Automaker Toyota was ranked #17 by MIT Technology Review on their list of the 50 Smartest Companies of 2016.
This ranking has placed Toyota among respected tech leaders such as Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook. Additionally, they have ranked ahead of other tech bigwigs such as Microsoft, IBM and Intel. While Tesla Motors came in at #4 on the list, Toyota has the distinction of being one of only two automakers to make it onto the list of the world's 50 smartest companies.
MIT Technology Review, a global media company backed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is recognized nationally for its coverage of science, business and technology. To make the list, editors "pick the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model."
Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota Motor North America voiced his excitement and gratitude for making the list, saying that "We’re very grateful to be recognized by MIT, one of the finest educational institutions in the world. Toyota’s scientists are committed to innovation and leading the way to a future of mobility that is cleaner, safer, and provides freedom of mobility for all. In the spirit of kaizen, Toyota is committed to improving every day in the service of our customers and society."
So, what made MIT Technology Review recognize Toyota? The Toyota Research Institute. Founded in November of 2015, the institute studies "the future of mobility, artificial intelligence, and robotics." The magazine also highlighted Toyota’s release of the Mirai, one of the world’s first mass-market hydrogen fuel vehicles, and Toyota’s efforts to develop "a network of accessible and reliable hydrogen fuel stations" to support the Mirai and other potential future hydrogen vehicles. The Mirai has a range of over 300 miles and emits only water vapor.
Affordable Cars from One of the World's Smartest Companies
While the Mirai is an amazing achievement in efficiency and technology, it has yet to hit Canada. And, considering that the U.S. starting price for this technological marvel is $57,500, we think that car buyers who have damaged credit are looking for something much more affordable, while still providing great fuel efficiency. Since that is something that Toyota also excels at, we present what we think are the three most affordable choices in new cars with great fuel economy by Toyota.
L/100km: 8.4/6.4 (City/Hwy)
Durable. Reliable. Fuel efficient. The Corolla CE is a great starting point if you are looking for a low-priced vehicle that is sleek, sophisticated and fun to drive. And, to keep you safe, the Corolla comes standard with 8 airbags and Toyota's Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology.
L/100km: 7.6/5.7 (City/Hwy)
If you're looking for something smaller with a little more pizzazz, the Yaris Sedan might just be for you. A head-turning subcompact, the upscale interior and bold exterior combine style with substance. And in addition to great fuel economy, it boasts six accident avoidance safety technologies.
L/100km: 4.5/5.1 (City/Hwy)
If you're aiming for the most fuel efficient vehicle possible at an affordable price, you simply cannot beat the Prius c. Thanks to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, not only will you get some fantastic fuel economy on the highway - you will also get superior performance in city environments. With a striking interior, an assertive and sporty exterior, as well as the Star Safety System, you'll have a safe and fun drive while taking the Prius c wherever you need to go.
*All prices include freight and PDI charges. Actual price may vary based on additional fees and features.
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