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Toyota e-Palette autonomous vehicles to be rolled out “within the next few years”
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11th Feb 2021
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Toyota e-Palette autonomous vehicles to be rolled out “within the next few years”

Toyota will roll out its all-electric e-Palette autonomous vehicles for commercial applications during the first half of this decade, according to the Japanese manufacturer. The box-like delivery and mobility apparatus are set to undergo rigorous testing this year at Toyota's prototype Woven City – in the foothills of Mount Fuji – to refine the advanced onboard operations management system, which governs logistics, safety, maintenance, and efficiency.
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William Davis
Toyota Mirai hydrogen Popemobile gifted to the Vatican
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13th Oct 2020
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen Popemobile gifted to the Vatican

A Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric car has been converted into a Popemobile, and gifted the Vatican. Delivered on behalf of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, the Toyota is 5.1 meters long and 2.7 meters tall at the highest point. However – unlike some previous iterations of the iconic vehicle – this Popemobile is not armoured. Instead, the pope sits on an exposed rear-mounted platform and is illuminated by an overhead LED system.
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William Davis
These Japanese Toyota retromods prove everything new is old again
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26th Aug 2020
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These Japanese Toyota retromods prove everything new is old again

You may be familiar with the concept of a restomod, taking an old car and bringing it up to date with later-model tech and engineering, but have you considered retromodding instead? The idea isn’t entirely new, of course. Japan is home to Subaru Sambars with Kombi-style faces, Nissan Cubes with Chevy C10 identity issues, and Suzuki Everys that think they’re American school busses, not to mention the many ways to restyle a Jimny.
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Kez Casey
2020 Toyota Harrier unveiled as sleeker sibling to RAV4 in Japan
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14th Apr 2020
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2020 Toyota Harrier unveiled as sleeker sibling to RAV4 in Japan

Toyota has revealed its fourth-generation Harrier crossover for the Japanese domestic market, showing what could be possible to fill the gap between the mid-size RAV4 and seven-seat Kluger. While the first two generations of Harrier were badge-engineered twins of the first and second generation Lexus RX, the previous model struck out with styling of its own, as does this new model, which evolves its predecessor's style.
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Kez Casey
Nissan files $135 million suit against Carlos Ghosn
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13th Feb 2020
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Nissan files $135 million suit against Carlos Ghosn

Japanese carmaker Nissan has filed for damages against former-chairman Carlos Ghosn to the sum of 10 billion yen ($135 million). Nissan is chasing losses that allegedly came “as a result of years of misconduct and fraudulent activity” on Ghosn's behalf. Carlos Ghosn remains in Lebanon after fleeing Japanese house arrest amid fears of “conspiracy” and a “rigged justice system”.
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Liam Murphy