Filed under: Hybrid , Toyota , Tesla , Electric Four months have passed since Toyota ended its relationship with Tesla Motors , in which the electric-vehicle specialist supplied full lithium-ion battery packs to the Japanese behemoth for its RAV4 EV rollout, of which 2,500 vehicles will be completed. Now, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has been heard suggesting that a future collaboration is likely within the next two to three years, and that it will probably be much larger than the last one. Both Tesla and Toyota have sung each other’s praises in the not-too-distant past, Toyota telling Autoblog back in May, “We have a good relationship with Tesla and will evaluate the feasibility of working together on future projects.” According to Automotive News , Musk said of the Japanese giant , “We love working with Toyota… We have a huge amount of respect for them as a company and certainly much to learn.” Interestingly, though, the two automakers have rather divergent strategies for eco-friendly automobiles. Toyota, as you’re surely aware, is the clear-cut leader in hybrids and has thrown its massive support in the direction of hydrogen fuel cells, while Tesla has invested heavily in battery-electric technology and high-speed charging stations. Still, both hybrids and fuel cell vehicles still require battery packs, albeit ones smaller than pure EVs, so it’s not an off-the-wall suggestion that Toyota could work with Tesla in the coming years on such diverse products. For the time being, Toyota has responded that it has “nothing to say” about Musk’s suggestions of future collaboration. Tesla expects another higher-volume deal with Toyota in next few years originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Chrysler , Infiniti , Mazda , Toyota , Earnings/Financials , Fiat Chrysler will still be largely run out of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, and Fiat will be based in Turin, Italy. Americans and Italians worried that two of their nation’s industrial icons – Chrysler and Fiat – are merging into a British/Dutch corporation with a blurred identity can rest a bit easier, even as an initial public stock offering looms as early as October. Chrysler will still be run mostly out of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, and Fiat will be based in Turin, Italy. “Operationally, day-to-day operations will sit where they sit today,” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said during an earnings announcement earlier this summer. The company will be incorporated in the Netherlands for tax purposes, and the board will meet in London, where unspecified parts of the firm’s “decision-making process” will take place. “Operationally, London will hold nothing, other than the decision-making process of FCA, meetings of the group executive council and some of the senior leaders will be residing there,” Marchionne said. Specifically, Richard Palmer, FCA’s chief financial officer and a native of Bath, England, will move to London. Still, Marchionne stressed the company’s move to London is more than symbolic, even if some functions are still unclear. “It’s a pretty permanent rooting of the organization in London in order to make sure that the machine runs,” he said. Continue reading Weekly Recap: Despite merger, Fiat and Chrysler will maintain local roots as stock offering looms Weekly Recap: Despite merger, Fiat and Chrysler will maintain local roots as stock offering looms originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:00:00 EST.
Filed under: Truck , Toyota , Off-Road Just a few weeks after announcing pricing for the first two members of its TRD Pro Series , Toyota has finally dropped the final pricing details on its new Tundra TRD Pro. Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the Tundra will be available in two different body styles, with a more affordable Double Cab and a roomier Crew Cab. Prices start at $41,285 for the former and $43,900 for the latter – not counting a hefty $1,100 destination charge – effectively slotting Toyota’s off-road-ready model between the $41,730, Double Cab Limited and $46,465, Crew Cab-only 1794 Edition trucks. As we’ve covered previously, the TRD Pro models come with a raft of off-road gear that should help combat just about any terrain a driver may stumble across. TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks and TRD-tuned front springs add two inches to the big truck’s ride height while the black, 18-inch TRD wheels and available Inferno Orange paint add a bit of visual sass. A new TRD dual exhaust system is also standard, which can confirm sounds great (review coming soon!). Scroll down for the full press blast from Toyota. Continue reading 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro priced from $41,285* 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro priced from $41,285* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Sedan , Truck , Government/Legal , Safety , Chevrolet , Dodge , Ford , Honda , Jeep , Nissan , Toyota No one wants to have their car stolen, but a new study by the National Insurance Crime Bureau has some bad news for older Honda owners and pickup drivers. Fortunately, it has better news for drivers overall. The group is reporting that according to preliminary data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, thefts were down 3.2 percent in 2013 (versus 2012) to fewer than 700,000 cars. That’s the lowest figure since 1967. That’s also less than half of the peak of over 1.66 million thefts in 1991. “The drop in thefts is good news for all of us,” says NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. “But it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year.” Honda drivers might not find it such good news with older Accord and Civic models topping this year’s theft study. Toyota and Dodge can’t really celebrate, either, with two models each on the list, as well. Overall, this year’s list was split evenly between foreign and domestic models, which were mostly pickups. The 10 most likely vehicles to be stolen in 2013 were: Honda Accord – 53,995 Honda Civic – 45,001 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) – 27,809 Ford Pickup (Full Size) – 26,494 Toyota Camry – 14,420 Dodge Pickup (Full Size) – 11,347 Dodge Caravan – 10,911 Jeep Cherokee / Grand Cherokee – 9,272 Toyota Corolla – 9,010 Nissan Altima – 8,892 Those numbers don’t exactly tell the whole story, though.
Filed under: Motorsports , Performance , Dodge , Jaguar , Toyota If you’re an enthusiast, and you don’t know that Dodge spawned another Hellcat this week, you really must have been living in cave. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is probably the biggest news for enthusiasts since the reveal of, well the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat . But, there are some things you might not know or might have missed about the new Charger and Challenger Hellcats. For starters, reports that the Hellcat production would be limited to a low volume are not true. “We have not capped the Hellcat on either the Challenger or the Charger,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said. Continue reading Weekly Recap: Things you might not know about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats Weekly Recap: Things you might not know about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Spy Photos , Budget , Truck , Toyota With the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon set to arrive in dealers in the near future, it’s high time Toyota got to work on a replacement for the Tacoma , a vehicle whose present generation debuted in the middle of the Bush Administration. Now, we have images of that new pickup undergoing testing. Our spy photographers picked up this heavily modified mule undergoing tow tests in the desert. It rides on a modified version of the current Taco’s frame, as evidenced by shots of its undercarriage, although our spies cite the lack of riveted sections as indications that the current truck’s footprint should remain unchanged. Aside from underbody changes, this particular Tacoma featured a six-speed manual transmission, which we’re expecting to be joined by a six-speed automatic. The current four- and five-speed autos found on the current truck will almost certainly be killed off. Marching to the grave with those slushboxes will be the two-door Regular Cab body style. Our spies are expecting Toyota to focus its efforts on the larger, more accessible Double Cab. Take a look up top for the heavily detailed gallery of images of the new Tacoma in action. Expect the next-gen Tacoma to arrive later in 2015, likely as a 2016 model.
Filed under: Hybrid , Sedan , Recalls , Safety , Toyota It looks like Consumer Reports might be getting part of what it wants regarding the Toyota Camry Hybrid and its braking system. Toyota is issuing what it calls a limited service campaign, rather than a full recall, covering about 177,500 of the hybrid sedans from the 2007 through 2011 model years because of an issue with the cars’ brake fluid reservoirs. The models have a filter separating two chambers of the brake fluid reservoir, and the part can get clogged over time. If this happens, the fluid level in one of the chambers can get too low and eventually cause the power assist to fail. There are multiple warning lights on the dashboard that illuminate over time if the filter gets obstructed, though. The company is replacing the entire reservoir with an improved unit, and the fix takes about two hours to perform. Consumer Reports recently began asking for a recall on these models for the potentially clogged filters. The magazine also reported a second issue with the ABS brake actuator that could lead to a difficult to depress brake, but Toyota has increased the warranty on the part to 10 years or 150,000 miles. Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight explained why this isn’t a full recall to Autoblog via email. “If Toyota determines that an issue presents an ‘unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,’ per the Safety Act, the company will conduct a safety recall,” she said.
Filed under: Concept Cars , Videos , Toyota , Toys/Games Gran Turismo 6 has been the preferred marketing springboard for quite a few brands and concept cars since its debut last winter. Specifically the GT Vision concept idea – allowing manufacturers a built-in place to offer up new, original, drivable content – has enticed the likes of Mercedes , Nissan , Volkswagen , Toyota and more to dream big on the digital stage before pulling the sheets back on real concept cars. In fact, Toyota teamed its live reveal of the FT-1 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show with an in-game launch of the car, just this past January. Looking for a second bite at the GT6 apple, Toyota has just released a teaser video for a new, FT-1 Vision GT version of the same concept. The company isn’t giving us much to go on save for the 30-second video, saying only that the concept was penned by Toyota’s Calty Design Research team in California, and that it will “soon be available for download.” By the looks of it, the new FT-1 seems to be more of a racecar than the original, without obvious changes to the basic form. No word on whether or not there’s a physical concept car in the offing at a yet-to-be-named auto show. Stay tuned. Continue reading New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6 New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Truck , Toyota , Off-Road Toyota is finally all set to drop more details about the upcoming off-road ready TRD Pro Series models of the 4Runner , Tacoma and Tundra after first revealing them in February . These trucks and SUV might not get the big engine and other mods that desert-stormers like the Ford F-150 Raptor have, but they are still a nice step up over the stock versions. All of the TRD Pro vehicles come as 4×4 models with Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs in the rear, TRD front springs, skid plates, black wheels, retro-inspired “TOYOTA” badging and TRD-branded floor mats and shift knobs on the inside. They’re available in three colors: Inferno, Attitude Black Metallic and Super White. The Tacoma hits the market first in early August with prices starting at $35,525, plus $885 for delivery, processing, and handling, for an Access Cab V6 with a six-speed manual. Opting for a five-speed automatic brings things up to $37,390 after the destination fee. A Double Cab with a manual goes for $37,320, or $38,300 for the automatic, after the delivery charges. The 4Runner follows in September with just a single trim priced at $41,110 – $41,995 after the charge – for the V6 and five-speed auto. Toyota is holding off on revealing more about the Tundra for now. It’s coming in the fall, but the company isn’t announcing prices yet.