The plural form of the Toyota Prius recently came to a head with the expansion of the hybrid family. Vehicles include the Prius plug-in (check out our Prius PHEV test here), while the Prius v and Prius c concepts at the Detoit show and the Prius + concept coming to the 2011 Geneva show foreshadow future Prius-branded vehicles.
Earlier this month, Toyota announced that it has added several models to its previous recalls addressing floor mats that could interfere with the accelerator pedal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota have recently issued a recall on various Toyota SUVs and trucks.
Microsoft and Toyota will develop a cloud-based in-car entertainment system for Toyota vehicles that will handle navigation and data services plus audio and video. The system will also provide power management for electric and hybrid vehicles, said the companies in a joint press conference Wednesday.
It will be a voice-activated system based on Microsoft’s current Windows cloud operating system called Azure. It should be in electric and hybrid cars beginning in 2012. Toyota president Akio Toyoda said the cloud system is part of the company’s aim to “develop a new link between vehicles and people.”
The Detroit 3 didn't spend the past two years just cleaning up their cost structure. They also improved supplier relations to the point that they're within striking distance of the industry's top performers.
A healthy win-win relationship with suppliers is a key factor that not long ago separated top-level automakers (Toyota, Honda and Nissan) from also-rans (the Detroit 3) in North America. Now it's a horse race.
Some key changes, shown in the annual supplier survey by Detroit-area research firm Planning Perspectives Inc.:
-- Chrysler Group, reflecting CEO Sergio Marchionne's vision for cooperation and Chrysler purchasing chief Dan Knott's push for harmony, has dramatically improved relations with suppliers just two years after a self-admitted phalanx of problems.
“Intelligence Position Switch” (IPS) retools the shifting of your ZVW30 Prius. IPS has a unique shape that fits in the palm of your hand. By replacing OE shift knob to the IPS, you can shift the gear positions more intellectually and more intuitively by pushing buttons instead of the conventional lever operation.
Carlos Ghosn and his team at Nissan painted a glowing picture of fiscal year 2012 in Yokohama Thursday, despite an expected 15.4-percent decline in profits for 2012 due to the effects of the soaring yen and higher costs combined with the ongoing production disruptions caused by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami to overcome. Japan’s second-largest automaker predicted lower profits but higher vehicle sales and heftier revenues for the current fiscal year.
The brave new world of smartphone apps is budding everywhere, and that includes the automotive industry, now that car manufacturers are looking for new ways to engage with both owners and brand fans. Following is an overall list of current smartphone applications (the vast majority of which are designed for the iPhone platform) developed by automakers.
The photos do reflect a slightly different taillamp than the one shown yesterday by Toyota, but it is unclear at this time if the differences are entirely to blame on market differences or trim level changes.
2012 Honda Fit Sport
The 2011 Honda Fit is one of the most popular vehicles in the subcompact segment, and with good reason: it’s small on the outside but big on the inside, relatively entertaining to drive and affordable for most any budget. It’s racked up “Best Of” awards from the likes of Car and Driver, J.D Power and Edmunds, and Fit sales in 2011 are up by nearly 32 percent compared to last year.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
In 2011, a base Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo started at $30,215, but for 2012 that price drops to $26,995, a difference of $3,220. In contrast, mid-level Limited models increase in price by $80 (from $36,715 to $36,795), while the top-line Overland models go up by $700 (from $38,795 to $39,495).
The official name of this car is the 2012 Toyota Hilux. Generally, this car belongs to a new design and further improves the model’s well-known quality, durability, and reliability. Surely, you will be impressed with the coming of this sturdy car. This car has experienced some updated features. You must check this one out.
2012 Toyota Rav4 was introduced with the new engines and new presentations. This car was designed with elegant design with all the power that the car is new, it can take people’s attention. The car is the combination of comfort and power, and of course with the best engine, can deliver high performance. This is a minivan that comes with more standard styles.
2012 Volkswagen Beetle