Toyota recently announced its plans to introduce its new global architecture and modern safety technologies in future vehicles in an endeavour to help bring down fatalities in road accidents. The Japanese automaker that introduced the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in the 4th generation Prius is looking to introduce it in all its future models. In addition to that, Toyota plans to introduce pre-collision system (PCS) in vehicles from next year in Japan, Europe, and the USA.
Seigo Kuzumaki, Assistant Chief Safety Technology Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation, said, “We have introduced the TNGA in the market with our 4th generation Prius. We will introduce it in vehicles following the Prius and eventually introduce it to all our products when there is a model change.”
- Toyota will introduce its new global architecture on all future products
- It will also launch the pre-collision system in its vehicles
- Toyota will first introduce it in cars in Japan, Europe, and the US
Through TNGA, the new Prius’ body torsional rigidity has been improved by more than 60 percent compared with previous models. Thus the new architecture, along with its structural innovations, has lead to a 55 per cent decline in cabin deformation percentage in an oblique frontal crash test on the new Prius.
Talking about the pre-collision system, Kuzumaki said, “The plan is to introduce this technology to our vehicles in Japan, Europe and the US in 2017. Later on, it will be rolled out country wise depending on suitability.”
Toyota has been working on improving production efficiency to strengthen its competitiveness – it froze the development of new plants in order to make full use of its existing facilities (it now utilizes 90% of its global plants, up from 70% in 2009). It is also aiming to cut investment in the production in new models in half – and the initial investment in new plants by as much as 40% – from where these figures stood in 2008.