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Toyota Plowing $126 Million in Michigan Facilities

New effort increases decision-making impact of campus.

by on Dec.18, 2014

Toyota plans to invest $126 million into its Ann Arbor, Michigan-based technical center and, by extension, giving the it more decision-making responsibilities.

The definition of “Made in America” is getting rewritten again by Toyota as it announced it plans to invest $126 million into its Ann Arbor, Michigan-based technical center and, by extension, giving the center more decision-making responsibilities.

Toyota is expanding its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor as well as consolidating its vehicle development operations a new facility in nearby York Township, Michigan. The moves will cause the relocation of 85 jobs from California to Michigan.

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“The Technical Center continues to be a vital part of our growing North American operations that enables Toyota to package greater value for our customers,” said Ed Mantey, senior vice president at the Toyota Technical Center. (more…)

Lexus Confirms “Track-Ready” Model Coming to Detroit

Likely to be new 2016 Lexus GS F.

by on Dec.18, 2014

Is this the 2016 Lexus GS F?

Hoping to add still more performance to its traditional mainstream luxury line-up, Lexus has confirmed it will introduce a second, “track-ready” model at the North American International Auto Show next month.

While it isn’t providing any specific details about the new model, there’ve been plenty of sightings of prototype Lexus GS F sedans running around, notably while undergoing testing at Germany’s famed Nurburgring race track.

Gain Traction!

The new model would all but certainly share the basic 5.0-liter V-8 found under the hood of the 2015 Lexus RC F model launched over the summer. But given the bigger size and weight of a mid-range GS, the performance version will but certainly get a bump up from the 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of the smaller RC F model.

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Toyota Teases New 2016 Tacoma

Debut set for Detroit on January 12.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Toyota is expected to make major changes to the 2016 Tacoma in a bid to retain its sales lead.

With the North American International Auto Show approaching fast, Toyota is offering a first teaser glimpse at the next-generation Tacoma pickup it will unveil on January 12th.

The maker isn’t saying much about the replacement for its midsize model, though Toyota division General Manager Bill Fay recently called Tacoma “part of our DNA here in North America.” Early versions of the truck helped win over the Baby Boomers who have become the loyal mainstay of the Toyota brand.

What a Concept!

Expect to see a more modern, feature-rich model with improve towing and cargo capacity, according to industry insiders, while the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will almost certainly deliver improved fuel economy over the fairly poor 17 mpg City/21 mpg Highway achieved by the current model. (more…)

Toyota Set to Debut New Tacoma at Detroit Auto Show

Adding energy to a resurgent midsize pickup market?

by on Dec.05, 2014

The current Toyota Tacoma.

Adding fuel to a simmering midsize truck market, Toyota confirms it will unveil an all-new version of its aging Tacoma pickup at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

The next-gen 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be unveiled along with two new models from the maker’s upscale Lexus division, said Bon Carter, the maker’s senior vice president pf automotive operations in North America. Toyota has been racing to get the new Tacoma ready for battle with a new line of offerings from General Motors, including the Chevrolet Colorado.

Truck Stop!

Thinly disguised versions of the next Tacoma have been spotted undergoing testing in North America in recent months. As with the bigger Toyota Tundra, designers and engineers in the U.S. had a significant role in the development of the midsize truck, although it is being geared for sale in markets around the world, while Tundra is primarily focused on a State-side audience.

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Nissan Rapidly Boosting US Production

Launch of new Murano bringing local production to 85%.

by on Dec.05, 2014

Jose Munoz, the CEO of Nissan North America, with the third-generation, 2015 Murano.

For its part, Nissan operates two major assembly plants in the U.S. The biggest is in Smyrna, Tennessee, a plant capable of producing up to 650,000 vehicles annually, and employing 8,000 hourly workers. The mile long factory produces the midsize Altima and the Leaf battery-electric vehicle, among other models.

About 400 miles to the southwest, Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi employs another 6,000 blue-collar workers. While production is lower than at Smyrna, the Canton factory is one of the most flexible in the American market, capable of production eight different models, including both car-like unibody vehicles, such as the Murano, and frame-based trucks.

As the first of Nissan’s new third-generation Murano crossovers roll into showrooms this month, buyers will find a lighter, more stylish and more fuel-efficient vehicle. But what only a few are likely to notice is that the new model also will be made in the U.S.

Nissan’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi has become the new, global production base for the 2015 Murano – which until now had rolled off a Nissan line in Kyushu, Japan.

Insight!

“We want to localize more of everything we do,” noted Pierre Loing, the head of product planning for Nissan North America.

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NHTSA Debates How Far to Expand Takata Airbag Recall

Agency still wants nationwide recall for faulty driver’s side bags, but hedging on passenger-side airbags.

by on Dec.02, 2014

A Takata airbag after a crash.

(This story has been updated.)

Already under fire for its handling of several recent major safety issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to debate how far to expand the recall of vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbags produced by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

With NHTSA officials set to testify before Congress on Wednesday, the agency confirmed it is still seeking a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, but that it is not yet calling for a similar action for passenger-side airbags. The safety agency was sharply criticized following its initial decision in October to order a recall of 7.8 million vehicles in areas with high humidity where the risk of airbag failures was considered most serious.

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The big question is whether Takata will accept NHTSA’s midnight deadline and agree to go along with the expanded driver’s side airbag recall before tomorrow’s Capitol Hill hearing.

Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada was expected to announce a decision on Tuesday but failed to reveal the company’s position.

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Scion Moving iM Hatchback from Concept to Production

Brand kicking off sustained run of new products with new hatch.

by on Nov.20, 2014

Scion Vice President Doug Murtha confirmed the iM Concept will move quickly into reality as the production version hits showrooms next year.

After the reveal of the Scion iM Concept car in Los Angeles, executives confirmed a production version of the five-door compact will be coming to dealerships in 2015.

The iM “concept,” compact hatchback unveiled during the here will morph, with very few changes, into a new production at the New York Auto Show next spring. Nancy Hubbel, Scion spokeswoman, said the decision was made to go ahead and confirm the concept car is intended for production rather than duck the question.

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“The two models we’re debuting in New York next spring are just the beginning for Scion,” said Scion Vice President Doug Murtha. “We plan to bring three new products in three years to our showrooms, offering a variety of exciting options for current and new Scion customers.” (more…)

Scion Reveals iM Concept for LA Auto Show

A sign of a hatchback revival?

by on Nov.12, 2014

Scion's iM Concept is likely to reappear in production form in short order.

After teasing us with a shot of the new iM Concept a few weeks back, Scion has pulled the covers entirely off the new model it will be bringing to the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

It may be a concept in name, but expect to see the Scion iM found a place in the maker’s line-up in the very near future, as part of a new product push designed to rebuild its once-formidable image among young trendsetters.

Power Up!

And perhaps the most intriguing detail in the news release that accompanied this image is the fact that Scion isn’t trying to come up with a fancy euphemism. Toyota’s youth brand is calling the iM exactly what it is, a “hatchback.”

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SEMA Show Keeps America’s Love Affair with the Automobile Alive

Aftermarket business recovering after big recession hit.

by on Nov.10, 2014

Open wide: Toyota's "Sleeper Camry."

It looks like an ordinary, 2015 Toyota Camry, but lift the hood and you’re in for quite a surprise.

Actually, you have to raise the entire body of the “Sleeper Camry” sedan, which Toyota quietly transformed into an 850-horsepower drag racer. It’s just one of the wild, weird and wacky concept vehicles unveiled at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Marketers Association annual aftermarket convention, an event known to fans around the world as the SEMA Show.

We Love Cars!

There’s been plenty written about the supposed death of the American love affair with the automobile. You’d have a hard time proving it at the Las Vegas convention center, which hosts what has become Sin City’s second-largest annual event, this year expected to draw as many as 140,000 attendees.

Scion Goes Heavy Metal at SEMA

Thrash band Slayer sets the tone for brand’s Tuner Challenge.

by on Nov.07, 2014

Slayer Guitarist Kerry King helps kick off the Scion Tuner Challenge at the Scion SEMA stand

It was a heavy metal scene at the Scion booth as Toyota’s sporty youth brand revealed the winners of its 10th annual Scion Tuner Challenge during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The tone was actually more than a bit retro, members of the 1980s thrash band Slayer firing up the amps they built into their entry, the Slayer tC to get the audience worked up in anticipation. But it was the Speedhunters FR-S that took home the grand prize, a $10,000 check.

Keeping the Conversation Going!

“Speedhunters presented an FR-S that was not only creative and labor-intensive, but stood out to the judges as something fans would love to see at the SEMA show,” proclaimed Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager, as he revealed the winner. “Each team took the Scion FR-S Series 1.0 to new heights and proved that just about anything is possible when it comes to this vehicle.” (more…)