Filed under: Hybrid , Sedan , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will be in showrooms sooner than planned, the Japan Times reporting that production will commence in mid-December with the sedan following “by the end of this year.” No reason was given for the new timeline; Toyota has been saying all along that we’d see it in 2015. The company is said to be “considering” production volume of “dozens of… vehicles per month” at a “likely” price of eight million yen, which is $78,030 US. That is well in line with the numbers thrown around last year, when the target was somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 . Then late last year, during our first drive of the FCHV mule , we wrote that “the official quote… [is] that a price of ‘less than 10 million yen is ideal.'” That alleged $78K is a sizable sum to be one of the early adopters on the hydrogen fuel cell wagon train, but with things moving around so much – and with Toyota publicly citing hydrogen fuel cells as the future – there’s plenty of reason to be cautious about that number. Toyota to start production of hydrogen vehicles in December originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 08 Jun 2014 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Car Buying , Honda , Toyota , Volkswagen , By the Numbers Toyota, VW, Honda Up Big Again, But Not As Much As has been the case for a few months now, the same three brands led the month with the largest sales increases among major automakers: Toyota , Volkswagen and Honda . They have swapped positions on the podium each time, but each is a medalist again this month in the industry-wide sales race. Toyota sales were up 42.33 percent in September compared to the same month last year, though that increase is lower than the prior month’s gain of 47.5 percent. Likewise, Volkswagen was up 34.41 last month – far from the 62.54 gain it enjoyed in August. Honda’s increase also dropped sharply month-over-month, from 57.88 percent in August to 29.33 percent last month. This could signal a return to normalcy for Japan’s two biggest automakers, whose sales have appeared inflated compared with last year’s numbers that were affected by that country’s natural disasters and resulting production problems. Our own domestic automakers are likewise seeing a return normalcy that doesn’t include them posting double-digit sales gain every month. Well, except for Chrysler , whose portfolio of brands did exit September with a gain of 11.55 percent. General Motors , however, barely remained positive with a small 1.5-percent increase and Ford dipped slightly into the red with a decrease of 0.13 percent. Ford did enjoy some good news with the performance of its new Escape , which racked up 23,148 sales in September, enough to lead its segment.