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Toyota Engines! Reliability in Jeopardy

Toyota has taken a knock from their engines,rock solid reliability is endangered

Toyota is a much admired brand and has reputation for rock solid engine reliability, but now days it has taken a knock as their engines are facing problems and owners are frequently reporting them to their dealers. Toyota VVT-i engine is a Hi-Tec unit and on the probability graph, it is leading the story from top while Lexus power plants are chasing it from second position.

Toyota Hi-Tec Engines

Toyota Hi-Tec Engines

The 1.8 litre VVT-i engines found in the entire line-up of models can experience from severe aflame of engine oil to 50,000-60,000 miles, according to the major Toyota dealers. The dilemma was credited to the design of piston rings, but Toyota announced that the entire service history of such vehicles need to be checked which consumes a litre or above against every thousand miles. There are several models beginning with X-Reg models that have received partial replacement engines in last few months.

Partial means that the replaced engines were excluded from cylinder heads and engine ancillaries. But Toyota is bit sensitive on this issue and said that the claims were attended as per their customers. If you think, it is true and you own an Avensis, RAV4 or MR2 which has covered a reasonable mileage and you feel that it is drinking a lot from your engine oil then the company recommends you to get in touch with your dealership for a possible claim.

toyota RAV4 engines

Toyota RAV4 Engines

This blame game is doesn’t end here as Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus also appears to be enduring these problems. Its 2.2 Litre diesel engine has reported problems in its cylinder heads and forced to remove and de-coked after every 20,000 miles. Toyota engine manufacturing facility and its engineers consider the problem as particular to driving conditions in the UK. They believe that weather conditions affect the fifth injector in the engine which is used to control emissions. However, Toyota is facing some trouble and only a fraction of its sales have declined problems but overall they are still leading the market with reliability and durability.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles are coming next year but they won’t be cheap

Japanese auto tycoons Honda and Toyota Will Launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles by 2015 But They Won’t Be Cheap to buy

Usually people said that they own very sophisticated technology in their electric cars especially in the case of some Tesla models. If you are one of them then here is something to perk you up that Honda and Toyota both plan to launch hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and both Japanese automakers are ready to showcase their models at showrooms by 2015.

Toyota-FCV-Concept

Toyota-FCV-Concept

It is not a surprising thing though that both automakers are working on hydrogen fuel cell technology because they have shown their concept models at several Auto Shows in the past. Honda is working on FCX Clarity and the tests are continuing since six years and now Honda has again restated their plan to launch the Clarity in 2015. They are now in a co-venture with GM in order to develop the fuel cell technology on further advanced bases.

Honda-FCX-Clarity

Honda-FCX-Clarity

Toyota is not far behind in the race of instigating fuel cell technology and at Detroit Motor Show, Toyota’s vice president for operations said that fuel cell technology is the future of automotive tech, and Toyota has been showing off different versions of the FCV Concept since Tokyo Motor Show and just like Honda, it has had plans to introduce fuel cell vehicles to market in 2015.

Both automakers expect to build 1000 units of fuel cell vehicles by 2015 in order to gradually ramp up the production process. This production process will be further increase to tens of thousands by 2020 but it will clearly depend on the hydrogen infrastructure development which is needed to refuel the vehicles
Pricing will be one of the major factors in the success of fuel cell vehicles and Toyota had said that their FCV concept would debut with a sticker price around $50,000. While on other hand, Honda has almost same price for its Clarity. We personally feel affection for the idea of fuel cell cars, but if grid powered vehicles lift-off first as they most likely will, the conversion to hydrogen could be a very tough sell.

Toyota is turning the wheel of fortune – Robots OUT! Humans IN!

Japanese tycoon takes the initiative towards social responsibility and start hunt for ‘gods’

Employees-Training

Employees-Training

Toyota is undoubtedly one of the biggest giants in auto industry, utilising the human resource along with the modern hi-tech machines. It’s been decades since Toyota fully automated its production plants globally and robots were making cars bearing extremely reliable engines. Mitsuru Kawai is one of the most experienced person in Toyota as he has spent more than 50 years there, he recall his old memories as there was a time when manual skills were highly appreciated and ‘gods’ was the term used for the experienced masters as they could make any and everything.

The CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda is very determined to have ‘gods’ within his company once again and to do so, he has personally chosen Kawai to develop such programs which will teach workers metal-craft. It will include many a things such as forging crankshafts from scratch, to train their human assets; company has dedicated as much as 100 workstations formerly housing robots. Once the employees personally understand how to fabricate the components, they will have an understanding of how to make superior machines. In one of his statements, Kawai said: “To become the master of any machine, the most important thing is to have better knowledge and required skills to teach a machine.”

Robots working at Assembly lines

Robots working at Assembly lines

Unlike other companies where they only teach their employees to just feed the parts into the machine and if something goes down or went wrong, just call superior for help; Toyota’s Operations Management Consulting Division plays the game differently, here new managers are not given any kind of help rather they are given plenty of time to get the job done so they could learn on their own. Toyota is not stepping back from its mission of building more than ten million vehicles a year; instead they are endeavouring not to sacrifice the quality while making this tiresome effort.
“To become rock-solid, we need to get back to the basics” said Kawai.

Design of the year 2014, Toyota ME.WE Concept has won the title

The all new Toyota ME.WE concept car was challenging 75 ground-breaking designs from all over the world and from almost every field of life, but automobiles including VW XL-1, which was also a candidate for the design of the year award held at the London Museum. The decision was made on the bases of progressive technologies and design modernisation used in the models. In the case of ME.WE concept; judges are quite amazed at its atmosphere friendly technologies, there is another short-list car using the same technologies, the XL1 by Volkswagen.

Toyota-ME.WE_Concept

Toyota-ME.WE_Concept

The ME.WE concept is packed with innovative and revolutionary eco-friendly technologies and comes with fully changed and frivolous structure made of aluminium and electric drivetrain with a cane interior. It uses 100 per cent recyclable polystyrene to develop the doors and bonnet of the ME.WE concept, while bumpers and other small formations are made with comparable materials. This is a flexible vehicle as it can be used as Convertible, off-roader and as a small city car at the same time but it can be used as pick-up as well.

Several other contestants and participants at the show with Toyota ME.WE included electric bikes and public transport apps such as citymappers. There was a school from Nigeria also shortlisted for award, shocked? No you don’t need to be, because it is a floating school from Nigerian lagoon. This was the seventh Design of the Year award and its motive was to celebrate the stupendous design make-up on the globe. Several others like architectures, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic and product designs were also participating in the show however the auto makers were hot participants of the show but Toyota ME.WE was crowned as Design of the Year for 2014.

Finally! Toyota Prius 2015 rendered details

The Prius is the top selling Hybrid car in the world, and is the bestselling period in all over the world since 2014. It is the most efficient and greenest EV in Toyota’s line-up, being the first non-plug-in car sold in the auto markets to achieve a 50mpg collective fuel economy rating. The line-up will definitely comprise of plug-in and possibly other variants, and will be expected launch a new base respite design vernacular for Toyota’s ever-present hybrid line-up.

Toyota Prius 2014

Toyota Prius 2014

The Prius will be use Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) for the first time and it is first ever brand also to use the TNGA, a modular platform that Toyota claims it a serious weight shredder technology for its new models. As well built and even best fuel economy is explanation number one that the Prius holds the first place in the market; expect Toyota to make wide-ranging use of frivolous resources to decrease mass.
Earlier this year, some updates were reported that Toyota has intended for the Prius, such as batteries with better energy storage, bringing in smaller but powerful electric motors, and stirring to a gas engine with optimized combustion and abridged chafing. Using these methods, Toyota anticipates increasing fuel economy by almost 8 per cent. They are also planning to replace larger battery packs with the smaller and more-energy-dense lithium-ion batteries to salt away the space. On other hand prices are one of the big concerns and to keep prices aggressive, suppose the Prius to hold on to nickel-metal-hydride batteries.

The fourth-gen Prius make its first appearance at the New York auto show in April and is likely to be open for sale by the end of the year. Prices will keep at present level, likely from $25k for standard version and $30k for well built version.

Best or worst used car values! Toyota is leading the story

People often scoff at Toyota for making tiresome and uninteresting vehicles, but a recent consumer behaviour research by Consumer Reports suggests that in spite of whether people may say, but the Japanese auto maker has a number of best used cars on the market and people are still interested in buying used cars from Toyota. In the study of Consumer Reports on used cars from 2004-2013, the Japanese automaker was able to capture 11 places on the list of brands and models and it is more than any other brand or car maker.

Toyota

Toyota

This study was broken down in two parts for a better response, price was considered as major factor while the size of the purchased vehicle was another influencer in this buying behaviour study. On almost every price variation point, Toyota has at least one entry and in almost every segment from SUVs to SAVs and saloons to city cars.

The study only recommend cars with electronic stability control. They compiled a list of 28 recommended vehicles, in which Honda/Acura had the second most point at six, and Ford, Hyundai and Subaru managed two each. The Detroit brands also managed to be on the list, but not in an optimistic way.

On the part of most worst and least reliable vehicles Consumer Reports there is a list of 22 vehicles. This list consists of not recommended car models on the base of reliability and bad reputation for more than one year. General Motors had the most number of models on the list at six, but Chrysler and Ford weren’t far either.

Toyota Corolla 2014

Toyota Corolla! Top selling model for February 2014

Toyota’s performance has been out-class for the last two years and it is holding the top seller position with more than 10 million units sold in just 2013 but this time we are considering only one model, Toyota Corolla. This model is leading the sales volume against any other model in the world for February 2014. Honda Civic was edged out by this compact car just at the start of the year in compact auto sales race and it is enjoying a far easier time since February by being best selling compact car with a total of 25,299 sales in a single month, even the Chevy Cruze upset the Civic last month by jumping from third to second position and they sold almost 21,836 units, where Honda has 21,575 sales of Civic.

Toyota Corolla Engine

Toyota Corolla Engine

If you just check out the position of European auto makers on the selling graph then you will notice that the most influential Volkswagen Jetta is sitting at the seventh place VW has its sales volume of 11,908 units. Like Ford, Volkswagen is planning for massive updates in its top models. Mazda3 was exclusively unveiled last year with massive updates and people like the model but in the February, Mazda3 has disappointed its makers by making sales of just over seven thousand and the out-going Volkswagen Golf has only 1,649 units sold.

The all New Toyota Aygo

The new Toyota Aygo has arrived with convincing, fun, funky and appealing looks with a host of tempting options to customise the already alluring looks. The dramatic X-Theme going on at the front distinguishes it from the 108 and C1 and the gazebo-style profile, rear spoiler and window graphic that extends in to the rear light clusters make the Aygo look bigger and bolder than it is.

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo

The interior quality isn’t as funky but it looks an alluring and well bolted together. The Aygo hasn’t increased in size but it has new instruments, wider armrests, bit more luggage space with a trapezoidal centre console. The Aygo also gets Toyota’s new x-touch multimedia system with a 7″ touchscreen controlling audio, phone, connectivity and trip info, with SatNav and Apps an option and a rear view camera as standard.
The only engine option will be the 1.0 lire 3-cylinder petrol with 68bhp and a choice of five-speed manual or Toyota’s x-shift automated manual and you’ll be able to have the Aygo as a tin top or with a folding canvas roof. The new Toyota Aygo will be far better than far better than an EV for going around round congested urban areas.

Software Glitches force Toyota to recall Prius and RAV 4

Toyota has recalled almost one million of its own vehicles and some Lexus models in the latest recalls.

Prius 2014

Prius 2014

Toyota recently declared that it is recalling 700,000 units of Prius plus an additional 260,000 Tacoma, RAV4 and Lexus RX 350 vehicles in the US. The problem is with the vehicles” ECU engine management computers. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries, but Toyota is worried that under certain conditions the vehicle may lose power and stop. Toyota says that braking is not compromised if the condition does manifest itself.

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Toyota RAV4

The specific vehicles included in the loss of power recall are model year 2010 through 2014 Prius cars. In addition, some 2012 RAV 4s, Tacoma pickups from 2012 and 2013, and some Lexus RX 350s from 2012 and 2013 will also be recalled over a separate issue related to ABS and traction control. In those vehicles the anti-lock braking system’s software will be updated in the ECU. Toyota says that braking is not compromised if the condition does manifest itself. Toyota hinted that the update may not be available at dealerships yet.

Finally! Toyota Camry gets Hybrid treatment

The 2013 Camry Hybrid takes the core Camry traits to a different altitude of style sophistication and brilliance. Put purely, there are reasons why purchasing a new-fangled Camry has turned out to be a reflexive behavior for millions of customers in American auto market. Then again, there are quite a lot of spiteful traits about the new Hybrid Camry.

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Toyota Camry

This is why Toyota has dominated the sales chart for a long time, it can’t just be the bulletproof consistency, but that definitely helps. For every moan about the Buick style ride and handling, there are a million drivers who value its insipid driving style.

A 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine is fitted in the new Toyota Camry which is capable of generating 156 horsepower and a similar amount of twist 156 lb-ft of torque. It is an adequate power to deliver a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.9 seconds. The petrol engine is paired with an electric motor capable of developing 199 lb-ft of torque with the help of its Nickel-metal Hydride battery pack.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Eengine

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Eengine

The all new Camry is equipped with low rolling resistance tyres and because of maximum speed rating of these tyres the top speed is electronically controlled at 117 mph. Regardless of being a total doze off in the corners, the Camry Hybrid is comparatively swift than a Prius, that takes two extra seconds to go from 0-60 mph. The CVT automatic transmission used in Toyota Hybrid was widely criticized in previous years because it causes the engine to make a loud sound at high revs while the CVT gains speed gradually. There is no advancement noticed in the new transmission either but the new programming helps the car to get more speed with ease.