It seems that Toyota and Indiana go well together. The automaker announced it is investing $803 million and creating 1,400 new jobs at its plant in Princeton, Indiana, to support the production of two all-new, all-electric three-row SUVs.
Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, says that this kind of decision isn’t made lightly — but that the Indiana plant’s ability to launch the all-new 2021 Sienna minivan showed Toyota it had the ability to handle more.
“They know they can see that our capability was there, our heart was there, our passion is there. And our workforce is up for the challenge,” Curry said. Currently, the Princeton plant already employs nearly 7,300 Hoosiers.
Toyota has yet to reveal details about what the SUVs will be like, other than that one will boast the Toyota badge while the other will be a Lexus, and that both would be “designed with the active Gen Y American Family in mind.”
In any case, family-friendly SUVs are practically Toyota’s bread-and-butter, as are electrified vehicles, so we can’t wait to see the kind of innovation that Indiana will bring to the world with these new rides. Make sure to visit Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka, Indiana, for a closer look at the new EVs when they go into production!
Earlier this year, Toyota created a new tech-focused subsidiary called Woven Planet Group. The new group has kept busy and kicked off its first year with a bang by acquiring Lyft’s self-driving car division — called “Level 5” — for $550 million.
Level 5, so named after the five stages of car autonomy, was costing Lyft a lot of money, and Toyota was perfectly positioned to take over. The automaker will absorb the 300 workers from Level 5 into its own team, adding up to about 1,200 employees, all dedicated to developing innovative driving technologies and, eventually, full driving automation.
“Bringing Level 5’s world-class engineers and experts into the fold ― as well as additional technology resources ― will allow us to have even greater speed and impact,” said Woven Planet CEO James Kuffner. “This deal will be key in weaving together the people, resources, and infrastructure that will help us to transform the world we live in through mobility technologies that can bring about a happier, safer future for us all.”
As part of the deal, Lyft will also provide Toyota with its system and fleet data. Both companies anticipate self-driving ridesharing services to be an important part of the future of mobility.
At Jordan Toyota, we’re excited to see what Toyota can do with Lyft’s self-driving car division. And fortunately, we won’t have to wait until fully automated vehicles are developed to benefit from the technologies created in the process!
Whether you’re just starting your family or dealing with a gaggle of young kids, car seat safety is probably at the front of your mind. Car seats are a vital part of keeping your crew secure on the road, but they can occasionally be a pain to install. That’s why Toyota — a brand that has always prioritized family-friendly features — recently released a new car seat app designed to make securing them easier than ever.
You can access this unique technology via ToyotaOwners.com or as a function in the convenient Toyota Owners App, which is available for free. Once you access it, all you need to do is input your vehicle’s VIN and describe where you plan to place the car seat. Then, the app will show a video and display written instructions on how to appropriately secure the chair. Since no two children are the same, Toyota built a “help-me-choose” feature that will provide expert recommendations on the best car seat options for your youngster.
At the moment, the new app is only compatible with the 2021 Sienna, but you can expect to see the tech roll out to other models in the next few years.
If you want to demo the new car seat app on a 2021 Sienna — or just see the other results of Toyota’s relentless ingenuity — don’t hesitate to contact us at Jordan Toyota, right here in beautiful Mishawaka, IN.
In order to transform these commercial commuters into immunity mobiles, Toyota outfitted a set of Land Cruisers with 14-cubic-foot refrigerators that can store both COVID vaccines and other medicine — especially for children — at the appropriate temperature. The cold storage units were provided by B-Medical Systems, and each one can hold up to 400 doses. Better yet, the setup was officially certified by the World Health Organization.
It should come as no surprise that the Land Cruiser is more than up to the challenge of distributing vaccines, even in harsh conditions. It boasts four-wheel drive, a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel engine, and a pair of sturdy axles. It’s also the sole source of power for the refrigerator, which says a lot about its overall capabilities. You may not be able to snag one of these custom vaccine-delivery machines for everyday use around Mishawaka, IN, but you can check out some other exceptional vehicles at Jordan Toyota. Trust us; they’re all designed with you in mind
Toyota is one of the world’s most prominent developers of hydrogen fuel cell technology, which will help contribute to a zero-emission future and promote long-term sustainability. As part of the automaker’s efforts to create a greener tomorrow, Toyota has designed a new fuel cell module that’s so impressive it will be available to other manufacturers to help lower their carbon footprints.
The conversation around efficient powertrains tends to focus on electrification, but Toyota is tackling the situation from multiple angles. It already produces two fuel-cell-powered vehicles — the Mirai sedan and the SORA bus. This new module will take things to another level, offering compatibility with everything from generators to ships.
Toyota will sell its module to customers who can choose the output and voltage range to meet their needs. They can choose between a vertically or horizontally packaged model, voltage outputs ranging from 400 to 750 volts, and the ability to generate either 60 or 80 kilowatts.
The idea is to help other companies with less advanced fuel cell tech up their eco-friendliness without needing to develop their own technology from scratch. According to Toyota, it’s easy to install, low-maintenance, and boasts “world-class, top-level output density per unit volume.”
Toyota has taken many steps to address major environmental issues, and the automaker highlighted those efforts at going green in its 2020 North American Environmental Report. Toyota Motor North America focused its 2020 sustainability efforts on five key areas, including carbon, water, materials, biodiversity, and outreach.
Toyota’s water stewardship efforts mainly took place at a west coast regional sales office and Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. Toyota will continue to expand its water conservation efforts over the near year by addressing water quality and local water conditions and hosting outreach activities with suppliers and local communities.
In Fiscal Year 2020, Toyota reduced absolute greenhouse gas emissions by nine percent when compared to Fiscal Year 2019. This achievement can be attributed to Toyota improving its energy efficiency, investing in renewable energy, and making changes in production volume and model mix.
Toyota also launched new electrified products, including the 2021 Toyota Mirai, RAV4 Prime Plug-In Hybrid, and Sienna Hybrid and Venza Hybrids. And the automaker plans to create an electrified version of its entire lineup by 2025.
The demonstrated effort by Toyota to promote awareness and model positive change for the environment is reflected in our dealership at Jordan Toyota here in Mishawaka. Stop by to take one of our hybrid or electric models for a test drive.