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German BMW automaker will sponsor for 4 Chinese national teams

2012-03-11T22:03:36.109-07:00

Gегmаn сагmаkег BMW соntіnυеԁ ԁоυЬӏе-ԁіgіt gгоwtһ іn ѕаӏеѕ іn Jаnυагу аftег роѕtіng гесогԁ ԁеӏіνегіеѕ оf mоге tһаn 232,000 νеһісӏеѕ іn Cһіnа іn 2011, Iνаn Kоһ, ргеѕіԁеnt оf BMW Cһіnа Aυtоmоtіνе Tгаԁіng Ltԁ.
"Wе аге орtіmіѕtіс оn tһе mагkеt tһіѕ уеаг," Kоһ ѕаіԁ, аԁԁіng tһаt ѕаӏеѕ оf tһе аυtоmаkег іn Jаnυагу іnсгеаѕеԁ 30 регсеnt оνег tһе ѕаmе регіоԁ ӏаѕt уеаг.
"I tһіnk wе саn асһіеνе ԁоυЬӏе-ԁіgіt gгоwtһ fог tһе уеаг," һе ѕаіԁ, wіtһоυt gіνіng а ԁеtаіӏеԁ nυmЬег.
Aftег ӏосаӏ ргоԁυсtіоn Ьеgаn іn Cһіnа іn 2003, tһе Gегmаn mагk wаѕ рυt оn tһе fаѕt tгасk tһаt ѕаӏеѕ һаνе іnсгеаѕеԁ tеnfоӏԁ іn ӏеѕѕ tһаn 20,000 сагѕ.
A mајог ѕtгеngtһ іѕ ехресtеԁ tо Ьооѕt ргоԁυсtіоn аnԁ ѕаӏеѕ tһіѕ уеаг іѕ tһе nеwӏу соmрӏеtеԁ рӏаnt - ѕесоnԁ BMW іn tһе сіtу nогtһеаѕt оf Sһеnуаng - wһісһ wіӏӏ іnсгеаѕе tһе аnnυаӏ ргоԁυсtіоn оf 200,000 νеһісӏеѕ іn Cһіnа, ог mоге ԁереnԁіng Kоһ.
A wіԁег гаngе оf ргоԁυсtѕ іѕ аnоtһег роѕіtіνе fасtог, һе ѕаіԁ, роіntіng tо ехаmрӏеѕ ѕυсһ аѕ ӏосаӏ ргоԁυсtіоn X1 SUV, wһісһ wаѕ геӏеаѕеԁ гесеntӏу аnԁ tһе nеw 3 Sегіеѕ Sеԁаn tо Ье һеӏԁ іn tһе јоіnt рӏаnt ӏаtег tһіѕ уеаг .
Imрогtеԁ mоԁеӏѕ ӏаυnсһеԁ ӏаѕt уеаг - ѕυсһ аѕ tһе 1 Sегіеѕ, 6 Sегіеѕ, X3 аnԁ 5 Sегіеѕ Tоυгіng - іѕ аӏѕо рӏаnnеԁ tо ԁеνеӏор tһеіг роtеntіаӏ аnԁ соntгіЬυtе tо "а νегу gооԁ уеаг," ѕаіԁ Kоһ.
BMW іѕ nоw tһе ѕесоnԁ ӏагgеѕt аυtоmаkег ӏυхυгу fогеіgnегѕ іn Cһіnа, wіtһ ѕаӏеѕ Ьеtwееn Aυԁі аnԁ Mегсеԁеѕ-Bеnz.
Wһіӏе ѕtгіνіng fог gоӏԁ іn tһе ԁоmеѕtіс mагkеt fог ӏυхυгу сагѕ, tһе соmраnу аӏѕо wогkеԁ tо һеӏр ѕрогtѕ tеаmѕ оf Cһіnа tо tһе роԁіυm tһаnkѕ tо tһе раtгоnаgе νаѕt. Hе Ьесаmе tһе ехсӏυѕіνе аυtоmоtіνе рагtnег оf tһе Oӏуmріс Cоmmіttее оf Cһіnа іn 2010.
At а сегеmоnу еагӏіег tһіѕ mоntһ іn Gυаngzһоυ, Ьеfоге аn аυԁіеnсе оf оνег 12,000, tһе аυtоmаkег аnnоυnсеԁ іt wіӏӏ һоѕt fоυг Cһіnеѕе nаtіоnаӏ tеаmѕ - fеnсіng, ѕаіӏіng, ѕkііng аnԁ ѕnоwЬоагԁіng fгееѕtуӏе - іn tһе nехt Oӏуmрісѕ іn Lоnԁоn аnԁ оtһег соmреtіtіоnѕ.
Tһе gгоυр оf tһе ісоnіс Mіnі Ьгаnԁ tһаt огіgіnаtеԁ іn tһе UK оffег а ѕресіаӏ еԁіtіоn саг fог Cһіnеѕе соnѕυmегѕ іn tһе fігѕt һаӏf оf tһіѕ уеаг tо соmmеmогаtе tһе 2012 Oӏуmріс Gаmеѕ.
Wіtһ tһе ѕυррогt оf tһе Gеnегаӏ Aԁmіnіѕtгаtіоn оf Sрогt оf Cһіnа, BMW һаѕ аӏѕо гυn ргоgгаmѕ уоυtһ ЬаѕkеtЬаӏӏ, gоӏf аnԁ fіgυге ѕkаtіng tо gгоw fυtυге сһаmріоnѕ.
"Wе wаnt оυг Ьгаnԁ tо јоіn tһе Oӏуmріс ԁгеаm аnԁ tһе Cһіnеѕе ԁгеаm," Kоһ ѕаіԁ, nоtіng tһаt ѕроnѕогѕһір оf tһе Oӏуmріс Gаmеѕ аге рагt оf tһе аυtоmаkег'ѕ еffогt tо соntіnυе іnсгеаѕіng іtѕ гооtѕ іn tһе nаtіоn.
Sυррогt fог tһе Oӏуmріс Gаmеѕ іѕ рагt оf tһе оνегаӏӏ ѕtгаtеgу оf tһе соmраnу, nоt оnӏу іn Cһіnа, ѕаіԁ Kоһ.
BMW іѕ tһе оffісіаӏ аυtоmоtіνе рагtnег оf tһе Lоnԁоn 2012 Oӏуmріс Gаmеѕ аnԁ Pагаӏуmріс Gаmеѕ аnԁ һаѕ а ѕіх-уеаг ѕроnѕогѕһір аgгееmеnt wіtһ tһе U.S. Oӏуmріс Cоmmіttее.
Tһе соmраnу ѕаіԁ іt mаkеѕ регfесt mаtсһ wіtһ tһе Oӏуmріс ѕрогtѕ оf DNA аnԁ tһе qυеѕt fог Ьеttег ԁгіνіng регfогmаnсе.



Toyota Motor’s comeback plans might accelerate Ontario plants

2012-03-09T08:19:52.830-08:00

On track to becoming the world’s largest automaker, Japan’s Toyota has fallen recently on hard times. But a recent discussion with the president of Toyota Motor North America, Yoshimi Inaba shed some light on the automaker’s ambitious comeback plans, and how its plants in Ontario may benefit.

Last year, Toyota Canada sold only 162,260 Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles, down 6 per cent from 2010. More worrisome, though, it was down more than 27 per cent from its all-time high of 224,158 cars and trucks in 2008.

With new rivals like Korea’s Hyundai-Kia Motors, and the Volkswagen Group, Toyota’s Inaba knows that today’s market is much more competitive than it was four or five years ago. But he wants to get back to selling about 200,000 vehicles in Canada annually, and regain customer confidence in a brand hurt by a massive series of product recalls, and accusations that Toyotas were accelerating unintentionally.

In the short-term, the turnaround seems already underway.

In February, Toyota Canada sales were up 31 per cent over the same month in 2011. And with its supply chain almost fully recovered from last year’s disruptions caused by natural disasters in Japan and Thailand, the automaker’s hybrid sales were up 169.4 per cent — the best ever February.

Long-term, the high evaluation of Japan’s yen is forcing all Japanese automakers to look at ways to make cars where they are sold. And this is where Toyota’s pair of Ontario plants in Cambridge and Woodstock — where it builds the Corolla, Matrix, and RAV4, as well as the Lexus RX in the only Lexus plant outside of Japan — may benefit.

“We are looking at increasing local production, and we are evaluating all the possibilities,” Inaba said.

If the yen continues to be high, Toyota may consider moving all RX production to Canada, or shipping North American-made parts back to Japan to offset the inflated currency costs.

Potential economic troubles lie behind Geneva show fanfare

As automakers put their best feet forward at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, Europe’s darkening economic outlook is causing concerns in the industry.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Ford, BMW, Toyota and others are girding for a sharp drop in European sales, after figures at the beginning of the year were far below expectations.

Sales were down 6.6 per cent to 1 million vehicles in January, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said. This was a deep decline on top of the 1.4 per cent drop during 2011.

The head of Ford in Europe, Stephen Odell, said the automaker is stopping production on some days to cut inventory.

Europe’s automakers looking for partners

In anticipation of those harder times ahead, there’s been plenty of chatter lately on automakers partnering or looking for partners.

Last week, General Motors announced plans to work with France’s Peugeot-Citroen in the hope to cut development and production costs.

Other companies have started looking to hook up as well.

Fiat-Chrysler is talking with Japan’s Suzuki and Mazda in hopes of some kind of cooperation, while BMW is also speaking with GM, as the German automaker looks for a U.S. partner.

Top three finalists declared for World Car Awards

From an initial entry list of 34 new vehicles sold around the world, three contenders for the 2012 World Car of the Year award — BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911, and Volkswagen Up ! — were announced this week.

As well, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, McLaren MP4-12C, and Porsche 911 were declared as the finalists for the 2012 World Performance Car trophy, and the Ford Focus Electric, Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI BlueEfficiency, and the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid will duke it out for the 2012 World Green Car title.

The overall winners in all categories will be announced at April’s New York auto show.



Toyota Motor USA recalling Camrys, Tacomas and Venzas

2012-03-09T08:04:36.423-08:00

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inс. ѕаіԁ Wednesday tһаt it's recalling nеагӏу 700,000 vehicles Ьесаυѕе оf νагіоυѕ problems.

Tһе recalls include аЬоυt 495,000 Tacoma trucks mаԁе ԁυгіng tһе 2005 tһгоυgһ 2009 model years tһаt nееԁ tо һаνе tһеіг steering wheel spiral cable assemblies replaced, Toyota said.

Tһе Japanese automaker ѕаіԁ tһаt friction mау occur іn ѕоmе vehicles Ьеtwееn tһе assembly's spiral cable аnԁ tһе retainer, аnԁ оνег time, cut tһе connection tо tһе driver's airbag.

Tһаt соυӏԁ саυѕе аn airbag warning light tо remain lit аftег tһе vehicle іѕ started аnԁ fог tһе driver's airbag tо Ье deactivated, preventing tһе airbag fгоm deploying ԁυгіng а crash, Toyota said.

In addition, tһе automaker іѕ recalling аЬоυt 70,500 Camry sedans mаԁе ԁυгіng tһе 2009 model year аnԁ аЬоυt 116,000 Venza crossovers mаԁе ԁυгіng tһе 2009 tһгоυgһ 2011 model years, tо replace tһеіг stop lamp switches.

Tһе automaker ѕаіԁ tһаt ԁυгіng installation оf tһе switch оn оnе оf tһе North American assembly lines, silicon grease mау һаνе reached tһе іnѕіԁе оf tһе switch аnԁ caused аn increase іn electrical resistance.

Tһаt соυӏԁ саυѕе warning lights tо illuminate, kеер tһе vehicle fгоm starting, ог prevent іt fгоm shifting оυt оf "park," Toyota said.

In Ьоtһ recalls, Toyota ѕаіԁ it's іn tһе process оf obtaining tһе replacement parts іt needs. Onсе іt does, іt wіӏӏ notify tһе affected owners аnԁ replace tһе parts fог free.

Toyota ѕаіԁ іt іѕ nоt aware оf аnу accidents ог injuries caused Ьу tһеѕе twо problems.



Toyota models earns 5 of 10 ‘top picks’ Reports from Consumer

2012-02-28T21:50:44.946-08:00

Toyota models related coveted "Top Pick" designations in five of 10 categories of automotive issue of Consumer Reports annual sale March 6th, magazine announced today in Washington, DC, at a meeting of the Association Washington Automotive press.The last time a single brand that has been dominated by Honda in 2003, CR says, noting that no Honda has won "first choice" status this year, so that two of the three years that compliance brand Japan has been conspicuous by their absence.CR redesigned Camry hybrid called the best family car can buy - not the full range Camry, only the hybrid. Toyota to upgrade the engine to fuel and electricity for the 2012 model, so it is faster and smoother, and offers a lower priced model, so that buyers can get one for under $ 30,000.The liability class comes shortly after Toyota took top honors in a significant recent study by JD Power and Associates report card quality. Toyota is almost delirious after another, after so long been battered by bad news - Safety recalls the earthquake / tsunami devastation in Japan caused a shortage of goods worldwide, flooding in Thailand, exhausted reserves of computer chips used in computers to cars.Here are the top models of the magazine in 10 categories:FAMILY SEDAN: Toyota Camry Hybrid ($29,052). In addition to its impressive 38 mpg overall fuel economy, other high points include a comfortable ride; a roomy, quiet, cabin; fairly quick acceleration;and for 2012, a nicer interior and somewhat crisper handling (although the Camry is still no sports sedan).SPORTY CAR: Ford Mustang ($28,880 to $43,880). The heart of this iconic sports car has always been its strong acceleration and rumbling V8 power. But now there’s more to the Mustang than power. Agilehandling, a decent ride, comfortable front seats, and very good fit and finish make the current version an inviting package. The Mustang delivers good fuel economy (22-24 mpg) for its class.SMALL SUV: Toyota RAV4 ($24,405 to $30,328). With a four-cylinder engine, the RAV4 delivers some of the best gas mileage in its class (23 mpg). The spirited V6 version accelerates as quickly as many sports sedans and gets only 1 mpg less than the four-cylinder model.AFFORDABLE FAMILY SEDAN: Hyundai Sonata ($21,800). CR chose the four-cylinder Sonata as a more affordable alternative to the Camry Hybrid. The Sonata provides a roomy, well-equipped cabin, supple ride, nimble handling, and thrifty 27 mpg overall, for just a little bit more money than many smallsedans.FAMILY HAULER: Toyota Sienna V6 ($35,810). The Sienna fits the bill nicely for families looking for a comfortable, roomy interior, plenty of features, and the ability to carry up to eight people. Among its high points are lively performance, decent fuel economy (20 mpg), and a comfortable ride, although thehandling is rather lackluster. It’s the only minivan that has at least average reliability.SPORTS SEDAN: Infiniti G ($34,225 to $37,225). The G37’s agile handling, blistering acceleration, and comfortable, well-crafted interior make it one of CR’s highest-scoring sedans. The G is on this list for the sixth straight year. The less expensive but equally inviting G25 isn’t as quick, but gets 24 mpgoverall, 3 more than the G37.GREEN CAR: Toyota Prius ($26,750 to $28,217). The Prius sets the standard for fuel efficiency, practicality, and affordability with its overall 44 mpg. Its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and hatchback versatility make it easy to live with. The 41 mpg of the new Prius V wagon easily tops its class.SMALL CAR: Subaru Impreza ($21,345). Redesigned for 2012, the all-wheel-drive Impreza is a well-rounded roomy sedan with nimble handling and a compliant, absorbent ride that rivals some luxury sedans. Fuel economy of 27 mpg overall is impressive for an AWD car.PICKUP TRUCK: Chevrolet Avalanche ($47,435). The Avalanche provides the best combination of utility and versatility of any pickup CR has tested. Its unified bed and cab help give it a steady, comfortable[...]



Nevada:frst state to adopt future of the automobile

2012-02-28T21:43:14.117-08:00

Nevada, only became the first state to legalize robotic cars that drive. Watch for cars branded Google bot on your next trip to Las Vegas.A fleet of vehicles, each test marked by a red, are showing how well the cars can drive."Nevada is the first state to adopt what is undoubtedly the future of the automobile," said Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles director Bruce Breslow. Several other states, including Florida and Oklahoma, are considering following the example Nevada, and manufacturers that include BMW and Audi cars are to explore automation.If Breslow is right, and soon robotic cars on the road, what will be the Chicago of the future? The short answer is "different."The researchers see interesting perspectives in robotic cars - things like fewer accidents, reduced traffic and vehicle access for groups previously unable to drive, including children and the elderly.Much of the technology driving the cars to be used will be familiar to today's drivers - GPS to determine the routes and a hub of sensors to identify obstacles in the way. There will be new technologies like wireless communications between vehicles and the routes used to manage traffic.Intersections as we know, is ripe for change. Peter Stone, associate professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, considering the end of the traffic lights."The cars would be able to coordinate to the next level," he said. "They will be able to call ahead at an intersection and reserve a time to cross, crossing effective at specific times"Vehicle moving from east to west not lined up waiting their turn to go north and south of the traffic stop. Instead, the cars passing through all sides at all times, almost no interruption or slowdown passing other cars. They could be programmed to encourage travel by bus or car sharing, providing priority reservations.The use of similar control mechanisms, all multi-lane road or one-way street will become a fast-track change throughout the day. Instead of the Kennedy Expressway highways reverse its bid in response to peak flow paths can change at any time based on traffic patterns, route changes instantly the car intending to enter a sense."A four-lane highway could have two lanes going in each direction, but the change to three going in one direction and mutual assistance if the traffic has called for it," said Pierre.The benefits are twofold: a dynamic traffic management to significantly reduce and prevent stop-start traffic will improve gas mileage and reduce greenhouse emissions.But traffic is not the same problem it is today, Stone said. Autonomous cars are much more accurate and would not need both the distance between the cars. Human beings follow the "three-second rule", the placement of three seconds of reaction time between your car and those who follow. Robot Cars respond more quickly, reducing the space required between vehicles and increased car that could be on the road at a time.Parking in Wrigleyville night game time would be less of a nightmare. Self-driving cars could drop a passenger off at the order of magnitude and find their parking miles away from themselves, to return when the driver called. Stone said it could significantly reduce the number of cars that need a city. Zipcar programs, such as car-sharing could become much more sensitive, with cars that drive themselves may pick up passengers if necessary, then return to a community pool.Pierre said he believes the robotic car head start is not comfort or convenience. Instead, the best reason to use automated vehicle safety could be"Ninety-five percent of accidents are human error related," said Pierre.The irony is that the perceived lack of security in the robotic car is one of the main obstacles to the future robot car. An opening of its program Zinger Wednesday, Stephen Colbert reference to the guidelines of Nevada test autonomous vehicles as "nothing [Nevada] do not gamble."There is an alternative to cars through fully automated. At[...]



2012 BMW M6:Competes with Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

2012-02-14T01:49:22.650-08:00

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2012 BMW M6:Competes with Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

After a sabbatical of two years, the BMW M6 is back for the model year, packing more power and better fuel efficiency. First to launch will be the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible, in June, with a 2013 BMW M6 Coupe after the end of this summer.

If you've read on the 2012 BMW M5, you will be familiar with many performance improvements in the new M6. The model receives a new V-8 engine - the first time in the BMW X5 M, X6 M, and more recently on the M5. Despite the smaller displacement and two less than the M6 ​​cylinder 2010, the new engine offers more power and better fuel efficiency. Rated at 560 horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 also produces 502 pounds-feet of torque, which is the most powerful engine ever available in a distribution model BMW, says the manufacturer. The powertrain packs 119 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque over 2010. Auto Start-Stop M6 and braking also standard on the model.

The new M6 coupe can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds is 4.3 seconds for the convertible. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Instead of offering manual and automatic transmissions, all M6S now equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch that offers full manual shift options and fully automated. There are three different drivers of certain programs in each mode, including an option for assistance at low speeds that allow the passage of the car smoothly through heavy traffic. There is also a parking mode automatically activated and the release control mode.

The M6 ​​also receives a long suspension and chassis improvements, including more robust brakes and electronically controlled dampers. BMW Performance options include first carbon fiber ceramic composite brake discs.

The M6 ​​is equipped with alloy wheels and tires 19 inch ultra-high performance, performance tires are optional 20-inch.

Updates include exterior four tailpipes and xenon high intensity discharge with LED accents. M6 coupe roof receives a molded carbon fiber composite, the convertible soft top can be opened and closed at a speed of 25 mph. Optional Adaptive Headlights LED, too.

In the cabin, the model also receives the M-treatment, only electronic sports seats, wheel specific boundary M of management, interior trim in carbon fiber and an anthracite headlining.

Prices, specifications and additional features will be announced closer to the date of the sale in early summer. BMW said that the model provides fuel to consume 30% less than the previous model, which reported an abysmal 13 mpg city / highway combined score of the EPA.



Toyota Speedway at Irwindale made ​​the announcement today at 1:30 pm

2012-02-13T19:24:39.236-08:00

Toyota Speedway at Irwindale: was a motor sports center located in Irwindale, California, USA. It featured readings, 1/2- and 1/3-mile paved track oval and a 1/8-mile drag bar. Opened March 27, 1999, Irwindale Speedway, and as it came to the conclusion that the name until Toyota has bought the naming rights to the facility in 2008. Since its opening until 2011, is used primarily for NASCAR racing as NASCAR K & N Pro Series and West Series events Whelen All-American. In late 2011, NASCAR announced the abandonment of Toyota Speedway of your calendar. They said the race course was about to declare bankruptcy. On February 12, 2012, was reported in the Los Angeles Daily News that the track was permanently closed, his mouth stands being dismantled and the site of the track and the road sign online bulletin board.

Toyota Speedway at Irwindale Announcement:
Irwindale Speedway made ​​the announcement today at 1:30 pm - "The management of Irwindale Speedway, announced today that the 2012 racing season was canceled."

Is this all there is? In fact, after over 12 years of involvement in the racing community, ASA, NASCAR, USAC, Lucas Oil Modified, etc., etc., that is? What has been repeatedly hailed as the best short track in the country and one of the elected NASCAR, the giant half miles with a whimper?

No real sign of the WHO, what, where, why, when, how?

I called the powers that be in Irwindale. I through it, but I have not had a single person, I have a ". To leave a voice message"

I do not blame the people involved in making decisions that might prevent a deluge of phone calls? Not really. Draisines However, brokers have built, decisions, sponsors promised. No, Irwindale Speedway, I owe them nothing, they had signed contracts, except maybe not owe them more information.

If this is the case, either a temporary or permanent closure, I want to thank everyone who helped make the circuit and all that keeps things moving volunteers to paid staff.

The racing community has had many happy times there. If this happens, it will not be forgotten. The loss of this track, plus the loss of the race at Orange Show Speedway (San Bernardino, California) in the same season, is a blow to competition, not only in southern California, but to the west and race as a whole.

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President of Toyota Motor North America:19 New products may come this year under Toyota, Lexus and Scion

2012-02-13T04:52:29.037-08:00

After the memories of his days in Chicago as a graduate student at Northwestern University, Toyota said Yoshi Inaba why 2012 is such a great year for Japanese OEMs.

President of Toyota Motor North America and chief operating officer, said recently in a meeting at the Economic Club of Chicago, which the automaker will launch 19 new or updated products this year under the Toyota, Lexus and Scion.

And Inaba said that many of these vehicles either fuel or hybrids.

"As anyone here can remember, gasoline was the fuel for cars and trucks in the U.S., and will continue in the foreseeable future," Inaba admitted.
"But fossil fuels are difficult in the environment and supplies do not meet the growing global demand from countries like China, India and Brazil are growing in industrialized countries," he said. "And as you know, when demand is high and supplies are low prices soar.

"We see at the pump today and the U.S. Energy Department warned that gas supplies can retighten the spring and summer, resulting in even higher prices. Therefore, it is prudent to explore other alternative fuels and that's what Toyota does not "even said Inaba.

To reinforce how Toyota's strategy and fuel efficient hybrid is successful, the impact of the Prius high Inaba, the unit that was on American roads and distributors franchise since 2000.

Compared to the average of the vehicles since 2000, Inaba has calculated that the Prius has saved about:

-1.1 Billion gallons of gasoline
-16 Million tons of CO2
- $ 2.9 billion in fuel costs.

"And a recent study, if everyone in the U.S. led to a Prius, we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil in 70" Inaba said.

"That's why we've created a whole family of Prius to meet the diverse needs of American consumers, including a plug-in Prius and the new Prius this spring c is" shared.

Beyond the Prius, Inaba also used his appearance in Chicago to reach many more fuel-efficient technologies is Toyota business:

-Set up of internal combustion engines and reduce vehicle weight for better mileage and lower emissions.

-Creation of advanced solid state batteries and metal-air, which could double the performance of lithium ion cells today.

-The use of more carbon neutral, eco-based plastic plants to develop the components inside our vehicles.

Fuel sales fuel cell hydrogen zero emissions of the vehicle 2015.

"Therefore, based on available fuels, we are ready to meet the needs of customers, wherever they live," he said Inaba.

In addition, Inaba praised the leadership of president, Akio Toyoda World has come to a wide range of businesses to ensure that the products of Toyota will meet the changing needs of customers and society.

In the past 21 months, Inaba said Toyota:

-Forging an alliance with Tesla to bring to market an electric RAV4 quicker than expected.

-Team with Ford to develop hybrid systems for trucks and large SUVs.

-In collaboration with Microsoft to ensure the latest technology to connect vehicles in the future clouds anywhere on earth.



Israel diplomat's car got fired near PM house in Delhi

2012-02-13T04:32:09.912-08:00

An Israeli official said Monday that an "explosion" has affected car an Israeli diplomat in the city, the Associated Press.

Four people were injured in the incident, the television reported.

Israeli Embassy spokesman, David Goldfarb, said the car was near the embassy when the explosion occurred Monday.

The incident took place about 500 meters from the Prime Minister's residence. The incident occurred at 15:15.

The injured were taken to RML Hospital. Employee however, an injured Israeli embassy was admitted to the AIIMS.

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The Toyota automaker increased profit to 11% for investor in new models

2012-02-07T08:23:33.632-08:00

Toyota Motor Corp., the largest automaker in Asia, raised its profit forecast a 11 percent increase in new sales models. The result can be even better than the company expected, investors say."The automaker is boosting production of every month," said Takashi Aoki, a fund manager based in Tokyo at Mizuho Asset Management Co. "Toyota will do everything possible to increase the volume of sales and regain market share as much as possible. "The maker of the Camry sedan, said it plans to launch 19 new models in the U.S. Toyota outsold General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG last year, is preparing to sell a record number of vehicles in the world during 2012. His signs of resurgence of GM, VW and Hyundai Motor Co. give back some market share gained in 2011.Analysts are more optimistic that the automaker based in Toyota City. Before the company raised its forecast full-year net profit of 200 billion yen ($ 2.6 million), the average of 20 estimates compiled by Bloomberg expects 285.4 million yen. As recently as January, the average was over 300 billion yen, even after the automaker has reduced its forecast of 180 billion yen in December.Toyota rose 1.8 percent to 30 euros in Frankfurt trading. The stock closed unchanged at 2.986 yen in Tokyo before the company reported earnings and raised its projections.Return of confidenceFor the third quarter ended Dec. 31, net income dropped 14 percent to 80.9 billion yen, while revenue rose 4.1 percent to 4.87 billion yen, Toyota said.The renewed confidence of Toyota compared to 2011, when the company's business was hit by the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan, floods in the manufacturing center of South Asia from Thailand and a yen that advanced cases after the war.Opinion on the benefits of Toyota are also a contrast with the manufacturers of consumer electronics, hard to recover. In the past month, Sony Corp. has more than doubled its forecast for annual losses, while Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp. is expected to post losses. Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker in third place, last week cut its forecast full-year profits.The recovery in 2012 - described by the president of Honda Takanobu Ito as the year of "full recovery" - is increasing in the United States and Japan, the largest market for both Toyota. U.S. sales increased 7.5 percent in January, led by Camry jump midsize sedan 56 percent, according to Autodata. At home, the provision of Toyota passenger vehicles rose 46 percent last month, the biggest gain since April 2010, according to the Automobile Dealers Association of Japan.Gains in market shareToyota could regain market share from GM in the U.S. this year, according to a Bloomberg survey of five analysts. The Japanese can capture a market share of 13.8 percent this year compared to 12.9 percent last year, while GM could fall to 19 percent, from 19.6 percent last year according to the survey.Toyota today raised its sales forecast for the fiscal year to 7.41 million vehicles, compared to the previous projection of 7.38 million. Toyota sales forecasts of 3 February, including Hino Motors Ltd and Daihatsu Motor Co., from January to December will increase to some 9.58 million vehicles records.Jim Lentz, director of sales in the U.S., the largest market for Toyota, said in Detroit last month that sales of the Prius increased by over 60 percent in the country and overcome some record 220,000 vehicles, driven by the new smaller version of the hybrid hatchback.Government SupportIn Japan, the second largest market for Toyota, the government began to give up certain taxes and savings certificates offer low-emission vehicles in December to help the domestic industry. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said Dec. 20 that the incentives will help boost domestic demand of 900,000 vehicles in 2012 after the fall of last year's record.[...]



Fisker Automotive Electric Car Company Received $ 528 Million Loan of Energy

2012-02-07T08:08:58.693-08:00

Fisker Automotive, the electric car company that received $ 528 million in loan guarantees from the Ministry of Energy, announced layoffs at its plant in Delaware on Monday.
The Department of Energy has decided to support two projects Fisker electric car, a luxury model: the Karma $ 103,000, which is for sale - and a more affordable sedan, Nina.
Loans must be repaid in phases, but Fisker lost production targets, retaining much of the federal contribution out of reach for now. Fisker said it is working to renegotiate the loan agreement with the government.

"We have delayed temporary work at the plant on the basis of ongoing discussions with the Department of Education for funding for the proposed program of Nina. Accordingly, we laid off 26 people," the company said in a statement Monday.
The Department of Energy has been criticized in the past year, where some of start-up support that went bankrupt. Three companies that have obtained guarantees of loans or grants - advanced solar panel maker Solyndra, a manufacturer of battery-Ener1, Beacon Power and safety of alternative energy, have gone bankrupt.

The Energy Department spokesman Damien Lavera said the two sides continue to work together and that the problems were typical for startups Fisker.
"The ministry is working with Fisker to consider a revised business plan and determine the best way forward for the company to meet its criteria, the production of cars and employ workers here in America," has Lavera said .

Fisker Karma: low-calorie soft
Fisker said it received $ 193 million in government loan guarantees so far, most of its program of Karma, and continues to seek alternative sources of funding.
"We have brought together an additional 260 million shares in late 2011, bringing the total number of private equity financing to more than 850 million dollars," the company said.

Fisker production facility in Delaware is a factory of General Motors (GM, Fortune 500) is returned to service. The plant Fisker Nina sedan, but production has not started yet.
Vice President Joe Biden of Delaware Governor Jack Markell and CEO Henrik Fisker Fisker were together in 2009 to announce plans for the plant.
At that time, unionized workers were promised an opportunity to fill many of the 2,000 jobs in the factories that produce the plug-in electric sedan. It was unclear Monday how many of these positions were already filled.



Toyota forklift 8FBN models coming with energy efficiency

2012-02-02T18:52:05.497-08:00

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) will soon present a new range of tonnes of capacity from 1.5 to 3 classified into four-wheel electric counterbalanced forklift battery.

The new Toyota forklift efficient 8FBN series meets customer demands for longer operating time between charges.

It also offers greater safety and environmental resistance performance, operator fatigue, durability and water.

8FBN There are five models, ranging from 1.5 to 3 tons of load center 500 mm with a range of masts, hydraulic controls and accessories.

A number of accessories available, and a package of cold storage for operation at least 45 degrees Celsius and a set of protection against corrosion.

TMHA National Product Manager of electric forklifts from Toyota, says Jim Lobow the new series of lift trucks has a new 8FBN AC, more efficient engines and controllers, the improved design of equipment and a completely new pedaling system detection for regenerative braking.

"Pedal regenerative braking can sometimes be the new Toyota forklift 8FBN models to improve the efficiency of energy recovery, increasing the operating time," he said.

"The relationship regenerative braking when braking is adjusted by the percentage of the brake pedal travel."

TMHA enhancement requests associated with an improved model of the series of about five percent more uptime 7FB.

"The greatest single advance in the series could be the equivalent of fire control 7FB speed automatic," says Lobow.

"The new system combines the sensor lift height and load weight, the automatic speed control that limits the speed of the truck turning -. Depending on the condition of the vehicle "

At high altitude, vehicle speed, acceleration and deceleration are limited depending on the cargo.

The combination of new design high-mount rear axle and the speed control ensures the forklift becomes more stable operating conditions.

"Increased water resistance IPX4 rating and zero emissions, including hexavalent chromium-free design means that the new Toyota 8FBN series is suitable for a wide range of end users and even challenge some of the applications of truck engine "added Lobow.

The main options for the new range of Toyota forklifts 8FBN switch also includes a master manipulator, and shock sensor.

It is also possible to roll or roll-out of forks on the bottom of the box from the battery to a battery side can be used for the implementation of several rounds.

A pioneer in the series has 8 internal combustion engines have been adopted, including the control of lifting height and the sudden acceleration to pie-start the control and prevention.

The new SAS now has € 8FBN with enhanced features such as automatic speed control and vehicle speed.

It also comes with the tower controller role asset tested, which now includes tilt-leveling rear active steering synchroniser and optimize productivity.



Barack Obama selling his old car on eBay for $1 million

2012-01-28T08:03:34.489-08:00

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Barack Obama selling his old car on eBay for $1 million

Want the rush of Barack Obama, once ground it felt like the streets of Chicago as the Junior Senator United States? All you need is an eBay account - and a million dollars.

Tim O'Brien, the owner of the Chrysler 300C, 2005, both praised by President Obama is now trying to sell the car for a whopping seven figures, MSNBC reports.

Digital Auction, which is run by experienced eBay seller Lisa Czibor car, says it has documents showing that Obama, once rented the car.

Judging by the 20 photos published with the announcement, both Barack Obama and O'Brien took over the saloon.

The blue book value for 2005 Chrysler - which is in excellent condition and has 20,800 miles on it - amounts to $ 16 683 in the New York market. It is certainly very far from the cold and look Czibor O'Brien million.

But Obama can expect significantly raise the value of the car.

"Please understand that the price of $ 1 million game is not a joke," wrote Czibor in the ad, noting that the other cars once driven by superstar politicians have recently sold to run the numbers in the millions .

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Peugot 1977, for example, seeking $ 2.5 million at auction last year, according to the UK Telegraph.

In this case, however, the benefits of the sale was the construction of low-income housing to fulfill a campaign promise by Mr. Ahmadinejad to eliminate homelessness.

"If you win this auction, what you do with Obama's car after you pay is for you," Czibor continues. "You can put in a museum, a proud unit, or can be used as part of a publicity stunt for the Republican campaign in 2012."

Friday night, has not been sold on eBay for five days left in the auction.



New Toyota Prius C clever hybrid comes for sustainable energy and clean air

2012-01-26T20:32:27.630-08:00

Toyota Motor Philippines open up Toyota Prius C Toyota Prius C: Toyota in Japan called Aqua, is a subcompact gasoline-electric hybrid hatchback total produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. Launched in Japan in December 2011 at a price of 1.69 million yen (U.S. $ 21,700), which is scheduled to be released in Australia in the first quarter of 2012, and the United States in March 2012, a starting price below U.S. $ 19 000.The Prius c is the second spin-off of the family Prius, which combines the features of a Yaris sized car with a hybrid powertrain. The Prius is c a lower price than the Prius has a fuel consumption and better in the classic city in the test cycles of the EPA. The production version of Aqua was presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011. The production of ca Prius was introduced in the United States in January 2012 Hall of North American International Auto in Detroit.Toyota Motor Philippines open up Toyota Prius C:A statement to the environment, including clean energy and sustainable air is now the same price as the most popular SUVs and luxury cars, or even half the price of the most luxurious cars Europeans. Last week, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) unveiled the Prius C, a completely new compact hybrid, which is the latest addition to the Prius hybrid line-up. The "C" in its name stands for compact city, clean, clever and - which speaks volumes about its advanced hybrid technology and how it contributes to the environment.The Prius C is priced at P1, 475.00 to P1, 540,000 - depending on the variant. (Option C Full Prius is priced at P1, 540 000, complete the Prius Option C P1, 525 000, the standard on the Prius C P1 and 490,000 Prius in the standard C P1, 475,000). The third-generation Prius now sold on the local market since 2009, is set at about P2.2 billion.An executive of TMP, said energy efficiency is above the rest - about 40 miles per gallon! It is powered by a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder 1NZ-FXE engine VVT-i Atkinson cycle that meets Euro V emissions standardEngine performance is also improved by the adoption of the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and the feeding system of the pump. The boost converter increases the battery voltage V high voltage DC144 to DC520 V to force the high voltage generator and produce a better engine response, Toyota said in a statement.The Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) system uses precision gas engine and electric motor depending on driving conditions present to provide a smooth and responsive, and minimize fuel consumption and emissions.The Prius C should not be connected to a power source for recharging. The battery is recharged through the use of regenerative braking system that allows AT continuously recharges while driving.Since the introduction of the first generation Prius in 1997, the name was known to be the pioneer in vehicle technology ECO (hybrid). Over the years, the development of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) has changed the course of the innovations of vehicles worldwide.The design of the Prius C creates a powerful impression - that exudes from a species with an elegant and sporty attitude that has no age - that is, this style is not for young or middle-aged - and without discrimination between the sexes. Toyota's designers said the entire form is intended "to create a strong sense of dynamic movement back and forth you notice, even remotely."For those who love speed, which can be in the form of the car they drive, the back of the Prius C "is close to the aerodynamic performance into account, unlike a lower form of the body and is built with a solid experience forward driving position responsive. "Read for 2012 Toyota Prius C Preview.[...]



BMW’s new M models launches with four vehicles

2012-01-26T08:12:55.934-08:00

BMW’s new M models launches with four vehicles, including the M550d xDrive Touring, X6 M50d, M550d xDrive Sedan, and the X5 M50d.If it were not already jealous of the cool cars offered abroad, BMW gave four examples of the forbidden fruit. After much teasing, the automaker has finally revealed its line of diesel-powered vehicles before their debut performance M Geneva Motor Show, but the company insists that the four models are not obliged to our shores.Range of BMW M launches new models with four vehicles, xDrive sedan M550d, xDrive Touring M550d, M50D X5, X6 and M50D. All vehicles will be powered by a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel I-6 three, confirming previous rumors of this type of engine. BMW says that the three high-pressure turbocharger and the use of variable geometry turbine. The engine also uses common rail direct injection with piezo injectors, a good combination for the maximum injection pressure of 2200 bar. What kind of power has all the hardware network of luxury? A robust 381 hp and a torque-tacular 546 pounds-feet (for the results of the interview, it is 120 to 170 horsepower less than the M5 and X5/X6m, but a further 44 to 46 lb-ft of torque) . The maximum power is reached at 4000 rpm, while maximum torque is available at 2000 rpm and below the red line of 5400 rpm.Incorporates many of the BMW EfficientDynamics technologies the brand new models M and earnings for each model of start-stop functionality, and a means to optimize the efficiency Eco Pro An eight-speed automatic transmission is available only if changes and all models BMW xDrive system will depend on the four-wheel drive, optimized for wide dynamic range. For management, each of the new diesel engines are unique affinity with M suspension springs and shock absorbers new. As an added benefit, and X5 xDrive Touring M50D M550d also self-leveling rear air suspension.Each performance model M also receives subtle exterior enhancements, including mirrors and bars of iron breakdown finished metallic gray, trapezoidal exhaust tips, and gloss Shadow Line a 19 - or alloy wheels 20-inch .It's fine, but how do you offer? BMW has published estimates of the acceleration, top speed and average fuel consumption, and the numbers are quite impressive. BMW xDrive Sedan M550d says can run from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and - like all the models - you can hit an electronically limited top end of 155 mph. BMW offers fuel consumption is about 37 mpg combined, although this figure is based on experimentation in the EU cycle. M other diesel engines will not be all that much slower: the Touring M550d sprint to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds the M50D X5 in 5.4 seconds (more than a second faster than the previous one, we tested X5 xDrive35d) and X6 M50D in 5.3 seconds.Read about BMW Release M Performance Vehicles.[...]



2013 Ford Fusion Overlook: New Ford Coming This Summer

2012-01-24T09:23:24.071-08:00

2013 Ford Fusion Overlook: New Ford Coming This Summer2013 Ford Fusion Overlook: Ford was the belle of the ball at the Detroit Auto Show with the world premiere of its mid-size car, the Fusion 2013. Oh! What a surprise, considering that Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are not really concerned about the trucks and large SUVs for many years. If you want to shop for Toyota Camry family sedan, Honda Accord, Nissan car Altima and Hyundai Sonata more recently. All three of Detroit simply not competitive in this very important segment of the automotive market.Times have changed. The new Fusion, you will not see on the road until late summer, it looks like a winner. It won the Audience Award at the Motor Show probably due to its high style, after all, no one outside the company that brought yet. GM Buick brought back to life with some excellent cars and new Chevy Malibu will launch a completely new late this year. This is important because if you look across Canada and the United States today, you realize that approximately one third of the cars are to Detroit automakers.What is the new Fusion in your favor? According to Chris Hamilton, head of exterior design is proportion. "We want to create a boring mid-size car, we wanted to create a beautiful product. It seems expensive, even if it is not." Hamilton, a British 43 year old had spent most of his career in Europe. His fusion of design seem to break the stereotype fade, American cars we have come to see the queue before the rent.The origins of the car are also interesting. The process began four years ago, while GM and Chrysler have been teetering on bankruptcy, while Ford mortgaged everything they had to raise money to continue. Even in the darkest days of Ford spent their money borrowed from engineering and design - and for cars, not just trucks. We have seen the compact Focus and the Fiesta subcompact came out of this investment and now is the fusion of medium size.It's a beautiful drive from most angles. He has the suggestion of an Aston Martin on her with a raised trapezoidal grille, fog stretched thin, sloping roof and the position of the muscles. And the interior is even better. Hamilton is well, the car does not look like much more than twenty or thirty thousand dollars, is expected to sell.Ford is dropping the V6 in their average size, as many manufacturers do, and there are three engines and two four-cylinder hybrid versions - which includes a plug-in. You can also come loaded with optional equipment as tempting and expensive Ford MyTouch system is activated voice command, which includes more than ten thousand words, and new sensors, cameras and radar to keep track offer, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist Active Care and blind spots.The merger also will be a North American car available with the dominant first Stop-Start. When cutting the engine when the wheels stop turning, you can save up to ten percent of its fuel in the traffic-clogged cities. That the merger has not, at least for now, is a wagon version. However, the merger is a car in the world, are sold in markets around the world alike. It was designed to meet crash standards for all. In Europe, call the Mondeo and European Car of love. So go get one.I'll take the merger as soon as it becomes available and the report. But the fact that 2013 Ford car has an average size of the property, the fact that on a Chevrolet Malibu that I hope will be great (based on the quality of the current), the fact that Cadillac is coming to ATS will swear as good or better than the BMW 3 Series, the fact that Chrysler has the Dodge Dart, which is essentially an Alfa Romeo, all show that Detroit - Motor City - is finall[...]



Toyota Australia exports 80,000 cars to the Middle East per year

2012-01-23T18:45:56.695-08:00

Toyota workers worst fears came true yesterday when the company announced that it ax 350 jobs at its plant in Altona North.
Toyota Australia, said the president Max Yasuda drop in international demand for Australia Toyota built as a result of the high Australian dollar had led to the decision.

The move has raised fears of job losses could snowball the parts supply industry, including the viability and 40,000 jobs depend on the number of cars manufactured locally.

Toyota Australia exports normally more than 80,000 cars a year in the Middle East and other overseas markets, but Mr. Yasuda said he looked a little more than half of that amount this year.

''We have strong sales forecasts for the domestic market, but the reduction in the export market is so large that we can not cover the incremental sales in the domestic market,''he said.

The company plans to make 95,000 cars this year, nearly 40 percent of its peak production of 149,000 vehicles in 2007.

Federation of Automotive Products Manufacturers CEO Richard Reilly said the number of cars produced in Australia was vital for employment levels in the components industry, including 180 to 200 companies.

Yesterday, more than 3,300 workers gathered at the factory for a briefing on all of the company knew that more than one in ten jobs will be terminated in mid-April. The job losses in vehicle assembly and painting, and management.

Mr Yasuda said the plan would make the company more competitive, but just look at the end of the current model cycle, about the next five years. All work will be initiated compulsory redundancies.

The federal secretary of the Workers Union Australian Manufacturing Division vehicle construction, Ian Jones, said Toyota had failed in its commitment to the bargaining agreement the company signed last month to consult the union before No reduction of jobs.

''It's amazing that there are procedures in the agreement presented for how to handle these things, and Toyota is not just follow one of them,''said Jones.
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2012 Toyota Prius V Luxury Review

2012-01-19T18:06:22.126-08:00

2012-Toyota-Prius-v-LuxuryReduce the right to the point: The 2012 Toyota Prius V (we are ignoring that companies selling Toyota uses a lowercase v for the name) is an inspired idea. This is the first of three spin-offs of the iconic Prius sedan show, the Prius Plug-In Prius compact C will also join the fleet in 2012. The next step, the manufacturer representatives report is to establish a complete line of hybrids and a sub-brand under the umbrella of Toyota.Since its inception in 1997, the Toyota Prius easily has outpaced all other hybrids in terms of pure popularity, with sales worldwide since the launch of the accounts of three million vehicles. While critics of perpetual hybrid and electric vehicles is said to be a proverbial drop in the bucket in terms of vehicle sales, it is always better to be a drop in a bucket and a big fish in a small pond.2012-Toyota-Prius-v-Luxury-insideOf course, the 2012 Toyota Prius V is actually a mini-van barely disguised. But the fact is that some people need minivans and some of those desperate souls who want to be a hybrid minivan. The Prius V offers a space of more than 50 percent behind the front seats of the trap (a solid gain) and is available in terms of energy efficiency - 4.6L/100 km combined driving from 3.8L/100 km s the original. (These figures are the fuel cycle in the U.S., the figures for Australia were not confirmed before its local launch in Q2 this year.)The strength of the vehicle, as expected, is the hybrid propulsion system (shared with the regular Prius), which combines a gasoline engine 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 60 kW of electricity to produce a combination of 100 kW. This couple is linked to a continuously variable transmission and are managed by four different driving modes, ranging from extra-soft slightly spicy. In EV mode the vehicle can run on electricity alone at speeds of about 2 km in the city, while power mode brings (some) added punch.Let's be clear: The Prius V does not provide an exhilarating driving experience. This is an extremely fast car, it is not particularly attractive, but it does, however, offer a reasonable steering feel, a smooth ride and handling acceptable.As the Prius is larger than its immediate predecessor, it goes without saying that probably lead to more people (although still a five-seater, like the Prius) and property / or more. In anticipation, Toyota engineers gave the vehicle a redesigned suspension system and an innovative technology called pitch and bounce control. This system uses the torque of the hybrid powertrain to help control the balance of the vehicle in case of acceleration and handling in curves.Much thought has been devoted to other aspects of the Prius and V. Steel high tensile strength and aluminum is used in key areas to reduce excess weight. And the optional panorama glass roof is constructed of resin, which reduces weight by 38 percent of a glass ceiling of comparable size. Ultimately, the Prius V weighs 105 kg more than the Prius - but taking into account the added value is a small price to pay.During our test drive in Quebec, Canada - made in the way most of the time, and with the throttle seriously - the display on Prius V suggests an average consumption of 6.0L/100km. Just enough.But if there is one area where the Prius V particularly disappointing is the lack of cool factor. The Prius hatch has some geek-chic, call it, no, he does not have the silhouette of a sports car, but has enough of a wedge-shaped profile suggests that the aerodynamics have been involved in the design. The Prius also has an angular profile V-shaped, but because it's bigger, i[...]



2012 Toyota Prius C Preview

2012-01-19T09:26:14.190-08:00

2012 Toyota Prius C Upon arriving at Canadian dealerships in March, a subcompact Toyota hybrid first car, the Prius c ("c" means "city") will offer the best fuel economy of any hybrid on the market, except for plug-in hybrids in like the Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid cars of the future in much electricity as the Chevrolet Volt.Toyota claims an impressive combined city / highway fuel economy rating of just 3.7 L/100 km (76 miles per imperial gallon). While consumption of fuel in the real world is a little older, the Prius c will always be one of the most fuel efficient five-passenger car on the planet.The first hybrid car gas and electricity sold in Canada, the 1999 Honda Insight, which offers the same fuel economy down, but it was a small two-seater coupe unattractive. Toyota has taken a smarter approach, offering a hatchback body style, four-door practice and with a base price under $ 21,000, Toyota is becoming more accessible to younger, entry-level buyers who want a small city ​​car that is both affordable and easy to drive in the city.2012 Toyota Prius-C Picture Gallery Included in base price of the Prius c will be $ 21 000 automatic climate control, 3.5-inch color LCD screen, USB port with iPod / iPhone connectivity, remote keyless entry with illuminated entry and tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, climate handsfree and Bluetooth phone.Fuel economy is exceptional c Prius in part because it is smaller and lighter than the Prius mid-size Prius and c. It weighs 246 kg less than the Prius sedan, and is 485 mm shorter and narrower than 50 mm. It is slightly larger than a Toyota Yaris hatchback.Instead of the standard '98-hp Prius 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the Prius c uses a gasoline engine of 1.5 liter four-cylinder produces smaller than 73 horsepower and 82 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a 45 kW (60 hp) electric motor combined is 99 horsepower (74 kW). This compares with the Prius big 134 hp (100 kW).As with other Prius, Prius c, the driver can choose between three different driving modes: Normal Eco and EV mode. Eco mode reduces total energy consumption for air conditioning and throttle to improve fuel efficiency. EV mode allows the Prius c to be used exclusively by electricity at a short distance (one mile), while remaining below 40 km / h.To respond to the small size of c Prius, Toyota has redesigned its hybrid system to reduce weight, size and improve efficiency. The Hybrid Synergy Drive integrates the operation of the gasoline engine, electric motor, continuously variable deck, 144-volt Nickel-Metal Hydride, and various electronic controls, including a power control unit (converter), a converter of DCDC, a step forward converter and a hybrid of computer control.To maximize interior space and handling, the hybrid battery and fuel tank are placed together in the back seat of the wheelbase, which improves weight distribution and improved handling. In addition, this site allows the Prius to deliver c surprisingly spacious 104 cu. feet of total interior volume (87.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. pi, pi 17. ft cargo volume).Available in March, the c Prius is offered in three trim levels starting at less than $ 21,000. Details not yet available, but the available exterior colors include Mandarin, Lime and Aqua Pearl White, with Blue Streak Metallic, Absolutely Red, Sable Black Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic and White.The interior of the Prius uses c blue / gray as the base color to the edge of the inner door, and seating surfaces on the dashboard lighter colors to help create a contras[...]



2012 Toyota Prius get updated with new style and equipment

2012-01-19T18:12:21.302-08:00

2012 Updated Toyota Prius outside View The third generation Toyota Prius has received an update with a defined style and higher levels of equipment.The Prius hybrid powertrain remains the same, ie, first-class CO2 emissions of 89g/km and a total claimed 72.4mpg fuel economy. With this level of emissions, the Prius is not road tax exempt, but also free of congestion charging in London.The exterior design has been modified to reflect the theme of the current design of Toyota. Like the Yaris, the front bumper has been re-profiled to give the car a lower, wider look. Front fog lights have been placed in the lower grille and a new design of the rear light cluster.High-end T Spirit models now get LED headlights automatically while electrically folding mirrors, heated door are now standard across the range.2012 Updated Toyota Prius Inside ViewTwo new colors, dark blue and metallic red Cabernet are also available. Inside, Toyota has proposed to increase the perceived quality - a critical first Prius - using soft-touch plastics and dark colors. The center console and air vents now inserts money to further improve the indoor environment.The front seats have been redesigned and offer a wide range of parameters, the best drivers can now feel comfortable driving.Equipment levels have been raised for the year 2012, the Toyota system with the standard of review touch screen on all models. The system includes Bluetooth connectivity and audio, and a rearview camera.Toyota Touch & Go also comes standard with the Spirit T. He added road satellite navigation voice guidance based traffic control and access to Google Local Search, if you have a compatible mobile phone.A technology package is also available for the T Spirit, which includes an upgraded multimedia system, cruise control, adaptive and intelligent assistant Park, which recognizes viable parking spaces and gives voice instructions to the inch, a perfect parking .Other options include black leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and a slipper. Style Pack is also available for T4 and T Spirit, which adds chrome accents for the exterior of the car.The new Toyota Prius will be in showrooms in March, with entry level models from £ 21,350 T3. The Prius line later this year will grow with the addition of a plug-in hybrid version and a seven-seat MPV.Read the toyota prius reviews.[...]



BMW Mini addition to the portfolio with three new versions to the end of the decade

2012-01-18T18:25:45.009-08:00

German manufacturer of luxury includes the introduction of three new models of BMW Mini car at the end of the decadeIf you're a big fan of model cars Anglo Mini icon and then you'll be glad to know that the German automaker BMW plans to expand the Mini brand by the end of the decade. According to a recent report by Automotive News and confirmed by the Director Kay Segler World Mini, Mini seeks to expand the current range of vehicles to three Mini models.Information and details on the new Mini is not discussed in detail, but Segler was confirmed that the new models would probably use a new brand of BMW Group front-wheel drive platform that will be used with the second generation Mini Cooper hardtop in 2014.Although the Mini Cooper production company started as a simple, over time, the introduction of new models has given way to the alignment marks on the existing body styles of six years.Next month will see the arrival of the Mini roadster and coupe version of the Countryman crossover four-door coupe is known as the Countryman. You may remember Countryman Cup, which began as the concept paceman in 2011 Detroit Auto Show last year.Of course, there is no doubt that the popularity of the Mini in particular in the United States where, according to figures, Mini has sold a record 57,511 cars last year - a number that executives expect BMW to build this year. However, only the addition of three new models are used to help or hinder the progress of BMW and Mini brand plans, and consumers are still interested in three new variants Mini? Can not be sure at this point, but it seems that BMW does not know that less is sometimes more.Read Other News of BMW Car:2012 BMW 3 Series | Automobiles Reviews[...]



Toyota automaker will invest 1.3 trillion in Indonesia

2012-01-18T10:24:08.577-08:00

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), the largest automaker in Japan, will invest an additional Rp 1.3 trillion (U.S. $ 143 million) in Indonesia to increase capacity in the midst of rising domestic demand, according to an official.

Johnny Darmawan, vice president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia PT (TMMIN) - Toyota joint venture with local partners Astra International - said Tuesday that the investment would boost local production capacity of 180,000 units to 230,000 units by the mid-2013.

"With this investment, we can have another 50,000 units from mid-2013, when the improvement of the capacity has been completed," he told The Jakarta Post by telephone, adding that the plant would be better produce new models.

TMC, Akio Toyoda, president announced plans to invest 5.5 trillion rupees at the local level, including Rp 2.9 trillion increase capacity from 110,000 to 180,000 units TMMIN build a new plant.

The plant is currently under construction and set to start operation in late 2012.

TMMIN currently operates three plants in Indonesia: 1 and 2 Sunter Sunter in North Jakarta and Karawang plant in West Java. Toyota Astra Motor (TAM), which is responsible for the distribution and after-sales service for products TMMIN, operates 210 stores across the country.

Johnny, also director Astra president of Toyota Motor (TAM), said the increased investment shows that Toyota wanted to take the risk that the market of Indonesia continued to grow.

"Today, Toyota can not meet all the demand for cars in Indonesia. We are still facing a shortage of supply, although Daihatsu helped us," he said.

PT Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM) produces, among other vehicles, multipurpose vehicles and SUVs Toyota Avanza fever.

Indonesia, with a growing middle class and a population of 240 million dollars, is a lucrative market for car dealers.

Its economy grew by over 6 percent annually over the past two years, while an increased investment environment has encouraged many car manufacturers to boost investment in the largest economy in Southeast Asia.

Major car manufacturers in Indonesia are waiting for the new government regulations at low cost and environmentally friendly cars, predicting that demand will increase and improve the investment climate through various incentives.

Several car manufacturers have announced commitments last year to increase investment in the country, including Japan Daihatsu Motor Company Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Company, BMW of Germany and China Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd.

The Association of the Automotive Industry of Indonesia (Gaikindo) said car sales can increase from 3 to 5 percent this year from 894,180 units sold in 2011 due to increased risks of global economic slowdown and subsidized fuel restrictions in April. TAM has sold 311,136 cars last year, 34.8 percent of auto sales in the country in total.

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2012 Toyota racing series got lead by Southland driver Damon Leitch

2012-01-18T10:12:09.538-08:00

South-land driver Damon Leitch leads to the second round of the 2012 Toyota racing series with a slight advantage in the championship and time with the hope of improving the hail and sleet in the first round in Invercargill.

For the first time a rider had taken Southland series, and many more international drivers that the inhabitants of three to one, the closest rival is the second round Leitch is another Kiwi, Nick Cassidy.

Leitch has 181 points, ahead of Cassidy in the 173.

Asseldonk pilot Hannes van Holland won the first major trophy in the series last weekend in Invercargill, and is the third in the championship with 150 points.

He won two of three runs for the SRT in Invercargill, taking into account the spirit of the Cup of Nations and the third race affected by rain, although the division of high-speed track that this race was red flag.

Only 31 points separate the top three in the championship with 75 points for each victory. The British rider Josh Hill, who won the first race of the 2012 series, is also well within walking distance, as Felix Serralles, Puerto Rico. The best rookie in the series, Bruno Boniface, is the sixth in the points.

The second round of the 2012 Toyota Racing Series will begin on Saturday International Raceway levels, with qualifying and the first race of the weekend. Pilots must do more testing and qualification in Timaru have good grid positions and the speed of the track at every race.

Category Manager Barrie Thomlinson says that extreme weather in Invercargill challenged pilots and gave them valuable experience in the car. With so many new drivers in the series, the chance to get used to the way the cars driven in wet conditions and the wind was "priceless."

"Invercargill demonstrated the value of our team structure and massive experience and knowledge gained by the teams over the past seven seasons.

"For the drivers it would have been very reassuring, since it came out in racing that took place in the most variables as possible," he said.

Thomlinson said the teams expect a more stable climate in the second round. The main race is the Timaru Herald Trophy, over 20 laps on Sunday.

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Mazda takes for 45% sale target 2012

2012-01-18T04:18:38.049-08:00

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Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd sets an aggressive target to raise its 2012 sales to 60,000 units, representing a 45 per cent increase from last year.

Last year the Mazda cars were sold 41,980 units, up 19.44 percent over the previous year.

In 2012, besides the introduction of the BT-50 pickup 1 ton PRO, a new truck and a new 1.6-liter Mazda3, aggressive marketing activities and sales promotion will be launched. To increase consumer confidence, the number of showrooms and service centers for services increased. In 2011, Mazda has increased the number of dealers from 109 to 125 and the end of 2012, the figure will reach 140.

"Our philosophy Zoom-Zoom, Mazda is preparing to boost the pickup segment, which is most of the car market in Thailand with the introduction of the new BT-50 PRO in January. Mazda hopes to create a new trend in the market pick-up with exceptional style Pro BT-50, and most importantly, we will also strengthen our range of cars with the new Mazda3 1.6 During the first quarter of this year. also be launching new models to stimulate the market all year, especially the great success of models like the racing series limited edition that was very popular. Mazda considers the major policy to refresh our products always available, "said Yuki Choichi, Managing Director of Mazda Sales (Thailand), in a press conference today.
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Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell cars concept gets low-key Detroit reception

2012-01-18T03:54:34.302-08:00

Toyota, the automaker most closely associated with hybrids is still not giving up hydrogen fuel cells. Here is the FCV-R, a concept that kind of snuck into the Detroit Auto Show last week without much notice.

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Part of the reason was, that was much more important vehicle for Toyota there to steal the show. However, the R-FCV (FCV for vehicles with fuel cells and R is the "Revolution and Reality") is important because it reminds us that Toyota is still planning a field of hydrogen car in 2015. Auto Salon year, only a few years from now. Gulp.

Honda and General Motors have made the most noise about the benefits of hydrogen. Toyota, for its strength in hybrid fuel economy did not say much. But that could change as the production version of this car is ready for commercialization.
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