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A Commitment to the Future Workforce

A Commitment to the Future Workforce

August 19, 2014
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. (August 19, 2014) – Last spring, Dr. Jo Harris had a hunch.
 
As president of the newly formed BridgeValley Community and Technical College, she oversaw the merger of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Colleges, building on the strengths of both institutions.  Dr. Harris’ hunch: that when good ideas are shared among the two colleges, that great things can happen.
 
Today, her hunch became a reality.... more

Building Greener Pastures: Toyota Taps Sustainable Design Firm Corgan for New North American Headquarters

Building Greener Pastures: Toyota Taps Sustainable Design Firm Corgan for New North American Headquarters

August 19, 2014
Plano, Texas, Aug. 19, 2014 – It’s official. Dallas-based Corgan will be Toyota’s lead architect for its new North American headquarters campus in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.... more

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

Annual Event Supplies Plenty of Opportunity

August 19, 2014
When Tierra Kavanaugh Turner first came to the Opportunity Exchange (OE) more than a decade ago, she didn’t have the capacity or resources to be a supplier to Toyota. But that wasn’t about to stop her. So she continued to come, year after year.

“They identified areas I needed to strengthen and improve – increasing staff, documenting processes, and exploring potential strategic alliances,” says Turner, owner of TKT & Associates, Inc. and TKT-nectir Global Staffing, LLC.  “In the interim I worked with their suppliers to gain specific industry experience and scale.”... more

Toyota Provides Free Public Wi-Fi at Six City Parks in Los Angeles, Four State Parks in New York, and One State Park in New Jersey

Toyota Provides Free Public Wi-Fi at Six City Parks in Los Angeles, Four State Parks in New York, and One State Park in New Jersey

August 14, 2014
LOS ANGELES (August 14, 2014) – The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks today announced that, thanks to Toyota and American Park Network, free public Wi-Fi is now available at six popular Los Angeles parks and beaches. This comes on the heels of a similar announcement last week by authorities in New York State of a program in four highly-visited parks there, as well as one in New Jersey.... more

Reaching New Heights:  Kyle Busch to Make 500th Toyota NASCAR Start

Reaching New Heights: Kyle Busch to Make 500th Toyota NASCAR Start

August 14, 2014
BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 14, 2014) – No other driver has as many Toyota NASCAR starts, wins or accomplishments to his credit as driver Kyle Busch.  Busch will make his 500th career NASCAR start in a Toyota this Saturday when he climbs behind the wheel of a Tundra race truck at Michigan International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.... more

Tundra Drivers Make History. Break NASCAR Record

Tundra Drivers Make History. Break NASCAR Record

August 14, 2014
It began when Erik Jones captured the checkered flag at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 8, 2013. It concluded when Darrell Wallace Jr. picked up a first-place trophy at the Eldora Speedway dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio on July 23, 2014. Twelve consecutive victories and a new NASCAR record – the longest string of wins by one manufacturer in the 19-year-history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).... more

Do A Double Take with Second Stunning Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept

Do A Double Take with Second Stunning Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept

August 13, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Proof that its beauty lies on the inside and out, Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle’s graphite exterior paint and light, saddle-colored leather went on display for the first time at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival gala held on California’s Monterey Peninsula.... more

Let the Games Begin! Toyota Again Named Sustaining Host Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Let the Games Begin! Toyota Again Named Sustaining Host Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

August 13, 2014
Washington, DC (August 13, 2014) —The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America are proud to announce that Toyota will again serve as a Sustaining Host Sponsor for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which begin today in Philadelphia, and run through Sunday, August 17. Toyota will also be providing vehicles for National Veterans Wheelchair Games officials to drive throughout the week.... more

2014 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference - Bob Carter

2014 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference - Bob Carter

August 12, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter speaks about the state of the industry as well as the company’s upcoming products at the J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. ... more

Forget Ted, Hear Bob Talk.

Forget Ted, Hear Bob Talk.

August 11, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter will speak at the J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Follow the presentation via live webcast beginning at 8:10 a.m. EDT.... more

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

Three Reasons You Should Be Driving a Hybrid

August 07, 2014
You don’t have to be a pious Prius driver (but it sure helps) to enjoy the benefits of hybrid technology.
 
  1. Help others breathe a little easier. Since 2000, the Prius family of vehicles has saved an estimated 26.5 million tons of COemissions in the U.S.
 
  1. Save gas. Prius family owners could drive around the earth 4.39 million times with the fuel saved.
 
  1. Save gas money. Over the last 14 years, the Prius family (compared to an average car) has saved Americans about $5 billion in fuel costs.
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Helping a Friend in NEEF

Helping a Friend in NEEF

August 06, 2014
Washington, DC (August 6, 2014) – Thirty five nonprofit organizations nationwide will share in more than $150,000 in capacity building grants to help support public lands. The Public Lands Program of the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provided the grants thanks to a partnership with Toyota.... more

2014 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar - Osamu 'Simon' Nagata

2014 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar - Osamu 'Simon' Nagata

August 06, 2014
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. President and CEO Osamu 'Simon' Nagata speaks at the 2014 Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar in Traverse City, Mich., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.... more

Toyota Commits $1 Million to Help the City of Detroit and Secure the Future of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Toyota Commits $1 Million to Help the City of Detroit and Secure the Future of the Detroit Institute of Arts

August 06, 2014
DETROIT (August 6, 2014) — The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced today that Toyota Motor North America pledged $1 million toward the DIA’s commitment to raise $100 million as part of a “grand bargain” that will help the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public.... more

Driving It Home

Driving It Home

August 05, 2014
ADDISON, Texas (August 5, 2014) – Toyota, Diversity in Promotions (DIP) and the Dallas–Ft. Worth Minority Supplier Diversity Council (DFW MSDC) are pleased to announce Toyota’s Supplier Diversity Exchange Event, Aug. 13, in Plano, Texas.
 
This event is designed to help Toyota identify certified minority- or women-owned suppliers for various construction phases of its new corporate campus in Plano, Texas. Suppliers wishing to participate must meet the prequalification criteria per trade category, some of which have general contractor implications. Suppliers can obtain specifics by contacting DIP, DFW MSDC or by filling out the pre-qualification registration form.... more

Robust North America Sales Help Global Toyota Post a 4.6% Rise in Q1 Net Income

Robust North America Sales Help Global Toyota Post a 4.6% Rise in Q1 Net Income

August 05, 2014
Led by strong sales in North America, cost reductions, favorable currency exchange rates and a gain due to valuation gains/losses from interest-rate swaps, Toyota’s global net income jumped 4.6 percent during the first quarter (April 1 – June 30, 2014) of the 2015 fiscal year.
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Toyota Welcomes National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention to San Antonio, Home of Toyota Tacoma and Tundra Vehicles

Toyota Welcomes National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention to San Antonio, Home of Toyota Tacoma and Tundra Vehicles

August 04, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (August 4, 2014) – Toyota is pleased to welcome the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) to San Antonio, where the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra vehicles are manufactured. Toyota is the title sponsor of the NAHJ 2014 Convention, which runs August 7 through August 9, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This year marks the 30th anniversary of NAHJ, an organization dedicated to increasing the visibility of Latinos in the news industry.... more

Toyota's $10,000 Donation May Give the Ultimate Beauty Maven a Stylish Updo

Toyota's $10,000 Donation May Give the Ultimate Beauty Maven a Stylish Updo

August 03, 2014
BOSTON, Aug. 3, 2014 – Imagine it’s the early 1900s; ladies are headed to the salon to get coiffed and primped. Thanks to Madame C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire, plenty of hair and cosmetic products are available. Yet today, the estate of this legendary businesswoman, Villa Lewaro, needs legal protection to avoid demolition.
 
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has sounded the alarm at more than 250 threatened historic sites through its annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, and currently identifies 47 historic sites in its portfolio of National Treasures where the Trust is taking direct action to protect these places across the country that stand at risk. Many of these significant places represent rich African American history, including Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District, the Malcolm X-Ella Little Collins House in Boston and Philadelphia’s Joe Frazier’s Gym.  Recognizing how essential these sites are to America and the education of future generations, Toyota Motor Sales’ (TMS) Jim Colon decided to join the preservation party.... more

July 2014 Sales Conference Notes

July 2014 Sales Conference Notes

August 01, 2014
Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay and Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken review July 2014 sales.  ... more

July 2014 Sales Chart

July 2014 Sales Chart

August 01, 2014

Toyota is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in July 2014

Toyota is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in July 2014

August 01, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported total July 2014 sales results of 215,802 units, an increase of 7.3 percent from July 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in July 2014 versus 25 selling days in July 2013, sales increased 11.6 percent over the year-ago month.... more

Toyota Motor Sales Issues July 2014 Sales Preview

Toyota Motor Sales Issues July 2014 Sales Preview

August 01, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Toyota, Scion and Lexus today reported July 2014 sales results of 215,802 units, an increase of 7.3 percent from July 2013 on a daily selling rate (DSR). On a raw-volume basis, unadjusted for 26 selling days in July 2014 versus 25 selling days in July 2013, sales increased 11.6 percent from year-ago month.
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2014 Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony - Jim Lentz

2014 Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony - Jim Lentz

July 24, 2014
Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz speaks at the Automotive Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala Ceremony, where he was recognized as Industry Leader of the Year on July 24, 2014.... more

Jim Lentz Honored as Industry Leader of the Year by the Automotive Hall of Fame

Jim Lentz Honored as Industry Leader of the Year by the Automotive Hall of Fame

July 24, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (July 24, 2014) – Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota North America, was recognized as Industry Leader of the Year at the Automotive Hall of Fame’s 75th Anniversary Gala on July 24, 2014. The event was held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, College for Creative Studies in Detroit.... more

'Oprah's the Life You Want Weekend' Announces Amy Purdy to Join Multi-City Tour This Fall

'Oprah's the Life You Want Weekend' Announces Amy Purdy to Join Multi-City Tour This Fall

July 24, 2014
Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey’s "Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend," an eight-city arena tour and transformational weekend powered by WME Live, announced today that Amy Purdy will join the tour’s lineup.  Purdy, a Paralympic Bronze Medalist snowboarder and “Dancing with the Stars” finalist, will join Oprah on stage for Toyota’s “Standing O-Vation,” which will recognize extraordinary people in communities around the country. 
 
Purdy, a Team Toyota athlete and brand ambassador, represents the power of inner strength as she continues to overcome obstacles and live as a role model for those who have faced challenges in their lives.  After losing her legs at age 19 as a result of Meningitis, Purdy has led an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments. One of the top adaptive snowboarders in the U.S., she was the Snowboardcross Bronze Medalist in Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games and was a finalist on last season’s “Dancing with the Stars.”  Toyota has proudly been a part of Purdy’s journey, including support of her nonprofit organization Adaptive Actions Sports. ... more

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