Toyota Hilux Champ is a bare-bones, $13,200 truck for emerging markets

Developed for emerging markets, the Toyota Hilux Champ is here to prove a new pickup doesn’t need to cost as much as a luxury sedan. It was previewed by the Rangga concept unveiled in August 2023, and it costs less than the average late-model used car in the United States. Visually, not much has changed … Read more

Robotics Q&A with Toyota Research Institute’s Max Bajracharya and Russ Tedrake

For the next few weeks, TechCrunch’s robotics newsletter Actuator will be running Q&As with some of the top minds in robotics. Subscribe here for future updates.  Part 1: CMU’s Matthew Johnson-Roberson This week, we’ve got a two-fer. Toyota Research Institute’s Russ Tedrake and Max Bajracharya split the job. Tedrake is TRI’s vice president of Robotics … Read more

Flexport gobbles up Convoy’s assets, Revel pulls the plug on mopeds and UAW sets its sights on Toyota and Tesla

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive the newsletter every weekend in your inbox. Subscribe for free.  Welcome back to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. … Read more

Subaru follows Toyota in adopting Tesla’s charging standard

Subaru wants in on Tesla’s Superchargers. On Wednesday, the Japanese automaker said its future electric vehicles will adopt Tesla’s charging port starting in 2025. The move ensures Subaru’s future vehicles will have access to Tesla’s network of “50,000+” chargers. Toyota and Lexus also embraced Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) a couple weeks ago. Since … Read more

Toyota to invest another $8B into North Carolina EV battery factory

Toyota said Tuesday it will invest another $8 billion into its first EV battery factory in North America, as the Japanese automaker tries to ramp up its electrification program and introduce 30 battery electric models globally by the end of the decade. The North Carolina-based factory, which is slated to go into production in 2025, … Read more

Toyota hops on Tesla’s EV charging standard, leaving Stellantis and VW as holdouts

Another day, another convert: Toyota and Lexus electric vehicles will adopt Tesla’s chargers starting in 2025, Toyota said this week.   The top automaker by global sales, Toyota is the latest to back the North American Charging Standard (NACS), following Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, GM and Ford, among others. In just about five months, Tesla … Read more

Toyota and Lexus will implement Tesla’s NACS connector on future EVs

One of Toyota’s first vehicles to include a NACS connector is a future three-row SUV it is planning for 2025, which will be assembled at the automaker’s plant in Kentucky. Toyota is currently light on EV options compared to most other automakers and has only released the mediocre bZ4X and the Lexus RZ 450e. Toyota’s … Read more

EV Mania Hasn’t Killed Starvation for Hybrid Vehicles

This will not be nice information for the local weather. An individual who swaps a fuel truck for a hybrid one will cut back their emissions. An evaluation of 2020 pickup vans discovered {that a} hybrid truck emits nearly 30 p.c much less greenhouse fuel over its lifetime than a solely gas-powered counterpart. However world … Read more

Mercedes jumps into the ChatGPT fray and Toyota performs catch-up

The Station is a weekly e-newsletter devoted to all issues transportation. Enroll right here — simply click on The Station — to obtain the total version of the e-newsletter each weekend in your inbox. Subscribe at no cost.  Welcome again to The Station, your central hub for all previous, current and future technique of shifting folks and packages … Read more

Toyota defies skeptics as inventory seals greatest week since 2009

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Photographs DETROIT – Toyota Motor inventory sealed its greatest week since 2009 on Friday, because the automaker laid out a strong plan for future all-electric autos and firm scion Akio Toyoda turned chief of the Japanese firm’s board. Shares of … Read more