In-Depth Look at How the Toyota Mirai is Made

Toyota has officially released an in-depth look into how the Toyota Mirai is made and we couldn’t be more excited. With the latest release of the fuel cell vehicle, we have been intrigued to see some of the technology behind one of the most highly anticipated new cars on the market.

Production of the fuel cell vehicle will begin at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan, which has been producing Toyotas for 56 years. Some of the most popular Toyotas have been created at the Motomachi plant including the RAV4 and Supra.

The small plant will now be in charge of producing the new Mirai and it plans to produce three units of the hydrogen powered sedan each day.

For the in-depth look at how the Toyota Mirai is made checkout some of the videos below! We here at Capital Toyota are super excited for the arrival of the new sedan so stay tuned to find out when it will be arriving!

Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Toyota Avalon Debuts

Toyota gave their flagship sedan, the Avalon, a few touch ups for the 2016 model year. The retouched model debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. The current, fourth generation entered the market in 2012. Designers went mad over how good the model looked in 2012’s redesign and they’ve outdone themselves once again.

2016 Toyota Avalon
2016 Toyota Avalon at the Chicago Auto Show

The most obvious change is the wider, lower grille and the far narrower upper grille. Turn signals replace the fog lights and the taillights are now LED. Just under that is a chrome rear bumper accent. A light gray interior meshes with gray accent stitching inside.

There are five trims available for 2016: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited, and Touring. The hybrid comes in three trims: XLE Plus, Premium, and Limited. Dark gray, 18 inch alloy wheels, and advanced safety features, like the lane departure warning system and pre-collision system, come standard on the Touring model.

The standard models (XLE, XLE Plus) feature a premium wood-grain dash, tire pressure monitoring system, and redesigned 17 inch alloy wheels. Toyota has covered their bases on all models for the upcoming model year to ensure customers can ride in style. The 2016 Toyota Avalon hits lots this fall.

New Toyota Mirai Makes Fast Company’s “Most Innovative” List

The Toyota Motor Corporation now occupies a prestigious place on the Fast Company magazine’s “Most Innovative” list, a list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world. Toyota earned this recognition partly thanks to the new Toyota Mirai, a fuel cell concept that pushes the brand farther into the future, thanks to development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Not only did Toyota make the overall list, they were also named one of the most innovative companies in the automotive industry as well. “Toyota plans to do for fuel cells what its Prius did for hybrids: make them ubiquitous and top of mind for environmentally conscious consumers,” Fast Company wrote. The Mirai will be the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the mass market, and it’s a four-door mid-size sedan that can go 300 miles on a full tank and can refuel in five minutes.

You can get the issue of Fast Company featuring Toyota and the Mirai on February 17, so make sure to check that out. Also, come see us here at Capital Toyota to learn more about the new Toyota fuel cell vehicle—and the rest of the lineup as well. You’ll learn just how innovative the Toyota brand was and is, and will continue to be thanks to new vehicles like the Mirai as well.

Toyota Tests New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota is already known as being one of the leaders in the hybrid vehicle segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker is making an effort to better its hybrid vehicles even more by testing new SiC power semiconductor technology. This new technology, which uses silicon carbide for power, could help improve hybrids, extending their range and increasing their power.

The SiC technology is used in the power control units (PCUs) of hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains, PCUs are important in electric powertrains, helping transfer the battery power to the powertrain’s electric motors. It is during this movement of electricity that the SiC semiconductor is crucial. Normally, the semiconductor loses 20% of the vehicle’s electricity losses. To better technology will mean an even longer range than Toyota’s current hybrids have.

For more information on Toyota’s hybrid lineup, stop in to Capital Toyota’s showroom today! If you are interested in learning more about the hybrid technology, contact us, too.