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In 2004 the Prius was completely redesigned as a mid-size liftback, sized between the Corolla and the Camry, with redistributed mechanical and interior space significantly increasing rear-seat legroom and luggage room. The 2004 Prius is even more environmentally friendly than the 2001 model (according to the EPA), and is 6 inches (150 mm) longer than the previous version. Its more aerodynamic Kammback body balances length and wind resistance, resulting in a drag coefficient ( Cd) of 0.26. The development effort, led by chief engineer Shigeyuki Hori, led to 530 patents for the vehicle. Toyota debuted the new Prius (2010 US model year) at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show, and sales began in Japan on May 18, 2009. Toyota cut the price of the Prius from ¥2.331 million to ¥2.05 million to better compete with the Honda Insight, leading some to wonder whether increased sales of the Prius might come at the expense of sales of other vehicles with higher margins. Competition from lower priced hybrids, such as the Honda Insight, also made it difficult for Toyota to capitalize on the Prius's success. Its new body design is more aerodynamic, with the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.25 Cd. An underbody rear fin helps stabilize the vehicle at higher speeds. The estimated fuel-efficiency rating, using the U.S. EPA combined cycle, is 50 mpg-US (4.7 L/100 km; 60 mpg-imp). The Prius was the most efficient car powered by liquid fuel available in the U.S. in 2009, based on the official rating. Only the first-generation Honda Insight (2000–2006) equipped with a manual transmission attained a lower fuel consumption rate. The official UK fuel efficiency data for the Prius T3 is Urban 72.4 mpg-imp (3.90 L/100 km; 60.3 mpg-US), Extra Urban 76.4 mpg-imp (3.70 L/100 km; 63.6 mpg-US), Combined 72.4 mpg-imp (3.90 L/100 km; 60.3 mpg-US). The 1.8-liter gasoline engine (previously 1.5 liters) generates 98 hp, and with the added power of the electric motor generates a total of 134 hp (previously 110 hp). The larger engine displacement allows for increased torque, reducing engine speeds (RPM), which improves fuel economy at highway speeds. Thanks to its electric water pump, the Prius engine is the first consumer automotive production engine that requires no accessory belts, which also further improves its fuel economy. The electric motors and other components of the hybrid powertrain are also smaller and more efficient than the industry average. Toyota estimates the new inverter, motor and transaxle are 20 percent lighter. Disc brakes replace the previous rear drum brakes. In constructing the Prius, Toyota used a new range of plant-derived ecological bioplastics, made out of cellulose derived from wood or grass instead of petroleum. The two principal crops used are kenaf and ramie. Kenaf is a member of the hibiscus family, a relative to cotton and okra; ramie, commonly known as China grass, is one of the strongest natural fibres, with a density and absorbency comparable to flax. Toyota says this is a particularly timely breakthrough for plant-based eco-plastics because 2009 is the United Nations’ International Year of Natural Fibres, which spotlights kenaf and ramie among others.
The Prius Plug-in Hybrid is a demonstrator plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) based on a third generation Toyota Prius (model ZVW30) outfitted with 5.2 kWh lithium-ion batteries, with an all-electric range of 13 mi (21 km). A global demonstration program involving 600 pre-production test cars began in late 2009 and is taking place in Japan, Europe, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The Prius Plug-in is scheduled for retail sales in the United States in the second quarter of 2012 and will be initially offered only in 15 states. According to Toyota these are the states where nearly 60 percent of all Prius models are currently sold. The Prius Plug-in will be available in all remaining states one year later. In April 2011 Toyota opned its priority registration website for customers interested in ordering the 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid, even though the purchase price has not been announced. At the January 2011 North American International Auto Show, Toyota revealed the 2012 model year Prius v, an extended hatchback wagon, which features over 50 percent more interior cargo space than the original Prius design. Toyota also unveiled the Prius c concept, which in production form is expected to be cheaper and smaller than the current Prius hatchback. Toyota expects the Prius v to go on sale in mid- to late 2011, and a car based on the Prius c concept to enter production in the first half of 2012. Toyota plans to offer the U.S. Prius v version with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack similar to the 2010 model year Prius, and with two rows of seats to accommodate five passengers. The European and Japanese versions will be offered with a lithium-ion battery, with three rows of seats with accommodations for seven passengers. In the Japanese market the nickel-metal hydride version is expected to sell for¥2.35 million (US$28,400), and the lithium-ion version for ¥3 million yen (US$36,300). In May 2011 Toyota introduced the Prius Alpha in Japan, which is derived from the third-generation Prius. The Alpha is the basis for the five-seat Prius v planned for launch in North America, and the seven-seat Prius + planned for launch in Europe. The Prius Alpah is available in a five-seat, two-row model and a seven-seat, three-row model, the latter’s third row enabled by a space-saving lithium-ion drive battery in the center console. The five-seat model uses a NiMH battery pack. Deliveries of the Alpha will be delayed due to the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on production. Toyota announced it had received 25,000 orders for the Prius Alpha hybrid wagon and minivan models in Japan before the start of sales
The company "Toyota" back in the minivan segment in Europe with a new model - "Verso-S". The car will debut at the auto show in Paris on 30 September and will go on sale early next year. Reported "Automotive News Europe".
The new model the company's portfolio will take place "Yaris Verso", whose sales in Europe were suspended in 2006.
In the "Toyota" noted that "Verso-S" will be compact, but roomy and comfortable car, with the overall length of less than 4 meters.
New product will compete in Europe with "Opel" / "Vauxhall" Meriva, "Citroen" C3 Picasso, "Renault" Modus.
Recall that in 2000 there were sold 34,449 "Yaris Verso". In general, in Europe sales of this model was 158 thousand units
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The engineers of the Japanese auto concern Toyota developed the world's most efficient hybrid car that consumes the entire liter of gasoline by 40 kilometers.
New established on the basis of the popular in Western Europe and Yaris models will go on sale in 2011. Buy a car can be over $ 15 thousand.
The company hopes that a car with a new gasoline-electric motor companies consolidate leadership in the market of hybrid cars
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Loss Toyota Motor Corporation from April to June amounted to nearly $ 1 billion, however, is less than expected in the company. In connection with the recovery in world markets is reviewing plans to produce upwards.
On Tuesday, the world's largest manufacturer of cars Toyota has reported concern about the loss in the first fiscal quarter (ended 30 June), and also introduced a new, more optimistic outlook on the financial performance for the year as a whole. From April to June automakers lost $ 819 million (77.8 billion yen). The most severe losses incurred due to low sales in Japan and the United States, the two main markets for it.
In the first half of the production of Toyota Corporation fell 40.6%. This is the most significant drop over the past 20 years.
Sales of automotive concern over the same period fell by 26% - to target 3.56 million cars. Nevertheless, this remains the highest in the world. The former leader General Motors took only second place - he sold about 11 thousand cars less.
The Company recognizes: to avoid losses this year will not be. Toyota expects that the annual loss (in the company's fiscal year ends in March 2010) will be $ 4.7 billion instead of previously announced $ 5.8 billion of losses associated with low demand in the automotive market, as well as the high yen. Because of «strong» yen automakers have to pay for more expensive components, ie production costs rising. Nevertheless, reports of recovery in most markets in Europe and the United States have allowed Toyota to reconsider plans to increase production. Previously, the company planned to produce 6.4 million cars (data from the National Association of Japanese automobile companies). Now it is the release of 6.6 million vehicles. For comparison, in 2008 the figure stood at 8.21 million vehicles. This increase in production planned to increase by increasing the sales budget hybrid Prius III. Sales of cars in Japan, despite the crisis that continues to grow. According to the automakers, the main reason for growth - a flexible system of discounts when purchasing a vehicle that provides the Japanese government.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In early August, the Japanese company will start selling SUV Toyota FJ Cruiser 2010 model year.
From the car last year, the model car will be different not only a new color of the body, but also a few technical changes.
In Japanese Group announced that the Toyota FJ Cruiser 2010 model year, was upgraded 4 liter engine V6. Engineers managed to squeeze out of the engine further 19 units and now the engine gives out "on the Mountain" is not 239, and 258 hp How to say in the Toyota, an increase in power virtually no effect on fuel consumption cars. On average, "appetite" machines grew by less than 1 liter of fuel per 100 km.
Toyota FJ Cruiser 2010 model year, also received updated suspension, and a new color to paint the body called Army Green. The minimum value of the vehicle at the North American market will be $ 23 680
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The company intends to Toyota next year to start production in the serial version of the pilot electric FT-EV, based on the mikrolitrazhki iQ. According to the British publication Autocar, with reference to the statement by the chief designer of this model Hiroki Nakajima, novelty will be completely different from the normal iQ appearance, as well as a modernized interior, which the company agreed to be changed after negative feedback about the quality of the owners used to furnish materials.
Electric-based mikrolitrazhki iQ will be launched in the first mass production model of Toyota in lithium-ion batteries. New product will be driven by four electric motors located in the wheels and the battery will be able to travel about 150 kilometers. Fully charged batteries from ordinary home electrical outlet will take approximately eight hours. The total power of electric motors, as well as dynamic characteristics of the machine has not yet been clarified.
In addition, the company also plans to submit a Toyota model iQ range of special accessories to personalize a car, created by analogy with the ruler of labels proposed for the Fiat 500. According to preliminary information, these accessories will be available for the iQ to the mid-2011.
Note that the concept Toyota FT-EV was introduced this year at the Auto Show in Detroit, and his car battery to provide the range of 75 kilometers. Earlier, Japanese car manufacturer had planned to begin serial production of electric only by 2012.
More than a year, fans enjoy the new generation Toyota giant Land Cruiser. 200-I model has caused a great revival among the lovers of the brand.
Meanwhile, fans of a more compact version of Land Cruiser - Prado - remained dissatisfied. Their car is produced without major changes since 2002.
Now came their turn - new arrive on sale as early as next year. The appearance of the car, as is the case with 200-first model, to declassify the Arab fans of the brand. Photos of cars appeared on the eve of an Arab sites.
Unfortunately, the Internet only got photos of front and rear parts, so difficult to say whether the profile of the car.
What engines will be installed on a new generation of automobiles, still unknown. According to rumors, in the beginning it will be old engines: gasoline 4.0-liter V6 power of 249 liters. with. and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with 173 «horse».
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Japanese edition of Best Car, referring to own sources of Toyota Motor, said details of the back car, which could become the successor to Toyota MR-2, perhaps even getting the same name. A coupe, according to the edition, referring to its sources, based on the Toyota Prius. Platform popular hybrid shortened to 100 mm and the engine upgraded to better reflect the nature of sports. Its members must enter the same 1.8-liter gasoline engine 2ZR-FXE, but the total power of the hybrid installations to grow by 37 hp up to 136 hp
Passenger formula developed by the car - 2 +2, with three body will have little resemblance to the Prius. Argued, however, that many more similarities will be in the cabin, especially in the front part, said autoportal.ua. Fuel efficiency dropped slightly in comparison with the Prius, but the design of fuel consumption figures remain at 35 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel.
Officially, Toyota Motor does not endorse or disproves the conduct of the development of this car, but its appearance more than likely, if the anticipated debut of the main rival Honda CR-Z will be successful. At the market a new hybrid Toyota coupe will be released no earlier than 2012.
Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor recorded in June, the maximum reduction in the volume of production among Japanese automakers in the decreasing sales due to rising unemployment.
Toyota, Japan's largest automakers, had decreased production of the 11 th consecutive month. The volume of production decreased by 24% compared to the same month last year.Nissan, the third-largest automakers country has produced 22% fewer vehicles than in June 2008. Production of Honda Motor, the second largest Japanese automakers, fell by 20%.
Japanese automakers in the past month have reduced production in North America to reduce inventories, as sales in the U.S. in the first half of 2009 decreased by 35%. Companies have also cut production in Japan, despite the launch of the Government program of tax incentives to stimulate sales of baby car, including the new hybrid models of Toyota and Honda.
"At the global level, the sale of the vehicle, apparently reached the lower limit and begin to recover, but recovery will be slow - believes manager Intelligence Automotive Asia Ashvin Chotai. - In the medium term, sales in the United States did not reach the level of 2005 and 2006. It also is difficult to expect a substantial recovery sales in Japan. "
Intelligence Automotive predicts decline in sales in the United States to about 9.8 million vehicles in the 200 - year to 13.2 million vehicles a year earlier, and then - rising to 10.8 million vehicles in 2010.
Japan's automakers association expects that the outcome of the current fiscal year, sales in the domestic market will be the lowest in three decades. Wide sales are projected association will drop in the fiscal year ended at March 2010, compared to the previous year at 8.5% - up to 4.3 million vehicles. The peak value of sales was recorded in 1990 - 7.78 million vehicles.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
At the time of entering the market, the cost of such a car would be a record low, despite the newness of technology.
Toyota Motor has distributed an update on the development of own cars on fuel cells or hydrogen-mobilized. The company expects that their value at the time of entering the market will be «shocking low». Will take into account the experience of hybrids, which were initially very expensive, that do not attract more buyers. Hybrids more expensive than gasoline counterparts, and now, but their popularity is growing all the same. Even more successful Toyota intends to achieve by submitting hydrogen-mobilized (or several models), who accessibility could compete with gasoline, while possessing a number of significant advantages, especially in terms of efficiency and environmental friendliness.
Toyota is pleased with the progress which has already been achieved and the level of developed technologies. In 2015, hydrogen-mobilized come on the market, allegedly, regardless of whether sufficient infrastructure for maintenance and refueling or not. At this time, Japanese automakers are concerned, how consumers will view a new type of car. A kind of marketing should be the prototype Plug-In hybrids, including a special version of Prius.
Serial hydrogen-mobilized Toyota will be developed based on technologies that continue to improve on the prototype FCHV. It was built on the base model Toyota Highlander / Kluger, but this does not mean the company stresses that the first production fuel cell car will be exactly Highlander. Most likely it will be much more compact model.
It should be noted that only Japanese hydrogen-mobilized in the market, is the Honda FCX Clarity, available in Japan and the United States in a kind of rent-lease. Buy a model could be, and his rent, for example, in California, the U.S. will cost $ 600 a month.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Global production at factories in the world's largest automotive company Toyota Motor Corp. in May 2009 decreased by 38.8 percent compared to the situation a year ago. The volume of production it falls now in its tenth month in succession, said the report was circulated today, the corporation.
In May, sales at avtogiganta fell worldwide by 28 percent, and within Japan itself - only for 23,1 percent. This is due to strong demand in the country for a new model of hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle Prius. Only one month it was 180 thousand jobs.
The report notes that, in a generally unfavorable market conditions have some signs of improvement in the market. Within Japan it is connected, in particular, with the subsidies that the government started to issue citizens buying cars with high fuel economy type Prius
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Certainly one of the most popular models ever developed by a Japanese car, a Toyota Supra. But, despite the fact that officially Supra ceased production in 2002, it enjoyed great popularity until now.
In turn, the Toyota will never forget the loved many sports car and going into next year to release a hybrid version of Supra and sell it as model 2011.
It is clear that this is still rumor and no technical details about the new items yet. However, as it became known portal 4, Toyota Supra will be based on a hybrid FT-HS Sports, which was first shown in 2007, the engine for the model can be derived from the Lexus 450h, and it is 3.5 liters. V-6 and is connected to a hybrid system, Toyota Crown, so that power can achieve Toyota Supra 400 HP
However, the sports car will not be «fully green», because Toyota is planning to create more sporting version of Supra, which is possible without the cost of hybrid systems. There is information that a prototype of a future business model will be shown in this year's motor show in Tokyo.
Hybrid FT-HS Sports was originally created as a separate model, and was to appear this year, but «thanks» economic situation, Toyota has decided to curtail the project until better times.
All fans are, a sort of anticipation, or at least hint from Toyota, that really is scheduled to release of a new Supra.
Posted by Flashback at 7:10 AM
New Toyota Mark X in October
In October at the Tokyo MOTORSHOW expected to premiere a new generation Sedan Toyota Mark X.
Previously, went the rumors that Mark X may get turbocharged engine, but the Japanese magazine Holiday Auto refuted this information. According to recent data, sedan will be equipped with 2,5 - and 3,5-liter engine V6 (3,5-liter engine will replace the current 3.0-liter engine). Exterior design will be less aggressive, and the interior - more comfortable, high-tech and luxurious.
The new Mark X will be built on the platform of the current generation to produce a rear wheel drive versions, and Full power version. Expected that the sedan will be the global market, that is, its implementation will take place in many countries, not only in Japan and China.
Posted by Flashback at 7:04 AM
Company Toyota recall 1348 vehicles to fix an error in labeling. Under the recall of fall 2010 model year Tundra, Yaris 2009 model year, Tacoma, Sienna, RAV4, Highlander and the Scion xB and TC 2009 model year.
According to the NHTSA, an incorrect marking load carrying capacity can lead to overloading the vehicle and increase the risk of accident, writes Japancar. Each car will receive a special sticker with the correct data.
On some machines (there are less than 50), correct markings can not be, because after the installation of additional equipment the weight of the car changed. Service campaign starts in late June.
Posted by Flashback at 6:56 AM
Friday, August 15, 2008
The company Toyota announced that Highlander SUV in 2009 will be equipped with a completely new 2.7 - liter engine, which at high productivity should be increased cost will be different. Since its official launch in the sale, scheduled for early next year, the new power unit Highlander promises to be one of the best in the class of off-roadsters.
The new engine will produce 187 horsepower at 5 800 rpm and 242 Nm torque at 4 100 rpm when using conventional 87 - octane gasoline. Optimized torque and increased productivity are achieved by the introduction of a dual exhaust system of highways. In addition, the new engine differs Highlander extremely low level of harmful emissions and is ready posorevnovatsya in this area with the leaders of medium sector off-roadsters. More detailed data on its environmental performance will be announced after the official launch.
Complementing the new engine will be the newest intellectual six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled ECT-i. The new transmissions will ensure smooth and extremely rapid acceleration, which is not peculiar vehicles with such engines.
Posted by Flashback at 11:05 AM
Sacral Toyota Supra returned. This year will have a premiere of a new double sports model, with immediately in two versions - coupe and roadster. The Japanese company Top Secret Performance Engineering decided to revive the legendary car. The new Supra will become a serious competitor and Nissan 350Z, and Skyline GT-R.
Zadneprivodny apparatus will be equipped with the latest 450 - powerful V8 petrol with torque 570 Nm, available as early as 2000 rpm. As a competitor speak, of course, Nissan 350Z - cars are very close on ideology. Both zadneprivodnye, both are compact enough, both presented in two versions, and the main body - the price would be too roughly in one band.
Only a new Supra in topmark version is superior to Nissan 350Z at 170 hp More than "budget" version will be equipped with a 3.5 - liter V6, familiar North American consumers on the model of Lexus IS. By design promising new competitors not relinquish. On the contrary, in a Supra highlight - she has acquired impressive appearance. At the same time, when you first look at the car as soon becomes clear, from where he hails.