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#5255 of 5290 Toyota getting "alt fuel" serious.
Oct 10, 2006 (7:20 am)
A huge part of the success can be attributed to the Prius, which runs on a combination of electric and gasoline power. Worldwide sales jumped from 28,083 in 2002 to 43,162 in 2003, and hit 175,157 last year. Toyota's goal is to reach 1 million in annual hybrid sales in the first few years of the next decade. From 1997 through July 2006, it shipped 552,657 Priuses--which accounts for 76.7 percent of the 720,516 hybrids shipped by all manufacturers.
So through July 2006 there have been 720,516 hybrids sold. That's interesting information !!!
Toyota SERIOUS about alternative fuel vehicles
#5256 of 5290 Re: Toyota getting "alt fuel" serious. [larsb]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:39 am)
I did notice in your article that Toyota mentions their having "clean diesel" at least 3 times. Something many here have said does not exist.
#5257 of 5290 Re: Toyota getting "alt fuel" serious. [gagrice]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:47 am)
Well, "clean diesel fuel" meaning Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel does EXIST, it's just not yet prevalent and available everywhere.
And "clean diesel cars" DO apparently exist, at least outside the USA. Even the "world's cleanest diesel car" was not clean enough for the CAFE states.
It's good to know that Toyota is working the "clean car" future from several different angles.
#5258 of 5290 Re: Toyota getting "alt fuel" serious. [gagrice]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:55 am)
Even the "world's cleanest diesel car" was not clean enough for the CAFE states.
There you go again. You know that is totally false. The reason that CARB is balking is they do not trust you and I to maintain the emissions system. Same as Toyota does not trust YOU with an EV switch in your hybrid.
Oct 10, 2006 (8:06 am)
Here we are again, with the same folks having the same argument, and starting to turn things personal again.
This is NOT the place to hold your personal disputes.
Last time I checked, nobody is changing anyone's mind here. Agree to disagree and move on.
#5260 of 5290 Very coool story inside Toyota's hybrid factory
Oct 10, 2006 (10:21 am)
Inside Hybrid factory
Nearly finished Priuses, Camrys and Premios (a Japan-only car) progress on automated floor belts through the final inspection area, where workers look for paint scratches and check the lights. Elevators, conveyors and other machinery seem to be shuttling metal everywhere, but nothing moves faster than your grandmother's walking speed.
Then there is the andon cord, a draping white cord that hangs overhead on both sides of every production line. When a worker sees a problem, he pulls the cord, which immediately stops his particular production line. In a U.S. factory, stopping production would be discouraged and would likely be accompanied by a loud, shrill alarm.
#5261 of 5290 Re: Toyota getting "alt fuel" serious. [larsb]
Oct 10, 2006 (11:08 am)
Clean Diesel is the same thing as "clean" Coal.
#5262 of 5290 Today is a Big Day for Toyota and the TCH as an AMERICAN car
Oct 12, 2006 (7:13 am)
First Kentucky TCH rolls off today:
Kentucky-Built TCHs on the way to dealers today
Toyota's largest North American plant is set to roll out its first Kentucky-built hybrid Camry on Thursday.
Hybrid production required a $10 million investment for equipment modifications and training.
Kentucky legislators passed tax legislation last year, allowing carmakers to recover some costs of building hybrids.
Toyota officials cited the move in announcing their decision to build the hybrids in Georgetown.
#5263 of 5290 Camry story - but the best part is the Upcoming Hybrids sidebar
Oct 12, 2006 (7:34 am)
Very Good Sidebar on right side listing upcoming Hybrids
The present and future of hybrids
Hybrid vehicles: Prius, Camry, Highlander, Lexus RX400h, Lexus GS450h.
What's ahead: The Lexus LS 600h L coming in 2007; Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe says his company hopes to achieve worldwide sales of 1 million hybrids a year by the early 2010s.
Hybrid vehicles: Civic, Accord, Insight (being phased out).
What's ahead: Plans to launch new hybrid-only model priced below the Civic hybrid by 2009, with annual sales targets of 200,000 vehicles worldwide and 100,000 in the United States.
Hybrid vehicles: Escape, Mariner.
What's ahead: Mazda Tribute hybrid planned for 2007; Fusion and Milan hybrids expected in 2008.
Hybrid vehicles: Saturn Vue Green Line, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra (mild-hybrids).
What's ahead: Saturn Aura and Chevy Malibu mild-hybrids coming in 2007; GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe full-fledged hybrids planned for late 2007; three additional models expected in 2008.
Hybrid vehicles: None currently available.
What's ahead: Altima hybrid, using Toyota technology, will be available in eight states in early 2007.
Hybrid vehicles: None currently.
What's ahead: Dodge Durango hybrid expected in early 2008; working with GM and BMW to jointly develop hybrid technology.
#5264 of 5290 Re: Camry story - but the best part is the Upcoming Hybrids sidebar [larsb]
Oct 12, 2006 (9:07 am)
Good list but incomplete. For example it does not mention Hyundai/Kia's upcoming hybrids.