Coming Toyota Supra to forgo hybrid, get a BMW six-cylinder turbo?

Coming Toyota Supra to forgo hybrid, get a BMW six-cylinder turbo?

March 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , BMW , Toyota , Coupe , Future , Hybrid , Performance Car and Driver reports that the Toyota Supra will arrive as a 2018 model and hide a BMW-sourced, turbocharged inline-six under the hood, not a hybrid. Continue reading Coming Toyota Supra to forgo hybrid, get a BMW six-cylinder turbo? Coming Toyota Supra to forgo hybrid, get a BMW six-cylinder turbo? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers

Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , BMW , Toyota , Technology , Electric , Hybrid Toyota tests hybrids with silicon-carbide power semiconductors. The CCS and CHAdeMO rivalry could be over. Retired BMW i3 batteries to be recycled for grid storage. Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Mini Minor to be co-developed with Toyota

Mini Minor to be co-developed with Toyota

January 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: BMW , MINI , Toyota , Hatchback The partnership between BMW and Toyota is now tipped to expand to include a new city car to be billed as the Mini Minor, previewed by the Rocketman concept of 2011. Continue reading Mini Minor to be co-developed with Toyota Mini Minor to be co-developed with Toyota originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Lexus NX, BMW i3 to get Super Bowl commercials

Lexus NX, BMW i3 to get Super Bowl commercials

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , BMW , Kia , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Nissan , Toyota , Crossover , Hatchback , Electric , Hybrid Lexus will run a 30-second spot for the NX during this year’s Super Bowl, while BMW announces it will be showcasing the i3 in a 60-second spot. Four other carmakers have announced plans to join the party, down from 11 carmakers who advertised during last year’s event. Continue reading Lexus NX, BMW i3 to get Super Bowl commercials Lexus NX, BMW i3 to get Super Bowl commercials originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Automakers paying Chinese dealers for lower-than-expected sales

January 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Earnings/Financials , Audi , BMW , Porsche , Toyota , Car Dealers , China , Luxury Reuters reports that BMW has agreed to pay its Chinese dealers 5.1 billion yuan ($820 million) to help them overcome huge inventories and poor profits last year. Audi and Daimler have are also subsidizing Chinese dealers with hundreds of millions of dollars as the local auto market slows down. Continue reading Automakers paying Chinese dealers for lower-than-expected sales Automakers paying Chinese dealers for lower-than-expected sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2015 will be the biggest year ever for cars at CES

January 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Technology , CES , Audi , BMW , Chrysler , Fiat , Ford , GM , Hyundai , Mazda , Toyota , Volkswagen , Apple , Google CES 2015 might as well be called the 2015 Automotive Tech Show, as OEMs and tech companies flock to show off their cutting-edge wares in Las Vegas. Continue reading 2015 will be the biggest year ever for cars at CES 2015 will be the biggest year ever for cars at CES originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

December 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Safety , BMW , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Mazda , Mitsubishi , Nissan , Subaru , Toyota Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, since it’s the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its models are a health hazards. The Detroit News reports that Toyota , Honda , General Motors , Ford , Chrysler , Mazda , BMW , Nissan , Mitsubishi and Subaru met in a hotel conference room near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week to sort out a way to understand the technical issues involved. So far, faulty airbag inflators have been ruled the cause of five deaths and 50 injuries around the world, but neither Takata nor investigators understands exactly why the inflators are malfunctioning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently asked Takata to issue a national recall , Takata declined , citing a minuscule failure rate and the fact that it’s still investigating the issue. Toyota and Honda then made an industry-wide appeal for “a coordinated, comprehensive testing program” that would pinpoint the problem inflators and get them replaced, and that’s what the Detroit meeting was about. Numerous issues, however, will make this a long row to hoe: simply getting the parts to replace the nearly 20 million inflators in cars recalled around the world so far – even working with other suppliers – will take a years , but more importantly, no one knows if the replacement inflators currently being installed will suffer the same issue. Answers will hopefully come quickly with Takata, the ten automakers and NHTSA all independently investigating the problem. 10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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 sells off Tesla shares, too

Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: BMW , Toyota , Tesla The incredible rise of Tesla’s stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler , parent company of Mercedes-Benz , ditched its four-percent stake , and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, selling off an undisclosed bit of its Tesla investment. The move comes as Toyota winds down sales of the RAV4 EV , which gets its batteries and electric motor from Tesla at the company’s Fremont, CA factory. “We have a good relationship with Tesla, and will evaluate the feasibility of working together on future projects ,” Toyota spokesperson Kayo Doi told Bloomberg via email. According to Bloomberg , Toyota maintained a 2.4-percent stake as recently as March 31, making it the tenth-largest of Tesla’s investors. As the Japanese shed an undisclosed percentage of its shares, though, another automaker might be eyeing the California company. Value Walk has a speculative story that claims BMW could be looking at tying up with Tesla, based on a reported meeting between execs from the two companies. The fact that the Munich-based company’s carbon-fiber expertise fits nicely with the Palo Alto company’s EV knowhow is apparently the driving force behind this speculation. But as usual, take this with a grain of salt. Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:15:00 EST.

Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

October 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: BMW , Toyota , Tesla The incredible rise of Tesla’s stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler , parent company of Mercedes-Benz , ditched its four-percent stake , and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, selling off an undisclosed bit of its Tesla investment. The move comes as Toyota winds down sales of the RAV4 EV , which gets its batteries and electric motor from Tesla at the company’s Fremont, CA factory. “We have a good relationship with Tesla, and will evaluate the feasibility of working together on future projects ,” Toyota spokesperson Kayo Doi told Bloomberg via email. According to Bloomberg , Toyota maintained a 2.4-percent stake as recently as March 31, making it the tenth-largest of Tesla’s investors. As the Japanese shed an undisclosed percentage of its shares, though, another automaker might be eyeing the California company. Value Walk has a speculative story that claims BMW could be looking at tying up with Tesla, based on a reported meeting between execs from the two companies. The fact that the Munich-based company’s carbon-fiber expertise fits nicely with the Palo Alto company’s EV knowhow is apparently the driving force behind this speculation. But as usual, take this with a grain of salt. Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:15:00 EST.

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