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Toyota Gives Hybrids Testosterone, Plans Hybrid Tundra Pickup

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For over ten years now, Toyota has given car owners the chance to drive an ultra-efficient, high gas-mileage hybrid car. But while the 2012 Toyota Prius might give great gas milage, it just isn’t rugged enough for a large proportion of pickup-loving Americans. For them, driving a Toyota Prius would just be too much of an insult to their

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Toyota Introduces New 4.6-liter V8 Engine with 2010 Tundra

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Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA introduced the 2010 Tundra full-size pickup truck and an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. The new 4.6-liter V8 engine will be available on all 2010 model year Tundra models. Like Tundra’s optional 5.7-liter V8 engine, the new 4.6-liter V8 will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. By comparison, the entry-level V8 on the 2009 Tundra is a 276 hp (206 kW) 4.7L

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Henrik Fisker, A Comment On New Investors? 'Absolutely.Not'

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Last week's Chicago Auto Show had relatively few debuts; the Chevrolet Cruze diesel and a redesigned Toyota Tundra pickup truck were the most noteworthy. But the featured speaker at a luncheon thrown by the Economic Club of Chicago drew a full room: Henrik Fisker, cofounder of struggling startup automaker Fisker Automotive. Fisker's talk was a

Toyota investing $1B in new TNGA plant in Mexico, realigning North American manufacturing; expansion in Guangzhou

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These groupings by common vehicle platform follow Toyota’s consolidated truck production at its San Antonio, Texas and Baja California, Mexico plants, which has helped streamline Tacoma and Tundra assembly while better leveraging the supply chain.

NOAA Arctic Report Card finds Arctic entering into new phase: warmer, greener, and less ice

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Land: Arctic tundra vegetation continues to increase and is associated with higher air temperatures over most of the Arctic land mass. An international team of scientists who monitor the rapid changes in the Earth’s northern polar region say that the Arctic is entering a new state, one with warmer air and water temperatures, less summer sea ice and snow cover, and a changed ocean chemistry.

Toyota plans to export US-built Sienna to South Korea

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Other export vehicles include the Georgetown, KY-produced Avalon sedan; the Princeton, IN-produced Sequoia SUV; and the San Antonio, TX-produced Tacoma and Tundra pick-up trucks. Toyota announced plans to begin exporting US-built Sienna vehicles to distributors in South Korea. Sienna exports to South Korea are initially forecasted at approximately 600 units annually. The Sienna is produced at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Princeton, IN.

Plug-in Hybrids in Toyota's Future, Jim Press Tells Reuters; Desires Joint OEM Battery Research

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Press's interview has me seeing lots more Tundras and nary a plug-in. Reuters reports on an interview with Toyota North American President Jim Press that Toyota Motor Corp. is working on developing a plug-in hybrid vehicle and is open to joining with other automakers in battery development. Echoing its American counterparts Ford and GM, Toyota bemoans the unavailability of batteries which will take their plug-ins half as far as their own electric cars could manage just 5 years ago.

All 2010 Chevy and GMC V8 Trucks Feature Variable Valve Timing

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Toyota Tundra 4.6L All 2010 Chevrolet and GMC V-8 powered trucks now feature variable valve timing (VVT), a technology that enables continuous control of valve opening and closing that result in better engine breathing, fewer emissions and improved fuel economy. The addition of VVT to the 4.8L and 5.3L truck V-8s completes the rollout in the truck small block V-8 lineup which includes the 6.0L and 6.2L

Shill for a Withering Lie

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You see Phelan was in North Carolina recently to test drive the new Toyota Tundra. As Toyota planned it, we see Prius, they sell Tundra. As Phelan tells this tale , (registration required) midway through their Tundra talk, Ernest Bastien, Toyota Motor Sales vice president for vehicle operations, surprisingly rose to defend GM. '"The No, I'm not referring to John McCain or the other remaining defenders of the Iraq adventure, predicated on so many lies.

J.D. Power study finds ACEN technology woes affecting vehicle reliability for consumers

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Toyota awardees include the Lexus ES; Lexus GS; Lexus GX; Toyota Prius v; Toyota Sienna; and Toyota Tundra. Problems with technology continue to affect vehicle reliability for consumers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 US Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

WCS-Led Study Says Some Arctic Nesting Bird Species Declining Near Oil Development

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Zack (2009) Influence of human development and predators on nest survival of tundra birds, Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska.

3.5L EcoBoost leading Ford F-150 sales; highest volume EcoBoost vehicle

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and the Toyota Tundra with 0.9%. The 365 hp (272 kW) 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 Ford F-150 EcoBoost ( earlier post ) is outselling all other competitive six-cylinder trucks combined, according to Ford. In addition, the F-150 EcoBoost is now the highest volume vehicle in Ford’s growing global lineup of cars, trucks and SUVs available with the technology. The new EcoBoost V6 is one of four new more fuel-efficient engines Ford introduced in the F-150 for 2011.

AutoTrader.com June trend report shows increasing consumer interest in trucks and SUVs

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17, the used Toyota Tundra moving up two spots to No. 10 with an increase in average asking price of 6.1%, and the CPO Toyota Tundra moved up one spot to No. AutoTrader.com’s June Trend Engine report, which provides analysis of site traffic as it relates to consumer shopping behavior, shows that trucks and SUVs have gained consumer interest since May and that interest in compact cars is starting to subside.

Toyota launches Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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TTC has helped develop the Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Solara, Tundra and Venza vehicles for the North American market. Toyota is launching a new, advanced safety research center that will collaborate with leading North American universities, hospitals, research institutions, federal agencies and other organizations on projects aimed at reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on America’s roads.

Opinion: Busting The “Canadian Bakken” Myth

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Indeed that is the question on the minds of oil investors as they digest the latest numbers of potential barrels of oil under the Arctic tundra. by Andrew Topf of Oilprice.com. The financial pages of Canadian newspapers have been full of headlines lately announcing the potential of two large shale oil fields in the Northwest Territories said to contain enough oil to rival the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana.

Study Finds East Siberian Arctic Shelf Showing Instability and Widespread Venting of the GHG Methane; Releases May Be Much Larger and Faster Than Anticipated

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The East Siberian Arctic Shelf is a methane-rich area that is a shallow seaward extension of the Siberian tundra that was flooded during the Holocene transgression 7 to 15 thousand years ago. The ESAS sub-sea permafrost, which is frozen sediments interlayered with the flooded peatland, not only contains comparable amounts of carbon as still land-fast permafrost in the Siberian tundra but also hosts permafrost-related seabed deposits of CH 4. Top left.

DOE to Support Research Associated with Water Issues for Shale Gas and Alaskan Oil and Natural Gas

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Such technologies should offer alternatives to the conventional practice of pumping unfrozen water from tundra lakes.

IPCC Scientist Says Climate Change Likely to Accelerate More Quickly and Be More Damaging Than Predicted

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There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years. Without decisive action, climate change this century is likely to accelerate at a much faster pace and cause more environmental damage than predicted, according to Professor Chris Field of Stanford University, and a leading member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Cash for Clunkers Buoys US Auto Sales; Hybrid Sales Up 31.8% for Monthly New Vehicle Share of 3.55%

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The Tundra full-size pickup recorded July sales of 6,313 units, down 52.9%. Monthly new vehicle market share for hybrids. Click to enlarge. Buoyed by the US government’s CARS (“Cash for Clunkers”) program, US auto sales slowed their decline in the US in July, dropping on 12.1%

Researchers Predict Permafrost Thaw Will Intensify Climate Change More Quickly Than Previously Thought; Melting of Greenland Icesheet Could Drive More Water Than Previously Thought to North American Northeast

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Schuur (2009) The effect of permafrost thaw on old carbon release and net carbon exchange from tundra. As areas with permafrost thaw and more old carbon is released, the carbon balance changes. Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation. Click to enlarge.

Chevron leveraging information technology to optimize thermal production of heavy oil with increased recovery and reduced costs

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Vertical steam injection wells are not effective in areas with limited available surface locations, expensive surface locations (swamp, tundra), or for supporting individual, ‘thin’ (~.