75 Things That Happened in 2018

A ton of stuff happened in 2018 for Toyota North America. But here’s a list of news items that caught our eye.

December 19, 2018
First of all, this list is not exhaustive. If it were, we’d be here all day. Because with thousands of team members spread across dozens of divisions around North America, Toyota is blessed with infinite stories of kindness, kaizen and collaboration.

So, we’re not presenting this as the be all-end all of what happened in 2018. So if we missed your favorite story, our apologies. However, these are 75 news stories that you can either discover for the first time or relive again.

If you want more information on any story below, just click on the text.

Let’s get to it.
 
Beautiful Friendship --  During his January address to team members, TMC President Akio Toyoda honored 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. 
 

Business and Team Members 


1. Akio visits TMNA for his global address 

2. 
TMMK’s Jim Jordan wins the Global President’s Award for his volunteer work

3. Zack Hicks, Toyota Connected CEO, takes on another job: Chief Digital Officer

4. Toyota and Mazda decide to build a joint plant in Alabama

5. Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds (TAPG) turns 25

6. Lexus boss Jeff Bracken announces retirement, David Christ takes over

7. Manjit Singh joins TMNA as CIO

8. The president decides tariffs were a good idea. Toyota respectfully disagrees

9. Kiichiro Toyoda inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

10. 
Vipin Gupta joins TFS as CIO

11. Construction continues at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Guanajuato

12. Mike Groff announces retirement as TFS CEO. Mark Templin takes over

13. CAFE standards become news again

14. Kevin Voelkel named new president at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas

 
Making a Statement -- In 2018, no Toyota product reveal was more intriguing that the Avalon, with its giant new grille. 

Product

15. 
Avalon makes waves in Detroit… 

16. 
…With Alexa/Apple CarPlay

17. Lexus RX goes to 3 rows

18. Lexus shows off the LF-1 Limitless

19. Toyota’s nod to the Supra gets people talking

20. TRD Pro 2: Off road boogaloo

21. All-new RAV4 revealed in New York

22. Corolla Hatch lights up Big Apple

23. Entune 3.0 makes the customer experience better

24. Toyota releases special edition 86

25. Lexus celebrates 10 years of F Sport with special RC F and GS f editions.

26. Prius gets a refresh

27. Kevin Costner and Toyota conquer SEMA

28. Lexus features customized ES, LS, RC at SEMA

29. Prius gets all-wheel drive

30. New Corolla – with first-ever hybrid edition – revealed

31. How ‘bout TRD versions of Camry and Avalon?

32. Toyota announces the announcement of Supra

33. Special edition Lexus LX shown in LA

 
E-Palette
  
Mobility 

34. 
E-Palette shows future of mobile commerce

35. TRI shows off Platform 3.0

36. The 3,000th Mirai sold in California

37. This kid turns his old Celica into an electric car

38. TRI’s James Kuffner answers team member questions at the North American Business Update

39. And then Kuffner became the CEO of TRI-AD

40. TRI announces automated driving testing facility in Michigan

41. TRI joins study of workforce impact from autonomous vehicles

42. Toyota outlines mobility plan for 2020 Olympics

43. Toyota launches a car share service in Hawaii

44. TRINA makes a breakthrough in battery technology

45. Toyota tops the industry in patents…again

46. Toyota invests $500m in Uber

47. Project Portal 2.0 offers a new era of hydrogen fuel cell technology

48. Robots make pizzas in a Tundra

49. Toyota AI Ventures hits the road to find entrepreneurs

50. Toyota Safety Sense goes on its 10 millionth vehicle
 
TdPR Party -- Team members from Toyota de Puerto Rico pick up trash along the beach near San Cristobal Castle in San Juan. The amount of debris that washed up along Puerto Rico's 272 miles of coastline surged significantly in the wake of the back-to-back hits of Hurricane Irma and Hurrican Maria last year.
 

Community 


51. Toyota de Puerto Rico continues recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria 

52. 
TVA hosts mock interviews for veterans

53. Toyota USA Foundation dedicates $400,000 in grants for San Antonio-area schools to develop STEM programs

54. Toyota funds STEM programs for 11 Kentucky elementary schools.

55. TSSC helps Meals on Wheels

56. Toyota fields its first AIDS/Lifecycle team

57. TFS offers payment relief to wildfire victims

58. Toyota’s Mother of Invention helps Hurricane Harvey victims

59. So does SBP, with the help of TSSC

60. Toyota and Contra Costa College announce T-TEN program

61. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama gets girls interested in STEM

62. A Tundra helps paleontologists search for dinosaur bones

63. Team members embrace NPLD again

64. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi helps this family in need

65. Toyota, National Environmental Education Foundation grant helps restore destroyed land
 
Golden Girl -- In PyeongChang, Team Toyota snowboarder Chloe Kim claimed gold and became America's latest Olympic hero.
 

Sports and Other Stuff


66. Toyota starts to Start Your Impossible

67. Team Toyota athletes take the Olympics and Paralympics by storm

68. Team Toyota Olympic athlete Chloe Kim becomes America’s sweetheart

69. Toyota Gazoo Racing wins at Le Mans

70. Toyota and Special Olympics continue to be a perfect match

71. Chuck Norris does Toyota commercials now 

72. This holiday ad made a bunch of people cry

73. Camry drivers dominate NASCAR Cup Series, fall just short of title

74. Toyota driver J.R. Todd wins NHRA title

75. Corporate Communications launches new podcast called Toyota Untold
 
By Dan Nied

 

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