Automaker Toyota Motor has temporarily stopped 10 assembly lines at six of its factories in Japan. This is due to problems that arose after an explosion at a component manufacturing plant, TASS reports citing the Kyodo news agency.
According to the source, the lines were stopped on October 17. The decision to resume work in the following days is expected to be made additionally.
An explosion at an auxiliary enterprise occurred on October 16. Two employees were injured, one of the victims was hospitalized. The causes of the explosion are being investigated.
As a result of the incident, the work of six factories in Aichi and Mie prefectures in the central part of the island of Honshu was practically stopped. The component manufacturing plant is located in Aichi Prefecture. Toyota has 14 assembly plants in the country; their products are also intended for export.
The shutdown factories produce models such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and RAV4.
Toyota produced more than 5.6 million vehicles worldwide in the first half of this year - this is a record high figure for this period. Compared to the same period in 2022, production increased by 10.3%.The company sold more than 5.4 million cars in the first half of 2023. According to this indicator, Toyota has remained the leader in the global car market for the fourth year in a row.
The world's first solar-powered car, capable of driving long distances off-road without recharging, has successfully completed a test run through Morocco and the Sahara. The two-seater Stella Terra has driven a record 1,000 km, Ferra reports.
The machine was developed by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
The Stella Terra runs on energy from multiple solar panels on the roof, has a top speed of 145 km/h, weighs just 1.2 tonnes and has a range of at least 710 km on a sunny day.
The vehicle has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that allows it to operate in less sunny conditions but over shorter distances.
The students behind the project hope their development will inspire major car companies to create more environmentally friendly vehicles.
Toyota Corporation will present the FT-Se concept sports car and the FT-3e crossover at the exhibition in Tokyo. This was reported by the automaker's press service.
When designing the FT-Se electric sports car, developments from the Toyota Gazoo Racing (GR) sports division were used. The squat and wide coupe body is designed to reduce aerodynamic drag. The front fascia is set low to provide the driver with good visibility.
It was announced that the car will receive an electric powertrain, but the automaker does not disclose the technical characteristics of the model.
The FT-3e crossover is distinguished by simple and concise body lines. Inside the car there is an abundance of digital displays on the outer surface of the body, displaying information about battery charge, temperature and air quality in the cabin, visible when the driver approaches the car.
Toyota presented a brutal SUV called Toyota Hilux GR Sport II. Sales will start in the first half of 2024, and deliveries will begin in the second.
The new Toyota Hilux Double Cab features improved handling and stability, the highest payload capacity in its class (1000 kg) and the ability to tow a trailer weighing up to 3500 kg, as well as a larger wheel track - 140 mm at the front and 155 mm at the rear compared to the usual Toyota Hilux.
Toyota claims it is "the best version of the Hilux for on- and off-road driving thanks to wider tread and significant improvements in handling characteristics, such as increased vehicle stability through reduced roll angle and precise steering response." Optimized handling, reduced noise, and improvements to the suspension and brakes are also announced.
The powerful and proven 2.8-litre engine introduced to the Hilux range in 2020 produces 204bhp. and torque 500 Nm. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Toyota Hilux GR Sport II features new 17-inch wheels, red brake discs, black painted wheel arch trims, a black mesh grille with the classic Toyota logo, and side skirts, mirrors, door handles and rear bumper also painted in black color.
Toyota published a teaser of the future car on the Internet with the caption “A new dawn is coming.” The company did not explain which car we are talking about, but most likely the picture shows the new Toyota Camry. There are several signs that indicate this.
Firstly, the new Camry is expected to be released in 2024, and the timing of the teaser is well in line with this plan. Let us remind you that the current Camry XV70 debuted in 2017 and was restyled in 2020. But by industry standards, she's already an old lady.
Secondly, although the picture is darkened, the silhouette of the car in the image is still similar to a Camry. But the headlights seem to be borrowed from the new Prius.
The public debut of the new generation Camry could take place as early as this year: either at the SEMA 2023 tuning show (to be held from October 31 to November 4), or at the Los Angeles Auto Show (from November 17 to November 27). Both events are North American, and this is significant: it is in the USA that the Camry is still a hit despite its age.
On the eve of the Japan Mobility Show, Japanese automaker Nissan has released information about the Hyper Punk concept electric crossover, Gazeta.Ru reports.
The car received an angular body and original wheels with triangular-section discs. The model continues the series of Nissan Hyper concepts.
The Hyper Punk body consists of multi-faceted and polygonal surfaces covered in silver paint. It changes color depending on the viewing angle and light source.
The interior of the car resembles a mobile creative studio. Car cameras can capture the landscape and use artificial intelligence to turn it into graphic patterns or manga-style images.
Hyper Punk Salon was originally designed as a mobile creative studio with uninterrupted Internet access. Biosensors in the headrests determine the driver's mood. Nissan says the concept can adjust music and lighting to boost driver energy and creativity.
Mercedes-Benz presented the Mercedes-Benz V-Class passenger van, as well as its electric counterpart EQV. Log.com.tr reports this.
As you know, Mercedes-Benz is not only a company that produces passenger cars. Its production produces many types of cars. Among them, the Vito model has gained great popularity. By 2024, the company will release more modern models V-Class, V-Class Marco Polo, Vito, eVito and electric EQV.
The updated Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be available worldwide in three body lengths (Compact, Long and Extra-Long), as well as four variants (Base, Style, Avantgarde and Exclusive). AMG Line and Night packages are also available.
The new generation of cars is equipped with the MBUX infotainment system and includes screens of different sizes depending on the model.
Artificial intelligence (AI) will map out the route for driving license exams in Bulgaria.
The exam tests include, for example, turning left and right, crossing an intersection, passing a traffic light, driving near a public transport stop and an educational institution. Often, when an instructor creates an itinerary for a trip, he may forget to include important elements.
The AI will set the route according to the specified parameters in order to eliminate the human factor and test all the necessary driver skills under equal conditions.
The system is currently being tested in several cities at various locations. If the AI creates the correct route in 90% of cases, then from August 1 the exam will be held with its participation.
As Europulse reported, in Portugal by 2025 they are going to start using a chatbot with artificial intelligence ChatGPT to answer 112, and in Germany AI is already conducting church services.