Japanese manufacturer will create new flexible, scaleable architecture for future models

Toyota is developing a new modular architecture similar in concept to Volkswagen’s scaleable MQB platform.

Known internally as the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), this flexible structure and component family will eventually provide the underpinnings for millions of Toyotas across the globe.

The company has yet to reveal the range of models that the TNGA will provide a core for, but it’s likely to stretch from the Yaris to the US-market Camry saloon. Four-wheel-drive models such as the RAV4 will also be included, as well as some Lexus models. 

Hybrids will also be catered for, including the next-generation Toyota Prius, which is due in 2015 and is expected to be the first model to benefit from the new platform. The successor to the Lexus CT200h is also likely to use this hardware.

The benefits of the scaleable architecture are primarily economic, offering the chance to spread tooling costs and research and development budgets across more models. 
It will also allow electronic sub-systems to be shared across more cars and enable options such as radar-assisted brakes to be introduced lower down the range.

Meanwhile, the advances of the Volkswagen Group, and Audi in particular, in interior design and finish have pushed Toyota to devise a method of apportioning values to its cars’ interiors. Rapidly rising standards of interior finish across European models over the past 15 years, and Toyota’s struggles to compete with them, are driving the Japanese giant to find a robust way of analysing this shift.

According to insiders, the impetus for the development of the system comes from Toyota Motor Europe, which often battles to convey the importance of interior finish to colleagues in Japan.

The relative rarity of European cars on Japanese roads is one reason why Toyota staff there underestimate the importance of interior quality. The company’s European operation, however, is intent on eliminating the disparity.

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13 July 2013

Good old Toyota, so innovative

Hang on a minute, hasn't somebody already done that?

AV

13 July 2013

About 20 years ahead of the Europeans on hybrids, their production methods widely imitated (though not yet bettered) and reliability that is also industry leading.

Those engineers must puzzle over superficial English obsessions with squashy plastics. They perhaps make the mistake of thinking buyers here appreciate engineering excellence over decorative nonsense. 

13 July 2013

AV wrote:

About 20 years ahead of the Europeans on hybrids, their production methods widely imitated (though not yet bettered) and reliability that is also industry leading.

Those engineers must puzzle over superficial English obsessions with squashy plastics. They perhaps make the mistake of thinking buyers here appreciate engineering excellence over decorative nonsense. 

Funny that, didn't Toyota lose a court case over patent rights to 'their' hybrid technology which was actually somone elses?

13 July 2013

brian245 wrote:

AV wrote:

About 20 years ahead of the Europeans on hybrids, their production methods widely imitated (though not yet bettered) and reliability that is also industry leading.

Those engineers must puzzle over superficial English obsessions with squashy plastics. They perhaps make the mistake of thinking buyers here appreciate engineering excellence over decorative nonsense. 

Funny that, didn't Toyota lose a court case over patent rights to 'their' hybrid technology which was actually somone elses?

 

So they settled a patent case - does that mean they aren't 20 years ahead?

14 July 2013

Clarkey wrote:

brian245 wrote:

AV wrote:

About 20 years ahead of the Europeans on hybrids, their production methods widely imitated (though not yet bettered) and reliability that is also industry leading.

Those engineers must puzzle over superficial English obsessions with squashy plastics. They perhaps make the mistake of thinking buyers here appreciate engineering excellence over decorative nonsense. 

Funny that, didn't Toyota lose a court case over patent rights to 'their' hybrid technology which was actually somone elses?

 

So they settled a patent case - does that mean they aren't 20 years ahead?

No, just that they are blatent copiers

14 July 2013

Just like VW who stole the beetle from Tatra then, and countless other large corporations over the years.

14 July 2013

AV wrote:

About 20 years ahead of the Europeans on hybrids, their production methods widely imitated (though not yet bettered) and reliability that is also industry leading.

On what basis are their production methods superior to everyone else's? The number of recalls surely doesn't reflect this...recalls which, I may add, are only made to try and safeguard their reputation after the "accelerator-gate" scandal. And I'm sorry but saying that their reliability is class-leading is quite a stretch.

brian245 wrote:

No, just that they are blatent copiers

+1

 

 

 

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13 July 2013

Funny, but I thought that Toyota was revealling the automotive equivalent of the "brown paper bag" for it's current range of embarrassing-looking cars ...

"The relative rarity of European cars on Japanese roads is one reason why Toyota staff there underestimate the importance of interior quality." ... Has to be the lamest excuse going ...

13 July 2013

Most people think brands like VW can combine reliability, engineering excellence and the lovely squashy plastics.  I'm not so sure.

13 July 2013

When the mags were filling pages with the news of VW's MQB platform, I thought the idea was the savings will be passed on to the customers. Seeing the prices of VW cars using this new MQB thingy that is obviously not the case.

I remember reading in one of those thousands of stories on the MQB that the VW would consider selling their scalable platform to third parties. Other car makers developing their own scalable platforms won't be music to VW bosses' ears.

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