Tesla pulling plug on Toyota RAV4 EV battery deal

Tesla pulling plug on Toyota RAV4 EV battery deal

May 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Crossover , Toyota , Earnings/Financials , Tesla , Electric The future of the Toyota RAV4 EV appears to be in doubt. Tesla supplies the EVs battery packs, and it says that production ends later this year. ” Toyota is expected to end the current RAV4 EV model this year,” Tesla said in its quarterly financial filing obtained by Bloomberg . “Our production activities under this program are expected to end in 2014,” the company said. This timeline fits closely with the original production plans for the RAV4 EV. When the $100-million project was first announced, Tesla said that it expected to supply battery packs for the vehicle from 2012 to 2014 . Building components for the Japanese automaker continues to bring in money, though. In the company’s Q1 2014 letter to shareholders , it said: “Automotive revenue included $15 million of Toyota powertrain sales.” According to Bloomberg , Toyota has sold just 1,594 RAV4 EV models from 2012 through April 2014. Initially, the business had estimated that it would sell 2,600 units of the electrified crossover . Toyota has not officially said that it plans to end production of the RAV4 EV yet.

Toyota builds world’s first ‘outdoor website’ for RAV4 promo

Toyota builds world’s first ‘outdoor website’ for RAV4 promo

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota This whole thing started with the premise that Toyota’s target RAV4 buyers are people who spend their time cycling, hiking, and generally not in front of computer screens. These people are therefore not able to benefit from the full website experience that Toyota has built for the RAV4. We should clarify that the video below is for Toyota South Africa , and maybe RAV4 buyers there really are the disgustingly outdoorsy ideal that us bacon-eaters are not living up to. Toyota’s agency partner, Hello Computer , set up a 1.8-kilometer track at a cycle park that replicated sections of the automaker’s website with real physical displays and interactive feedback. Riders were asked to leave their mouses and hit the trail on a mountain bike to experience the RAV4 Outdoor Website and learn about the vehicle. That seems like a lot of effort for something that’s available on the smartphones of these hyper-active people who aren’t in front of computers, but hooray for creatively conquering a problem that didn’t exist. Hey, let’s not be complete wet blankets – maybe some of the cyclists that ran the Toyota gauntlet got a RAV4 for their to- and fro-ing after the experience. Check out the video of the outdoor website below . Continue reading Toyota builds world’s first ‘outdoor website’ for RAV4 promo Toyota builds world’s first ‘outdoor website’ for RAV4 promo originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Geneva Motor Show , Toyota , Design/Style Just last week, your humble author had a 2013 Toyota RAV4 in his garage, and he couldn’t help noting that even in mid-level XLE trim, its aesthetics lacked oomph, due in large part to its cheap-looking black bumpers and airy-looking wheel wells . Judging by the RAV4 “Adventure” on display at the Geneva Motor Show , someone at Toyota must’ve been thinking the same thing. With Japan’s biggest automaker understandably focused on bigger reveals, information on this butched-up softroader has proven to be hard to come by, with no press materials whatsoever. We don’t even know if this is a pure concept or if it’s actually being considered for production. Either way, we approve. The 20-inch dark-finish alloys probably don’t do much for ride quality, but they certainly look nicely aggressive, as does the new lower fascia with its prominent lower lip. Other changes include beefier wheel arches, side rails, headlamps with integrated LEDs, twin-element fog lamps and mesh grille inserts. All of the changes are quite well integrated – enough so that the Adventure largely avoids looking like a SEMA refugee in person. Toyota RAV4 “Adventure” brings the butch originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

‘Genie’ Kaley Cuoco Grants Wishes in All-New Toyota RAV4 Commercial

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif.(Jan. 28, 2013) – Embodying the modern, stylish and smart characteristics of the all-new RAV4, Toyota’s new “Wish Granted” commercial starring Kaley Cuoco will make its broadcast debut on Feb. 3.

Toyota recalls slew of models for possible airbag calibration defect

Toyota recalls slew of models for possible airbag calibration defect

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Hybrid , Sedan , SUV , Truck , Recalls , Safety , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota is recalling sixteen models from the 2009 to 2013 model years over a potential issue with passenger seat airbag calibration. In spite of the large number of different Toyotas covered by the recall, just 3,235 units are included. These were vehicles installed with accessories like leather seat covers and headrest DVD systems by Southeast Toyota Distributors, and during the modifications the passenger seat occupant sensor system might not have been calibration tested. If the sensors aren’t set up properly, the passenger airbag might not work as it should. Affected models include: Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius V, Rav4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra and Venza. Scroll down for the relevant model years for each. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the recall will begin this month. Southeast Toyota will inform owners, at which time they can take their Toyotas to dealers for testing and repair. The complete bulletin from the NHTSA with more information is below . Continue reading Toyota recalls slew of models for possible airbag calibration defect Toyota recalls slew of models for possible airbag calibration defect originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:01:00 EST.

Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad

Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Crossover , Toyota , Celebrities , Humor For viewers who plan on watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, here’s one for you to enjoy ahead of time. As we saw in the teaser video that Toyota released last week, will be making the transition from Big Bang to The Big Game as a wish-granting genie in a commercial for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 . Though not as entertaining as the actual teaser for this commercial, it still garnered a couple chuckles from the Autoblog crew. We won’t spoil it for you, but a word of advice: if Cuoco ever shows up in your driveway granting you wishes, we’d suggest you be very clear what you want… and enunciate. If you want to see the commercial before this Sunday’s game, we have the video (and an accompanying press release) posted after the jump . Continue reading Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year

Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota just unveiled the 2013 RAV4 at the 2012 LA Auto Show , and according to a report in Ward’s Auto , the automaker already has high hopes for strong sales of its new model. Bill Fay, Toyota’s vice president of marketing, is expecting sales of 200,000 units in 2013 – a jump over the projected 170,000 RAV4 models expected to be delivered in 2012. Since 2008, the RAV4 has never sold anything close to 200,000 units; the model’s best year in recent times was 2010 when 170,877 models were moved. But with this all-new 2013 model, Toyota is hoping to capture a larger chunk of younger buyers – folks who might normally look at the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 . “It has an awful lot of capability for the younger buyer, so we’re hoping to get a little more share of that,” Fay told Ward’s Auto . In addition to completely new styling and better refinement, the RAV4 loses its V6 option for 2013. The only engine offered will be Toyota’s 2.5-liter inline-four, good for 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and able to achieve highway fuel economy as high as 31 miles per gallon when paired with front-wheel drive. The 2013 RAV4 hits dealerships in January. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date. Toyota gunning for 200k RAV4 sales per year originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:29:00 EST.

2013 Toyota RAV4 loses V6, gains technology and utility

2013 Toyota RAV4 loses V6, gains technology and utility

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota , after a week of refusing to confirm or deny the validity of leaked RAV4 images , rolled out its all-new compact crossover under the lights of the LA Auto Show today. And, as is often the case in this industry, the real deal looks just like it did in those unconfirmed pictures. Yet there was more to learn than just confirming its new styling. As many suspected, Toyota will no longer offer six-cylinder power for the RAV4. The automaker announced that the standard powerplant will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (rated at 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque) mated to a new six-speed automatic. Consumers will again be offered a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates are 24 mpg city/31 highway (FWD) and 22 mpg city/29 mpg (AWD). Some other notable details include the elimination of the RAV4′s side-hinged rear door and signature spare tire. It has been replaced with a rear liftgate (a space-saver spare is now stored beneath the cargo floor) to improve convenience and space. Standard features on all models include a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen (with backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity), privacy glass and full power accessories.

Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota The floodgates have opened. A slew of new 2014 Toyota RAV4 photos have hit the web hot on the heels of yesterday’s leaked shots. These new images give us a better idea of what the CUV will look like inside and out. While we’re told full details will be released tomorrow, word has it the RAV4 will make use of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower, though buyers may also be able to opt for a 3.5-liter V6 good for 268 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is a likely choice for gear-swapping duties, and while base models will feature a front-wheel-drive configuration, all-wheel drive will also be available. Yesterday, a spokesperson with Toyota said the company could neither confirm nor deny the validity of leaked RAV4 images. We’re guessing the company will hold that line right up until the press conference at the 2012 LA Auto show . Another big batch of redesign Toyota RAV4 photos leaks out originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2014 Toyota RAV4 leaks out *UPDATE

2014 Toyota RAV4 leaks out *UPDATE

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota Toyota is ready to unveil the 2014 RAV4 at this year’s LA Auto Show later this week, but it appears a few photos of the new crossover have already hit the web. The crew at CarStyleBlog.com has gotten its hands on a small batch of interior and exterior shots that seem to detail the new Honda CR-V fighter. The site also has a few images of a lightly camouflaged version in what looks to be a production facility, complete with interior photos as well. Judging by the teaser video we’ve already seen, this looks to be the real deal. Buyers can expect to find substantially updated aesthetics inside and out. We’ve reached out to Toyota to confirm whether or not these photos are genuine. We’ll update this post as soon as we hear back. Word has it Toyota will abandon the V6 engine option in favor of a more efficient four-cylinder for 2014. Likewise, engineers have scrapped the old four-speed automatic transmission for a six-speed unit. Otherwise, details are scarce.

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