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High-Performance Toyota-Built Engine Achieves Up to 30% Fuel Savings Over Previous Models, Meets EPA Tier-4 Final Emissions Standards

IRVINE, Calif. – (July 15, 2013) -Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the supplier of the number one selling lift truck in North America, unveiled its 8-Series large capacity lift truck line of Toyota’s new 8-Series IC Forklift Toyota’s 8-Series lift trucks offer a range of lifting capacities from 8,000 to 17,500 lbs. cushion and pneumatic tire models powered by two new Toyota-designed and built 4-cylinder, high-performance engines.

Designed for customers in both indoor and outdoor applications like the paper, lumber and concrete industries, and large distribution centers needing to move heavy loads, the 8-Series line-up now includes 8,000 to 17,500 lb. pneumatic models with diesel, LPG, gasoline and dual fuel engines, along with cushion LPG-powered models with 8,000 to 15,500 lb. lifting capacities. In addition, Toyota is introducing a 12,000 lb. paper roll special model to meet the challenges faced by the paper industry in moving paper rolls.

“Forklift users in virtually any work environment can now experience the next generation of powerful industrial lift truck ‘workhorses’ fueled by the industry’s cutting-edge engine technology,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “We designed our new 8-Series models to benefit our customers by delivering significant fuel savings without the sacrifice of performance.”

Toyota-Built Engines Offer Next Generation of Power, Achieve Up to 30% More Fuel Efficiency Over Previous Models

Powering the 8-Series are two new powerful Toyota engines-1KD diesel and 1FS gasoline/LPG-designed for  Toyota’s new 8-Series IC forklift for paper, concrete and lumber Toyota’s 8-Series large capacity lift trucks are designed to support customers in both indoor and outdoor applications such as paper, lumber and concrete industries. Industrial operation and built by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), manufacturer of more than 15 million engines to date. These new 4-cylinder engines feature the latest electronic fuel injection systems with Controller Area Network (CAN-BUS) technology to deliver substantial improvements over the previous 6-cylinder engines they replaced. Thanks to new engineering advancements, Toyota’s 8-Series engines provide the same or greater horsepower and torque as an inline 6-cylinder engine, while achieving greater fuel savings. On average, the 8-Series models reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent for the1KD diesel engine and 20 percent* for the 1FS gasoline/LPG model.

To ensure optimal performance, the engines underwent two years of design, calibration and rigorous testing including 10,000 hour test cycles on the dynamometer. The result of this extensive product development process is a powerful 1FS gasoline/LPG engine displacing 3.7 liters that boasts a high efficiency design to offer up to 93 horsepower and 203 ft. /lbs. of torque. And thanks to a newly designed 1KD 3.0 liter diesel engine with common rail fuel injection, the 8-Series large capacity pneumatic lift truck models offer quicker throttle response and precise control of the amount of fuel being injected and burned for greater fuel efficiency.

To meet today’s emissions requirements, the 1KD fuel injection system works in conjunction with an intercooled, variable nozzle turbocharger and a Diesel  New Toyota 8-Series forklift Tier 4 compliant Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), minimizing emissions and particulate matter to levels meeting the Tier-4 Final emissions standards. The result of these advancements equates to less downtime, lower costs, and increased productivity compared to other solutions in use today.

In addition, Toyota has developed three (3) additional fuel saving features:

A standard Load Sensing Power Steering system for precise maneuverability and reduced engine power loads by only operating the power steering system when there is demand from the driver;

An Economy or “Eco” Mode to help improve truck fuel efficiency over the course of the work day with minimum power reduction by optimizing the performance curve of the engine to work conditions; and

A programmable Auto Engine Off feature that automatically powers down the lift truck after a user programmable preset amount of time to save both fuel and unnecessary wear and tear on the engine.

Built to Deliver Quality, Durability and Reliability

Emphasis on improving reliability and maximizing uptime was a key focus in the design of the 8-Series. The redesigned chassis features fully stamped steel plate side panel construction and a significant reduction in cosmetic sheet metal and plastic. Critical controllers and relays are protected in a sealed box and new water-resistant connectors help guard against damage when working in adverse weather conditions and corrosive applications. Rear combination lights are mounted high on the overhead guard for improved protection and long-life LED combination lights are available for added reliability. In addition, an improved cooling system featuring a 55% larger radiator and an external hydraulic cooler provide extra capacity to handle working in high temperature environments. A standard engine protection system automatically reduces the engine’s output if the coolant temperature rises to potentially damaging levels to help protect the engine against heat damage.

Ergonomic Features for Operator Comfort

Operator comfort was a top priority in the design of the 8-Series large capacity lift truck line. Ergonomic improvements have been made to the floor space, entry step, a curvilinear overhead guard post shape and a smaller diameter steering wheel – all developed to enhance operator comfort. Features like the new 12-inch long dual operator assist grips provide an easy to grip hand hold for stability when entering the lift truck. Combined with a lowered and enlarged first step make this one of the easiest lift trucks in its class to enter and exit from. Optional mini-lever hydraulic controls provide easy to use electronic controls along with a three-way adjustable armrest to enhance operator comfort and productivity.

Industry-Proven Safety Benefits

The 8-Series large capacity lift trucks offer Toyota’s exclusive System of Active Stability™ (SAS), which helps reduce the likelihood of lateral and longitudinal tipovers. When the SAS system detects instability, its advanced sensors simultaneously signal and engage the appropriate controller. The Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Controller System work in conjunction to add truck stability and help reduce the likelihood of a lateral overturn and decrease the chance of spilling a load or tipping the lift truck forward or backward.

Additionally, for added operator safety, a vehicle travel speed control system has been incorporated as standard equipment, which helps regulate the lift truck’s maximum travel speed to meet a wide range of operator skill levels.

A variety of features work together to provide optimal visibility to provide better performance and productivity for the operator. Dash-mounted digital displays combined with the low profile cowl with sloped dashboard provide an unobstructed view of the fork-tips in any position. Strategic placement of the overhead guard bars provide ideal visibility when positioning forks and handling loads placed high on racking. A wide view rear overhead guard opening with high mount rear lights integrated into the overhead guard and low profile LPG tank placement help provide operators the view they require when driving in reverse.

The new lift trucks will be manufactured at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), in Columbus, Ind., with orders currently being accepted.

Industrial Engine Heritage

Toyota started in 1926 as Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Co., Ltd., now known as Toyota Industries Corporation. Just eight years later Toyota’s first automobile engine was produced: the A-type. With more than 150 million engines produced since 1934, Toyota is today one of the world’s largest engine manufacturers – and not just for automobiles. In 1956, Toyota began manufacturing engines for industrial applications such as lift trucks. Today, more than 3 million of Toyota’s smaller 4Y lift truck engines have been built.

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.

Celebrating more than 45 years in business in North America, TMHU is the supplier of Toyota lift trucks, the number one selling brand since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and tow tractors.

Quality is the hallmark of the Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), a zero-landfill facility in Columbus, Ind. TIEM, named a 2011 North American Best Plant by IndustryWeek magazine, is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization and has produced more than 400,000 Toyota lift trucks since its opening in 1990.

Toyota’s commitment to excellence in customer service extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than 70 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers and more than 220 dealership locations throughout North America, Toyota dealers offer comprehensive customer service and support, including one stop shopping for both new and used lift trucks, rentals, parts and service, fleet servicing and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit, or or call 1-800-226-0009.

*The new engine results in fuel savings of up to 20% on average compared to previous Toyota gas/LPG models.

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