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Toyota Manufacturing Reverses Course – More Humans, Less Robots

The big news from Toyota manufacturing lately is a pretty radical change in philosophy. Instead of adding more robots and pumping up production, Toyota says it wants to reduce the number of robots it uses and add more humans.

Why would they do this? They want to improve their product quality – profits be damned.

Toyota Manufacturing Reverses Course - More Humans, Less Robots

Toyota is rethinking its production and may use less robots.

2014 “Truck of the Year” on FIRE – Apparently Literally

Have you heard about the 2015 GMC Yukon that caught fire? Apparently, it is being recalled due to a possible fire risk. So is the North American “Truck of the Year” – GM Twins. With already millions of cars being recalled over ignition switch failures, GM is on FIRE lately. Really, fire.

2014 "Truck of the Year" on FIRE - Apparently Literally

GM is recalling ALL of the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups it has built. They apparently have a fire risk.

MSN Autos Trucks to Avoid – GM, Ford, RAM

Quite often, automotive websites publish opinions on best/worst cars/trucks to buy and normally, they are filled with no-brainers. Yet, a list on MSN Autos has all three domestic trucks – GM, Ford, RAM – as trucks to avoid.  Yep, its true! Here is why they say you should avoid them.

MSN Autos Trucks to Avoid - GM, Ford, RAM

MSN Autos says this 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost is a truck to avoid.

BorgWarner Increases Toyota Tundra Transfer Case Production

On Friday, March 21, 2014, BorgWarner officials announced that their production of the two-speed, part-time four-wheel drive transfer cases for the Toyota Tundra will add 150 jobs. The jobs will be added at the South Carolina production facility.

BorgWarner Increases Toyota Tundra Transfer Case Production

This is the BorgWarner transfer case that features electronic shift-on-the-fly technology. (PRNewsFoto/BorgWarner Inc.)

Lexus Develops Toyota’s First Cylinder Deactivation System – Next-Gen Tundra

UPDATE: Looks like our source for this information, Motor Trend, got it wrong. The RC F won’t have cylinder deactivation. Instead it will use the Atkinson Cycle at lower loads. 

This innovation is essentially variable valve timing, as the intake valves are left open a little longer at lower loads. The fuel savings is equivalent to reducing displacement 15%, yet power is unaffected. 

Seems like this tech could work on any V8 if the engine was designed for it…

Next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus is supposed to reveal its new Lexus RC and RC F coupe. While the news isn’t that exciting for truck fans, one nugget stood out. The RC F coupe will offer a Lexus and Toyota first of cylinder deactivation. Yep, Lexus is going to offer it. Here’s why and what it could mean for future Toyota products.

Lexus Develops Toyota's First Cylinder Deactivation System - Next-Gen Tundra

Lexus is reportedly going to offer cylinder deactivation on its new RC F coupe, will other Toyota models follow suit? Photo Source: Carscoops.com

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