Toyota UNVEILS 8-SERIES LIFT TRUCK; raises BAR with environmentally friendly lift truck


Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) today unveiled its highly anticipated 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. It also offers significant advancements in durability, ergonomics and overall cost of operation. 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).
"We have a long and distinguished history of providing the most innovative and durable lift trucks on the market and the 8-Series is no exception," said Shankar Basu, president and CEO of TMHU. "In the 8-Series, we have delivered an environmentally friendly lift truck that not only reduces operation costs and enhances operator safety, it also meets California's 2010 emission standards three years early."1
A New Standard in Emissions Reduction
Toyota's 4Y engine, known for its quality, durability and reliability, 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% 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, which is welcome news to California end users seeking ways to meet CARB's end user fleet averaging measures, recently adopted this past May 2006.

A Benchmark for Durability
The 8-Series upholds Toyota's historic levels of durability – and then some.  The fully redesigned chassis features a significant reduction in cosmetic sheet metal and plastic. This combined with a durable engine hood and stamped steel side panels allows the 8-Series to withstand the harshest working environments. 

Emphasis on improving reliability and maximizing uptime was a key focus in the design of the 8-Series.  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.

A variety of new application specific options provide end users the highest levels of durability and reliability.  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.
Visibility Enhanced

Once in the seat, operators driving the 8-Series will immediately notice significant visibility enhancements.  By integrating a dash-mounted digital display, low profile cowl, repositioned lower mast cross-member, along with a number of other changes, the 8-Series has been able to achieve industry leading fork tip visibility.  The wide-view mast, angled overhead guard bars and ergonomically designed operator assist grips combine to give the 8-Series exceptional forward and upward visibility.

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