Takeshi Uchiyamada Recieves “Gianni Mazzocchi” Award for Toyota Hybrids

Takeshi Uchiyamada Receiving Gianni Mazzocchi Award 1 photo
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Leading Italian car magazine Quattrorute recently awarded Toyota Motor Corporation chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada with its “Gianni Mazzocchi” award during its annual event in Milan, Italy.
The award acknowledges Uchiyamada-san for developing a solution that has forever changed the world of transport. His work set the stage for a better future in terms of mobility by offering a pioneering technological solution that now translates in to the hybrid powertrain found in the Toyota Prius as well as in the rest of the automaker’s green lineup.

Born in 1946 near Toyota City, Takeshi Uchiyamada graduated in physics in March 1969 at the University of Nagoya, after which he joined Toyota in the same year. After holding various positions, in 1993 he was assigned as Project Leader of “Project G21," an acronym that stands for "Global 21st Century,” aimed at developing a car suitable for the 21st century. And that’s basically how the first generation Toyota Prius was born.

The snowball grew bigger and bigger and Toyota currently sells a range of 25 hybrid models in the world, including Lexus vehicles, and the company said to launch 15 new hybrids by 2015.

The award also coincides with several other milestones achieved this year by Toyota, like selling over 6 million hybrid vehicles worldwide since their introduction and being the first automaker to have made 10 million cars in a year.
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