Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

December 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Performance , Truck , Technology , Aston Martin , BMW , Chevrolet , Toyota , Electric , Luxury , Emissions “We believe that for the United States, this is going to be very important.” – Julian Arguelles Let there be no doubt, BMW is serious about electric vehicles. The German automaker said this week it will make plug-in hybrid versions of all of its core models, an aggressive move that demonstrates its commitment to electric propulsion systems. BMW did not specify which vehicles will get the plug-in systems or provide a timeline for when they will arrive. But the announcement is clearly more than blustering, and the company revealed a 3 Series plug-in prototype this week at an event in France. BMW said the 3 Series uses a version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower, 300 pound feet of torque) with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission in place of the torque converter. It has an all-electric range of 22 miles. A plug-in X5 with the same powertrain was also displayed alongside the 3 Series, though the X5 has been on the auto-show circuit for more than a year, including a recent stop in Los Angeles . Continue reading Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Safety , Toyota When you build as many cars and trucks as Toyota does, you’re bound to run into the occasional recall . In the past month alone, the Japanese auto giant has recalled over 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models over problems with the air-conditioning units, and 10,000 more before that over windshield wiper issues. Now Toyota has issued another recall notice, but this time for far fewer vehicles. The recall revolves around the engine valve springs in the 2013 and 2014 Tacoma , specifically those fitted with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and not the optional 4.0-liter V6. The issue is that the valve springs are prone to cracking and breaking over time, and results from improper maintenance of the manufacturing equipment used by one of the two suppliers that outfit Toyota with the components in question. All told, some 4,000 vehicles will be subject to the voluntary recall, the owners of which will receive notice by mail. If you think that could be you and want to get a jump on the problem, you can read the announcement below and call Toyota yourself. Continue reading Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Recalls , Safety , Toyota When you build as many cars and trucks as Toyota does, you’re bound to run into the occasional recall . In the past month alone, the Japanese auto giant has recalled over 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models over problems with the air-conditioning units, and 10,000 more before that over windshield wiper issues. Now Toyota has issued another recall notice, but this time for far fewer vehicles. The recall revolves around the engine valve springs in the 2013 and 2014 Tacoma , specifically those fitted with the standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and not the optional 4.0-liter V6. The issue is that the valve springs are prone to cracking and breaking over time, and results from improper maintenance of the manufacturing equipment used by one of the two suppliers that outfit Toyota with the components in question. All told, some 4,000 vehicles will be subject to the voluntary recall, the owners of which will receive notice by mail. If you think that could be you and want to get a jump on the problem, you can read the announcement below and call Toyota yourself. Continue reading Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs Toyota recalls 4,000 Tacoma pickups over valve springs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video]

Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video]

August 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Videos , Toyota Now that the NSX is on its way back, the list of sports car revivals most yearned for by US enthusiasts is probably down to the Mazda RX-7 , Nissan 240SX , Lotus Elise and Toyota Supra . There’s been a lot of talk about that last one over the past year especially, with rumors of an all-wheel-drive coupe utilizing a CVT last May, a Toyota engineer declaring he was instructed to develop a new Supra in November (and another MR2 in case you’re wondering), a tie-up with BMW in January of this year that highlighted a “mid-size sports vehicle” and the incoming company chairman saying he wants something “comparable” to the Supra just two months ago. Oh, and there was Toyota UK going on a public stroll down Supra History Lane last month. This week, Bloomberg spoke to Toyota USA Sales CEO Kazuo Ohara on a variety of topics, from pickup trucks to US hybrid sales to the value of the yen, then opened up the Supra issue in the last 40 seconds. While making sure to start his answer with the fact that nothing is confirmed, Ohara’s reply to the resurrection of the coupe was “We have several options… and a kind of Supra successor is one of the options we have.” That doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, but Ohara’s last line was, “In the future we can give you better news.” We don’t know if “better news” means confirmation of a Supra, or the announcement that they’ve confirmed something at all. So if you thought you could get off the edge of your seat, well, not just yet. You can watch the complete Bloomberg interview below . Continue reading Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video] Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota investing $30 million in Indiana for more Highlander production

Toyota investing $30 million in Indiana for more Highlander production

July 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Indiana seems like the place to be if you’re looking for work in a car factory. In May, Subaru announced plans to invest $400 million in its Lafayette, Indiana plant, creating 900 new jobs in the process and increasing capacity to 300,000 units per year. Now, Toyota has announced plans to invest $30 million in its Princeton, Indiana plant, 170 miles south of the Subaru factory, which also builds the Camry . Toyota’s investment will create an additional 200 jobs and increase the factory’s volume by 15,000 units. Toyota announced an investment in the plant in February of 2012 that bumped volume up from 300,000 to 350,000 units. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, as the Princeton facility is officially known, produces the recently revised Toyota Highlander , the Sequoia and the Sienna . It employs 4,500 people, and this announcement represents Toyota’s tenth production increase in under two years. Scroll down below for the official announcement. Continue reading Toyota investing $30 million in Indiana for more Highlander production Toyota investing $30 million in Indiana for more Highlander production originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts

Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , SUV , Truck , Ford , Toyota Not all so-called Memorandum of Understanding pacts end in actual collaborations. For instance, after a two-year “feasibility study,” Toyota and Ford have just announced that they will not be developing hybrid systems for use in light trucks and SUVs as previously planned, and the two automakers will instead continue to develop their own hybrid technology independently. The would-be collaboration was first announced in August of 2011, and would have seen a rear-wheel-drive hybrid platform that would “improve the efficiency of trucks and SUVs while still allowing them to be driven in the way customers expect,” according to our initial post on the topic. Keep in mind that this announcement isn’t to say we shouldn’t expect hybrid pickups and SUVs from the two automakers, but that they probably aren’t coming very soon – Ford says it will have a system “before the end of this decade” and we haven’t heard much from Toyota on the hybrid truck front since the 2008 A-BAT Concept (pictured above) – and that they will not share any components between them (and they never have , for what it’s worth). In any case, Ford and Toyota are continuing to work together on “next-generation standards for telematics and will consider other areas for future collaboration as well.” Feel free to read announcements from both automakers below . Continue reading Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Kyle Busch and ‘Rowdy Edition’ Camry Win the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30, 2012 — All the votes are counted and the fans have spoken: Kyle Busch and his track-inspired black-on-black “Rowdy Edition” Camry have won the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Busch’s efforts earned a check from Toyota for $50,000 that goes to his chosen charity for the competition, the Kyle Busch Foundation. Toyota made the announcement today at the SEMA Show with the help of TV racing commentator and Top Gear USA host, Rutledge Wood, master of ceremonies for the event.

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