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In August, we brought you a sensational story about a Volkswagen dealer in Daqing who used naked girls to get car buyers interested. Today, Carnewschina found another one, a Toyota dealer in Shanghai who hired a naked girl to sell some Camrys. Well, not quite naked, she stripped down to shorts and pasties. Not sure how many Camry that sold, but the building quickly teemed with ‘journalists’ and ‘car buyers’ . The girl appeared unperturbed. Warning: Hitting the jump could get you fired in prude America.

Chinese car sales recently became a little limp, and if it needs this to give sales a needed lift: Disrobing beats discounts!

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Testing Times For Toyota Aren’t So Testing? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/testing-times-for-toyota-arent-so-testing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/testing-times-for-toyota-arent-so-testing/#comments Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:07:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368670

When the whole “acceler-gate” scandal broke out, there were, pretty much, two reactions.

1. OH MY GOD!!!!!! STOP DRIVING YOUR TOYOTAS!!!!!! WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!

And 2. Witch-hunt. Witch-hunt. Witch-hunt!

Well, irrespective of who was right, an investigation of the whole affair needed to happen. The US government did an investigation of their own and didn’t like the results. But Toyota also did an investigation of its own. They found something.

Business Week reports that ToMoCo is auditing of their suppliers of their highest priority parts in North America. What Toyota found, so far, was surprising. Toyota is finding that some parts aren’t being tested as rigorously as Toyota thought. Toyota thought that certain parts were tested four times a year; it was closer to once a year.

“We have found areas where maybe there was a misunderstanding about some aspect of the process,” said Dino Triantafyllos, vice president of product quality for Toyota North America, “These improvements we’re making, if we’d made them two years ago, maybe some of these issues wouldn’t have happened.” But didn’t this whole debacle stem from a pedal design which was prone to sticking (which is still a dodgy theory)?

Hiroshi Osada, leader of a panel formed by the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers to help Toyota boost its quality, said “The crisis was a problem that came from the design-development stage,” He also added that closer examination of components “should be able to help prevent quality defects.” In other words, TEST YOUR PRODUCTS MORE!!!

In a strange quirk of fate, CTS, the supplier of the pedal in question, was one of the first suppliers audited by Toyota (I can’t think why). But CTS has nothing to fear. “They remain a supplier,” said Mr Triantafyllos, “We have a good relationship with them.” That’s nice.

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The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowin’ In The Wind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-answer-my-friend-is-blowin-in-the-wind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/the-answer-my-friend-is-blowin-in-the-wind/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:44:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365683

EVs are also called “Yes but cars.” As in “Yes, but the power needs to come from somewhere. Usually from a dirty plant with a huge smokestack..” Several companies don’t want to hear that anymore and develop a smart grid that powers houses and cars entirely from renewable energy sources. At least that’s the plan.

According to The Nikkei [sub], Toyota, Panasonic and Japan Wind Development have each built two energy-saving smart homes in the Japanese village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture. These houses are not for sale: Engineers will live in these homes, watch the recharging of cars and batteries, and look for  areas for improvement.  Once the engineers don’t experience extended power outages and can drive their cars whenever they feel like it, the system should be ready for prime time.

Toyota will test a system where plug-in hybrid vehicles double as storage batteries for the homes. They will install solar panels and small wind turbines on the houses to find out whether multiple energy sources can be mated easily with battery chargers.

Hitachi will install smart meters that will transmit data on power generation and energy consumption to a control center via a communications network.

The pilot smart grid will use power generated at existing Japan Wind Development wind farms in the village as well as a 100kw solar power plant constructed by Hitachi. The firms hope to control the power supply by making use of storage batteries at the power plants, in the homes and in the cars.

General Electric, IBM and Siemens are working on similar projects.

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Toyota And Daimler To Start Fuel Cell JV? Not Exactly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota-and-daimler-to-start-fuel-cell-jv-not-exactly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/toyota-and-daimler-to-start-fuel-cell-jv-not-exactly/#comments Wed, 26 May 2010 09:29:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357275

Toyota definitely keeps us on our toes. Last week, the tete-a-tete between Toyota and Tesla had the world speculating about an electric push by the world’s largest auto maker. That was last week. This week, it’s hydrogen.

Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) has it that Daimler and Toyota are planning a “far ranging cooperation with fuel cell vehicles.” The paper cites no sources, but says that “a joint venture is conceivable.” Today, The Nikkei [sub] has the same story, based on a report on the Kyodo wire, which cites the FTD. Who’s saying that only blogs crib from each other?

To counter the last accusation, we picked up the phone and called Toyota HQ in Tokyo. We had better luck than the FTD which had said that “neither Toyota nor Daimler had any comments.”

Toyota spokesperson Paul Nolasco said to TTAC that “Toyota has regular exchanges with Daimler and other companies about this technology.” As far as the rumored joint venture goes, “nothing has been decided.” In any case, it’s old news. “We had already talked before,” Nolasco said in a reference to a joint declaration of GM, Toyota, Honda, and Daimler of last September. The companies jointly said that “durability improvements and cost reductions may enable them to sell the zero-emission vehicles by 2015,” Bloomberg had reported, noting that “their plans clash with the U.S. government’s infrastructure priorities.” Which are in favor of electrification.

Development of hydrogen powered vehicles literally has been going on for ages. For more than 200 years, to be exact. An engine, running on an explosive mix of hydrogen and oxygen, was developed in 1806 by a Swiss inventor, and a car powered by said power train was rolling a year later, in 1807. It predated the gasoline engine by more than 60 years. In the 1990s, research into fuel cells intensified, and there is a long list of mostly experimental fuel cell vehicles by most larger car makers.

Hydrogen is not without problems. During its production, fossil fuels are often used, and CO2 is created. Then, there is the nastiness of a hydrogen infrastructure. California already has some 20 hydrogen filling stations for a few hundred experimental hydrogen cars – but if you venture away from Los Angeles, where most stations are clustered, you literally run out of gas.

As far as the plans for alternative energy vehicles go: Relax. Just like any other large auto maker, Toyota and Daimler are keeping their options open. A little research here and there doesn’t hurt. If there is green cred to be harvested along the way, even better. But don’t bet on the imminent death of the ICE.

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