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January 10th, 2012 - Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) today announced its 8-Series I.C. cushion 5,000 pound capacity lift trucks ranked highest in performance, fuel efficiency and productivity compared to similarly equipped competitor models in third party testing by USAC Properties, Inc.

Toyota’s 8-Series lift truck dramatically outperformed its competition, which consisted of equivalently equipped 5,000 pound capacity internal combustion models from Caterpillar, Nissan and Yale. Toyota outpaced the competition by as much as 28 percent in performance; 22 percent in fuel efficiency; and nine percent in productivity, measuring Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) run time per tank, fuel consumption and cycles per day.

“The objective data clearly shows Toyota is helping customers save money, up to $6,200 in fuel costs savings per year, which is vital in today’s business climate,” said Jeff Rufener, president for TMHU. “Toyota’s lift trucks offer proven fuel efficiency benefits without sacrificing productivity or performance.”

Testing Conditions and Methodology

As an independent testing organization and a subsidiary of the United States Auto Club, Inc., USAC Properties, Inc. conducted all testing on the I.C. lift trucks.

All testing was conducted at a warehouse facility on a carefully designed course to simulate a demanding high-cycle warehouse application. The tests included typical lift truck operations such as loaded and unloaded travel, turning, braking and the lifting and lowering of a 3,652 pound load. Specific care was taken to neutralize the effects of operator skill level on the outcome. Three different certified lift truck operators repeated the test, which consisted of 30 cycles, on each of the trucks, with consistent and repeatable results.

Specific data collected throughout the duration of testing was compiled and analyzed to determine the final fuel efficiency and performance rankings for each of the four lift trucks tested.

Test Results

Toyota’s lift truck had the highest performance, fuel efficiency and productivity when measuring run time per LPG tank, fuel consumption and cycles per day. Detailed results are available on Making Customers More Efficient

TMHU’s first mobile app, Toyota Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator, is available on the iPad, Droid phones and tablets and in the near future, the iPhone. The app, along with an online calculator found at, provide forklift users a way to quickly gauge how much they can save in fuel costs, and how much run time and work cycles they can gain.

About USAC Properties, Inc.

USAC Properties, Inc. is the performance testing and endorsement arm for the United States Auto Club. USAC Properties is an independent testing organization specializing in the design and implementation of tests for products relating to the automotive industry. USAC Properties provides full-service automotive testing projects, seal of approval, product certificates and licensing.

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

Celebrating 45 years of established operations in North America, Irvine, Calif.-based TMHU is the supplier for the No. 1 selling lift truck brand since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand, 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 is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization, and has been honored for its environmental management systems and dedication to continuous improvement.

Toyota's commitment to excellence in customer service extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than seventy 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.