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12 October 2023

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Solid-state battery tech co-operation

Toyota Motor Corporation has entered into an agreement with Idemitsu Kosan to work together on a number of practical disciplines towards mass production of solid-state electric vehicle batteries and their commercialisation in 2027-28. These include technology for mass-producing solid electrolytes, productivity improvements and the establishment of a supply chain.

In a presentation marking the announcement, Toyota President Koji Sato commented on Toyota’s future battery technology plans and explained how the challenge of ensuring solid-state battery durability was being addressed. Read more and President Sato’s comments here.

Toyota has mapped out a future battery roadmap that, in addition to solid-state batteries, includes units developed specifically for low-cost and for performance car applications. Development of more compact batteries will also have a positive impact on vehicle driving range. Read more here.

All-new Toyota C-HR on sale now

Order books are open for the all-new Toyota C-HR, with prices and equipment specifications announced for the UK model range. The first hybrid electric cars will be delivered in early 2024, with a plug-in hybrid electric model to follow later.Read more here.

Bringing future mobility to Paris 2024

Toyota has announced a wide range of electric and electrified vehicles to provide sustainable transport for athletes, officials and staff at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, true to its mission of “mobility for all”. The micro-mobility products will include one-person battery electric vehicles the C+walkS  and C+walkT, and wheelchair e-pullers.

As the worldwide mobility partner to the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee it is also providing Accessible People Movers (APMs) for group transport, plus 150 wheelchair-accessible Proace Verso people carriers and more than 2,500 electrified passenger vehicles. The latter include 500 hydrogen-fuelled Mirai saloons, which will transfer to Paris’s hydrogen city taxi fleet once the Games have concluded. Read more here.

Supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Toyota (GB) and Toyota Financial Services are extending their support for the Motor Neurone Disease Association for a further year, through to 31 March 2025. The MND Association was chosen as their official charity partner in 2021 for an initial three years, during which time staff have been inspired to take part in a wide range of fund-raising activities. Their efforts where all the more meaningful following the death of MND sufferer Rachel Rollason, a much-loved and respected colleague.

More than £176,000 has been raised so far, through events such as a 24-hour static cycle ride, participation in RideLondon and completion of the Lake District Ultra Challenge.

Toyota (GB) President and Managing Director, Agustín Martín said: “This staff-selected relationship has prompted great efforts in fundraising and also in trying to understand what MND is and how it affects sufferers. We hope that it continues to be a hugely inspiring partnership.”

Out-of-this-world Lunar Cruiser

There’s no question about the Toyota Land Cruiser’s formidable strength when it comes to driving on planet earth, but now there’s a rival designed to tough it out on the unchartered, airless surface of the Moon. The Baby Lunar Cruiser is a design concept, produced to celebrate 50 years of CALTY, Toyota’s North American design studio in California.   Read more here.

Meanwhile, here on Earth…

An all-new Toyota Land Cruiser has made its world debut ahead of hitting the road – and the rough stuff – in 2024. While the design references classic Land Cruiser styling of the past, the technology breaks new ground for even stronger performance and handling – on and off-road. Read more here.

GR Supra GT4 claims competition honours

A Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO has claimed the French GT4 Silver Cup title. Young French pairing Étienne Cheli and Enzo Joulié scored maximum points in a dramatic season finale to take championship honours and give the Toyota Gazoo Racing-developed car its second French GT series win. Read more here.

World Champions (x2, again)

Toyota Gazoo Racing has retained its manufacturer world championship crowns in both the World Rally Championship and the World Endurance Championship. It also remains on course to complete another clean sweep of driver, co-driver and manufacturer titles across these competitions and the World Rally-Raid Championship.Read more here andhere.

GR Sport joins RAV4 Plug-in range

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid range has been extended to include a new GR Sport model with accentuated, sharp styling details and a prestige equipment specification. It’s included with the Design model in the 2024 model year line-up, with upgraded multimedia, Toyota Safety Sense and other enhancements. Read more here.

Built in Britain: the first hydrogen Hilux

Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire has proudly presented the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled Hilux pick-up. Toyota Manufacturing led the consortium producing the vehicle, designed to show how hydrogen technology might be used in a vehicle where durable and reliable performance are essential. Read more here.

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Solid-state battery tech co-operation
All-new Toyota C-HR on sale now
Bringing future mobility to Paris 2024
Out-of-this-world Lunar Cruiser
New Toyota Land Cruiser
GR Supra GT4 claims competition honours
Toyota WEC Champions again
Toyota WRC Champions again
GR Sport joins RAV4 Plug-in range
Built in Britain: the first hydrogen Hilux

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