Two key Toyota models, the flagship Camry sedan and the Prius v wagon, failed an important new crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance industry group.
After watching the crash test video on this source's website, I am disappointed on Toyota's safety measurement. The Toyota Prius v deployed its side airbag too late to provide any protection. The Camry's steering wheel moved too far to the right that the crash dummy's head made minimal contact on the front airbag. After reading this source, I hope the reader is more educated about their future car purchases and its safety rating.
The Fusion and Escape embody the thinking that high-tech features shouldn't be exclusive to luxury vehicles. Features such as active park assist, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warnings will be available in vehicles wearing the blue oval.
Under Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company will push its product philosophy, according to this source, "Deliver vehicles that have leading-edge technology, get good fuel economy and are safe and fun to drive." This is their plan for the 2013 to 2015 models, according to Ford and industry sources.
With its 2010 Fusion Hybrid, Ford Motor Company has officially entered the hybrid car arena. While the company has had hybrid vehicles its past, the fusion Hybrid represents the first hybrid sedan for the company.
[In January 25, 2006, the Ford] Escape Hybrid E85 is the world’s first hybrid vehicle capable of operating on blends of fuel containing as much as 85 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel that can be produced from American-grown corn or sugar beets.
The most famous examples come from the car industry, where Ford (F) perfected an already existing system of mass production based on interchangeable parts and the assembly lines (an idea imported from slaughterhouses) set the work pace.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, both the Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid 4 cyl, 2.0 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 4 cyl, 1.8 L, Automatic (CVT), Regular have roughly 58 miles per gallon.
According to Fuelly, the Toyota Prius v in Orlando was right on target, delivering an average of 42 mpg as promised. However, users on the site reported the same estimates for the Ford C-Max (38.7 mpg) and Ford Fusion (39.9 mpg) that Consumer Reports delivered – both fell incredibly short of the fuel efficiency reported on their window stickers.
Toyota added a hybrid option to its popular Camry sedan in 2006 and began building it in the United States at its massive Kentucky plant.
A highpoint came in December 1997 when the Toyota Camry first earned the title of No.1-selling passenger car in America.
Toyota Motor Corporation's vehicle production system is a way of "making things" that is sometimes referred to as a "lean manufacturing system" or a "Just-in-Time (JIT) system," and has come to be well known and studied worldwide.
This way of production, Just-in-Time, was made possible because of continuous improvements. Like how this source says, " "making the vehicles ordered by customers in the quickest and most efficient way, in order to deliver the vehicles as quickly as possible." I feel this is a strong statement and provides and insight about the company's culture.