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Toyota to Expand in Southeast Asia via Ride-Hailing Service

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TM - Free Report) engages in collaboration to offer ride-hailing services in Southeast Asian countries. Companies like Toyota Financial Services Corporation (“TFS”), Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. (“Aioi”) and Grab, Inc. (“Grab”), a leading ride-hailing service provider in Southeast Asia, will be coordinating with Toyota in this endeavor.

To realize this project, TransLog driving recorder will be installed in 100 Grab ride-hailing cars for extensive use in the Southeast Asian region. The device is developed by Toyota’s in-house company, The Connected Company. The recorder captures driving patterns and offers telematics services to help drivers manage vehicle positioning.

Installation of these recorders will help Toyota examine driving patterns from the captured images and take steps to offer connected services to its customers, which are user-based insurance, financing programs and predictive maintenance to name a few.

Toyota Motor Corp Ltd Ord Price and Consensus


Per Shigeki Tomoyama, senior managing officer of Toyota and president of the Connected Company, this collaboration with aid the company to explore suitable ways to deliver mobility services to Southeast Asian fleet customers.

Per Financial Times, Toyota will also be investing ¥6 billion ($55 million) in Grab, through Next Technology Fund, set up by its trading arm, Toyota Tsusho Corp.

Toyota is eyeing the emerging markets for sales growth. In January, Toyota and Daihatsu jointly set up an internal company called Emerging-market Compact Car Company to tap in to the compact vehicles sector in key markets. This company plans to develop and launch competitive compact vehicles in the evolving markets with huge growth potential.

Price Performance

Shares of Toyota have gained 3.4% in the last three months, marginally outperforming the industry’s 1.8% increase.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Toyota currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

A few other automobile stocks with the same bullish rank are Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (ALSN - Free Report) , Renault SA (RNLSY - Free Report) and Volkswagen AG (VLKAY - Free Report) . You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Allison Transmission has a long-term growth rate of 11%.

Renault has a long-term growth rate of 4.6%.

Volkswagen has a long-term growth rate of 8.9%.

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