A massive crowd of at least 150,000 people are attending the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas to find the latest electronic devices and to be dazzled in high definition. Automakers and suppliers have stepped up participation to stay current with digital innovations.
The car’s muscle comes from Toyota Motorsport’s 1.6L 4-cyl. global race engine that delivers 300 hp to the front wheels. Two 60-hp electric motors power the rear wheels, which also enjoy an extra boost from regenerative braking....More
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....More
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....More
Domestic sales fell after the national consumption tax was increased April 1, but the decline was offset by brisk demand in North America and the effects of the weaker yen against the dollar, among other pluses....More
Dennis Williams does not seem convinced complete wage parity will occur, as he talks about “bridging” the gap between the two levels and stresses that the automakers must continue to be successful....More