From our designers styling cars of the future, to engineers honing the latest models so they are great to drive and more fuel-efficient than the last, building cars that you will want to drive for many years is only part of our job when we deliver cars to the showroom.
We are committed to reducing the environmental pressures associated with our products throughout their lives. From design, through to production, driving and recycling, we take into account everything we use and manufacture to see how it impacts the environment and our health, through a 360º approach called Life Cycle Thinking.
Our meticulous approach to design has led to an array of innovative features that have helped to improve environmental efficiency. For example, to improve fuel consumption in our Yaris Hybrid, a lightweight redesign of its hybrid components created a 17% lighter and smaller system.
Also, we specially developed our own recyclable plastic called Toyota Super Olefin Polymer (TSOP), which is more recyclable than conventional recyclable plastic and is used in our bumpers and other parts. Increasing the use of recycled materials in our cars, such as those used for soundproofing, has also been another significant development
Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) started producing Toyotas in 2001 and was built around the concept of Green, Clean and Lean. Optimising energy consumption through heating and logistics, the plant became the first company in the north of France to send no waste to landfill in 2002, and achieved a zero incineration rate in 2007.
An ongoing series of measures to improve its energy efficiency has seen 1020m2 of solar membrane added to the building’s roof to provide six month’s worth of office electricity, a 400m2 solar wall in the press shop to reduce heating consumption and a rainwater recovery basin that saves 36% of the plant’s water usage.