’t really have self-service stores at this point – and he was struck by the way customers could choose exactly what they wanted, when they wanted.
He decided to model his production line on a similar idea; With a “supermarket formula,” only enough parts were produced in the first phase to replace what was used in the second, and so on.
This is where the ‘Just In Time’ system really took shape. Toyota was able to eliminate much of the waste in Ford’s system, making smaller numbers of parts to be used when it needed them, allowing the company to operate on a tighter budget. As part of this Ohno developed ‘Kanban’ – a sign-based scheduling method which shows goods in, goods in production, and goods out. It’s now seen as a precursor to bar codes.
Ohno and Toyoda also noticed that American car companies were still employing many of Henry Ford’s early production techniques – They kept operations at full tilt in order to maximize efficiencies of scale, and then
repaired defective cars after they rolled off the line.
Ohno believed this caused more problems and didn’t encourage workers, or machines, to stop making the mistake. So he placed a cord above every station which any worker could pull to stop the entire assembly if they spotted a problem. The whole team would work on it, to prevent it from happening again.
As teams identified more problems, the number of errors began to drop dramatically. Combined with a culture of continuous, incremental improvement — called `Kaizen‘ — the Toyota Production System built a brand known for making reliable and affordable cars.
But Toyota was also getting good at producing cars quickly. In 1962, the company had produced one million vehicles. By 1972, they had produced ten million. It was around that time the efficiencies of their factories enabled Toyota to produce a car every 1.6 man hours – much lower than their competitors in the U.S., Sweden and Germany.
And as the oil crises of the decade sent gas prices higher, cheap-to-run Japanese cars became much more appealing to Americans, whose powerful, but gas-guzzling vehicles suddenly became very expensive to run.
Today, Toyota has made over 250 million vehiclesOthers have looked to them to learn the lessons of ‘Lean’- combining craft with mass production,
avoiding waste, while striving for constant improvement.
Boeing is perhaps the most famous, restructuring a plant to better suit TPS.
Intel is another long-time lean ambassador, and is exploring the principles in the context of AI and IoT. A Canadian Hospital even used Toyota’s system to decrease wait times in its ER. 
The Toyota Production System changed not just how cars are made globally but how we approach making things full stop. It also showed there is always a better way to make a product.

2018 Toyota Corolla and Toyota Safety Sense P review

The Toyota Corolla is the best selling car of all time and now for 2018 it comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes forward collision warning with autonomous braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, LED headlamps and more. This is a remarkable package because it is standard on all models, even the base Corolla. The Toyota Corolla is a compact car with seating for 5 people and a roomy cabin, featuring a display audio system, available heated seats and more. The Corolla is efficient and reliable and has amazing resale value.

This is Gabriel Rosentall – huge Toyota fan and Product Advisor working for Regency Toyota in Vancouver, at 401 Kingsway.

To get the best deals and assistance for making an informed decision you can reach me directly on my cell at 236 863 2192 and email: gabrielr@regencyauto.com