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Toyota Unveils 8-Series Lift Truck

November 22, 2006

IRVINE, CA – Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) has unveiled its line of 8-Series lift trucks, which includes 3,000-6,500 lb., internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tire models. The 8-Series lift truck is the world’s cleanest internal combustion lift truck available — far exceeding 2007-federal EPA emission standards. All 8-Series lift trucks sold in North America are produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ind., Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM).

Toyota’s 4Y engine features an exclusive closed-loop fuel system design that automatically adjusts and optimizes the air-fuel mixture ratio. This system works in conjunction with a three-way catalytic muffler, together minimizing emissions such as hydrocarbons (HC), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and carbon monoxide (CO). As a result, all Toyota 8-Series gasoline-, LPG-, and CNG-configured models will produce 70 percent less smog-forming emissions than the 2007-federal EPA standards. This emission system also meets the more stringent 2010 California Air Resource Board (CARB) emission standards recently adopted this past May 2006.

The new model lineup features a unique electrical system, which incorporates weatherproof connectors and a sealed box, isolating critical controllers and relays from pressure washing, adverse weather conditions, and corrosive applications. An improved cooling system layout provides optimal airflow through the radiator and counterweight further reducing the likelihood of overheating and extending the overall life of critical engine and hydraulic system components. A fully sealed air intake system is located high on the overhead guard pillar, keeping low-lying dust and debris from entering the intake system.

Toyota’s new Intelli-Shift option helps protect critical drive train components from abusive full-speed directional shift changes by allowing them only at programmable speeds. For brake pad consuming high-cycle, short-run applications, a new optional wet brake system provides exceptionally long life while reducing heat build-up, dust intrusion, and brake noise.

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