Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Europe , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota has already made it abundantly clear the company intends to scale back production in Japan in an attempt to combat the ever-strengthening Yen, and now it looks as if we know one of the ways the automaker plans to do so. Toyota has announced it will manufacture U.S. and Canadian-spec Yaris models in its Onnaing-Valenciennes facility in France . The plant has been producing the Yaris hatchback for European buyers since 2001, though this marks the first time in Toyota history that the automaker has built a vehicle in Europe and imported the model to the States. North American-spec Yaris models differ slightly from their European counterparts. In addition to using different fascia designs front and rear, the NA model comes available with an automatic transmission and a market-specific 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. There is some differentiation in safety equipment between the two models as well. Japanese automakers have recently revealed that building cars in Japan and exporting them around the globe is quickly becoming a money-losing proposition. Honda has made it clear the company is seeking alternatives to producing models like the Fit and CR-Z in Japan due to the high costs associated with exporting the vehicles. Toyota to build Yaris in France for North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:45:00 EST.
Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Sedan , Hatchback , Chevrolet , Honda , Hyundai , Nissan , Toyota Consumer Reports has just wrapped up an evaluation of subcompact sedans, and the Kia Rio EX has rolled out ahead of the class. The four-door beat out its corporate clone, the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic to take the top spot. Evaluators pointed to the sharp handling and well-optioned interior in the Rio as reasons for the vehicle’s win. The newly redesigned Nissan Versa and unloved Toyota Yaris filled out the top five sedans. And what of the baby hatchbacks? CR once again credited the Honda Fit as leader of the pack, followed closely by the Versa Hatchback and Rio Hatchback. The organization found fault with the base Chevrolet Sonic’s fuel economy, and found the turbocharged LTZ model to be too expensive. Evaluators also felt the Sonic Turbo “didn’t live up to its sporty aspirations.” We’ll politely agree to disagree on that one. All of the vehicles in the evaluation are either too new or scored too low in CR evaluations to earn a coveted Recommended rating. Hit the jump for a look at the full press release and debate amongst yourselves in Comments.
1. Which models are involved in the recall? Toyota is recalling 70,500 certain 2009 model year Toyota Camry and 116,000 2009 to certain 2011 model year Toyota Venza vehicles sold in the U.S. No other vehicles are involved in this recall.
1. Which models are involved in the recall? Toyota is recalling 495,000 certain 2005 to early 2009 model year Toyota Tacoma vehicles sold in the U.S. No other vehicles are involved in this recall.
Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Honda , Toyota Japanese automakers are having a rough year coping with Mother Nature. First it was earthquakes in Japan , and now flooding in Thailand. Since late July, typhoons in Southeast Asia have caused billions of dollars of damage, and now production at three Toyota plants and one Honda facility has been halted, according to the Associated Press . While Toyota’s plants in eastern Thailand haven’t been directly affected by the weather, the inability of suppliers to deliver parts has caused the shutdowns there. Honda’s plant in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, isn’t so lucky. Offline since October 4, and flooded since October 8, Honda officials can’t even assess the damage because the plant remains inaccessible. The four factories produced over 800,000 vehicles last year. This included 630,000 Toyotas and 170,000 Hondas, representing roughly eight and five percent of each automaker’s respective global volume. Among the vehicles produced in Thailand are the Toyota Corolla and Camry and the Honda Civic and Accord , but none of the Thai plants produce vehicles for the North American market. Thailand flooding halts Honda and Toyota auto production originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST.
Filed under: Scion , Toyota Scion’s youth focus has served it well in the last nine years, with nearly 80 percent of first-time buyers moving into a Toyota or another Scion when the time comes to trade in. But Toyota is keenly aware that the youth market is retracting, and thus, Scion could be used as an incubator for a new transportation initiative within the automaker. What form it takes is open to speculation, but everything from unconventional body styles to car-sharing programs could be on the table. Even bikes and trikes integrated into the vehicles are under consideration. This outside-the-box tact is something BMW is exploring with its new i Ventures initiative, experimenting with and funding new transportation programs in the United States. How Scion might expand its offerings from a standard automaker to a mobility provider remains to be seen, but considering the brand’s penchant for pushing boundaries, anything is possible. Scion taking a cue from BMW, considering becoming a mobility provider? originally appeared on Autoblog 5.0 on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Audi , BMW , Chevrolet , Dodge , Ford , Honda , Hyundai , Jeep , Toyota , Volvo Wards Automotive 10 Best Interiors of 2011 – Click above for high-res image gallery Wards Automotive takes its 10 Best Interior awards seriously. The industry mag tested 51 vehicles to come up with this year’s winners, which span three luxury vehicles, three economy cars, a sport sedan, a minivan, a family sedan and an SUV. Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter says the publication has never tested so many vehicles, adding, “Every auto maker wants the freshest, highest-quality interior possible for all the vehicles they sell.” Showing just how much the world of interiors has changed over the years, Chrysler was the only automaker to take home two awards, thanks to the Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee , while Kia and Hyundai could technically say the same since the Elantra and Optima each took home honors. At the same time, both Toyota and Lexus were shut out, as was Honda’s Acura luxury brand and Mercedes-Benz . Among the first-time winners for 2011 are the Ford Focus Titanium and Chevy Cruze . Click on the image above to browse through all 10 winners, or you can head over to Wards Automotive for the complete scoop. What do you think – Did Wards get it right? If not, what was left out and what should it replace? Gallery: Wards 2011 10 Best Interiors [Source: Wards Automotive ] Ward’s Automotive picks best car interiors of 2011 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .