December 12, 2002

Toyota improves fuel efficiency and reduces energy consumption

New York, New York – Toyota improved fuel efficiency by 4 to 8 percent in nine vehicle configurations and reduced energy consumption per unit of production at its North American plants by 7 percent between 2001 and 2002, according to the Toyota North America Environmental Report 2002 released on Wednesday.

“We hope this report will give readers an understanding of the environmental activities that Toyota and all its employees are promoting across North America,” said Toshiaki “Tag” Taguchi, president and CEO, Toyota Motor North America. “Although we know this is a job that never ends, we’re proud of our performance to date.”

Key highlights from each stage of Toyota’s business include:

  • Design and Development: The company improved fuel efficiency by 4
    to 8% in nine vehicle configurations, and the joint U.S.
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/U.S. Department of Energy
    (DOE) 2002 Model Year Fuel Economy Guide ranked four 2002 Toyota
    models as most fuel-efficient in their class.

  • Manufacturing: Toyota reduced energy consumption per unit of
    production by 7%, and its Indiana truck plant earned a “Governors
    Award for Environmental Excellence” in pollution prevention.

  • Sales/Use: An estimated 94% of Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold were
    EPA-certified as Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) or better, and more
    than one-third were Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV). In
    addition, the Toyota Prius gas/electric hybrid sedan was the best-
    selling hybrid vehicle in America.

  • End of Life/Recycling: For the first time, North American targets
    were set for continued management of Substances of Concern (SOCs),
    including arsenic, hexavalent chrome, cadmium, mercury, and lead.

To review the full Toyota North America Environmental Report, visit

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