Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The company intends to Toyota next year to start production in the serial version of the pilot electric FT-EV, based on the mikrolitrazhki iQ. According to the British publication Autocar, with reference to the statement by the chief designer of this model Hiroki Nakajima, novelty will be completely different from the normal iQ appearance, as well as a modernized interior, which the company agreed to be changed after negative feedback about the quality of the owners used to furnish materials.
Electric-based mikrolitrazhki iQ will be launched in the first mass production model of Toyota in lithium-ion batteries. New product will be driven by four electric motors located in the wheels and the battery will be able to travel about 150 kilometers. Fully charged batteries from ordinary home electrical outlet will take approximately eight hours. The total power of electric motors, as well as dynamic characteristics of the machine has not yet been clarified.
In addition, the company also plans to submit a Toyota model iQ range of special accessories to personalize a car, created by analogy with the ruler of labels proposed for the Fiat 500. According to preliminary information, these accessories will be available for the iQ to the mid-2011.
Note that the concept Toyota FT-EV was introduced this year at the Auto Show in Detroit, and his car battery to provide the range of 75 kilometers. Earlier, Japanese car manufacturer had planned to begin serial production of electric only by 2012.
More than a year, fans enjoy the new generation Toyota giant Land Cruiser. 200-I model has caused a great revival among the lovers of the brand.
Meanwhile, fans of a more compact version of Land Cruiser - Prado - remained dissatisfied. Their car is produced without major changes since 2002.
Now came their turn - new arrive on sale as early as next year. The appearance of the car, as is the case with 200-first model, to declassify the Arab fans of the brand. Photos of cars appeared on the eve of an Arab sites.
Unfortunately, the Internet only got photos of front and rear parts, so difficult to say whether the profile of the car.
What engines will be installed on a new generation of automobiles, still unknown. According to rumors, in the beginning it will be old engines: gasoline 4.0-liter V6 power of 249 liters. with. and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with 173 �horse�.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Japanese edition of Best Car, referring to own sources of Toyota Motor, said details of the back car, which could become the successor to Toyota MR-2, perhaps even getting the same name. A coupe, according to the edition, referring to its sources, based on the Toyota Prius. Platform popular hybrid shortened to 100 mm and the engine upgraded to better reflect the nature of sports. Its members must enter the same 1.8-liter gasoline engine 2ZR-FXE, but the total power of the hybrid installations to grow by 37 hp up to 136 hp
Passenger formula developed by the car - 2 +2, with three body will have little resemblance to the Prius. Argued, however, that many more similarities will be in the cabin, especially in the front part, said autoportal.ua. Fuel efficiency dropped slightly in comparison with the Prius, but the design of fuel consumption figures remain at 35 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel.
Officially, Toyota Motor does not endorse or disproves the conduct of the development of this car, but its appearance more than likely, if the anticipated debut of the main rival Honda CR-Z will be successful. At the market a new hybrid Toyota coupe will be released no earlier than 2012.
Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor recorded in June, the maximum reduction in the volume of production among Japanese automakers in the decreasing sales due to rising unemployment.
Toyota, Japan's largest automakers, had decreased production of the 11 th consecutive month. The volume of production decreased by 24% compared to the same month last year.Nissan, the third-largest automakers country has produced 22% fewer vehicles than in June 2008. Production of Honda Motor, the second largest Japanese automakers, fell by 20%.
Japanese automakers in the past month have reduced production in North America to reduce inventories, as sales in the U.S. in the first half of 2009 decreased by 35%. Companies have also cut production in Japan, despite the launch of the Government program of tax incentives to stimulate sales of baby car, including the new hybrid models of Toyota and Honda.
"At the global level, the sale of the vehicle, apparently reached the lower limit and begin to recover, but recovery will be slow - believes manager Intelligence Automotive Asia Ashvin Chotai. - In the medium term, sales in the United States did not reach the level of 2005 and 2006. It also is difficult to expect a substantial recovery sales in Japan. "
Intelligence Automotive predicts decline in sales in the United States to about 9.8 million vehicles in the 200 - year to 13.2 million vehicles a year earlier, and then - rising to 10.8 million vehicles in 2010.
Japan's automakers association expects that the outcome of the current fiscal year, sales in the domestic market will be the lowest in three decades. Wide sales are projected association will drop in the fiscal year ended at March 2010, compared to the previous year at 8.5% - up to 4.3 million vehicles. The peak value of sales was recorded in 1990 - 7.78 million vehicles.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
At the time of entering the market, the cost of such a car would be a record low, despite the newness of technology.
Toyota Motor has distributed an update on the development of own cars on fuel cells or hydrogen-mobilized. The company expects that their value at the time of entering the market will be �shocking low�. Will take into account the experience of hybrids, which were initially very expensive, that do not attract more buyers. Hybrids more expensive than gasoline counterparts, and now, but their popularity is growing all the same. Even more successful Toyota intends to achieve by submitting hydrogen-mobilized (or several models), who accessibility could compete with gasoline, while possessing a number of significant advantages, especially in terms of efficiency and environmental friendliness.
Toyota is pleased with the progress which has already been achieved and the level of developed technologies. In 2015, hydrogen-mobilized come on the market, allegedly, regardless of whether sufficient infrastructure for maintenance and refueling or not. At this time, Japanese automakers are concerned, how consumers will view a new type of car. A kind of marketing should be the prototype Plug-In hybrids, including a special version of Prius.
Serial hydrogen-mobilized Toyota will be developed based on technologies that continue to improve on the prototype FCHV. It was built on the base model Toyota Highlander / Kluger, but this does not mean the company stresses that the first production fuel cell car will be exactly Highlander. Most likely it will be much more compact model.
It should be noted that only Japanese hydrogen-mobilized in the market, is the Honda FCX Clarity, available in Japan and the United States in a kind of rent-lease. Buy a model could be, and his rent, for example, in California, the U.S. will cost $ 600 a month.