Watch Congress sample Toyota’s i-Road 3-wheeler concept

Watch Congress sample Toyota’s i-Road 3-wheeler concept

April 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Budget , Technology , Toyota , Specialty , Electric Toyota brought its new i-Road, a three-wheeled, all-electric low-speed vehicle that debuted in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show , to the Capitol for some of our elected officials to test out. As easy as it is to forget that politicians are people, too, it was refreshing to see a human side to many of them as they zipped about one of the Capitol’s many meeting rooms. We’d say their reactions were surprisingly positive. Of course, some were just down there because Toyota is a big presence in their respective districts, but the bulk of the senators and representatives seemed like they just wanted to zip about the makeshift indoor course on the leaning trike. Take a look below at the video from Bloomberg . Continue reading Watch Congress sample Toyota’s i-Road 3-wheeler concept Watch Congress sample Toyota’s i-Road 3-wheeler concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014

Total auto recalls already on record pace in 2014

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Safety , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Nissan , Toyota , Volkswagen If you’ve noticed that there have been more recalls than usual this year, you may be on to something. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , the US market is on pace to break a record for recalls. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled. We’re only a third of the way through 2014, though, and we’ve already halved that figure, with 11 million units recalled. That’s wild. Considering the past few months, it shouldn’t be a surprise that General Motors is leading the charge, with six million of the 11 million units recalled coming from one of the General’s four brands. Between truck recalls , CUV recalls and the ignition switch recall , 2014 hasn’t been a great year for GM. Other recall leaders include Nissan ( one million Sentra and Altima sedans), Honda ( 900,000 Odyssey minivans), Toyota ( over one million units in a few recalls), Volkswagen ( 150,000 Passat sedans), Chrysler ( 644,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs) and most recently, Ford ( 434,000 units , the bulk of which were early Ford Escape CUVs). So while it’s been a bad year for GM so far, its competitors aren’t doing too well, either. It’s not the end of the world, though.

General Motors became second-largest US advertiser in 2013

General Motors became second-largest US advertiser in 2013

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , GM , Toyota General Motors might be mired in several recalls , as well as the ongoing investigations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Congress into the automaker’s response to those recalls. However, the company can celebrate taking the title of the US’ second-largest advertiser in 2013. According to Ad Week examining a recently released study, total advertising spending in the US posted its fourth consecutive year of rising expenditures with 0.9-percent growth to $140.2 billion. Of that, the auto industry spent $15.2 billion to promote its goods in 2013, up 3.8 percent. The country’s biggest advertiser was Procter and Gamble, which dropped $3.17 billion in 2013, an increase of 11.8 percent. GM became the nation’s second largest promoter with $1.794 billion in spending, up 10 percent. The biggest proportion of that money went to sell Cadillac and GMC . AT&T barely lost out with $1.793 billion in advertising, 15.2 percent growth. The 10 businesses with the highest ad investments spent a cumulative $15.9 billion during the year, 6.6 percent higher than 2012. Toyota came in eighth place making it the only other automaker to rank in the top 10.

Nissan, Toyota offering payment deferments to people affected by government shutdown

Nissan, Toyota offering payment deferments to people affected by government shutdown

October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Nissan , Toyota Two weeks into the budget-related government shutdown and it sounds like some progress is finally being made, but that doesn’t really help furloughed government employees pay their bills. To help out a little, Nissan and Toyota are joining Hyundai with offering payment deferments to current owners and lessees. In a release, a Nissan spokesperson said the company is “sympathetic to any of our customers who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances – many times outside of their control.” Both Japanese automakers are allowing payment extensions of up to 90 days without penalties or fees. Unlike the Hyundai Assurance Plan , though, it doesn’t seem like the Nissan or Toyota assistance will be extended to those who are still in the buying process. Scroll down for press releases from both companies about their respective payment deferment programs. Continue reading Nissan, Toyota offering payment deferments to people affected by government shutdown Nissan, Toyota offering payment deferments to people affected by government shutdown originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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