Mazda Reports February Sales Results

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total February sales of 26,008 vehicles, a decrease of 8.4 percent compared to February 2020. Year-to-date sales totaled 51,267 vehicles, a decrease of 1.4 percent….

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported total February sales of 26,008 vehicles, a decrease of 8.4 percent compared to February 2020. Year-to-date sales totaled 51,267 vehicles, a decrease of 1.4 percent. With 24 selling days in February, compared to 26 the year prior, the company posted an increase of 0.7 percent on a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

Sales Highlights

  • Sales of the CX-30 totaled 5,005 in February, an increase of 33.3 percent compared to February 2020.
  • Sales of the CX-9 totaled 3,151 in February, an increase of 7.7 percent compared to February 2020.
  • Sales of the MX-5 Miata totaled 836 vehicles, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to February 2020.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported February sales of 4,240 vehicles, a decrease of 9.9 percent compared to February 2020.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through approximately 620 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

Month-To-Date

Year-To-Date

February

February

YOY %

% MTD

February

February

YOY %

% MTD

2021

2020

Change

DSR

2021

2020

Change

DSR

Mazda3

3,083

3,759

(18.0)%

(11.1)%

6,129

6,255

(2.0)%

4.1%

Mazda6

1,327

1,730

(23.3)%

(16.9)%

2,725

3,485

(21.8)%

(16.9)%

MX-5 Miata

836

807

3.6%

12.2%

1,372

1,203

14.0%

21.2%

CX-3

519

947

(45.2)%

(40.6)%

893

2,093

(57.3)%

(54.7)%

CX-30

5,005

3,754

33.3%

44.4%

8,629

6,122

41.0%

49.8%

CX-5

12,087

14,462

(16.4)%

(9.5)%

25,670

27,370

(6.2)%

(0.3)%

CX-9

3,151

2,926

7.7%

16.7%

5,849

5,478

6.8%

13.4%

CARS

5,246

6,296

(16.7)%

(9.7)%

10,226

10,943

(6.6)%

(0.7)%

TRUCKS

20,762

22,089

(6.0)%

1.8%

41,041

41,063

(0.1)%

6.2%

TOTAL

26,008

28,385

(8.4)%

(0.7)%

51,267

52,006

(1.4)%

4.7%

*Selling Days

24

26

48

51

 

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New Market Research on the World Market for Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment – the Effect of Covid-19 (Vol. IRW-C) by Maxtech International, Inc.

SARASOTA, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2021 edition of its market research report on Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).

In 2021, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 29% in revenue driven mostly by demand for uncooled Elevated Skin Temperature (EST)/Fever systems for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, sales of thermal imaging…

SARASOTA, Fla., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Maxtech International, Inc. is releasing the 2021 edition of its market research report on Commercial and Dual-Use Infrared Imaging and Infrared Thermometry Equipment markets (Vol. IRW-C).

In 2021, world commercial and dual-use infrared imaging markets grew by 29% in revenue driven mostly by demand for uncooled Elevated Skin Temperature (EST)/Fever systems for the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, sales of thermal imaging systems for traditional infrared applications decreased. In 2021, the traditional applications are expected to bounce back and the infrared imaging market is expected to grow to over $8 billion by 2026 due to several market sub-segments.

The report forecasts market sizes for Infrared Imaging and Thermometry through 2026. Five-year forecasts are provided separately for cooled and uncooled infrared imaging equipment in the following application areas: EST/Fever, Predictive Maintenance (condition monitoring), Building/HVAC Inspection, Process Control, Research & Development, Traditional Nondestructive Testing, Law Enforcement, Hunter’s Thermal Sights, Automotive Night Vision (including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous/Self-driving cars), Aircraft Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS/EFVS), Firefighting, Surveillance/Security, Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) and Consumer/Emerging (including smartphones). Dual-Use applications covered include Weapon Sights, Vehicle Sights, Microsensors, Airborne and Ground applications and others. However, strictly military systems (infrared missile seekers, targeting systems, etc.) are not covered in this report.

Market shares of leading supplier companies are provided and Company Profiles for 59 companies worldwide are detailed. Market shares are given separately for suppliers of:

  • Commercial & Dual-Use Systems
  • Commercial-only Systems
  • Thermography
  • EST/Fever
  • Firefighting (for all types – handheld TiCs and SCBA-integrated TICs)
  • Firefighting (for handheld TICs only)
  • Security & Surveillance Systems
  • Uncooled FPAs/Modules
  • Uncooled InGaAs SWIR FPAs and Cameras
  • Enhanced SWIR (eSWIR)
  • Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) Cameras

What’s new in this report?

  • Recent changes in the market shares for suppliers of Security Systems, Uncooled FPAs/Modules and other applications.
  • Dramatic shifts expected in the EVS/EFVS market.
  • Expected growth in automotive night vision including ADAS and Pedestrian Detection
  • Detailed new analysis of the InGaAs market showing new players, their market shares, market growth and major application areas.
  • An update of new cooled detector technologies, including Type II Superlattice (T2SL) and nBn/XBn in commercial applications.

For additional information, please see: http://maxtech-intl.com/Info/Volume-IRW-C.aspx

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Kia Among Brands With Most 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus And Top Safety Pick Vehicles With Eight Awards

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The overall number of Kia vehicles to receive an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) and Top Safety Pick (TSP) award has increased to eight. The IIHS recently awarded TSP+ to the all-new K5 sedan, which received «Good» ratings in the IIHS crashworthiness tests. The popular-selling Seltos also received TSP status.

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IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The overall number of Kia vehicles to receive an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) and Top Safety Pick (TSP) award has increased to eight. The IIHS recently awarded TSP+ to the all-new K5 sedan, which received «Good» ratings in the IIHS crashworthiness tests. The popular-selling Seltos also received TSP status.

Kia among brands with most 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and Top Safety Pick vehicles with eight awards.

«While we continue to raise the bar in terms of design, value, and technology, safety is always at the forefront,» said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. «These newest safety accolades validate our relentless pursuit of improvement and advancement, and are a complement to recent initial quality and dependability awards to solidify our position as a leader in mobility.»

To qualify for a 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle must earn «Good» ratings in six crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests – as well as an «Advanced» or «Superior» rating for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and come with standard «Acceptable» or «Good» rated headlights.

About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the «Official Automotive Partner» of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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Strong February Sales For Kia Motors America

IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kia Motors America today announced February sales of 48,062 units, including the first retail deliveries of the all-new 2022 Carnival MPV. Sales of light trucks have accounted for more than 60-percent of total volume for 28 consecutive months. The award-winning Telluride continues to defy industry convention with a 12-day average turn rate two years after arrival in showrooms.

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IRVINE, Calif., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kia Motors America today announced February sales of 48,062 units, including the first retail deliveries of the all-new 2022 Carnival MPV. Sales of light trucks have accounted for more than 60-percent of total volume for 28 consecutive months. The award-winning Telluride continues to defy industry convention with a 12-day average turn rate two years after arrival in showrooms.

2021 Seltos

«February saw positive advancements for the Kia brand on multiple fronts. The pace of new Sorento SUV sales continued to increase and J.D. Power named Kia the number one mass market brand in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study,» said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors North America and Kia Motors America. «The launch activities supporting both Sorento and the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival MPV have been instrumental to Kia’s strong first quarter performance and contributed to a 2.4-percent increase in the year-to-date adjusted daily selling rate of over the same period last year. We are confident that momentum will continue with four all-new or significantly redesigned vehicle introductions scheduled for the remainder of the year.» 

About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the «Official Automotive Partner» of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

MONTH OF FEBRUARY

YEAR-TO-DATE

Model

2021

2020

2021

2020

Rio

2,191

1,628

3,924

4,710

Forte

7,370

8,513

14,391

14,761

K5/Optima

6,218

5,760

11,661

11,937

Cadenza

46

192

101

389

Stinger

742

1,063

1,437

1,806

K900

14

23

34

49

Soul

4,915

5,816

10,292

11,346

Niro

1,296

1,951

2,558

3,521

Seltos

5,297

2,798

10,289

2,892

Sportage

7,033

7,934

12,946

14,675

Sorento

5,730

6,875

11,032

12,345

Telluride

6,637

6,754

13,263

11,673

Carnival/Sedona

573

1,416

1,083

2,428

Total

48,062

52,177

93,027

92,532

 

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Car And Driver Editors Give Kia A «High Five»

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5 and Rio have all earned a spot on the Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Award list of cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs that represent 2021’s standard of excellence. The winning vehicles were selected from more than 400 models tested by Car and Driver editors and awarded a «seal of approval» following rigorous instrumented testing.

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IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Kia Telluride, Sorento, Soul, K5 and Rio have all earned a spot on the Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Award list of cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs that represent 2021’s standard of excellence. The winning vehicles were selected from more than 400 models tested by Car and Driver editors and awarded a «seal of approval» following rigorous instrumented testing.

Car and Driver editors give Kia a “High Five.”

«At Kia, we are continuously striving toward driver satisfaction, quality and overall value, and are honored to have vehicles across the lineup recognized by Car and Driver,» said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. «Having not just one, but five models on the Editors’ Choice list speaks to our commitment to offer award-winning vehicles in any segment.»

The Sorento and K5 – both all-new for 2021 – join the «10Best» winning Telluride and Soul plus the Rio, one of Kia’s core value leaders, on this exclusive list.

«There are so many really excellent cars and trucks for sale today,» said Car and Driver Editor-in-Chief Sharon Silke Carty. «And this is the list of those we would recommend to our friends and family, the vehicles we think are reliable, safe, and fun to drive. We’d be happy with any – or all – of these in our driveway.»

The Car and Driver 2021 Editors’ Choice Award criteria includes the results of Car and Driver’s rigorous instrumented testing, the ranking each vehicle earns within its market segment, editors’ subjective evaluations of each vehicle’s performance, value, and how well it fulfills its intended mission. The full list of the 2021 Editors’ Choice award winners is available now at CarandDriver.com.

About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the «Official Automotive Partner» of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

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*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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Kia Motors America announces pricing of the all-new 2022 Carnival MPV

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following on the heels of the Carnival MPV’s North American debut last week, Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced pricing for the multi-faceted people mover. Pushing the boundaries on expected fronts and bringing new life to a staid segment, the 2022 Carnival MPV is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. This all-new MPV is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of this year and pricing starts at <span…

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following on the heels of the Carnival MPV’s North American debut last week, Kia Motors America (KMA) has announced pricing for the multi-faceted people mover. Pushing the boundaries on expected fronts and bringing new life to a staid segment, the 2022 Carnival MPV is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, SX, and SX Prestige. This all-new MPV is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of this year and pricing starts at $32,100.

Kia Motors America announces pricing of the all-new 2022 Carnival MPV

  

2022 Carnival MPV Pricing

LX

$32,100

LX w/Seating Package

$34,100

EX

$37,600

SX

$41,100

SX Prestige

$46,100

Prices do not include destination charges of $1,175. Complete pricing information can be found at www.kiamedia.com.

Overview
The Carnival MPV is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making a best-in-class 290 horsepower.  This powertrain provides up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity for confident trailer, boat, or camper excursions. And that confidence is amplified by an expansive roster of standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)1 including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist System to name only a few.  Together, these elements make Carnival an exceptional combination of modern design, capability, safety and luxury. 

The all-new MPV offers plenty of space for 7- or 8-passenger flexibility, comfort for long road trips, or jaunts to the local lumber store:

  • Best-in-class 168.2 cubic feet of passenger room
  • Best-in-class 145.1 cubic feet of cargo room (behind first row) in LX, EX, SX trims
  • «Slide-Flex» seating for 8-passenger versions allow multiple configurations including a sliding second row center seat which, when in the forward-most position, allows the front passenger easy access the baby or child riding in it. This seat also converts into a functional table
  • Available heated and ventilated second-row VIP Lounge Seating with power controls, wing-out headrests and leg extensions in up-level 7-passenger configuration
  • Removable second-row seats and fold-in-floor third-row seats for best-in-class cargo room (second row seats not removable in SX-Prestige)

The 2022 Carnival MPV replaces the outgoing Sedona and is the first Kia sold in the U.S. with the brand’s new logo proudly displayed on its sculpted hood.

Kia Motors America – about us
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the «Official Automotive Partner» of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com. To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*The Telluride, Sorento and K5 are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.

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Sneaker Culture Merges into the Fast Lane

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — What happens when sneakerheads get ahold of a luxury sport sedan? RTFKT creative collective and Lexus teamed up to find out.

To celebrate the launch of the 2021 Lexus IS, RTFKT reveals its…

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — What happens when sneakerheads get ahold of a luxury sport sedan? RTFKT creative collective and Lexus teamed up to find out.

To celebrate the launch of the 2021 Lexus IS, RTFKT reveals its one-of-one shoe featuring design elements inspired by the IS 350 F Sport Dynamic Handling Package. From its athletic stance and slimmer headlights to its carbon fiber spoiler and bold color schemes, the IS drove the creative team to design RTFKT’s first pair of footwear inspired by and partly constructed from vehicle materials.

«We wanted to make sure when the audience looks at the sneaker they instantly know it is the IS,» said Chris Le, creative director and co-founder of RTFKT. «All the intricate design elements come together, and at a first glance it’s a neckbreaker,» added Steven Zaptio, CEO and co-founder of RTFKT.

The RTFKT team first selected a base with a sole closely resembling a tire for their custom silhouette. Features on the front are shaped like the vehicle’s signature spindle grille, with 3D printed material imitating the carbon fiber spoiler of the car. The sides of the sneaker showcase Black NuLuxe with light gray stitching from the seats, with a middle silver stripe inspired by the details of the headlights. The team added an F SPORT branded tag on the side and a Lexus badge covering the top Velcro strap. Lastly, they selected a vibrant blue hue for the sneaker that most closely resembles Grecian Water, a new color for Lexus in 2021.

RTFKT and entertainment media company Complex documented the sneaker creation process in a three-part video series, «Rubber & Sole,» now live on Complex.com. In first episode the team is challenged to create a bespoke shoe inspired by the 2021 Lexus IS. Zaptio and Le take notes, from its newly designed spindle grill down to its NuLuxe interior, using the vehicle as their muse. The second video shows the ideation of the sneaker, from sketching designs to prototyping and materials sourcing. The third and final episode – debuting today – showcases the final details of the sneaker and explains how it is derived from the IS.

This partnership is part of the  «All In» campaign for the new 2021 Lexus IS, where the automaker celebrates those who fully embrace their passions, while showcasing its own obsession: an unapologetically pure sport sedan.

«RTFKT put the same passion into developing this one-of-a-kind shoe that we did in developing the new 2021 Lexus IS,» said Vinay Shahani, vice president of Lexus marketing. «Steven and Chris delivered a head-turning sneaker that unmistakably mirrors the bold design and impressive performance of the IS.»

Founded by Zaptio and Le, RTFKT is a global collective of designers merging next-gen gaming and sneaker culture and works with more than 150 3D artists to create its designs. The studio focuses on one-of-a-kind creations, from color-changing sneakers made from futuristic materials to digital-only virtual collectibles. Their special edition sneaker inspired by the 2021 Lexus IS sport sedan will not be available for sale.

For more information on the new IS, visit https://www.lexus.com/models/IS.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 243 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Note to Editors: Lexus product information and images are available online via our news media website http://LexusNewsroom.com.

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Toyota Mobility Foundation Designates First Mobility Pilot Technologies and Collaborators for Indiana Future Mobility District Initiative

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Energy Systems Network (ESN) designates May Mobility and Udelv as the first two deployments of the Future Mobility District initiative. The Future Mobility District initiative, established in collaboration with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in…

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Energy Systems Network (ESN) designates May Mobility and Udelv as the first two deployments of the Future Mobility District initiative. The Future Mobility District initiative, established in collaboration with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana. TMF has established the Future Mobility District initiative in support of Toyota’s mission of Mobility for All and commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in this case to the Goal # 11 of Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The Future Mobility District will support deployments focused on improving overall movement of people and goods to validate their role in the changing mobility ecosystem. Designed with local community input, this human-centered framework will facilitate implementation activities and commercialization of an array of cooperative options.

May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, will begin operating two 6-month non-concurrent AV shuttle services for passengers in the cities of Indianapolis and Fishers. The Indianapolis deployment is designed to increase mobility options by providing a connection from the nearby Vermont Station – along IndyGO’s Red Line – to areas west of downtown. The fixed-route service will be open to the general public when operations begin in May 2021 and will include five Lexus RX450h vehicles equipped with May Mobility’s autonomous technology alongside one wheelchair-accessible Polaris GEM shuttle.

«The May Mobility team is thrilled to be partnering with the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Energy Systems Network to bring this new AV shuttle service to Indianapolis and Fishers,» said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. «Our mission is to offer safe, reliable and accessible transportation options that can seamlessly integrate with the available public and private services. And with every new deployment, we are able to expand our capabilities to better serve the riders and communities.»

Prior to launching its operations, May Mobility will establish its regional headquarters at the Indiana Internet of Things (IoT) Lab in Fishers. Founded in 2017, the Indiana IoT Lab is one of the nation’s first to bring together various players in the growing IoT sector and contributes to making central Indiana a thriving hub of innovation, education, and networking opportunities. May Mobility will subsequently commence autonomous vehicle operations in Fishers in November 2021.

We’ve built our community to be smart and entrepreneurial in both business and lifestyle to make way for opportunities such as this,» said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. «The partnership with ESN, Toyota Mobility Foundation, and May Mobility allows Fishers to be at the forefront of personal mobility in Indiana

Udelv, the world’s leading autonomous delivery platform for last and middle mile delivery, improves living quality in cities by reducing overall traffic and carbon footprint through their highly effective and innovative Delivery Management System (DMS), comprised of an automated cargo pod (the uPod®) and a cloud-based operating system, the UdelvOS. Udelv’s DMS is the only true contactless delivery system in the world. Through Udelv’s uPod, goods are retrieved from an individual compartment by consumers without direct contact with the vehicle’s driver. Udelv will begin operations of their program in 2021 in Indianapolis with one Toyota Sienna equipped with their innovative DMS technology.

«We are excited to now also deploy our platform on a Toyota Sienna in Indianapolis and allow for true contactless delivery and improved customer service levels while lowering cost and pollution in the process», says Daniel Laury, CEO of Udelv.

«As we actively pursue Mobility for All through our Future Mobility District initiative, we want to continue to partner with like-minded organizations like Udelv and May Mobility who understand the importance of advancing innovation in mobility through community engagement,» shared Ryan Klem, Director of Programs for the Toyota Mobility Foundation. «We are confident they are key players in helping to build the future of sustainable cities and communities.

«The introduction of the Indiana Future Mobility District’s first two mobility services are major steps forward for defining the initiative and validating its model for cost-effective and cooperative mobility technologies,» said Matt Peak, managing director, ESN. «The integration of additive technologies into the region’s existing transportation resources will continue to push central Indiana to the cutting edge of innovation and help inform deployment strategies in other regions.»

Additional details about the Future Mobility District initiative deployments and how to get involved will be made available in the coming months leading up to the launch of these pilots.

About Toyota Mobility Foundation
The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong and equitable mobility systems. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in collaboration with universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Solutions till date have aimed at resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of multi-modal mobility and developing solutions for future generations.

About Energy Systems Network
ESN is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit initiative focused on the development of the advanced energy technology and transportation sectors. Over the last decade, ESN has collaborated with a range of industry, academia, and government partners to deliver sustainable energy and mobility solutions, including electric car sharing, vehicle-to-smart grid communications, mobility-as-a-service, and others. ESN’s mission is to leverage its network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life for today and tomorrow. The company’s focus is to: reduce costs, emissions and waste; influence policy; and advance technological innovation. For more information, and to download Emerging Mobility Technologies and Trends, visit www.energysystemsnetwork.com.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov. 

About May Mobility
May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 270,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com. 

About Udelv
On a mission to improve people’s lives, road safety and deliver a sustainable industry, Udelv is revolutionizing the logistics space with its Autonomous Delivery Vans (ADV), built specifically for last and middle mile delivery on public roads. Founded in California in late 2017 by Daniel Laury and Akshat Patel, Udelv’s mission is to revolutionize delivery and shape the future of autonomous deliveries. In January 2018, Udelv successfully accomplished the first ever autonomous delivery on public roads. Udelv has since completed nearly 30,000 deliveries for multiple merchants in CA, AZ and TX and is preparing for expansion in many other states. Udelv is the leader in the last and middle mile logistics space through its proprietary delivery & access platform. Udelv’s focus on autonomous vehicles paired with its uPod delivery technology enable long-range and high-capacity deliveries that are eco, business and customer friendly. For more information, visit www.udelv.com.

About City of Fishers
The City of Fishers is a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana, located in Hamilton County and was named #1 Place to Live in the US by Money Magazine in 2017. Under the leadership of Mayor Scott Fadness, Fishers is known as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city through its neighborhood development, dedication to supporting high-growth companies, and innovative city processes. With a population of 91,832 (2017), Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana and has received national accolades for entrepreneurship, livability, and safety. City branding guidelines and logos can be downloaded here.

Media Contacts: 
Julie Ann Burandt (TMF) – info@toyota-mf.org
Drew Tharp (ESN) – drew@energysystemsnetwork.com
Erin Sweitzer (IEDC) – 317-296-2556 or esweitzer@iedc.in.gov
Afaf Farah (May Mobility) – 248-346-0407 or afaf@telemetryagency.com
Tobias Wessels (Udelv) – press@udelv.com 
Ashley Elrod (City of Fishers, IN) – 317-903-9825 or elroda@fishers.in.us 

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Toyota Pledges $1 Million To Support Texans Impacted By Historic Winter Storm

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With Winter Storm Uri leaving millions of Texans without power or water last week, North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for storm victims.  The aid will serve both customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

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PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With Winter Storm Uri leaving millions of Texans without power or water last week, North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for storm victims.  The aid will serve both customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

TOYOTA PLEDGES $1 MILLION TO SUPPORT TEXANS IMPACTED BY HISTORIC WINTER STORM

«We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms affected millions right in our backyard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal,» said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Social Innovation, TMNA. «Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever.»

The $1 million relief effort includes:

North Texas/DFW Metroplex

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits to quickly distribute funds to grassroots organizations: $450,000
  • North Texas Food Bank: $100,000
  • The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients: $30,000
  • Toyota employees will be able to support the needs of four North Texas community partners significantly impacted by the storms by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists.

San Antonio

  • SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs: $100,000
  • Let’s Help SA Fund to provide food, water and shelter: $200,000

Houston

  • United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund that supports local home repairs: $50,000
  • Houston Food Bank: $50,000
  • CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel: $20,000

Toyota offers support to all U.S.-based employees with their personal recovery efforts from unexpected catastrophic events.  Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofit organizations recovering from the storm.

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced it is offering payment relief options to customers affected by the storms. This broad outreach includes any TFS or Lexus Financial Services customer in the designated disaster areas.  Impacted lease and finance customers residing in affected areas may be eligible to take advantage of several payment relief options, some of which include:

  • extensions and lease deferred payments
  • redirecting billing statements
  • arranging phone or online payments

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota has created a tremendous value chain and directly employs more than 36,000 in the U.S. The company has contributed world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 30 million cars and trucks at our 9 manufacturing plants, 10 including our joint venture in Alabama that begins production in 2021.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Contact:  
Victor Vanov
Victor.vanov@toyota.com; 469.292.1318

 

SOURCE Toyota Motor North America

Every 2021MY Mazda Vehicle Tested Earns 2021 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Award

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announced the winners of its highest award in safety, the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+. All tested Mazda vehicles made the list for the second year in a row. These vehicles include the Mazda3 Sedan and Mazda3 Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-30 (built after September 2020), CX-5 and CX-9.

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today announced the winners of its highest award in safety, the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+. All tested Mazda vehicles made the list for the second year in a row. These vehicles include the Mazda3 Sedan and Mazda3 Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-30 (built after September 2020), CX-5 and CX-9.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

To qualify for the 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, Mazda vehicles earned good ratings in each of the Institute’s six crashworthiness evaluations: moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Mazda vehicles also earned advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations and good or acceptable headlight ratings. 

«With safety a top priority for Mazda, we are proud to have every Mazda vehicle tested earn the coveted 2021 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. This accomplishment stems from our committment to our owners,» said Mazda North American Operations President Jeff Guyton. «Our customers have come to expect Mazda’s dedication to providing advanced safety technologies paired with dynamic styling, which give them a confident and more enjoyable driving experience.»

Mazda’s i-Activsense is an umbrella term covering a series of advanced safety technologies which make use of detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras. They include active safety technologies that support safer driving by helping the driver to recognize potential hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which help to avert collisions or reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided. Mazda’s i-Activsense advanced safety technologies include Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Smart Brake Support, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-Lighting System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

To learn more about Mazda’s i-Activsense advanced safety technology, please visit the MazdaUSA.com website – https://www.mazdausa.com/why-mazda/safety.

The IIHS is an independent, non-governmental safety-testing organization, funded by the insurance industry. For more information, visit https://www.iihs.org/ratings/top-safety-picks.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through approximately 620 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

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