DENSO Leads Dellfer’s Initial Funding Round, Supporting Cybersecurity for Connected Vehicles

Seed investment will help Dellfer develop cybersecurity safeguards for connected and autonomous vehicles

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KARIYA (Japan) ―DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, has announced a significant investment in Dellfer, an IoT and automotive cybersecurity startup company based in San Francisco, California.  Dellfer is a young startup focusing on cybersecurity solutions against “zero day” attacks within connected networks such as deployed IoT devices, and in the future, connected vehicles.  Dellfer will use the proceeds from this funding to build out its development team and begin discussions with early adopter customers, including DENSO.

“As cars become smarter, more connected, and autonomous, advanced safeguards to secure and protect the technology within those vehicles will be a key area of focus for DENSO, and the auto industry as a whole,” said Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO. “DENSO will continue to strongly support technologies like Dellfer’s to ensure that a safe and secure mobility future is delivered to our customers.”

“This investment accelerates our mission for IoT device cyberspace protection against zero day attacks,” said Dellfer CEO James Blaisdell. “We look forward to a deep and fruitful partnership with DENSO to deliver advance safeguards for protecting vehicles.”

DENSO continues to evaluate technology investment opportunities for automotive solutions and innovative technologies with potentially significant implications for the future of transportation. The company focuses on advancing four core areas: connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification (CASE) technologies. DENSO opened a Silicon Valley office in 2011, and in 2014 created a dedicated Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) group to pursue early stage investment opportunities around the world with entrepreneurs and startup companies. The company also lends expertise and monetary support to two technology incubators – Prospect Silicon Valley and NextEnergy.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

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Toyota Motor Corporation announces executive and personnel changes

Toyota City, Japan, June 30, 2017―On July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation will make changes to executives’ areas of responsibility, as well as personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level.

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  1. Managing Officers’ Areas of Responsibility
Name Current New
Hiroaki Okuchi
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)

    • Electronics Control System Development Div. (concurrent General Manager)
Yoichi Miyazaki
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
    • East Asia & Oceania Div.
      (concurrent General Manager)
  1. Personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level effective
Name Current New
Koichi Shirozu Electronics Control System Development Div. (General Manager), Advanced R&D and Engineering Company Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Masakazu Yoshimura East Asia & Oceania Div. (General Manager) Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Naoaki Nunogaki
  • Corporate Citizenship Div.
    (General Manager)
  • Community Relations Dept. (General Manager), Corporate Citizenship Div.
Corporate Citizenship Div.
(General Manager)
Jun Wakabayashi Temporary External Transfer to Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. TPS Promotion Center (Project General Manager)
Shoji Kimura
  • Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
  • Strategy Planning & Administration Dept. (General Manager), Vehicle Logistics Div., Logistics Field
Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
Shinya Kono Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Sales Promoting Dept. (General Manager), Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div.
Akihiko Ootuka MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
(General Manager),
Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
    (General Manager),
    Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • Vehicle Dynamics Development Dept. (General Manager), MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div., Mid-size Vehicle Company
Tetsu Yamada
  • Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company
  • Engine Development Management Dept. (General Manager), Engine Design & Engineering Div., Powertrain Company
Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company

Via: Toyota Newsroom

UD Trucks launches the all-new heavy-duty Quon truck- promising “innovation that puts people first” with advanced solutions across five essential feature areas

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Ageo, Japan, UD Trucks today launched the all-new Quon, representing a full model change for UD Trucks’ heavy-duty flagship.

UD Trucks has a proud heritage that has brought many innovative products and features over the years. But at UD Trucks, innovation goes beyond new technologies. For us, innovation is a commitment to deliver the trucks and services the world needs today, adding value to our customers’ and partners’ businesses and society at large.

To serve our customers and partners in an even better way, UD Trucks has over the past few years invested more than during any other period in our history in facilities, in services, in our people, and not at least in our products. The all-new Quon with associated services now moves us into a stronger position in the truck industry.

Combining industry-leading fuel efficiency with dynamism and drivability, the all-new Quon offers an unparalleled driveline that delivers a smooth, stress-free and comfortable ride. Quon is equipped with advanced safety features protects the driver and cargo, but also cares for the safety of the vehicle’s surroundings. The comfortable interior lets the driver focus on driving, while the striking and dignified exterior will be a source of pride and joy for anyone in the cockpit. The all-new Quon meets the needs of transport solutions in the modern age by “putting people first” in every fine detail and pushing boundaries further than ever before through leading edge innovations.

“The all-new Quon of course complies with the new and stricter emission regulations in Japan. In addition though, it also delivers better performance across the board. Equipped with the ESCOT-VI, the electronically controlled automatic transmission that is the industry benchmark, our heavy-duty flagship truly feels like a passenger car to drive. It offers a complete solution that meets customers’ needs and is sure to earn their satisfaction. Simply put, Quon now better than ever and it embodies UD Trucks promise of Going the Extra Mile for our customers” said Yoshihiro Murakami, President of UD Trucks, at the launch.

Discover UD Trucks’ all new Quon at https://youtu.be/Ah2KPfKh5Dg

The all-new Quon has multiple unique features that combined takes trucking in Japan to an unprecedented performance level.

Drivability – easier and smoother to support the driver

The cockpit has been redesigned around the way it feels to use it, with operability and visibility ergonomically re-engineered from the ground up. The new ESCOT-VI electronically controlled automatic transmission adopts a simple, easy-to-use straight shift pattern, further advancing the Quon’s unrivaled operability while also enhancing its ability to navigate snowy and muddy conditions. All models feature disc brakes as standard, yet another first for Japan. The disc brakes provide a swift, smooth response and outstanding braking performance. Through these features, the all-new Quon provides a comfortable driving environment allowing drivers concentrate on the road ahead.

Fuel efficiency – cleaner yet more powerful for improved performance and environmental care

The fuel-efficient, powerful and clean 11-liter GH11 engine complies with Japanese 2016 exhaust gas regulations, and all models achieves +5% over the 2015 fuel economy standards for heavy vehicles in Japan. The engine generates powerful torque from low revs up through a wide RPM range, making the Quon a pleasure to drive. To further support fuel-efficient driving, the Quon also features the ESCOT-VI’s Foretrack anticipatory solutions that use GPS to look ahead, as well as the Fuel Coach, a system that displays driving advice to help drivers achieve further improvement in fuel economy.

Safety – safer and more reliable for the driver, cargo and surroundings

The all-new Quon amongst others features the UD Trucks Traffic Eye Brake system (collision mitigation braking), which uses high-precision radar and a cabin-mounted camera for dual-monitoring of the road ahead, as well as advanced driver assistance systems including Driver Alert Support. Our new flagship is also fitted with disc brakes featuring excellent heat-release properties for superb and industry benchmark anti-fade performance. In combination, these advanced systems deliver enhancements on both active and passive safety.

Productivity – more payload and greater efficiency for increased profitability

Every component has been refined to realize an overall lighter vehicle, while achieving gains in load-carrying capacity of up to 200kg depending on the model. Improved ease of loading, bodybuilding efficiency and smoothness at creeping speed for approaching loading docks also reflect our uncompromising commitment to boost productivity for our customers. We have also expanded the dry wing-body variations available in the Perfect Quon range and added a refrigeration wing-body. The all-new Quon offers a highly productive range of vehicles optimized for our customers business needs.

Uptime – stay on the road to minimize non-revenue generating time 

The all-new Quon represents a further upgrade in vehicle reliability and durability. It is easier to maintain, with a reduced number of parts requiring regular replacement and longer service intervals on genuine parts. Moreover, comprehensive UD Extra Mile Support including UD Genuine Parts and Service, the UD Trust service agreement, and UD Information Service utilizing the latest in connectivity – keeps customers’ vehicles in the best possible condition to maximize uptime.

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Arisa Tsujie, Media and Communications, UD Trucks
+81 48-615-0185


UD Trucks is a leading Japanese transport solution provider that was established in Japan in 1935 and became a part of the Volvo Group in 2007.  Headquartered in Ageo, Saitama prefecture, Japan – UD Trucks vision is to provide the trucks and services the world needs today. The company is currently active in more than 60 countries and promises to Go The Extra Mile for its many customers worldwide. Ultimate Dependability (UD) is an essential part of UD Trucks heritage and is experienced across our range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as well as in our associated, leading services.

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ISUZU Agreed Capital and Business Alliance with Japanese Used Car Company – Aiming to Fortify Used Vehicle Business Worldwide –

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Isuzu Motors Limited (headquartered in Shinagawa Tokyo and headed by Masanori Katayama, President and Representative Director, hereinafter called “Isuzu”) announced that it has acquired a 9.9% stake (about 400 million yen) in Japanese Used Car Company, Apple International Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Yokkaichi, Mie and headed by Yoshinobu Kubo, President and Representative Director, hereinafter called “Apple International”), and that it agreed to form a strategic capital and business alliance with Apple International for domestic and overseas joint venture.

Isuzu, as mentioned in its mid-term business plan, strives to enhance its aftersales business. As part of this effort, Isuzu aims to expand the used vehicle business.

Apple International possesses an extensive distribution network coupled with a wealth of knowledge mainly in the used passenger car segment in Japan and Thailand. Isuzu and Apple International seek to globally fortify their used commercial vehicle businesses through the joint efforts.

Isuzu, whose corporate vision is to be a “leader in transportation”, aims to contribute to prosperity of its customers and the society. We believe that this business alliance helps us boost the resale value of Isuzu vehicles and that is good news for our customers. Also, we are certain that by actively engaging in the global distribution of used vehicles as a commercial vehicle manufacturer, we ensure to make an efficient use of resources (used commercial vehicles).

Outline of Apple International

(1) Company name Apple International Co., Ltd.
(2) Address 2-3-3 Hinaga, Yokkaichi, Mie, Japan
(3) Representative Yoshinobu Kubo
(4) Foundation January 12, 1996
(5) Business Summary Export of used vehicles, Buy and sell of used vehicles
(6) Capital 4.816 billion yen

UD Trucks to launch Croner at Bangkok on March 1st

Developed for growth markets, the all-new medium duty truck range is scheduled for global launch in Bangkok on March 1, 2017

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UD Trucks Quester : Image Source: Link

Ageo, Japan – UD Trucks is ready to launch Croner, its all-new medium duty truck, come March as it continues its rich legacy of building the “truck the world needs today” specifically for its growth markets across Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South America.

Croner is a reliable and versatile truck range built with robust components and uncompromising quality that delivers extra productivity and superior uptime. It will cater to a wide range of applications to help meet the varying needs of our customers in growth markets.

Named after the god of time in Greek mythology, Croner is engineered to help customers stay ahead of the competition, through the simple concept of saving time.

“It is our aim for Croner to make every moment count, through maximizing productivity and minimizing downtime on every run our customers make,” said Nobuhiko Kishi, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Brand and Product.

Designed to excel in the medium duty segment to compete in growth markets, Croner’s superiority comes from the best of three worlds – strong Japanese heritage and craftsmanship, the Volvo Group’s global technology system, and local gemba approach in manufacturing, sourcing and support.

UD Trucks will also provide extensive customer service and service sales packages with the launch of Croner.

For more information, or to enquire about Croner, kindly visit http://www.udtrucks.com/en-int/reveal (English);http://www.udtrucks.com/th-th/reveal (Thai)

For more information about UD Trucks, please visit http://www.udtrucks.com/en-int/home

Via UD Trucks press releases

How it all started: The conception of Toyota Prius

On January 16, 1992, the Toyota Motor Corporation announced the Earth Charter, a document outlining goals to develop and market low emission vehicles.

In September 1993 Toyota R&D Executive Vice President Yoshirio Kimbara created G21, a committee to research cars for the 21st century. On February 1, 1994, the first official meeting of the G21 project team took place. The team determined the goal of G21 is to create a car that is resource and environmentally friendly while retaining the benefits of modern cars. The development effort was led by Takehisa Yaegashi, who was tasked with building a car that bridged the gap between electric and gasoline powered vehicles.

In 1994, Toyota executive Takeshi Uchiyamada was given the task of creating a new car that would be both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. In late 1994, the G21 team designed a concept car with a hybrid engine for the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicle was named “Prius,” the Latin word for “prior” or “before.” It was shown on October 27, 1995. In late 1996, test driving began.

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1996 Prius Prototype . Image source Wikimedia Commons

After reviewing over 100 hybrid designs, the engineering team ultimately settled on a continuously variable transmission (CVT) design based largely on a 2000 TRW patent application, but many technical and engineering problems had to be solved within the three years that the team was given to bring the car to the Japanese market, a goal they barely achieved as the first Prius went on sale in December 1997. One major problem was the longevity of the battery, which needed to last between 7 and 10 years. The solution the engineers came up with was to keep the battery pack between 60% and 40% charged, proving to be the “sweet spot” for extending the battery life to roughly that of the other car components. A Toyota spokesperson stated that “Toyota chose this name because the Prius vehicle is the predecessor of cars to come.”

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Battery pack from second generation Prius

Initially, in December 10 1997, first Prius went on sale in the domestic market that is Japan. At the time of launch, first generation Prius, was the world’s first mass produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. Later in 2001, more powerful version was introduced in United States Of America.

The Prius is sold in over 90 markets, with Japan and the United States being its largest markets. Global cumulative Prius liftback sales reached the milestone 1 million vehicle mark in May 2008, 2 million in September 2010, and passed the 3 million mark in June 2013. Cumulative sales of 1 million Priuses were achieved in the US by early April 2011,and Japan reached the 1 million mark in August 2011.As of April 2016, the Prius liftback is the world’s top selling hybrid car with 3.73 million units sold.

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First generation Prius
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Second generation Prius
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Third generation Prius
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Fourth generation Prius

 

Source: Wikipedia