A consensus is building that intelligent-transportation systems hold the key to dealing with rising infrastructure costs and traffic congestion, while cutting global traffic fatalities from the current 1.2 million people annually.
Even midrange Toyota models such as the Corolla, Camry and RAV4 now feature rearview cameras and auto-leveling headlamps. Toyota estimates that failure to recognize potential danger causes 70% of accidents.
A $900 million expansion, raising cumulative investment at the facility to nearly $6 billion, will boost capacity once again to 350,000 units in 2015. And with it will be the addition of the new X4 reportedly due out in early 2014.
JAMA’s 2013 edition of “The Motor Industry of Japan” reports ABS was available on all standard cars sold with 1.0L or larger engines in 2011, the most recent year for which the association reports safety-system installations.
Consultancy Fourin expects Japan to remain the world's largest market for hybrid vehicles over the next 10 years, with sales growing to 1.6 million units from 965,000 in 2013. Close behind will be the U.S. at slightly under 1.6 million, up from 465,000 this year.
Toyota has been cool toward EV technology, believing fuel-cell vehicles offer a better long-term solution to global warming. But the No.1 hybrid maker nevertheless launched all-electric versions of the Scion iQ and RAV4 in 2012.
Following Toyota’s strategy of bringing technical improvements to market as soon as they are ready, Nissan cut 175 lbs. from the first-generation Leaf by redesigning the electric powertrain and modifying the battery’s structure.
Leading the big-truck surge will be General Motors, which has full availability of its re-engineered Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups, plus redesigned SUVs now hitting the market....More
Inventory of domestically made LVs is where most of March’s excess inventory exists. There could be some production slowdowns, but higher retail incentives in place in March are likely to continue in April, and possibly increase....More