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Wake Up and Smell the Traffic? London Tries Coffee to Power Buses

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While the worst smogs, or “pea soupers,” have long dispersed, London still chokes on heavy pollution. Seeking to curb toxic diesel fumes, transport officials and companies are hunting for new sources of energy for the buses. The latest idea? Coffee grounds. On Monday, in a much-hyped debut, a company called Bio-bean, in partnership with the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, introduced relatively small amounts of oil produced from coffee grounds into the mix of diesel and biofuels mandated by the city authorities. The first batch of 6,000 liters, ... Read More »

Firms team up on hybrid electric plane technology

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The E-Fan X programme will first put an electric engine with three jet engines on a BAe 146 aircraft. The firms want to fly a demonstrator version of the plane by 2020, with a commercial application by 2025. Firms are racing to develop electric engines for planes after pressure from the EU to cut aviation pollution. Each of the partners in the programme will be investing tens of millions of pounds, they said on a press call. The firms are developing hybrid technology because fully electric commercial flights are currently out of rea... Read More »

Bali volcano: Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day

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Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week. Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption. Up to 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the vicinity. Volcanic ash can damage aeroplane engines or even cause them to fail, and also clogs fuel and cooling systems. Pilot visibility can also be hampered. The Transportation Ministry initially closed the Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) airport on M... Read More »

New Lexus LS 500 F SPORT to Make Global Debut in New York

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The all-new LS  is based on an extended version of the brand’s premium global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L) platform – the stiffest that Lexus has ever developed – which offers enhanced handling, ride smoothness and cabin quietness. F SPORT models will capitalize on the platform’s responsiveness and agility to present the most engaging LS driving experience yet, and will be available on the LS 500 and LS 500h.The 2018 LS 500 F SPORT will be on display starting April 12th at the Lexus booth in the Javits Convention Center for the 2017 ... Read More »

Toyota Research Institute Delivers Silicon Valley Community a Hands-On Experience of Future Mobility

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What is it like to compete in a car race that isn’t about speed, but rather fuel efficiency?As more than 100 people found out on March 3 at the Sonoma Raceway: really fun. A broad cross-section of the Silicon Valley community participated in Toyota Onramp 2017, an annual event hosted by Toyota Research Institute (TRI). The cornerstone of the event was the Prius Challenge, where the teams competed to see how efficiently they could drive nine laps at Sonoma Raceway. The competition also featured a special guest, Toyota Chairman of the Board Ta... Read More »

Toyota Again Named the ‘World’s Most Admired’ Motor Vehicle Company by FORTUNE

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Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list is widely acknowledged as the definitive report card on corporate reputation and is based on company surveys and industry peer ratings from senior executives, directors and industry analysts. For each company, the survey measures nine attributes considered critical to a company’s global success, including quality of products and services, social and environmental responsibility, global competitiveness, and value as an investment, among others. "Toyota is proud to be listed once again as among t... Read More »

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Announces April – December 2016 Financial Results

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North America Financial Highlights: Sales increased by 4,361 vehicles to 2,145,016 units. Operating income (excluding valuation gains/losses from interest-rate swaps) decreased to 398.1 billion yen (*$3.720 billion). (*currency translations above are approximate and based on an average 107-yen-to-dollar exchange rate) Fiscal Year Global Forecast (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017):  Global consolidated vehicle sales of 8.9 million. Consolidated net revenue of 26.5 trillion yen (*$247.663 billion) Operating income of 1.85 trilli... Read More »

BMW partners with the Directors Guild of America for the 69th Annual Directors Guild Awards

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 Returning for a fourth consecutive year, BMW proudly supported the Directors Guild of America at the organization’s 69th Annual DGA Awards Ceremony on February 4, 2017 as the exclusive automotive partner.  The Awards, which celebrate outstanding directorial achievement, took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.   “BMW’s continued presence at the Directors Guild Awards not only underscores our brand’s close ties and commitment to Hollywood, but furthers our goal of being an active partner in the film industry,” said Uwe ... Read More »

Boeing, NanoRacks Partner to Create First Commercial Airlock

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and NanoRacks LLC will partner to develop the first privately funded commercial airlock, enabling the United States to potentially triple the number of small satellites it can deploy from the International Space Station (ISS) during a single airlock cycle. The NanoRacks Airlock Module, which is planned to be attached to the ISS U.S. segment in 2019, will increase the capability of transferring equipment, payloads and deployable satellites from inside the ISS to outside, significantly increasing the utilization of ISS. IS... Read More »

The Book of Names: A Toyota Love Story

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Now entering its 12th consecutive year as the best-selling automotive brand among U.S. Hispanics, Toyota is paying tribute to these inspirational guests through The Book of Names – a limited-edition, hardcover illustrated publication. Unveiled last night during a star-studded red carpet event in Los Angeles, Calif., The Book of Names contains thousands of monikers that have been shared by Toyota owners with the brand during its Más Que Un Auto (More Than A Car) loyalty campaign. It also features charming stories and fun facts behind some of ... Read More »

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