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TOYOTA CONNECT


A NEW BUZZWORD BRINGS A STREAMLINED FUTURE An intriguing catch-phrase is buzzing around the motor industry – Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)


Underpinning the all-new luxury C-HR is a variant of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform first introduced on the Prius. A fundamental characteristic of TNGA is the excellent balance of refinement, ride quality and dynamically rewarding handling.


is fundamental for precise handling and more responsive control for safer and more enjoyable driving. The standard platforms will become


a lightweight, high-performance base for each vehicle, with the core components strengthened, allowing engineers to concentrate more on each model’s unique features, rather than the basic necessities. Toyota says the streamlined process will help it focus on five aspects that affect the driver experience: driving quality, comfort, user-friendliness, pride of ownership and security. This design formula promises


improved performance, athletic designs and cost-effective manufacturing through a common framework with common elements. TNGA will be employed by more than 50% of Toyota models by 2020.


THE KEY ADVANTAGES


OF TNGA: • More athletic styles. • Improved visibility and passenger space.


The idea behind the new architecture is to standardise the size and position of core components within new vehicle platforms, to streamline the production, engineering and


development processes and reduce manufacturing costs by 40%. The new TNGA platforms will be


ergonomically excellent, with the lowest possible centre of gravity, which


• Lower and wider stance. • Lower centre of gravity. • Improved ride quality. • More responsive steering. • Lightweight designs. • Lightweight powertrains. • Improved fuel economy. • Reduced emissions.


CARS AND BAGS From seat covers to wearable accessories, our sustainability initiatives come in a variety of innovative forms


Toyota has an exceptional track record when it comes to environmental sustainability. In fact, last year Newsweek magazine named it the world’s greenest car-maker and one of the world’s top green companies. TSAM is entrenched in the Toyota


Motor Corporation’s global vision and our social programmes are designed to ensure that local communities are empowered and uplifted. In 2013, TSAM signed a memorandum of understanding with Esikhumulweni Co-operative Ltd in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, in terms of which Toyota donates all its waste seat cover material to the co-operative to be transformed into all kinds of wearable accessories. The partnership not only reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to green initiatives, but is also the pride of TSAM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Department. TSAM and Esikhumulweni solidified


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their five-year partnership when Toyota’s CSR Department presented all its female employees with handbags, manufactured by the co-operative, as part of its Women’s Day celebrations in August 2018. The partnership creates a good


opportunity for Toyota to reduce its monthly landfill waste. Jenny Mare, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at TSAM, says Toyota’s proud of the strides Esikhumulweni has taken over the years. “Toyota’s green strategies are also well enshrined in the organisation’s Environmental Challenge 2050. We believe that donating our waste cover seat material to Esikhumulweni is a great recycling and social responsibility initiative. Esikhumulweni’s been able to manufacture and sell the bags to generate income for itself, as well as create jobs and train people in the community.” Established in 2011, Esikhumulweni


initially operated from shipping containers before securing a dilapidated building which it turned into a fully functional structure for its business operations. Sibongile Sibisi, its Chairperson, says: “We’re filled with hope and pride for the future success of Esikhumulweni Co-operative Ltd. Our mission is to work hard and grow from a small to a medium enterprise.”


WORDS: LESLEY STONES & CALVIN FISHER. IMAGES: TOYOTA.CO.UK, MOTORPRESS.CO.ZA, GALLOIMAGES/GETTYIMAGES/ALAMY


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