Product Innovation

Through innovation, partnership, advocacy and education, we are contributing to designing and realising a future of connected cars, autonomous driving, shared mobility, and freedom to move for all Australians. In line with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, we are constantly working to reduce or eliminate these lifecycle impacts. We have been energetically promoting hybrid vehicles to the Australian market, and are helping to pave the way for a hydrogen mobility future.

Mobility solutions

We see mobility as comprising four main elements:

Sharing services

A shift from ownership to usership

Automated driving and connectivity

Smart vehicles and infrastructure that can help reduce congestion and increase safety for all

Inclusive mobility

A future in which all Australians have equal freedom to move

Electrified vehicles

A future where low and zero-emission vehicles are widely adopted, with the necessary infrastructure to support them

Collaborating for mobility

Realising our mobility vision will require significant, systemic shifts that no one company can bring about. Toyota has a leading role in this evolution, and we are seeking to bring others along through partnerships, advocacy and education. This includes working collaboratively with our peers, and partnering with start-ups, IT and telecommunications companies to develop the necessary technologies. We are also working with state and federal governments to think through complex questions of infrastructure and regulation. In parallel, we are continuing to educate the public about the possibilities of connected and automated transport systems.

Hybrid vehicles

Hybrid vehicles provide an ideal transitional technology on the journey to a zero-carbon future.We are working hard to continue ramping up the proportion of hybrids in our sales mix. In May 2019 we launched our first Hybrid SUV in Australia – the RAV4 – joining the Camry Hybrid, Corolla Hatch Hybrid, Prius, Prius C and Prius V to form the broadest lineup of electrified vehicles offered by any company in Australia. We expect to add another four hybrid models by the end of 2020.

Plug-in vehicles

Plug-in hybrids supplement hybrid technology with a rechargeable battery pack. This significantly reduces emission by enabling the use of battery power for everyday commutes, while retaining a high-efficiency petrol engine for longer distances.

Automated driving & connectivity

Toyota Australia is currently trialling cooperative vehicle technology in Victoria, in collaboration with VicRoads, and in Queensland, together with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. These real-world trials of Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) will be conducted over two years under normal driving conditions on public roads.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Toyota believes that Fuel Cell Electric vehicles (FCEVs), powered by hydrogen from renewable sources, have great potential to lower harmful emissions in the transport sector. Since the drivetrain is electric, FCEVs are quiet, can be refuelled quickly like a petrol or diesel vehicle, and have a similar range, but emit only water.

Petrol & diesel drivetrain

In addition to developing CO2 emission-free vehicles, Toyota is currently working to achieve greater fuel efficiency across our current range of petrol and diesel models. We believe the best outcome would be to concurrently address pollutants, CO2 emissions and fuel quality, while supporting consumers with complementary measures, including incentives and education programs.

Product safety

It's our priority to recall and rectify all vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall campaign. In October 2018, we launched a Customer Service Campaign to remedy potentially faulty diesel particulate filters on HiLux, Fortuner and Prado vehicles sold between June 2015 and June 2018. Our core values are to be guest-focused, and to provide vehicles that are safe and reliable, so we are working actively to resolve these issue for our guests.