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First guests ready to check into the new Toyota Motor Europe hotels… the bee story

Posted by: on June 26th, 2015 No Comments

 

A few days ago we got some new colleagues in Toyota Motor Europe (TME). Why is this a news? Because they are a bit different…

 

Remember we are currently running a Green Month Campaign and within this action 2 insect hotels were installed in the green areas of our offices. Slogan for this year is “Preserve & enhance nature for the future”.

 

The 2015 Green Month slogan is made up of two parts: preserving & enhancing nature. So what does this actually mean:

 

Preserving nature

In order to preserve nature, we first needed to understand what we had on our sites. After a thorough investigation we realized:

  1. There are over 200 species on our sites
  2. There are many biotopes (or habitats) which give great potential to enhance biodiversity
  3. The biotopes show a dynamic interaction between species.

 

Enhancing nature

We can now move towards enhancing biodiversity on our sites. In this step, two insect hotels have been put up.

Following expert advice Toyota is concentrating on supporting wild and solitary bees as a priority, so we are establishing insect hotels to provide shelter and nesting sites. We are increasingly making our sites more friendly to these insects by allowing more natural / native flowers to complete their flowering and seed making cycles which, in turn, provide food and nectar for insects.

And as we wanted to treat our guests well we have asked Natuurpunt experts for advice how to position them (no, it was not PR who decided where to put them!)

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Whilst we considered installation of beehives for TME sites, for the purposes of biodiversity enhancement an insect hotel is better than a bee hive. Further, TME sites and neighbouring territory do not have enough food for a beehive which can typically go up to 50,000 individual bees.

 

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Many more activities and projects are planned in the future for making Toyota Motor Europe a more colourful and biodiverse environment. We’ll keep you posted!

 

 

 

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A new and very willing Diesel for Yaris

Posted by: on June 19th, 2015 No Comments

 

A new Euro 6 compliant version of the 1.4D-4D has found its way into the Toyota Yaris. As can be expected from any new engine, consumption is down, with CO2 emissions starting from as low as 89g/km. But at the same time, the engine promises better driveability – and that is less common in low-CO2 cars.

 

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The secret to the 1.4 D-4D’s performance, is an improved torque curve – the engine now develops its peak torque of 205Nm from 1,400 rpm. And in every-day traffic, that makes all the difference, because it means that the Yaris will pull effortlessly from low speeds, making the car extremely confident in busy traffic conditions. It also means that the engine is less prone to stalling when pulling away.

 

It’s rare for an engine to deliver its maximum torque at such low engine speeds. In the case of the 1.4 D-4D, it was achieved by installing a smaller and extremely efficient turbo. It develops more boost pressure and does so quicker.

 

But the turbo wasn’t the only improvement. The fuel injection system was equipped with a larger supply pump, which now feeds diesel fuel into the common-rail at pressures of up to 180Mpa.

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An NOx Storage Reduction (NSR) catalyst makes sure that the NOx emissions are kept below the stringent Euro 6 thresholds.

 

The upgraded engine develops 66kW / 90 DIN hp, which allows a very respectable 0-100km/h time of 10.8 seconds, and a top speed of 175 km/h. Very competitive figures, given the car’s low thirst – only 3.4 l/100km on the combined cycle.

 

 

But it is still the engines low-end torque that will make the Yaris 1.4 D-4D a joy to drive, as it pulls willingly from any gear, and makes for an unseen responsiveness.

 

 

 

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Green Month at Toyota Motor Europe

Posted by: on June 8th, 2015 Comments Off

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2015 marks the 12th year that we support the Green Month Campaign.  First started in Japan in June 1973, today it’s a Global environmental awareness campaign across all Toyota activities and entities.

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing France: In pursuit of Zero Purchased Industrial Water

Posted by: on May 27th, 2015 Comments Off

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Picture8Industrial water is used for all production processes in vehicle manufacturing. Next to energy and waste, it is one of the biggest environmental impacts we have in the automotive industry.

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Toyota : hunting for young professionals

Posted by: on May 21st, 2015 Comments Off

 

“I want you to do things that make you proud of being young, without losing your own personality and with dreams in your heart.” Akio Toyoda, President & CEO Toyota Motor Corporation

 

Farsighted businesses have long ago realised that investing in young potentials always pays off. Today, in Toyota Motor Europe’s headquarters in Brussels alone, we have 74 students doing their internships in various divisions and 50 graduates who were hired straight from university.

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