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Toyota's Commitment to the Environment Strengthens
•Toyota and Ford to license hybrid and
emission reduction technology
Toyota and Ford also concluded an agreement that covers licensing a number of each company's emission purification technology patents for lean-burn engines, centering on NOx reduction. Toyota has a track record of licensing hybrid technology to other automakers. In 2002, for example, Toyota and Nissan concluded a long-term agreement on hybrid systems that included two-way technical cooperation and, unlike the Ford agreement, the use of Toyota components.
•Toyota scores high in guides to greener
In addition, Toyota and Scion have more vehicles than any other manufacturer among the top ten gasoline-powered vehicles in the book's Greenest Vehicles of 2004 list. They are: Prius, Echo, Corolla, and Scion xA (all are 4-cylinder models with manual transmissions, except for Prius and xA with automatics).
More Toyota vehicles ranked number one than those of other manufacturers in the twenty-three vehicle classes in the Best of 2004 ratings. Green Book ratings are based on measurements of tailpipe emissions that are thought to threaten public health and adversely affect climate change. Green Book lists are available online at www.greenercars.com/bestof.html.
•Toyota receives recognition for waste
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has been awarded the 2003 Achievement Award in Pollution Prevention for being a zero landfill facility.