Category: Toyota
Toyota’s Senior Vice President, Bob Carter

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty. What is the average age of a Toyota? What are the sales for Toyota so far this year? Toyota [...]

Toyota ALphard hybrid at the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour

Davis Adams, is a freelance journalist extraordinaire. Adams and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, went for a ride in the Toyota Alphard hybrid from Japan. At the 2013 Toyota Hybrid World Tour Satoshi Ogiso, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation told us that, “About the same time Toyota launched Prius in the U.S. they set in [...]

Mild off-roading in a 2014 Toyota 4Runner

Joe Bacal, driver for JT Grey Racing & Performance driver training gave Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com a lap around the obstacle course at Diamond Cross Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in a 2014 Toyota 4Runner. The first 4Runner was launched in 1984 and was based on the mechanics of the four-wheel-drive Toyota pickup truck. [...]

Toyota of Europe – hybrids, manuals, automatics, diesel

Bart Eelen, Manager of Product Manager for Toyota Europe, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Toyota and Lexus of Europe sales. The Toyota Auris and Yaris are the most popular Toyotas in Europe. What is the breakdown between hybrids, diesel and gasoline? 92% of Lexus sales in Europe are hybrids. What else is [...]

Toyota Yaris-R at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show (IAA)

Bart Eelen, Senior Manager for Toyota Europe talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the Toyota Yaris R concept at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. from Toyota’s press release: YARIS HYBRID-R DEDICATED TO MAXIMISING DRIVING PLEASURE Making its World Premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Yaris Hybrid-R concept car combines the advanced [...]

Chinese car sales on the John Batchelor radio show

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show and Gordon Chang, Forbes, about Chinese car sales, Japan in China and which car companies are thriving. In September, 2012, Hammond wrote in www.drivingthenation.com, “Chinese Automotive Monthly acknowledges that, “The Diaoyu island dispute between China and Japan, caused by [...]

Toyota and Subaru talk about car sales in China

At the January, 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. At the April, 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) Hammond talked to Tomohiko Ikeda, Executive Vice President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Senior [...]

Toyota’s Bob Carter talks about Toyota products and sales

Bob Carter is senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., talked to Lou Ann Hammond, www.drivingthenation.com, about Toyota, Nationally and globally. How is Toyota doing? How many years has Camry been number 1 in the United States? Carter talks about the Toyota Avalon, RAV4 and the Corolla Furia concept [...]

2013 Chicago auto show on the John Batchelor radio show

I’m at the Chicago auto show where Toyota has brought out the new Tundra. It looks huge in comparison to the new vehicles other car companies are bringing out. Small, contented, more horsepower, more torque. Chevy is bringing out the Cruze diesel, the first diesel car since the ’80s, VW is bringing out the VW [...]

2013 Toyota Avalon with Dave Lee

Dave Lee, University of Toyota talks to www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Toyota Avalon. The 4th generation Avalon has great new infotainment. Todays 2013 Avalon prices haven’t changed that much. The XLE gas model is $30,990 with Power Adjustable Heated Front Leather Seats, Alloy Wheels, Touch Screen Display Audio, Smart Key, Heated Outer Mirrors, Outer Mirror [...]