The Toyota Global Vision announced in March 2011 describes our values and the kind of company we aspire to be.
One facet of Toyota’s efforts to build ever-better cars is the introduction of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which revolutionizes the vehicle development framework through the blending of planning and design.
Toyota intends to raise the competitiveness of basic parts relating to ride, turning, and braking to world-class levels, and it is now able to standardize parts and units across different models through grouped development that puts multiple models through the planning process at the same time. For example, we have separately standardized the parts and units for compact, mid-sized, and large platforms (chassis) respectively. Based on the new vehicle architecture, we aim for full optimization by standardizing even more basic parts, including platforms and powertrains, across vehicle segments.
TNGA is our framework for making ever-better cars for a wide variety of customers and regions in smarter and more efficient ways, with the ultimate aim of creating products that stir our customers’ emotions.
Vehicle development Report
You can experience extreme heat and cold in a day
Across the earth there are harsh environments that exceed the imagination. At Toyota’s engine testing site, tests are conducted in facilities that can recreate the extreme cold and searing heat of different regions of the world to ensure that engines perform properly in any environment.
Testing is repeated day and night with cars as well as engineers freezing in the extreme cold and sweating in the extreme heat to ensure that Toyota can make cars that will remain comfortable for passengers even under such conditions.
Vast Test Site
Collision tests are essential for protecting Drivers from danger and making safer cars. Collision tests using actual vehicles are conducted at a vast collision test site with a length of 280 m, maximum width of 190 m, and a surface area of approximately 44,000 square meters. How often are collision tests conducted? Toyota performs more than 1,600 tests using actual vehicles (all are brand new cars) each year (including tests at other collision test sites). This means that on average, more than four tests are conducted each day.
The vehicles used in the tests are destroyed, but by performing the tests over and over again, Toyota is able to extract valuable information under various conditions
For every road in the world
Automobiles are not always driven on well-paved roads. Toyota conducts testing by recreating poor road conditions akin to those that exist around the world including flagstones, gravel roads, inclined roads, flooded roads, snow-covered roads, icy roads, and deserts.
The testing for poor road conditions includes driving a total of 900 km in a single day including on actual roads with three drivers taking turns at the wheel.
The testing of tires and other strengths are performed under the harshest, most adverse driving conditions. ■