Toyota on the verge of launching new cars Toyota working on a compact version of the GT86 RWD Sports Car Reason why Toyota wants you to Drive Hydrogen Car Mazda and Toyota Coming Together to Develop Electric Cars Faulty Airbag Inflators from Takata Force Toyotas to Recall 5 Million Cars Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson: Two Options for Hydrogen Fuel Vehicles in 2016 Toyota to Enter Rally America with Modified RAV4 Mind Boggling $18 Billion Profit for Toyota Mazda and Toyota to Enter into a Partnership Next generation Toyota Innova and Fortuner to get India made engine

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Toyota on the verge of launching new cars

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, The Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car manufacturer, has been working on new cars to remain competitive in the Indian car market. In addition to bringing forth the new generation different models of popular cars, Innova and Fortuner, the firm has decided to step in the new segment including mid-sized sedan and compact sports utility vehicles.

2016 Toyota Innova

While the new Vios could be the mid-sized sedan of the company in India, there are no clear insights on the compact SUV yet.

Given below is the list of the new cars that Toyota is thinking to unveil in the coming months

New-generation Toyota Innova

The new-gen model of Innova has been in the testing phase for quite some time now. Spy shots, as on the internet, reveal that the new-gen model is believed to get a fresh and new front fascia with fitted two chrome slats on the grille, an integrated LED daytime running lights and swept-back head lamps accompanied with double barrier projectors.

The bumper of the car too look different as in the air-dam has been widened with new fog lamps. Whereas, the side profile will consist of new flared wheel arches and a narrow glass area. The new model of Toyota Innova is going to be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TMGA), accordingly, it will be lighter and more agile in comparison with the current one. However, there will be no changes in the engine.

The expected launch of the new-gen model is in early 2016.

2016 Toyota Fortuner

New-generation Toyota Fortuner

Another product of Toyota that is also receiving new-generation model is company’s extremely popular and highly in demand SUV, the Fortuner. There have not been much or major updates on this ever since its launch in the year 2009. The spy shots that have been taken reveals that the new-gen model of the Fortuner will too be featured with the similar twin-slat front grille that is going to be seen in the new-gen model of Innova also.

This new-gen model will comprise new bumper and completely new fog lamps. However, it is speculated that there will not be any changes in the overall shape of the car and is going to be same to the current model. Additionally, the engine line-up and platform too will remain unchanged and untouched in terms of any up-gradation.

The expected launch of the new Fortuner is lined up in the first half of the year 2016.

2014 toyota vios

2014 toyota vios

Toyota Vios

This new Vios, the mid-sized sedan, by Toyota is also undergoing numerous testing and evaluation in India for months. It is probable that the launch will take place somewhere in 2016 in the known Delhi Auto Expo only. The Vios, upon its launch, is definitely going to gain a share of the market dominated by Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

Toyota India has not announced anything officially but it has clarified its focus on big cars rather than mass segment cars. The company has tried its luck with its hatchbacks, Etios Sedan and Etios Liva, and both the cars are struggling to attract buyers. The new-generation Vios will share the style of Camry and Corolla with similar front fascia.

Toyota working on a compact version of the GT86 RWD Sports Car

The Japanese car major, Toyota is constantly busy working on a range of new models and technology. Among many of its ongoing projects, one is that of a compact RWD sports car that the company is planning to pitch under the GT86 model, says a new report.

GT86 RWD Sports Car

The world’s top selling car manufacturing company contemplates to offer a 3 model strong range of its new sports cars. This new planned sports car lineup is going to have the upcoming new Supra model as the range topping car, while a light weight and smaller version of the GT86 will be placed as the range’s entry level car model.

When enquired by an automotive journal, Toyota Motor’s chief engineer for the GT86, Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that the Japanese car maker has actually started the early development process on the smaller version of the sports car project. However, he did not offer any further details about the development of the same.

Tetsuya said that the company has started working on the development process of the car will be placed below that of the current 86. He added by saying that the however, the company has not yet decided whether this new entry level sports car model will have a seating configuration of two seats or more than two seats. The company is busy developing the concept of the car for the time being.

This new car model will be having a rear wheel drive system. This new upcoming compact and entry level sports car model, despite its smaller body version will be retaining the same fun to drive DNA of the GT86. He further added by saying that the rear wheel drive system is also the best solution for offering a true sportscar handling. Thus, all the three car models in Toyota’s new sports cars range will be endowed with rear wheel drive systems.

This new upcoming sports car model from the house of the Japanese auto major is also expected to be much lighter than that of the GT86 and thus is going to facilitate easier handling as well as maneuverability and as a result it is also expected to be a much more efficient city car as well, when size and handling are concerned. The new sports car model is expected to weigh less than 1000 kg. The new entry level Toyota sports car is also expected to have similar dimensions as that of the Mazda MX5. However, these are all the details that are currently available of the new compact Toyota sports car model. No details regarding the engine of the car are available as yet.

What is known as of now is that Toyota is also busy developing the road going versions of the company’s racing hybrid system which is currently being used only for its Endurance racing car models. The company is also all ready to unveil another Hybrid R concept model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Reason why Toyota wants you to Drive Hydrogen Car

Mirai from Toyota looks like any other normal family sedan but it is very different in the fact that it makes use of not petrol but hydrogen to run on road. This futuristic car is priced at $57,500 and it has already become a potent force in the battle for the cars of tomorrow. It is a 4 seater that can cover more miles than any electric car on a single charge. But many experts feel that Toyota waging a bet on hydrogen is not going to be successful in the US where hydrogen fuel is sold at not more than 12 outlets at present.

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Toyota Mirai

It is surprising that the technology used by Toyota in Mirai has been dubbed as unrealistic and thus abandoned by its competitors. Manufacturers of electric cars have already forecast that hydrogen cell fuel technology is dead and buried. This has been publically sated by none other than Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla cars. Instead of drawing power from batteries, Mirai has its own power plant that sucks in air from outside, mixes it with hydrogen stored in a tank and derives energy through a chemical reaction. All it emits from the exhaust pipes is droplets of water and not CO2.

Mirai is a Japanese name that means future, which this car indeed is. It is an ideal car to replace electric cars that go small distances and then need a lot of time to recharge. This car can run for 480 km on a tank of hydrogen and can be refueled in just 5 minutes. No need to plug in your electric car overnight to get fully recharged.

David Whiston, an investment researcher, says that Toyota is such a large company that it can experiment with its cars. It can always revert to tried and tested hybrid cars if its experiment with Mirai doesn’t work out to be successful.

However, Mirai today faces competition from not just other electric cars but also conventional gas cars as they are believed to be more efficient and much cheaper than this hydrogen fuel car. This is despite the allurement of free hydrogen for three years from Toyota. To be honest, Mirai is more than twice the price of an average gasoline run car being sold in the US.

Experts believe that it would be nearly impossible to develop a network of hydrogen fuel stations across the country. This s primarly the reason why Toyota is planning to go slow, making only 3000 Mirai’s in the beginning till 2017. This is a number close to the number of Ford F-150 trucks sold across the country in a day.

Most of the Mirai’s will be seen plying in California as the state boasts of 10 out of 12 hydrogen fuel outlets in the country. Though a few more hydrogen fuel stations are in the pipeline, every such station would cost nearly $1 million.

According to Toyota, Mirai is only the first step in the evolution of cars to meet the requirements of the future.

Mazda and Toyota Coming Together to Develop Electric Cars

Mazda and Toyota are giant automobile manufacturers from Japan. Both companies have their own strong points and niches as far as passenger and commercial vehicles are concerned. Toyota has wealth of experience in electric and hybrid cars while Mazda has traditionally been known as a manufacturer of high quality and very efficient engines. According to reports, the two manufacturers are inching closer to an agreement that will aim to improve efficiency of future cars.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

It is interesting to note here that Mazda and Toyota have partnered each other in several other projects in the past. But this time, it will be a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both automotive giants. It has been referred to as competitive cooperation by both sides. There is no denying the fact that Toyota is the world leader when it comes to electric and hybrid cars. The company has a huge reservoir of experience and expertise in developing automotive batteries and other electrical systems that can be of great use for Mazda and its future vehicles.

On the other hand, Mazda is believed to have developed very superior engine technology, especially the latest engines employing Skyactive technology. These engines are so efficient that they can be used by Toyota in its future hybrid vehicles. Skyactive technology has the potential to improve upon the efficiency of internal combustion engines. This could come in very handy for Toyota.

In the domestic market, Mazda and Toyota are seen as bitter rivals and they do pitch their cars as competitors to lure people in Japan. However, both companies also have a track record of cooperation and partnerships. The best example of cooperation between these two automobile giants is Mazda 3 Hybrid. This is a wonderful car that is fitted with a 2.0 liter Skyactive motor that produces great efficiency with a pack of batteries. This car makes use of electronic control system that is used by Toyota in is bestselling hybrid car Prius. Mazda3 Hybrid is a perfect example of collaboration of state of the art technologies from Mazda and Toyota. This car combines the best of electrical and mechanical systems form two of the top automobile companies of the world.

This new car from Mazda consumes just 3.2 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. This is much less than fuel consumption of Toyota’s Prius. Prius consumes 3.9 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. It is interesting to note here that the hybrid vehicle that Mazda produced on its own ate no less than 5.3 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. It is clear that the partnership of these two automobile giants is good not just for the consumers but also for development of cars that are more efficient and powerful.

Mazda has always been open to strategic partnerships for developing new vehicles. It has earlier teamed up with Ford and Fiat Chrysler to produce vehicles such as Ranger and MX-5. There are rumors that Mazda is collaborating with Chrysler to make next generation car called Fiat Barchetta roadster.

Faulty Airbag Inflators from Takata Force Toyotas to Recall 5 Million Cars

Toyota, the giant automobile company from Japan, has announced that it would recall nearly 5 million of its cars from around the world. This statement was issued by the company on Wednesday and it clarified that this was being done to replace airbag inflators. These inflators have been made by Takata and they are believed to be potentially defective. The cars that have been recalled include not just Corollas but also Vitz and other models. These are the cars fitted with Takata airbag inflators and they have been made between 2003 and 2007.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

Corolla Altis is fitted with a 1798cc engine that produces power of 138 BHP. It gives a torque of 173Nm at 4000 rpm. It is available in both petrol as well as diesel variants. It is an FWS and fitted with a 7 speed manual transmission.

Interestingly, nearly 1.36 million of these cars have been built inside Japan while 1.27 million of these cars have been made in Europe, more than half a million in the US, and around 18000 in Canada. A spokeswoman from Toyota said that this recall was to investigate problems that have been identified in Takata airbag inflators. She also said that no accident or injuries to car owners have been reported anywhere across the world on account of these potentially faulty airbag inflators.

Another car maker from Japan, Nissan, also said that it too was recalling nearly 1.5 million of its vehicles fitted with airbag inflators made by Takata. This could become the world’s biggest recall on account of a faulty part. As reports of faulty airbags have reached car owners, they have become very concerned. According to reports, these airbags have the potential to spray shrapnel once they absorb moisture. It now appears that the number of car fitted with potentially faulty airbags is much higher than earlier believed. This is because Takata is a company that manufactures nearly a fifth of all airbags fitted in cars around the world.  It is not just Toyota and Nissan that have been affected by the recent incident as Takata airbags are fitted in the cars of many more car manufacturers such as Lexus, GM, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, and BMW.

Earlier, Takata maintained that there was no fault with its airbags. It also claimed that whatever faults had been identified in sporadic cases had been sorted out during subsequent manufacturing process. The company has been accused of destroying footage of internal testing of faulty airbags.

In a statement released by NHTSA, Gordon Brown, a spokesman for the agency, said that both Toyota and Nissan have in constant touch with it. He also said that in view of the alarming situation, NHTSA might come up with a new announcement to speed up recall of these cars fitted with Takata airbags. He added that NHTSA has so far not been able to find out the root cause of the problem. But it seems that there is a close link between high humidity and moisture and the incidents of exploding airbag inflators.

Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson: Two Options for Hydrogen Fuel Vehicles in 2016

There may be very few refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles across America but Hyundai and Toyota are ready with their ambitious cars for the consumers. Both these cars are futuristic in the sense that they run on green, renewable fuel. Let us see how both fare against each other.

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Toyota Mirai

2016 Mirai from Toyota

Mirai may have the same fuel cell technology as Hyundai Tucson but it is a sedan whereas Tucson is a SUV. Mirai is longer than Tucson but has much less height than Tucson. It makes use of carbon fiber tank for storing hydrogen and it can give a mileage of 300 miles before needing refueling. This means that Mirai is better in terms of mileage than Tucson.

Mirai can produce a power of 153 BHP and a torque of 247 lbs-ft. It can speed up to 60mph in just 9 seconds while the top speed f the car is 111mph. Just like Hyundai, Toyota is compelled to offer this futuristic car to consumers in some parts of California. It will also be offered to people in Orange Country and some areas of LA. Mirai will be priced at $57,500 though it will also available on a lease of 36 months at $499 per month. The down payment in case of Mirai is slightly higher at $3649.

While the technology is new and fuel stations are very few, there will be many excited customers waiting impatiently to test these vehicles.

2016 Tucson fuel cell car

People in California are already seeing a few fuel cell cars in the form of Honda FCX Clarity and those made by Hyundai. Honda will begin afresh in 2016 while Hyundai fuel cell cars are available only on lease. Hyundai is preparing a list of the lucky few who will get a chance to drive its all-new 2016 Tucson fuel cell car. This hydrogen fuel car will produce a power of 134 BHP and a torque of 221 lbs-ft. This car will be a single speed transmission and it will attain a speed of 60mph in merely 12.5 seconds. The top speed of the car would be 100mph. It will give a mileage of 265 miles on a tank full of hydrogen. This is similar to what best electric cars are giving at present. You can get your tank filled in just 10 minutes at any of the 8 public stations selling hydrogen across the state of California.

As there are very few fuel outlets and fewer service centers equipped to deal with the technology used in the car, Hyundai is offering this new car to its customers in southern parts of California on a lease of 36 months at $499 per month at a down payment of $2999. This includes free fuel and free maintenance for the entire duration of the lease. There are also rebates of $5000 for use of clean vehicle available to the consumer. The dimensions of this fuel cell vehicle are the same (173.6X71.7X65.2inches) as that of a regular petrol version of Tucson.

Toyota to Enter Rally America with Modified RAV4

Rally America is a prestigious rallying event in America that will enter its 11th year in 2015. Toyota has declared that it will take part this year with a modified RAV4 and unveiled this car in Las Vegas during Super cross Championships. For Toyota team, it will be Ryan Millen, champion of 2014 Baja, who will be driving this fantastic car. Millen is returning to team Toyota once again though he feels that it will be an altogether different experience as he drove Thundra the last time.

Toyota RAV4 rally car

The cars generally seen in a rally event such as Rally America are modified hatchbacks.  But Toyota has decided to enter Rally America 2015 with a SUV named RAV4. This is a vehicle that is more than a decade old having been introduced by Toyota in 1994. Ryan Millen is happy with the choice of the vehicle for Rally America. For those who do not know, he is the son of Rod Millen, the legendary rally driver, and brother of Rhys Millen, very popular in the category of drifting.

Millen has made many modifications in the car

Millen added that he has been fortunate enough to get a chance to drive practically every vehicle made by Toyota so far. He said that he has been very much impressed by the compact body design and the smooth performance of RAV4. He expressed confidence that he will do well for team Toyota this year. Millen has word hard with other team members to prepare for this prestigious event. This would be the debut of RAV4 at Rally America this year and the team does not want to take any chances. This is why the team has worked many modifications in RAV4.

Though Millen and his team have retained the 2.5 liter engine of RAV4 that produces a power of 176BHP and a torque of 172lbs-ft, they have made several changes in the tires, the roll cage, and the front and the rear suspensions. The team painstakingly made RAV4 to shed almost 500 pounds to make the car more maneuverable and faster for Rally America.

It will be the first time Toyota will try to pit RAV4 against street cars that have been modified. However, it is not the first time that Toyota has made use of RAV4 to set a precedent. Way back in 1994, the year when it was launched, RAV4 created a stir in the category of SUVs through its unibody construction.  RAV4 is widely seen as a modified SUV that has a light and lean design. It is also very easy to handle. It is these features of RAV4 that make it ideal to take part in rallies that are conducted at beaches, deserts, and many other terrains. Toyota realizes the potential of this wonderful modified SUV and this is the reason why it has decided to enter Rally America with this car. Another reason to make use of RAV4 a part of Team Toyota is to showcase this SUV as a family friendly car full of wonderful features.

Mind Boggling $18 Billion Profit for Toyota

Toyota, the automobile giant from Japan, has earned a profit of $18 billion in the last fiscal year. The results of the last financial year were reported by Toyota on 8 May 2015. Net revenue of the company has gone up by 6% to $227 billion while net profit of Toyota has jumped to $18.1 billion. Operating income of the company, which is arrived at before deducting taxes, has also gone up by 20% to more than $23 billion. This profit is 19% higher than the profit earned by the company in the previous year.

toyota-mexico-plant

These figures have been welcomed by Toyota. According to the company, an increase in net profits is a result of the methods employed by the company for cost reduction. However, a big part in increased profits of the company is played by a weak Yen. This is a fact as Yen has tumbled a lot against other major currencies of the world.

Profits of Toyota have shown an increase in every important region of the world where it operates at present. Despite this increase, what is surprising is that the total sales of the company have actually fallen to a level of nearly 9 million vehicles. This is 144,149 units fewer than last year. North America has traditionally been a stronghold of Toyota in the last few years. It was no exception last year as Toyota had a combined sale figure of 2.7 million units in this region. Toyota earned operating income from North America to the tune of $4.5 billion.

Japan has emerged as a very profitable region for the company. Though Toyota sold only 2.15 million vehicles in Japan last year (this is 200000 vehicles fewer than previous year), its operating income has increased to become twice its original amount ($13 billion).

These results have not been surprising for Toyota management that has expressed confidence that next fiscal year would be no different. The management has said that there would a slight increase in the net profits of the company even in the next fiscal year. It also expects to sell around 9 million vehicles to be sold in different regions across the world.

Reacting to the fiscal results of the last financial year, Akio Toyoda, TMC President, said that positive results are because of the fact that positive factors have nullified the negative factors. Among positive factors, the most prominent was a higher exchange rate of Japanese Yen. On the other hand, the most prominent negative factor was decline in the number of units sold by the company. Another negative factor that brings down profits of the company is increased expenditure, especially that which is made on research and development. However, R&D expenses are inevitable and essential as they decide whether the vehicles made by Toyota would remain competitive in the markets all over the world or not.

Toyota has also announced a dividend of 125 yen for its shareholders. The company plans to acquire its shares from various shareholders by paying nearly $300 billion.

Mazda and Toyota to Enter into a Partnership

Toyota and Mazda are two giant automobile companies of Japan. They may be adversaries but both are already partnering each other on projects like Mazda 2 and Scion iA. There are insider reports that confirm that Mazda and Toyota are once again coming together, this time to benefit each other with their expertise and experience. Mazda has a long and rich experience in developing various types of automobile engines whereas Toyota as a reservoir of experience in technologies plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cells. Thus this partnership between Toyota and Mazda can be mutually beneficial for both the companies.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

It is no secret that Mazda, even though it is a very large automobile company, has never tried its hands at hybrid vehicles; leave the very advanced and futuristic technology of fuel cells. Also, there can be no two opinions about the fact that Toyota is a world leader when it comes to research and development of hybrid cars. Toyota has developed not just prototypes but electric cars that are running successfully on roads around the world. Partnering Toyota would thus benefit Mazda in no uncertain terms, given that the future belongs to vehicles utilizing not fossil fuels but alternative fuel sources.

As far as Toyota is concerned, it is the economy of scales that is more important than the technologies up its sleeve. Toyota is currently working on its ambitious fuel cell vehicle called Mirai. On the other hand, it is well aware of the technical capabilities of Mazda in developing state of the art engines for its cars such as Camry, Corolla, and RAV4. There are rumors doing rounds that Mazda has developed series of engines called Sky active that are very advance and powerful and yet fuel efficient. Toyota could well make use of help and assistance from Mazda to develop engines along similar lines to make its cars powerful and more fuel efficient.

Hybrid vehicles and their working principle

For those who do not know, a hybrid vehicle is one that can run on electricity that is provided by a rechargeable battery. These cars are the talk of the town these days and being considered as an answer to the emission woes of the governments around the world. These cars not only allow to lower consumption of petrol and diesel but also control damage to environment with very little CO emissions. Toyota has been the world leader in plug in hybrid vehicles that can be charged by connecting to an external power source. He reason why these PHEVs are called hybrid is because they are not all electric and have internal combustion engine fitted inside them.  Thus these cars can be run on the fossil fuel available in the engine if the battery runs out of charge.

The reason why hybrid vehicles are being preferred by car owners is because of their very low cost of running. The electricity consumed in charging the battery of such a car costs just a fraction of the cost of gasoline at present in California.

Next generation Toyota Innova and Fortuner to get India made engine

Toyota’s Indian counterpart Toyota Kirloskar Motor will begin the production of its diesel engines in India. As per the reports, the Japanese auto giant will be first initiating trial engine manufacturing at its production plant located in Jigani, Bangalore, following which the commercial production process is scheduled in early 2016. At present, only petrol motors are being manufactured at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) Bangalore unite, while the diesel engines for the diesel cars of the company’s portfolio are directly imported from Japan.

New Toyota Fortuner 2.5litre

New Toyota Fortuner 2.5 litres

The engine manufacturing unit at the Bangalore facility got a whopping amount of around Rs. 800 crore of investment and will be increasing its annual production capacity of 100,000 units.

More importantly, the next generation Toyota Innova premium MPV as well as the next-gen Fortuner premium SUV will also be powered by these expected locally manufactured diesel engines. This will further allow TKM to increase the localization levels of the Innova as well as the Fortuner up to 80 percent.

Considering the incorporation of the made in India diesel engines and its increased localization levels of the all new 2016 Toyota Innova and 2016 Toyota Fortner, the vehicles’ price tags are naturally expected to be cheaper than that of their respective preceding models.

Both the all new 2016 Toyota Innova and Fortuner are highly awaited in the Indian car market. When the upcoming next-gen Innova MPV is concerned, then it has been spotted doing its test rounds on the Indian roads for quite some time now. A number of spy pictures of the all new Innova have been already splashed on the internet igniting more interested in the new model of this highly successful and respected MPV.

New Toyota Innova launched

New Toyota Innova

According to the revealed spy pictures, the next-gen model of the Innova will be flaunting an all new face featuring a new front grille design that has two chrome slats. The new grille is flanked by new stylish swept back headlight enclosures with double barrel projectors lamps which are integrated with bright LED DRLs. The MPV will also get a refreshed bumper design with wider air-dam as well as new fog lights. The side profile of the vehicle will also feature newly designed flared wheel arches as well as sleeker glass area. The next gen Innova will be developed based on the company’s new architecture TMGA, which will ensure that new models are lighter and more agile compared against the current models.

On the other hand, when the all new 2016 Toyota Fortuner premium SUV is concerned, then it will also feature the same twin chrome slat front grille design that the next-gen Innova is getting. It will also feature new bumper design as well as newly designed fog lamps. Though the new next generation model of the Fortuner will also feature refreshed design language, overall shape and basic design of the premium SUV will be retained.

The Toyota Fortuner is the leading model in the Indian premium SUV segment, and the new model is expected to boost its sales.

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