Toyota

Toyota Vehicle Information:

Avalon
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AP Tech (aka AGC Glass)

AP Tech (aka AGC Glass)


Auto Glass OE Manufacturer:  AP Tech (aka AGC Glass)  

Introduction

Toyota is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, and
one of the largest companies in the world period. Based on revenue,
the Toyota corporation is currently ranked as the thirteenth-largest
company worldwide. Toyota is also one of the oldest automobile
manufacturers in the world. The company was started in 1933 by
Kiichiro Toyoda, and produced its first motor vehicle in 1935. Since
then, the company has grown from a family operation to a
multinational employer of over 333,000 people. By 2008, Toyota had
become the number one selling car manufacturer in the world,
outselling then-industry leader General Motors. Aside from the Toyota
brand itself, the Toyota corporation is also the parent company of
automobile brands Scion, Lexus, Daihatsu, and Hino Motors.

Popular Makes and Models

The Toyota brand makes some of the most popular automobile models
in the industry today. Popular Toyota models include trucks like the
Tundra and Tacoma, SUVs like the Highlander and the 4Runner, sedans
like the Corolla and Camry, minivans like the Sienna, hybrid cars like
the Prius line of electric cars, and SUV hybrids like the RAV4 EV and
Highlander Hybrid. Toyota also produces a range of luxury vehicles
under the Lexus brand. Popular Lexus vehicles today include the LS
sedan, the RX crossover, and the LX SUV. The newest Toyota brand is
the Scion brand, which is headquartered in California and is targeted
mainly at Generation Y consumers. Popular Scion models include the tC
sedan and the xB compact hatchback.

What’s Coming in 2014

Toyota has become a major trendsetter in the automobile industry. The
release of the Prius completely redefined consumer expectations for
hybrid vehicles. So what does this leading brand have in store for
2014? So far, it looks like their biggest release of the year will be a
completely redesigned Highlander SUV. According to the company, the
new Highlander will come with a completely redesigned interior and
exterior, which is said to increase safety, comfort, and cargo space.
This is a vehicle that will clearly be targeted at families – Toyota has
even teamed up with Nickelodeon to release a special “Spongebob
Squarepants” themed Highlander. Along with this new SUV release,
Toyota also has several concept cars in the works, including a
futuristic-looking hybrid called the Hybrid X and a Synergy Drive®
hybrid called the FT-CH.

Windshield and Windshield Manufacturer Information

The Toyota company uses different windshield manufacturers
depending on the vehicle brand. For the Toyota brand itself, AP Tech (a
subsidiary of AGC Glass) makes the windshields. Lexus windshields are
also produced by AGC. Scion windshields, on the other hand, are
products of Nippon Safety, which is a division of the Pilkington
company. As Toyota is a Japanese brand, the type of glass used for
their vehicles comes from Japanese brands as well. AGC Glass is one of
the core Mitsubishi companies, and has been around for even longer
than Toyota. This company was first established in 1907 as the first
sheet glass producer in Japan. Both AP Tech and AGC are now seen as
some of the top auto glass brands in the industry. Nippon safety is also
a Japanese brand, but the UK-based company Pilkington owns it.
Nippon is another company with a long history; they were first
incorporated in 1918 in Osaka, Japan. Today, Pilkington and AGC Glass
are among the four largest glass companies in the world.

New Features that Affect Windshield Replacement Prices

The cost of windshield replacement depends on a number of factors,
including the vehicle make and model, the type of windshield being
replaced, and any additional features that the vehicle may have that
affect the glass. For Toyota vehicles, the average cost of glass
replacement can vary from $140 up to $350+ depending on the type
of vehicle and what type of glass is being replaced. The good news
with Toyotas is that these vehicles are very common and are also
typically easy to work on. Because Toyota vehicles are so popular, and
because the type of glass they use across all of their brands comes
from some of the largest glass manufacturers in the world,
replacement glass is usually less expensive and easier to find than with
other vehicles. Since most Toyota vehicles are easy to work on, you
don’t have to worry about additional fees for extra hours of labor. With
Toyota vehicles, however, there are a few additional features to be
aware of that could affect the price of replacement. First of all, some
Toyota vehicles come with rain sensor windshields. This can actually be
a benefit, as rain sensor windshields can sometimes cost less than
windshields without rain sensors, as long as the vehicle in question
originally came from the factory with a rain sensor as a standard
option. Some higher-end Toyota vehicles will also display night vision
information via a heads-up display. Whenever a heads-up display is
involved, parts will typically cost more. Another feature to be aware of
is the acoustic interlayer windshield, which comes as a factory
standard option on some Toyota vehicles such as the Corolla. This type
of technology will also typically make windshield replacement more
expensive. Toyota also uses a technology called Lane Keeping Assist,
which is a lane departure warning system, on some of their newer
vehicles. Again, glass replacement in vehicles that use this type of
technology will typically be more expensive. Finally, some Toyota
vehicles will also come with a specially designed internal glass
antenna, which can also make replacement more expensive.

Conclusion

Because Toyota is one of the oldest and most popular automobile
manufacturers in the world, windshield repair for any Toyota vehicle
shouldn’t be a problem. Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles use
high-quality OEM glass that is typically easy to find and not too
expensive to replace. However, Toyota also manufactures a wide range
of vehicles, which can contain a number of additional features. While
these features can bring increased functionality to a vehicle, they can
also affect the cost of windshield repair and replacement.