Every year, auto makers are using high-tech safety features to make cars more interactive and secure, Toyota is one step ahead
Next year would be as exciting as one could anticipate, Japanese auto maker Toyota has spit out its plans for the year 2015 line-up when it’ll become the pioneer to introduce state of the art active safety technology which will consist of a vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system.
This new technology is one step ahead of what conventional system Toyota is using as camera-based and radar warning systems. it basically relies more on the wireless frequencies which come from the Integrated Traffic Systems (ITS’s). These ITS’s are responsible to keep a close eye on the traffic flow and other road changes. This would be the same frequency which will enable the car to communicate with other nearby cars for safety concerns.
Toyota Road Technologies
To avoid an accident beforehand, the sensors in the car will detect the pedestrians walking on the road or the oncoming traffic on a blind junction and promptly display all the relevant information on car’s dashboard. The most wonderful thing about this feature is that other vehicles will also indicate their own presence so to warn the driver about possible oncoming vehicles and avoid any unfortunate incident.
The acceleration and braking would also become safer and smoother with the help of this system which would also improve the radar guided cruise control feature. To roll out this technology for future use, Toyota is claiming to be working closely with transport agencies and the government at the same time.
The words are out that Japanese version of Lexus and Toyota models are to be the first to get this technology, don’t lose your heart as European and US models will also be getting it later.
Toyota Prius 2016 will use microchips and microcontrollers from the Le Mans Racing cars
President of Toyota Motorsport, Yoshiaki Kinoshita has indicated that the next generation of Toyota Prius which is set to go on sale in 2016, will use some sophisticated electronic systems. These advanced electronic systems will greatly help to improve the overall performance of the Prius.
New Prius is set to enter into production by the end of next year. Overhauled Toyota Prius will use some components which are already been tested in TS040 Hybrid. The ST040 Hybrid was used in 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Toyota president said that these parts are not mechanical because the new Prius will use most sophisticated electronic technology based on semiconductors, microchips and microcontrollers. Most of these microcontrollers are previously tested in the Le Mans Racing cars.
Toyota Prius Hybrid car
The TS040 all-wheel drive technology likely to be used in the next generation Prius. This rumour which was revealed early this year, has been confirmed now. Apart from these circuits and semiconductors, a newly developed semiconductor will increase the efficiency of already best Toyota’s Hybrid drive system. Officials reveal that the new electronics system will increase the efficiency of Hybrid system by ten percent when it will be offered in 2016 Prius.
The 2016 model Prius will be offered with nickel-metal hydride batteries as standard however the expensive trims will be offered with lithium-ion batteries for a bigger electric range.
Toyota’s president has also directed the possibility of employing same power storage system as of TS040 Le Mans Racing cars. This system has extra powerful super capacitors to recover and restore the brake energy. This restored energy used afterwards to help the system to develop extra burst of power for some swift acceleration on the motorway.
Toyota announced to divest Tesla and it is selling its stakes followed by Mercedes-Benz
A few days ago, Mercedes-Benz done the same by selling its stakes in Tesla Motors and now Toyota motors has announced that it is selling its stakes in Tesla Motors. Toyota had 2.4% stakes and it will worth the net of $640 million in profit. Both activities by two world’s largest automakers came during the unhappier time at Tesla. It is the time when tesla is facing a fall in share price by 19% since September. But you must remember that they also enjoyed a huge rise in share prices last year. In the present conditions, the value of the shares is not rising up even after the launch of a four wheel drive Model S and an autonomous driving technology.
Toyota Offloads Tesla
Toyota confesses in a statement that the decision of selling its stakes came as a part of reviewing its investment portfolio regularly and the review suggests that this investment is not adding numbers to the profit statements of Toyota anymore. They also confirmed that they maintained the relationship with Tesla and will continue working with them on the future projects however they will carefully evaluate the future projects before accepting them.
The shares worth of $50 million were bought back in 2010 by Toyota when Elon Musk’s firm was struggling. The huge growth was very quickly started getting the profits of Toyota’s investment in Tesla because Toyota is a reputed brand.
Earlier this year Tesla cancelled their all projects with Toyota where they said that Tesla will not supply batteries to Toyota anymore and Toyota also hinted that they are winding down their investments on electric cars with Tesla and they are even thinking about hydrogen fuel cell technology which was criticised by Elon Musk.
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New Toyota GT 86 unveiled in UK with a discount of £2500, prices start from £22,495
The long awaited and new Toyota GT 86 has finally been launched in UK with a massive discount of £2500 with prices starting from £22,495. Toyota also announced that the range topping Aero version is coming soon too. The order books for all new GT 86 Primo are already open and first deliveries are scheduled for January while prices start from £22,495 for entry level model. It is exclusively available with six speed manual transmission. Toyota Primo is powered by a standard 2.0 Litre boxer engines and can produce 197bhp.
Toyota GT 86 Boxer Engine
Toyota Primo gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a limited slip differential, aluminium pedals, and interior luxuries including air conditioning. There are several other tweaks available, such as a tyre pressure monitoring system and latest infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.
After an introductory discount given on Toyota GT 86, Toyota plans to offer the Primo with an initial price as well. This model will be introduced with a price cut of £2115 and will start from £22,995.The all new Primo will come with keyless entry and cruise control system, however dual zone climate control system will be offered as standard.
A new GT 86 Aero model will be offered as a flagship, featuring an all new body kit and rear spoiler. The flagship car will join the range priced from £26,495.
Toyota recalls 1.75 million vehicles over faulty brakes
According to the BBC Business News, Japanese automaker Toyota is issuing the recall notice to its worldwide users because of faulty break installation. This massive recall includes almost 94,000 vehicles only from China and the remaining number of vehicles from the rest of the world.
The latest brake fault is found in some models of Toyota Crown Majesta and several other models including Noah and Voxy have also been reported as faulty. These models were produced between 2007 and 2012 and their owners reported that they are facing brake faults in these vehicles.
In a media statement to BBC, Toyota said that they have no news about any crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this fault yet. But they are still going to recall all vehicles of these models to endorse that Toyota always care about their customers and never compromise on quality of their products.
The recall notices from any automaker are not the new thing because in recent months, GM has also recalled a massive number of vehicles on ignition switch issues. However, Toyota has recalled more than 690,000 vehicles last month on the vulnerable transmission issues reported in the Tacoma pick-up trucks. Few months ago Toyota recalled a number of hybrids in US on brake and sudden drivetrain jamming issues.
Toyota said that the majority of vehicles in this recall are from China and Japan. Toyota UK said that there is only 9,637 UK registered Lexus IS, GS and LS models came under this warning but they will also be checked for other issues such as fuel injection delivery.
Toyota also revealed that all vehicles included in this recall are safe to drive and owners will be contacted soon.
Toyota has introduced the C-HR concept at Paris Motor Show to rival the Qashqai
Toyota C-HR concept is powered by a very muscular Hybrid powertrain and previewed as an entry into the crossover segment. It is ready to make its first public appearance at Paris Motor Show 2014. The all new Toyota C-HR is stated as a rival to Nissan Qashqai with Toyota’s Hybrid powertrain technology.
Toyota is also previewing the diamond styled production model at the show which is geared up to be the future model for Toyota. The new C-HR features very fashioned, modern and angular shape which is different from any other vehicles in the Toyota models line-up. Narrow styled LED headlights at the front are merged with the grille that stretches the width of the C-HR. There was a vacant spot under the RAV4 model line-up but now the new C-HR will fill this gap in the Toyota range.
Toyota C-HR Concept
Performance details of this Qashqai rival are very limited but it is clear the C-HR will be very popular because it is the part of Toyota’s most dominant Hybrid market and everyone knows about the competence of Toyota in developing the Hybrid powertrains. It has very strong and powerful petrol electric engine and features a modern set-up that will likely to be used in the next generation Prius. The all new Prius will go on sale by next year.
The all new C-HR will use the newly developed powertrain which is capable of adopting all-wheel drive configurations. It is a feature that we wish to have on the production model of C-HR. It is very early to predict the price for C-HR because the production model is expected to hit the showrooms by 2017. Further details on this beauty will be announced after its debut at Paris Motor Show 2014.
Toyota has spent five years to bring the iQ to auto market which undoubtedly is a long time for any vehicle ever to be introduced and this tiny little city car has taken that. It is not because of any irregularities in the development and production phases, as we know it happens only when you actually develop any new product instead of reproducing the old concepts.
The all new iQ was developed under the guidance of chief engineer Hiroki Nakajima who has made it in such a way that it could compete with most of the modern environmental issues and it targets the customers who are concerns environment the most. It has the same customer market that of the Prius and it is a car which is second to none.
Toyota IQ Enigne
It took almost two full years of ingenious craftsmanship at both Japanese and French based designing and development divisions. The most part of Toyota iQ is done at the ED2 design studio, the most important thing about this car is its smallest but vigorous Toyota engine, churns out only 67bhp from a 1.0 Litre unit. This little engine is so capable of pushing the car harder yet eager enough to hit the red line and the numbers on the clock witnesses the real story. After observing the numbers you might believe that the iQ possessed a reasonable turn of speed.
With the top speed of 160kph or 99mph, it is still making 62mph in second gear but takes 13.6 seconds to get there. That is only about 0.7 seconds superior than Toyota’s smaller-engine car.
Toyota Supra benefits from BMW Z4 technologies and radical styling from FT-1 concept as seen at Detroit Motor Show
Toyota Supra is returning soon but this time it will be guised in a plug-in Hybrid sports car which is using the underpinnings from German automaker BMW. The all new Supra gets inspiration from the FT-1 concept showed at Detroit Motor Show this year. Now the interesting question is: “Is this BMW Supra or Toyota Z4?” Well, the answer is simple: it doesn’t matters at all because both versions have same technology, thanks to the technology sharing deal made between two companies back in 2011. There are several mutual projects going on lately and one of them is the development of fuel cell vehicles. Under this deal, Toyota is sharing its battery technology and joint sports car platform with BMW.
Toyota Supra concept
It is clearly evident now that the bases for next generation BMW Z4 will also provide the bases for new Toyota Supra. New sports car will also get lightweight technologies from BMW i3 and i8 plug-in Hybrid vehicles which are using an extensive range of carbon fibre and aluminium to reduce weight without sacrificing the toughness, stiffness and reliability, the quality traits that BMW is best known for.
The new Z4 is likely to get turbocharged with direct injection to four cylinder engines but it will remain a rear wheeler. Toyota Supra will use the same technology and engine to unlock the all wheel traction. Toyota is looking forward to employ the drip down technologies from LeMans cars; however it will use two electric motors on the front axles and a supplementary e-motor on the rear wheels. It will allow an excellent electric regeneration from braking system and offers great handling benefits along with torque vectoring by shifting the drive system.
The all new Toyota Supra is expected to make its debut not before 2017.
Toyota has unveiled a new Corolla Altis in Indian market at a price of £11700 whereas the diesel version was priced bit higher than the standard, at £13500. It is offered in four diesel trims and five petrol trims. Diesel trims include DJ, DJ(S), DG and DGL while petrol consists of J(S), G, G-CVT, GL and VL (CVT).
Toyota Corolla Altis 2014
Dealers reported that the waiting period for diesel is two months. Toyota Altis petrol engines are performing very well with CVT in the market and demand for these specific models is also higher and reports show that it is about 60 to 70 percent higher than the Toyota diesel engines.
A dealer from New Delhi stated that most customers are choosing automatic transmissions and booking in greater numbers because of ease of driving, while the manual driven models are facing a slight decline in sales. Customers in the Indian market are well informed about the functions and working principle of CVT transmissions and they like the new styling tweaks of the new Altis as well.
Toyota Corolla Altis Interior
The new Altis is equipped with carbon fibre instrument panel in black and a three spoke steering wheel with Bluetooth connectivity. It has chrome door handles inside and an extended wheel base by 100mm to offer a roomier cabin for extended leg space on both front and rear ends.
New Toyota Corolla Altis has rain sensors, navigation system, seven inches LCD and voice enabled audio with USB. Sales levels of CVT equipped models are higher and increasing with the time.
If you were waiting for the fourth-generation Toyota Prius in 2015, then you have to wait for another six months, because the production of all new Toyota Prius has been pushed back into the winter of 2015.
Toyota Prius 2015
Previously it was going to launch in spring 2015, but in order to make alterations in the new cohort of Prius, Toyota has pushed back its production. Toyota is still making modifications to make sure the whole lot is just spot on before it is launched.
According to unidentified sources speaking to auto journalists, the key rationales for the hindrance aren’t fully identified. It’s supposed the engineers are still improving the new Toyota Global Architecture modular platform and refining the hybrid powertrain more resourceful. The sources assert that the final assembly of the Prius is still on halt, and is likely to be finalised in November. From there, it generally takes around a year to reengineering and then rolls off the first Prius from assembly line. Michael Kroll, manager of Toyota Product Communications, said “As you might expect, we can’t comment on future product plans.”
2015 Toyota Prius
Regardless of the hold-up, some prospective facts have previously come into view about the new hybrid. A company representative said that Toyota is manufacturing the next-gen Prius to have more power- and smaller in size electric motors with greater thermal efficiency. The new modular platform is also alleged to trim down weight and the modifications could return 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
One full-size improvement won’t be coming to the new generation straight away, though. Toyota product planning boss Satoshi Ogiso said that new silicon carbide semiconductors, which will apparently increase fuel economy by 10 percent are not likely to be offered before 2020.