Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

December 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Performance , Truck , Technology , Aston Martin , BMW , Chevrolet , Toyota , Electric , Luxury , Emissions “We believe that for the United States, this is going to be very important.” – Julian Arguelles Let there be no doubt, BMW is serious about electric vehicles. The German automaker said this week it will make plug-in hybrid versions of all of its core models, an aggressive move that demonstrates its commitment to electric propulsion systems. BMW did not specify which vehicles will get the plug-in systems or provide a timeline for when they will arrive. But the announcement is clearly more than blustering, and the company revealed a 3 Series plug-in prototype this week at an event in France. BMW said the 3 Series uses a version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower, 300 pound feet of torque) with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission in place of the torque converter. It has an all-electric range of 22 miles. A plug-in X5 with the same powertrain was also displayed alongside the 3 Series, though the X5 has been on the auto-show circuit for more than a year, including a recent stop in Los Angeles . Continue reading Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

‘Car of the Future’ Is Here. Now.

June 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

ASPEN, Colo., June 27, 2014 – Driving helps make lives safer, greener and more convenient at Toyota’s “Experience the Future of Mobility” exhibit, open now at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. Toyota is staging the North American debut of its “Car of the Future” at the annual conference. Unveiled earlier this week at a press conference in Japan, the zero-emission hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) will be available for sale to customers in California in summer 2015.

Toyota Logistics Services Wins SmartWay Award

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Toyota Transport Wins SmartWay Award

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TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Toyota Launches Production of All-New 2014 Corolla & Redesigned 2014 Tundra

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ERLANGER, Ky.

Toyota Celebrates 35 Years of Research and Development in the United States

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., (Oct. 24, 2012) – Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc., will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with team members and executives this week at locations in Michigan, Arizona and California.

Lexus Sports Illustrated Ad: Style and Technology, Together Like Never Before

October 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2012) – Lexus just added a new layer to its compelling 2013 ES marketing campaign with an advertisement that, like the entirely new ES, merges next-generation technologies with stunning visuals. The result is a never-before-seen convergence of print and digital advertising. Starting today, readers can bring an ES print ad (found in the Oct. 15 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine) to life by simply placing the ad over the screen of an iPad

In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll]

In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll]

December 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Tokyo Motor Show , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , UK Badge engineering is the ironic label for when a company replaces the badge or branding of a product with that of another and considers it something new. Domestic automakers like Ford , General Motors and Chrysler have been vilified for their overuse of this practice. Then again, they weren’t often badge engineering rear-wheel-drive sports cars (though they’ve done that, too). This week, Toyota and Subaru both revealed their own versions of a RWD sports car jointly developed between the two companies: the GT 86 and BRZ . You’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart from a distance of 30 yards, but we got up close and personal with each at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week and discovered that there are, in fact, subtle differences. Since we’ll be getting the also-slightly different Scion FR-S in the U.S., this exercise is really aimed at our European readers who will be offered the GT 86, but everyone’s free to participate. We’ve got videos of each model in the metal after the jump , and after you watch, let us know which one you prefer in the poll below. View Poll Continue reading In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll] In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:59:00 EST.

All-New 2013 Lexus GS Family Makes Auto Show Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

November 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2011 – The bold new Lexus GS 350, GS 450h and GS 350 F SPORT make their first North American auto show appearance this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Update on Toyota’s North American Production

November 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on parts availability, daily production continues for North American vehicle plants and we return to planned overtime production for the week of November 14.

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