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Ford Creates Commercial Vehicle Product Team

Ford Motor Co. is creating a specialized team to make its commercial vehicles more responsive to fleet needs, as part of a new organization that will help make its product lines more innovative, called Enterprise Product Line Management that will be led by Jim Baumbick.

Ford Sets Up Electrification Team

Ford has begun coordinating the development of its electrified vehicle initiative by setting up an internal team known as "Team Edison" as it begins rolling out 13 electrified vehicles in the next five years, according to a company spokesperson.

Toyota Sets Up Connected Technologies Team

Toyota has established a Connected Technologies group with about 100 associates that will focus on how to deliver "industry-leading user experiences and new technologies" for Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the automaker announced.

Toyota Opens $154M Expanded R&D Center

Toyota has opened a $154-million expanded research and development center in York Township, Mich., that unifies several operations as part of the company's One Toyota plan.

Toyota Investing in A.I. to Develop Zero-Emissions Tech

The Toyota Research Institute will invest $35 million in artificial intelligence and machine learning to speed up the development of advanced battery materials and fuel cell catalysts to power future zero-emissions and carbon-neutral vehicles.