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Toyota - Global Automobile Brand is now-a-days customers’ No. 1 choice. With its service, sales and spare part strategy, Toyota has reached out to its customers beyond one nation geography. One may find many service providers and distributors for this Brand in many countries; however, in context of Nepal, there is only one sole distributor of Toyota vehicles and its genuine parts i.e. United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. (UTS).
\r\nUnited Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1967 and the backbone persona behind UTS is  Dr. V.G. Vaidya who was also the Chairman Of this Organization. With his vision and entrepreneur skills, UTS have come this far.
\r\nThe continuity of success of UTS is catalyzed with the current leadership of Mr. Suraj Vaidya – President and CEO of UTS. He is also a Former President of Federation of the Nepal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI)—an apex body representing the business community in Nepal. He is also present President of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Chairman of the SAARC Council for Tourism. With continuous visionary leadership and always at the helm of the company, UTS has been successful in maintaining its status as a market leader right from the beginning despite Nepal being represented by almost all major players from around the world.
\r\nBeing the Toyota Authorized Distributor in Nepal, it has also newly expanded its service to the customers via UTS workshop which is currently located in Ananda Nagar, Dhumbarahi Under one roof, one can be sure to obtain all the services customers need for maintaining their vehicle by the Skilled Technicians and Engineers Trained by the Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan. Toyota technicians are well-trained specialists and update themselves through technical bulletins, service tips, and in-dealership training programs.
\r\nUTS is sure to deliver its customers better and efficient service.
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United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. General Opening Hours
VOITH COMPLEX Sunday - Friday ( 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM )
Ananda Nagar, Dhumbarahi Lunch Break ( 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM )
P.O. Box: 233/2640  
Kathmandu, Nepal   
Telephone: +977-1-4008801-5   
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E-mail: vsd@voith.com.np, mahesh@voith.com.np, it@voith.com.np  

Grand Inauguration of the New Toyota Genuine Parts Outlet in Nayabazar
Grand Inauguration of the New Toyota Genuine Parts Outlet in Nayabazar

New Toyota parts outlet open at nayabazar

Genuine means Genuine ...

Your onestop destinayio for Toyota Genuine Parts , Motor Oil, Accessories 

Our Effort for Earthquake Victim
Earthquake that has befallen in the country, many have been left homeless. The immediate need of the hour is to address the need of shelter. This is our little effort to address this need of the people who have lost their home in this catastrophe. We UTS are again back in relief campaigning. Our team are working hard for preparing tents so that they can be sent to the victims as soon as possible.

Saurav Enterprise as the newest member
United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. sole authorized distributer of Toyota Vehicles in Nepal would like to warmly welcome Saurav Enterprise as the newest member to our family representing us in Bhairahawa.  . United Traders Syndicate has been representing Toyota since 1967 with a flagship of quality, durability and reliability. Toyota has successfully created the trademark of quality and modern technology in Nepali automobile market.
The inauguration of the new showroom in Bhairahawa was done in 14th March 2015 by Mr. Kailash Bhakta Rajbhandari Senior Director of United Traders Syndicate Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Dhurba Shrestha Vice President of Panchya Kanya Group, Mr. Deepak Shrestha Chairman of Saurav Enterprises & Mr. Mahendra Shrestha Member of Federation of Nepal Chamber of Commerce & Industries. The event was attended by various business personalities, media dignitaries, staff and locals with great enthusiasm. 
We feel that this inauguration is another achievement for TOYOTA to provide quality services and vehicles to the general public. Considering the terrain of the area, we are confident that all available models of the vehicle will be in high demand, as it will efficiently cater to the needs of the people of the region. 

2012 Toyota Fortuner unveiled for Asian market
2012 Toyota Fortuner unveiled for Asian market



The new, 2012 Toyota Fortuner has just debuted in Asia. The HiLux-based seven-seat SUV features the new front end of the facelifted Toyota HiLux, which is planned for an Australian debut in August.

From the front, the new Toyota Fortuner showcases the fresh three-tier chrome grille layout as well as a revised bumper bar design including new spotlights. There’s also new projector headlights with twin elements and a new bonnet and front guards.

The Toyota Fortuner also gets a newly designed rear end, wheels and a spruced up interior with higher quality materials compared with the previous model. A new instrument cluster and uprated equipment options also heighten the attractiveness. An automatic gearbox will be available for the first time.

Under the bonnet, the 2012 Toyota Fortuner will come with two diesel engine options and a petrol variant. Making up the entry-level model will be a 2.5-litre turbo diesel unit producing 107kW. Next in the range will be a 3.0-litre turbo diesel producing 122kW, and lastly a 2.7-litre petrol producing 119kW.

The previous model Toyota Fortuner reportedly didn’t sell too well in areas like Thailand, but Toyota hopes to turn it around with this more refined model. The option of the automatic transmission is said to be one of the main concerns for buyers in the market.

What do you think of the Fortuner? Do you think there is a market for it in Australia, or does Toyota already have the 4WD/SUV market covered with the RAV4, Kluger, HiLux, Prado, FJ Cruiser and LandCruiser?

Three Toyota Models Selected as Best Family Cars of 2012

Three Toyota Models Selected as Best Family Cars of 2012

Prius v, Camry and Sienna Make the Annual Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com List

TORRANCE (June 5, 2012) – Three Toyota models have been selected as among the Best Family Cars of 2012 by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. This is their fifth annual list, which will appear online today and on newsstands June 12.
Toyota earned picks across three categories including Prius v in the high-mileage category; Camry in the sedan category and the Sienna minivan in the large vehicle category. Vehicles considered were evaluated on a number of criteria important to families including safety, fuel economy, and kid-friendly features, as well as ride comfort, styling and handling. 
“We’re proud to have several Toyota models on the list of best family cars for the fifth year in a row,” said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “Families know they can always depend on Toyota for safety, quality and durability, but they also recognize the importance of the convenience and technology features in our vehicles that help make their lives easier.”
In the high-mileage car category, the editors chose vehicles with more than 40 miles per gallon on the highway and offering safety features and modern conveniences. As a new member of the Prius family this year, the Prius v was cited for its stable ride and ample cargo space and was praised for its versatility and standard technology features including the Entune® mulitmedia system and a hands-free smart key, which unlocks the driver’s side door as you approach the door handle. 
The 2012 Camry was highlighted as a best pick in the sedan category.  Completely redesigned for 2012, the all-new seventh generation Camry was chosen for its updated styling, convenient technology including Entune, excellent fuel economy, quiet ride and ample trunk space. The Camry is America’s best-selling car, and as an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012 it is extremely popular with families. 
Rounding out the best family cars in the large vehicle category is the Sienna minivan, chosen for its flexible configurations to fit every type of trip, family and cargo combination. The Sienna was completely redesigned in 2010, catering to traditional family van needs while also meeting growing demands for more responsive driving characteristics, contemporary styling and onboard entertainment technology.  With state-of-the-art features and rewarding driving dynamics, the Sienna is a vehicle that families of any size will find satisfying to drive.  
The Sienna is manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc. while the Camry is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
“Toyota has a long history of satisfying the automotive needs of American families,” said Scott Oldham, editor-in-chief, Edmunds.com. “The Sienna minivan, the redesigned Camry and the all-new Prius v hybrid are leaders in their respective segments, offering America’s families the spacious, fun, fuel-efficient and reliable transportation they need.”

Toyota Leads the Way in Green Buildings

Toyota Leads the Way in Green Buildings

Total of 29 LEED Certified Toyota & Lexus facilities and dealerships in the U.S.

Torrance, Calif., May 30, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc’s. (TMS) recently completed Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center in Kansas City, Mo. has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The technical training center is located at the region sales office and provides offices, classrooms and training bays for Toyota dealer technicians. A total of 11 Toyota/Lexus U.S. facilities and 18 Toyota/Lexus dealerships have achieved LEED certification, leading the automotive industry in green building efforts. 

“At Toyota, we are committed to reducing environmental impacts throughout our operations,” said Doug Beebe, TMS corporate manager of administrative services. “LEED provides a framework for us to demonstrate that doing what is environmentally responsible can also be financially responsible.”

The Kansas City technical training center integrated the following LEED elements into construction to achieve Gold certification:
  • 99 percent of construction waste (more than 953 tons) was diverted from landfill through salvage or recycling
  • Extensive native vegetation rain gardens and swales treat 100 percent of parking lot and roof storm water runoff, removing 95 percent of pollutants
  • Automatic lighting controls and use of natural light reduce electrical demand by 24.5 percent (12kw)
  • High efficiency HVAC system consumes 50 percent less energy in cooling mode
  • 100 percent of installed wood products carry Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, ensuring sustainable harvest practices
  • Dual flush toilets, waterless urinals and efficient fixtures reduce water consumption by 66 percent, saving 49,800 gallons of water annually
  • 100 percent of annual energy use (176 kwh/yr) is offset by investment in certified renewable energy development
In addition to the Kansas City Regional Technical Training Center, 10 Toyota/Lexus U.S. facilities have achieved various levels of LEED certification since 2003. Ranging from office space to vehicle distribution centers, these facilities represent Toyota’s continued efforts to improve the design and efficiency of all operations while reducing the overall environmental footprint. A complete listing of LEED certified facilities is found below. 

Toyota sparked an industry trend in 2006, with construction of the first LEED certified automotive dealership in the country. Patt Lobb Toyota of McKinney, Texas, achieved Silver LEED certification and paved the way for additional dealers to follow. To date, 18 Toyota/Lexus dealerships have achieved LEED certification, including the nation's only Platinum LEED certified dealership, Kendall Toyota in Eugene, Ore. An additional nine dealerships are complete and awaiting final certification (see complete listing below).

“Toyota and Lexus dealers have truly seized the opportunity to ‘green’ their businesses,” said Ernest Bastien, TMS vice president of retail market development, “and by doing so are demonstrating environmental leadership in their communities. Dealers are also quickly re-couping their initial investments and realizing the long term financial benefits of building more efficient dealerships.” 

LEED dealership construction was spurred by Toyota’s ECO Image U.S.A. II initiative which assists dealers with construction of facilities that emphasize efficiency and reduce overall environmental impacts. LEED certified dealers are seeing a 26 percent reduction in energy costs per square foot per year. In addition, quick return on investment for sustainable building materials, efficient lighting and other LEED elements are confirming the economic benefits of building green. 

The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party green building certification program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of green building practices and the LEED program. LEED projects accumulate points/credits in various environmental categories. Point totals determine the level of certification, ranging from ‘Certified’ to ‘Platinum.’
Toyota Technical Center Kansas City, Mo. Gold 2012
Toyota Inland Empire Training Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Gold 2010
Toyota Motor North America, Inc. New York, N.Y. Gold 2010
Toyota Technical Center York Township, Mich. Gold 2010
Toyota Racing Development North Carolina Salisbury, N.C. Certified 2010
Lexus Florida Training Center Miramar, Fla. Gold 2009
Toyota Phoenix Training Center Phoenix, Ariz. Silver 2009
North American Production Support Center Georgetown, Ky. Silver 2006
Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Washington, D.C. Silver 2006
Portland Vehicle Distribution Center Portland, Ore. Gold 2004
Toyota Motor Sales South Campus Torrance, Calif. Gold 2003
Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney McKinney, Texas Silver 2006
Toyota of Rockwall Rockwall, Texas Gold 2008
Jerry Durant Toyota Granbury, Texas Silver 2008
Mark Miller Toyota Salt Lake City, Utah Gold 2008
Caldwell Toyota Conway, Ark. Gold 2008
Kendall Toyota Eugene, Ore. Platinum 2008
Fitzgerald’s Lake Forest Toyota Gaithersburg, Md. Gold 2009
Toyota of El Cajon – Service Center Santee, Calif. Gold 2009
Grossinger City Toyota Chicago, Ill. Silver 2009
Toyota of El Cajon El Cajon, Calif. Silver 2009
James Toyota Flemington, N.J. Silver 2009
Lexus of Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nev. Gold 2009
Sewell Lexus Ft. Worth Ft. Worth, Texas Gold 2009
Dave Munganast Lexus of St. Louis St. Louis, Mo. Silver 2010
Toyota of Bend Bend, Ore. Gold 2010
Beaman Toyota Nashville, Tenn. Certified 2010
Legends Toyota Kansas City, Kan. Gold 2011
Henderson Lexus Henderson, Nev. Gold 2011

Toyota Announces Pricing for 2013 Venza Crossover

Toyota Announces Pricing for 2013 Venza Crossover

• Enhanced Exterior Styling
• Additional Standard Convenience Features for Greater Value
• Available Entune® Multi-media System

TORRANCE, Calif., May 25, 2012 - - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2013 Venza crossover vehicle. The Venza will begin arriving at Toyota dealerships next week.

The Toyota Venza crossover now offers enhanced exterior styling, added value through several new standard convenience features and updated option packages, which include the Entune® multi-media system for the 2013 model year. 

Venza’s aerodynamic shape has been tastefully modified with a new upper and lower grille, fog lamps and rear taillights. The updated styling is complemented by a new 19-inch wheel design and three new exterior colors: Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl, and Cosmic Gray Mica. Venza is available in three interior colors: Ivory, Light Gray, and Black, which is new for 2013. Each color is offered in fabric on LE and leather on XLE and Limited.

The 2013 Venza is available in LE, XLE and Limited grades. The LE and XLE models are available with all powertrain combinations: four-cylinder, V6, front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD); the Venza Limited is powered by the V6 engine only, in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. Both engines are teamed with a six-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). 

Value has been augmented and ordering simplified with the addition of many standard features in all three grades. All Venza models will be will equipped with a standard blind-spot mirror and outer mirror turn signals with puddle lamps. 

Additional key standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and second-row-seat vents; eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar; 3.5-inch LCD multi-information display; a tilt/telescopic adjustable wheel with integrated audio controls; an overhead console with map lights; rear-seat adjustable personal reading lamps and three 12-volt power outlets. The XLE and Limited models add to the abundance of standard features with many audio and convenience upgrades.

Entune Multi-media System
The 2013 Venza now offers the Toyota Entune multimedia system. Entune leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.

Toyota Entune supports engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports. Toyota Entune has a large selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iHeartRadio’s 750+ stations, and Pandora’s personalized music service. 

The audio systems combined with Entune feature a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system that helps the driver to stay focused by eliminating the need to memorize thousands of voice commands. 

The base MSRP for the 2013 Venza LE will range from $27,700 for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) four-cylinder to $30,970 for the V6 all-wheel-drive (AWD), reflecting an increase $270 to $275, or 0.9-1.0 percent. 

Pricing for the Venza XLE will range from $31,360 for the four-cylinder FWD to $34,630 for the V6 AWD, an increase ranging from $1,580 to $1,585, or 4.8 to 5.3 percent.

The Limited grade Venza will be receive a base MSRP of $37,420 for the FWD model, while the AWD model will be priced at $38,870. Both prices reflect an increase of $955, or 2.5 percent for the AWD and 2.6 percent for the FWD. 

The MSRP for the 2013 Venza does not include the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $810. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary. 

All 2013 Venzas will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), in Georgetown, Ky. 

 2013 Venza Pricing
Model Grade Engine Drivetrain  
MSRP Difference
MSRP Change (%)
2810 LE L4 FWD $27,425 $27,700 $275 1.0%
2812 LE V6 FWD $29,250 $29,520 $270 0.9%
2820 LE L4 AWD $28,875 $29,150 $275 1.0%
2822 LE V6 AWD $30,700 $30,970 $270 0.9%
2830 XLE L4 FWD $29,775 $31,360 $1,585 5.3%
2832 XLE V6 FWD $31,600 $33,180 $1,580 5.0%
2834 XLE L4 AWD $31,225 $32,810 $1,585 5.1%
2836 XLE V6 AWD $33,050 $34,630 $1,580 4.8%
2842 Limited V6 FWD $36,465 $37,420 $955 2.6%
2846 Limited V6 AWD $37,915 $38,870 $955 2.5%
All prices listed above exclude the Delivery, Processing, and Handling (DPH) fee
Media Contacts:
Toyota Division Communications 
Maurice Durand (310) 468-1601 or maurice_durando@toyota.com

Media Web site: http://www.toyotanewsroom.com 
Public Web site: http://www.toyota.com

Scion tC Receives Autobytel and AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award

Scion tC Receives Autobytel and AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Award

tC Recognized as the Top Rated Sporty Car
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TORRANCE, Calif. (May 24, 2012) – The 2012 Scion tC today was recognized as the Top Rated Sporty Car in the 16th Annual Autobytel and AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. 

Autobytel and AutoPacific's Vehicle Satisfaction Award measures how satisfied an owner is with his or her new vehicle. New vehicle owners provide input on 48 individual attributes that objectively measure the ownership experience such as driver’s seat comfort, power and acceleration, interior and exterior styling, cargo space/capacity, ease of getting in and out, and quietness inside the vehicle. 

The second-generation tC, which was completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, features new styling, enhanced performance, and technologies that add to the driver’s experience. It remains a tremendous value with more power, increased fuel efficiency, superior driving dynamics, and more safety features than its predecessor.

For 2012, the tC sports coupe includes as standard equipment a new Pioneer™ audio system that features Bluetooth® hands-free, Bluetooth streaming audio and HD Radio™ technology. It features a spirited 180-hp, 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. 

A new tC Release Series 7.0 (tC RS 7.0) also debuted for model-year 2012. The tC RS 7.0 comes exclusively in High Voltage Yellow exterior paint with contrasting black side view mirrors and black 18-inch alloy wheels. The aggressive exterior is further stylized with a TRD body kit that includes front and rear lower valences and side skirts. The front bumper incorporates a honeycomb lower grille that is unique to this Release Series.

High Voltage Yellow accents make their way into the interior with color-tuned black and yellow seat fabric, leather wrapped steering wheel with yellow stitching and an individually numbered badge. The tC RS 7.0 features Smart Key, a convenient keyless entry system that unlocks the doors with a touch of the door handle. The system also includes a red TRD push-button start allowing the car to be started with the push of a button. The use of the Smart Key system is a first for Scion.

Like all Scion models, the tC is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The tC comes standard with Scion Service Boost, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of 24-hour roadside assistance.
Media Contacts:
Greg Thome (310) 468-3279 or greg_thome@toyota.com

Media Web site: http://www.scionnewsroom.com 
Public Web site: http://www.scion.com

Toyota Hits Four Million Unit Global Sales Milestone for Hybrids

Toyota Hits Four Million Unit Global Sales Milestone for Hybrids

  • 1.5 Million Toyota Hybrid Vehicles Sold in the U.S.

TORRANCE (May. 22, 2012) – Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Japan announced its global hybrid vehicle sales totaled four million units through April 2012. 

Toyota currently sells 18 hybrid passenger vehicles in 80 countries and regions around the world. This year, hybrid vehicle accounted for 15 percent of TMC’s global vehicle sales. Prius, Toyota’s first hybrid passenger car, went on sale in Japan in 1997. Hybrid technology was later introduced to the U.S. in 2000 with the arrival of the Prius.

Since then, the Toyota Division of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. sold 1.5 million hybrid vehicles in the U.S., accounting for 65 percent of all hybrid vehicles sold in the region. Prius, the iconic hybrid brand, comprises half of all hybrids on the road in the U.S. with sales totaling 1.2 million units through April 2012.

The expansion of the Prius has been successful in the U.S. since the Prius v was introduced in to the market in November 2011 followed by Prius c and Prius Plug-in during the first quarter 2012. In that time, Prius family sold 60,859 units in the U.S.

"All of us at Toyota would like to sincerely thank our customers, who have made Prius the best-selling hybrid in the industry," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "While we're proud of this accomplishment, we are not stopping here as hybrids will continue to be a core technology for Toyota."

In addition to the Prius Family, Toyota’s other U.S. hybrid models include versions of the Camry and Highlander, which feature larger displacement applications of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Toyota calculates that the total number of its hybrid vehicles sold globally since 1997 have produced to approximately 26 million fewer tons of C02 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. 

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Toyota Motor Corporation Vehicles Dominate J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

TORRANCE, Calif., February 15, 2012 – Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Sub-Compact Car
Toyota Yaris
Scion xD
Compact Car
Toyota Prius
Toyota Corolla
Compact Crossover SUV
Toyota RAV4
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Scion xB
Compact Sporty Car
Scion tC
Entry Premium Car
Lexus ES350
Midsize Car
Toyota Camry
Midsize Crossover SUV
Toyota Highlander
Midsize Van
Toyota Sienna
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
Lexus RX350
Large Premium Car*
Lexus LS460
Large Car
Toyota Avalon
Large Pick Up
Toyota Tundra
Lexus Nameplate
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
Premium Brands Industry Average
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average
Additional examples of Toyota’s commitment to the highest standards for quality, safety, reliability and retained value include:
*The Premium Car segment is not represented in the 2012 VDS due to the small sample size for the segment. 

Safety and Quality Communications
Brian R. Lyons (310) 468-2552 brian_lyons@toyota.com
John Hanson (310 468-4718 john_hanson@toyota.com

Toyota Product Communications
Greg Thome (310) 468-3279 greg_thome@toyota.com
Sam Butto (310) 468-7728 sam_butto@toyota.com
Moe Durand (310) 468-1601 maurice_durand@toyota.com

Lexus Public Relations
Bill Kwong (310) 468-3764 bill_kwong@lexus.com

Scion Public Relations
Craig Taguchi (310) 468-3282 craig_taguchi@scion.com

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Media Line (310) 468-5297

Note to Editors: Electronic images of Toyota, Lexus and Scion products are available online via our news media web site http://www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Toyota Announces Return of 100 Cars for Good Program in 2012
Will Award 100 Vehicles to 100 Nonprofits in 100 Days – with Winners Selected by the Public
  • Registered 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to apply online with details on how a new car would help them achieve even more for their local communities
  • Applications open on March 12, 2012 at http://www.facebook.com/toyota
2012 Toyota 100 Cars for Good Overview
Overview of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program (video)

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Three professional therapy dogs check out a Toyota Prius awarded to Summit Assistance Dogs in Burlington, Wash., on Sept. 19, 2011. The Prius was awarded as part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. 

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Children remove the cover from a Prius at the Toyota Center in Houston on Aug. 16, 2011. The vehicle was awarded to the Laura Recovery Center, which supports searches for abducted children and educates children and their families on how to prevent child abductions.

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Bill Murphy, a sales consultant at Anderson-Weber Toyota in Dubuque, Iowa, greets a child served by the Hills and Dales Child Development Center on Sept. 28, 2011. The center, which provides services to young people with disabilities, including transportation to and from medical appointments, received a Sienna Mobility Van as part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.

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100 Cars for Good FAQs
100 Cars for Good YouTube video

CHICAGO (February 9, 2012) – At the Chicago Auto Show today, Toyota announced the return of its “100 Cars for Good” program. For the second straight year, Toyota will award 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 U.S. nonprofits, with winners selected through public voting on the Toyota Facebook page. Applications for the program will open on March 12, 2012 at http://www.facebook.com/toyota.

The announcement was made by Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., who was accompanied by some of the nonprofits that received vehicles in last year’s 100 Cars for Good program. 

“At Toyota, we appreciate what a big difference a new car can make for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across the country, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to lend a hand,” said Rouse. “Over the last 20 years, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits throughout the U.S. 100 Cars for Good allows us to build on that commitment in important, new ways by making the public an integral part of these efforts and harnessing the power of social media to expand awareness and galvanize support for organizations that are having such a tremendous impact in neighborhoods nationwide.”

A 2011 winner of a new Toyota Sienna, the Chicago Zoological Society, also spoke at the announcement.

“We are very appreciative of this tremendous donation from Toyota,” said Stuart Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society. “The new van has been invaluable in our efforts to bring our conservation and informal science education programs to under-resourced communities throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Our dedicated staff travels year round to these communities, inspiring families to gain an appreciation of nature and wildlife, not only globally, but also in their own backyards. We have also used the minivan to transport young students to the zoo and field locations as part of the Society’s award-winning Youth Volunteer Corps.”

In communities across the country, vehicles from the first year of 100 Cars for Good are making a significant difference. These include:
  • Ensuring that a soup kitchen in Morristown, New Jersey can pick up food donations that used to be turned away due to a lack of transportation, allowing it to provide meals and food to even more people in need;
  • Helping a program near Detroit provide horseback riding visits for kids with cancer; and
  • Supporting the efforts of a nonprofit in Wilmington, North Carolina to train and deliver service dogs to wounded veterans.
Applying for the 2012 100 Cars for Good Program
Beginning March 12, 2012, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can apply online athttp://www.facebook.com/toyota. Finalists will be eligible to win one of six Toyota models, including the Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Prius v, Sienna minivan, Sienna Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup truck. A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services. 

The 100 Cars for Good application process will last for two weeks, or until 5,000 applications are received. Of these, 500 finalists will be selected and then certified by an independent panel of judges who are experts in the fields of philanthropy and social responsibility. Each finalist can then submit a video that will be featured on the Toyota 100 Cars site explaining how a new vehicle would help support its work. In addition, Toyota will be providing each of the finalists with communications and social media tools and training to assist their efforts to raise awareness for their organization.

Public voting will begin in May, with the exact date to be announced later, and will continue for 100 consecutive days. Each day, five organizations will be profiled athttp://www.facebook.com/toyota and participants may vote for the charity they feel is most deserving of a vehicle. 

The four runners up every day will each be awarded a $1,000 grant from Toyota.

100 Cars for Good is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded. To learn more please, visit www.facebook.com/toyota

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design facilities. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion. 

Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S. 

For more information on Toyota, please visit www.toyota.com.

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TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.

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2012 Toyota HiLux Review


Proven reliability, service network, looks, street cred, technology, competitive pricing

Four-speed auto for diesel, no telescopic steering wheel adjustment, towing capacity

By Alborz Fallah | September 11th, 2011


Our Rating:  
The updated 2012 Toyota HiLux is yet another reason to consider the most popular ute in Australia over its growing list of competitors.

It was back in 1968 when the Toyota HiLux came into existence and not until 1979 that it even got a 4WD system. So it’s been through the past 43 years of improvement that the HiLux has earned its reputation as a proper, unbreakable workhorse or practical family vehicle.


As of today over 14 million Toyota HiLux vehicles have been sold worldwide, of which a staggering 700,000 have come to Australia (1/20). It’s no wonder then, that the HiLux remains the dominant player in its category and one of the best-selling vehicles in Australia in general.

Nonetheless, times are changing and despite its indisputable credentials, growing competition from cheap Chinese utes, a relentless effort by Volkswagen’s Amarok and the upcoming new Ford Rangerand Mazda BT-50 has meant that Toyota has had to respond.

To give it a more competitive advantage, the updated seventh-generation Toyota HiLux has got its share of new features. From the outside everything from the A-pillar forward has been updated (new bonnet, grille, headlamps and front bumper) and the rear gets new combination lamps (for pick-up models).

The real story however is the added value and price reductions to the new model range, with all 21 Toyota HiLux 4×4 variants gaining between $1960 and $8340 better value. 4×2 buyers also benefit with a host of new features and modest or no price gains, which Toyota says has enhanced value by up to $1640.

To launch the new 2012 Toyota HiLux, the Big T brought the motoring media to Townsville, the spiritual home of the almighty HiLux. Queenslanders love their utes and with a booming mining industry in full force, the HiLux consistently remains the best-selling vehicle in the state.

To begin our Toyota HiLux review, we set out to test drive the updated HiLux around a challenging four-wheel drive course about 30 minutes out of Townsville. Although the majority of Toyota HiLux 4x4s sold to private buyers will never see dirt, the ability to perform off-road is crucial in the upkeep of HiLux’s tough and robust reputation.

Here is thing about 4×4 utes: the vast majority of them (Great Wall excluded) can perform pretty much any basic to moderate off-roading required. When Volkswagen launched the Amarok, we embarked on an extensive 4WD course that proved the Amarok as being more than capable of overcoming some seriously tough terrain. The same story applies to the Nissan Navara and other Japanese utes. The Toyota HiLux is pretty much the same; it’s excellent off-road and has no problems conquering anything it would ever realistically need to. You can read our Toyota HiLux off-road review for more info.

Compared with the Volkswagen Amarok, the Toyota HiLux is definitely more agricultural. The Amarok’s overall refinement is a level above the popular Japanese ute, but there is a reason for this. While the Europeans have focused heavily on technology and features, Toyota has kept the proven formula of the bulletproof HiLux pretty much untouched.

For example, you simply press a button to put an Amarok into 4×4 low range and you can do this even when the vehicle is moving. As for the HiLux, you need to stop, engage neutral and then use a manual low-high gear lever to achieve the same result.

The Amarok makes do with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 120kW (at 4000rpm) and 400Nm of torque (1500-2500rpm). Meanwhile, the 3.0-litre diesel powering the HiLux is only marginally better with 126kW (3600rpm) and 343Nm of torque (1400-3400rpm). You can see from these figures the difference in the technology applied.

What you can’t see, however, is Toyota’s insistence to continue to build a product that has proven its credentials over the last four decades. While it’s still far too early to discuss the Amarok’s long term durability (even though early reports are very positive), the reason Toyota has stuck with its proven system is to keep things simple and the HiLux’s unbreakable reliability a continuing reality.

The reason Toyota Australia has been so successful with the HiLux and other off-road-capable vehicles is not so much that they are significantly better than their Japanese or European counterparts, more that the brand has stuck behind its product by establishing an enormous supply and parts chain across the vast continent that is Australia.

You can be assured that if something was to go wrong with your 3.0-litre turbodiesel Toyota engine (a rarity) in the middle of Australia, the closest Toyota dealership (and there are 258 of them) will have the necessary part or expertise to you in an unbelievably quick time. The same cannot be said with confidence about its major rivals. So while the Amarok and the soon-to-be-released new Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 are no doubt more technologically advanced, the HiLux remains a proven unit.

This is not the say the HiLux is technologically inept – far from it. The 2012 updated models have gained a significant amount of new features that have been on the wish list for some time. Anti-skid brakes and a new audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity plus USB is now standard even on the very base model WorkMate variants (which are now offered in Single Cab cab chassis and Double Cab pick-up body styles for the first time).

HiLux SR 4×2 models gain cruise control for manual transmissions and have their seat, steering wheel and door trim upgraded. A limited-slip differential has also been added to all V6 petrol models (previously optional). 4×4 models gain the above and also include sports-style front seats and side and curtain-shield airbags.

Go for the range-topping Toyota HiLux SR5 4×2 and automatic air-conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights and a 6.1-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system are all new features. Double Cab V6 petrol 4×4 models also gain vehicle stability control (ESC), traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

There are now 35 different HiLux variants (up from 32), so the updated range caters to almost every need. Toyota’s dominance in fleet sales remains unchallenged but it aims to lift its marketshare with private buyers in the turbodiesel sector. New variants, lower prices and added value is the strategy for Toyota going forward.

During the 400km+ drive program from Townsville out to Hervey Bay and beyond, we found the HiLux’s interior to be pleasant and robust. It doesn’t feel as upmarket as the Amarok’s but it’s on par with its Japanese rivals. Apart from lack of telescopic steering adjustment, it has features such as steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls that are not available even on the range-topping Amarok Ultimate.

The front seats are supportive and the suspension is cruisy for city and long highway drives. Sit in the back of a dual cab HiLux and you’ll realise it actually has more legroom than a Camry. Given the box-shaped cabin, there is plenty of space for four adults to fit comfortably.

Once we got comfortable in the cabin, it was time for our drive up a mountainous range to reach Townsville’s Hidden Valley Cabins.

On normal roads the HiLux behaves well, is easy to manoeuvre and power delivery is smooth and consistent in the two variants we tested (4.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel). Get on a bit of dirt and the nanny controls do tend to kick in a bit more than we were expecting (even with weight in the tray to keep the rear grounded).

The 3.0-litre diesel is available with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, while the 4.0-litre petrol has the same manual choice but gains an extra gear for the automatic.

The diesel automatic does tend to feel a little sluggish in its torque delivery – as you get up to speed, it’s begging for an additional gear. The manual gearbox delivers better acceleration and is a breeze to use. Nonetheless, the majority of buyers are likely to stick with an automatic gearbox for convenience.

Although adequate for day-to-day driving, both petrol and diesel variants could certainly do with more go. At the very least, we would have really liked to see a range-topping halo model (remember theTRD HiLux?). To give you some perspective, the more expensive Nissan Navara ST-550 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel driven through a seven-speed automatic that delivers substantially more power and torque (170kW and 550Nm).

One of the more consistent complaints about the HiLux was its 2250kg towing capacity, which has been upgraded to 2500kg. Its main competition can easily outdo this with the Navara and Triton managing 3000kg and the Amarok 2800kg.

Toyota Australia says the issue of increasing towing capacity has been raised with Japan, with the chief engineer of the new HiLux program visiting Australia three times this year alone to better understand local market needs.

Safety remains a point of concern for the Toyota HiLux 4×2 range, with no standard side or curtain-shield airbags on offer. It’s only on the 4×4 SR and above variants that the life-saving technology is added as standard equipement. In comparison, all Amarok variants come standard with a full compliment of airbags and safety features.

There is no doubt that the vast majority of fleets will still pick the HiLux as the vehicle of choice. The real question is whether or not Toyota can convince private buyers to stick with the brand. While the Amarok struggles given the lack of an automatic option, research suggests that Toyota’s job of getting new buyers into a HiLux is not as difficult as it may seem, with the company claiming HiLux has an unprompted awareness of above 50 per cent and desirability of above 60 per cent (with no other competitor even near 30 per cent)

The Toyota HiLux is more than likely to remain the dominant ute in our market for the foreseeable future, however, only time will tell if it can fend off the growing list of advancing competitors.

Toyota Earns Three Top Scoring Car Awards in First Annual Total Car Score Rankings

Toyota Earns Three 'Top Scoring Car Awards' in First Annual Total Car Score Rankings

TORRANCE, Calif., May 23, 2012 - - Toyota was named the winner in three automotive categories in the first annual Total Car Score “Top Scoring Car Awards” rankings. 
The all-new Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America, earned a Top Scoring Car award in the 2012 Midsize Sedan/Wagon segment. The Toyota Avalon received Top Scoring Car honors in the 2012 Large Sedan/Wagon category. Toyota’s full-size Tundra pickup captured an award in the 2012 Large Truck segment.

The awards are based on a ranking formula created by Total Car Score, an automotive ranking and comparison website, which offers a comprehensive evaluation of 2012 model year vehicles in various segments. Each vehicle’s score is based on combined vehicle evaluations from the top automotive review and rating sites. Total Car Score utilizes the ratings and converts them into a simple percentage. The average number from all of these sources represents the vehicle’s total combined score. A vehicle must have a rating from at least five sources to qualify.
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