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While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, more and more models across all segments now offer some form of advanced assistance to the driver. To get a sense for where we are along the road toward autonomous driving, here is a snapshot of the Toyota Prius and Volvo XC90.
A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market in 2012. And has apparently been saved by the (Fiat-built) Renegade. Volkswagen's little diesel difficulty isn't worrying GM Europe - Opel's boss wants to increase the diesel mix as he also adds a little electrification to the bowl. Even better, after years of losses and not a little restructuring pain (RIP Bochum and Antwerp plants), breakeven is on the cards this year.
Among those traditional automakers taking space at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) – and stealing much of the limelight - were Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and VW. Presentations from new names such as Faraday Future and potential disrupters Google and Apple gave the show an extra buzz. The accent was on personalisation of the driver experience via cloud connectivity, shared autonomous vehicles and even drone technology. In this month’s management briefing – the first of two parts – we draw on automakers’ plans for partial- and fully-autonomous cars to see what we can learn from it all. Our second part turns the spotlight on supplier ADAS innovations - from Autoliv to ZF TRW - that caught our eye in Vegas and Detroit over the past few weeks.
The Volkswagen group 'emissions scandal' rumbled on this week as more skeletons were rattled out of closets. There's bound to be a few more when the automotive equivalent of the Spanish inquisition starts internally, following this week's report that "around 50" employees have come forward just ahead of the deadline to testify in the group's internal investigation into the emissions controls cheating scandal. Employees had been given until Monday to come forward to testify without fear of repercussions - on the part of VW.
With two recently revised models launching on the European market, Toyota is upbeat over prospects for the plant that makes them at Burnaston, in the UK. Dave Leggett caught up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director Tony Walker for an update on UK manufacturing operations.
The Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster which followed the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 might inadvertently provide a foot in the door for sales of hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles to take off, believes the man in charge of Hyundai-Kia's FCEV research and development, Dr Sae-Hoon Kim.
Several UK car factories face an uncertain future following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, according to PA Consulting Group research.
In a bid to raise awareness of future technology, Toyota has secured three fuel cell vehicles to use exclusively in Australia for the next three years.
The yen's surge following the UK referendum’s EU exit result is hitting the earnings outlook for Japanese automakers.
Toyota Motor Thailand announced plans this week to reduce its workforce by 800 through a voluntary redundancy programme, according to local reports.
Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, has told reporters that his company respects the decision of the British people in its recent EU referendum and that the company will "study how we are going to ensure we have a sustainable business in the UK".
Autoliv says it is cooperating with Toyota in their voluntary recall of approximately 1.4m vehicles of the Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h.
Toyota is recalling 2,867,816 vehicles worldwide for a potential problem with the fuel system charcoal canister evaporative emissions control unit and a further 1,433,988 vehicles to check a side curtain airbag inflator. The inflator is not a Takata product, the supplier has not been named. Some models will be recalled for both fixes.
Toyota Industries Engine India (TIEI), a joint venture between the local Kirloskar Systems (KSL) and Japan's Toyota Industries Corporation has opened a new diesel engine plant at Jigani Industrial Area, Bengaluru.
Poor results in a special study have prompted the US Insurance Institute of Highway Safety to consider instituting a passenger-side rating as part of its Top Safety Pick criteria.
Toyota Brazil is relaunching the Prius hybrid to take advantage of new financial incentives introduced last year by the federal government and the two largest state capital cities. But it will not import the plug-in version - just launched in Japan - because the retail price would be too high.
Toyota is to spend US$1bn over the next five years on its US-based Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a high tech research lab that will focus on autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and robotics. Toyota’s move comes as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies.
Toyota plans to increase its presence aggressively in the plug-in hybrid vehicle segment when it launches the remodeled Prius PHV in Japan later this year and the Prius Prime equivalent in the US market.
Toyota will spend PHP3.22bn pesos (US$70m) on its Philippines division to increase local production and qualify for a new tax incentive, according to a government statement cited by the Reuters news agency. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi has received the government green light for its plans for the country.
AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) said it is supplying its UV-reducing Verre Premium Privashield glass to Toyota Motor for the Estima and Estima Hybrid miivans launched recently in Japan. They are claimed to be the first minivans with glass that reduces UV intrusion by 99%.
Multi-country automaker and law enforcement cooperation led recently to the interception of a large quantity of fake Toyota parts.
After sales service determines dealership customer satisfaction and loyalty, according to the JD Power 2016 UK Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.
Toyota claims the 7.75 megawatt solar power system planned for its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas will be "the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in the state".
Toyota Motor is calling on the Thai government to provide a comprehensive package of incentives to help encourage sales and production of hybrid electric vehicles in the country.
Toyota has confirmed the restart of production following shortages resulting from the severe earthquakes that struck Japan's island of Kyushu on April 14.
Hydrogenics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation technology and hydrogen fuel cell power, says it is the first customer in Belgium to take ownership of a Toyota Mirai.
Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), has revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations up from its initial January forecast of 2% growth.
Toyota has resumed operations at production lines in Japan following suspension earlier this week after an explosion at an Aisin Seiki supplier facility that provides it with braking systems parts.
According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.
With the rider I haven't seen one in the metal and the interior apparently is still to be revealed in Toyota's interminable drip-feed of pictures and concepts leading up to the 'production' reveal of the C-HR SUV in Geneva this week, I have one question - do the Calty stylists have children?
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