Posted by Earle Jones on May 4, 2005, 1:08 am
Daniel, I think you're right.
Ford to License Toyota Hybrid Technology
In a smart move, Ford recently decided to license Toyotaıs hybrid
Ford Motor will license key hybrid technology from Toyota Motor in
a deal that could help establish Toyotaıs system as a standard for
the industry, the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
The agreement is a coup for Toyota, which has been trying to sell
its hybrid system to a variety of automakers to help offset its high
The move sets the stage for Toyotaıs hybrid technology to become one
of the key standards in the automobile industry. In an age where car
companies income is unsteady at the best of times, the high cost of
developing hybrid vehicles to come into line with harsh
government-regulated environmental policy is beginning to pinch. And
The move by Toyota to become one of the few specialists is good for
everyone. For other car makers, they can minimalize their internal
R&D on hybrids to customizations and improvements (which, under the
deal, Toyota will buy back). More free cash for automakers, and a
chance for Toyota to finally turn a dollar on itıs hybrid business
which has been sucking up more than 1B$ in sunk costs for the last
couple of years.
Thisıll be an interesting one to watch.
Posted by Jeremy C. Wright at 11:57 am in Business.
Posted by autodave on May 5, 2005, 9:35 am
I am parts manager at a Toyota dealership.
From what I have read and heard at tech training....
Ford bought the electric and trans from Toyota, but not the software. Then
came back later and bought the software.
Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 22, 2005, 7:23 pm
If that is true, why did you refer to him as a GM mechanic and not a
Your story is so full of holes that it is just not believable.
Stop Mad Cowboy Disease: Impeach the son of a Bush.
Posted by Michael Pardee on March 27, 2005, 5:16 am
Ready for the facts when you are. The main battery is expected to last the
life of the car and is warranted for at least 8 years... unless he is trying
to say all those people are putting an average of more than 25K miles per
year on their cars and experiencing failures others aren't. Main battery
failures are extremely rare - nobody else is reporting them, and you can be
sure it would be hot news if they were. Are you *that* gullible, or do you
think we are?
Is your brother-in-law is lying to you or are you lying to us? Perhaps he is
too incompetent to realize the batteries are still good, or so crooked he
knowingly sells unnecessary expensive parts to customers. Those are the only
logical possibilities. Let us know which it is, will ya?
Posted by HarryS on March 27, 2005, 11:36 am
| > Well there is a flipside, you may get 45 mpg and produce less ozone
| > pollution, but now the rest of the story. My brother-in-law is a GM
| > mechanic and a damn good one too. He just shakes his head at the
| > and says junk. What no one is telling the consumer the average battery
| > life
| > for the hybrids is about 5 years give or take a year. He has already
| > replaced the battery units on several that were just 4 years old and out
| > of
| > warranty.
| Ready for the facts when you are. The main battery is expected to last the
| life of the car and is warranted for at least 8 years... unless he is
| to say all those people are putting an average of more than 25K miles per
| year on their cars and experiencing failures others aren't. Main battery
| failures are extremely rare - nobody else is reporting them, and you can
| sure it would be hot news if they were. Are you *that* gullible, or do you
| think we are?
Many people where I live drive 200 + miles a day to work because there is
not any work here. Also, just because you do not hear about something
doesn't mean it is not happening. There hundreds of recalls each day on
consumer items do you hear about each one?
| Is your brother-in-law is lying to you or are you lying to us? Perhaps he
| too incompetent to realize the batteries are still good, or so crooked he
| knowingly sells unnecessary expensive parts to customers. Those are the
| logical possibilities. Let us know which it is, will ya?
Everyone has their own opinions but it is pretty crude to call someone a
liar and thief when you do not know them you must be a real piece of work.
HarryS My 2˘