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Toyota has started production of a rebranded Toyota RAV4 PHEV, to be marketed in Europe as the Suzuki Across [Updated]

Lars Krijgsman » AutoWeek »

Rough translation from original Dutch provided by Google »

It might be a bit crazy to see a RAV4 with Suzuki decals and it may take some time before we get used to that. However, the Across gets its own front with new, flatter and wider headlights, a new grille that resembles that of cars like the Swift and its own front bumper. On the back we do not notice any significant differences and the same applies to the interior. Inside, except for the Suzuki badges, the Across is identical to the RAV4.

While you can get the RAV4 in the Netherlands with a conventional petrol engine and as a Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid , the Suzuki Across has so far only been presented with the plug-in hybrid powertrain. That means that Suzuki’s newcomer immediately has a solid bonk ability. Under the hood is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine from Toyota, which works together with a powerful electric motor. That brings the system power to 306 hp. This means that the Across, like the RAV4 PHEV, sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 6 seconds. More interesting is of course the electric range. The 18.1 kWh battery pack helps the four-wheel drive Across with an electric range of 75 kilometers. Certainly not crazy.

The Japan Times »

Toyota Motor Corp.’s affiliate has begun manufacturing hybrid RAV4 SUVs for Suzuki Motor Corp. for the first time, with a plan to sell them under the smaller automaker brand in the European market, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

Toyota Industries Corp., which currently assembles the RAV4 model, started production for Suzuki at its plant in Aichi Prefecture earlier this month, the sources said.

In early June, Toyota started selling a RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in Japan.

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May production of China’s EV increased by 3.5 percent and sales increased by 12.2 percent » BMW, Toyota, and Volkswagen announced sizable investments in China’s EV industry this year

» BMW signed a deal with charging station provider State Grid EV Service Company, to promote e-mobility in China.

» Toyota and new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer BYD announced a 50-50 joint venture to jointly develop car batteries and electric vehicles.

» Volkswagen announced that it would invest around 2.1 billion euros in electric mobility in China.

Wang Aona, Liu Fangqiang, and Cao Bin / Xinhua »

According to the latest statistics by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s production and sale of NEVs rose at a faster rate in May. In May, NEV production and sales increased by 3.5 percent and 12.2 percent month on month to 84,000 and 82,000, respectively.

In five to eight years, NEVs are expected to keep pace with fuel-driven vehicles in terms of competitiveness, said Fang Yunzhou, president of the Hozon New Energy Automobile Co., Ltd., noting that NEV firms should enhance research and development, innovate marketing modes and strengthen cooperation among industrial chains.

The 2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design plug-in hybrid tops the list of the newly released AAA Car Guide

The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.

The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.

All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.

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BoA Merrill Lynch predicts a wave of new-car launches coming in over the next 4 years

Joe Lorio / Autoblog (USA) »

The biggest increase by segment is — you guessed it — crossovers, which account for nearly half the total (49 percent). Light trucks at 28 percent are the next-biggest segment. The three passenger-car segments — luxury/sport, mid/large, and small — each comprise less than 10 percent of the total.

The BoA report also looks at each of the manufacturers and calculates their “replacement rate,” meaning their new-product intros as a percentage of their lineup. They calculate the industry average at 74%. BoA sees Honda (91%) and Hyundai/Kia (90%) with the most aggressive launch cadence over the coming four years, with FCA (57%) and Toyota (59%) at the bottom. Ford at 83% has the highest replacement rate among the Big Three, headlined by the new F-150, the new Bronco and the Mustang Mach E. Automakers with a fresher lineup historically have made gains in market share. BoA has published its study annually since 1991.

Toyota has launched the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in Japan

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The new model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) augments the superior performance of RAV4 by realizing the full potential of the plug-in hybrid system, while striving to be even more fun to drive.

  • System maximum output of 225 kW (306 PS) coupled with powerful acceleration of 0-100 kph in 6.0 seconds.
  • A BEV driving range of 95 kilometers and an incredible cruising range of 1,300 kilometers or more when combined with hybrid mode.
  • Battery is able to supply power with engine switched off (maximum 1,500 W; AC 100 V).

Interestingly, Toyota anticipates selling only 300 of these per month in the domestic market.

The new RAV4 comes with a maximum of 1,500 W (AC 100 V) external power supply function as standard equipment that are useful during blackouts and other emergencies, and for outdoor leisure activities. In addition to an accessory electrical socket in the luggage compartment, it is also equipped with a vehicle power connector which can be plugged into the regular charging inlet at the rear (right) of the vehicle for use as an external power socket.

It offers two settings, either BEV or HEV external power supply mode, which can be selected according to the intended purpose. BEV mode only uses power from the battery, whereas HEV mode starts the engine if the remaining battery power is too low, enabling approximately three days’ of power supply on a full gasoline tank.

The Japan Times »

The new RAV4, loaded with a newly developed high-powered motor that provides a longer range and better acceleration than its conventional hybrid model released in April last year, went on sale with a price tag starting at ¥4.69 million ($42,840).

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Toyota is launching a joint venture for commercial vehicle fuel cell systems in China

Six companies that share a common vision for the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in China signed a joint venture agreement for the establishment of United Fuel Cell System R&D (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (FCRD).

FCRD’s primary business will be the development of fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles to contribute to the realization of a clean mobility society in China. Dong Changzheng will be appointed chairman and Ryu Akita will be chief executive officer (CEO). Plans call for FCRD to be established in Beijing during 2020.

The six companies participating in the joint venture are as follows:

  • China FAW Corporation Limited (“FAW”)
  • Dongfeng Motor Corporation (“DFM”)
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. (“GAC GROUP”)
  • Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd. (“BAIC GROUP”)
  • Beijing SinoHytec Co., Ltd. (“SinoHytec”)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (“Toyota”)

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The 2021 RAV4 Prime, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of America’s best-selling crossover, will start at US$39,220 » In dealerships this summer

Kyle Patrick / AutoGuide »

The Prime uses the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine as the regular Hybrid, augmented by an electric motor at each axle. An uprated lithium-ion battery provides the juice. Combined, the system sends 302 hp to all four wheels. Toyota is quoting a 0–60 mph time—remember those?— of just 5.7 seconds. That makes the Prime the fastest four-door Toyota out there, and second overall, behind only the Supra. That’s what we call progress.

More » The Car Connection, CNET, Carscoops, Autoblog, Automotive News (paywall), Motor Illustrated

Toyota reveals the PROACE Electric van

Carrie Hampel / electrive »

The information is taken from the Toyota website in the Netherlands, where the Proace Electric will be the first to be offered from October this year. The commercial version of the Proace Electric, targeted as a delivery vehicle or for tradespeople, is scheduled to be launched this year. The passenger version with up to nine seats will follow at the beginning of 2021, and the Proace City Electric has been announced for the end of 2021.

The technical data mentioned on the Dutch website are identical to those of the PSA trio: Depending on the battery, between 230 and 330 kilometres WLTP range, and between 1,000 and 1,275 kilograms payload, depending on wheelbase and battery. The three-phase 11-kW onboard charger also appears to be optional for Toyota.

The following video is in Dutch »

Toyota Thuistour - PROACE Electric (review/test)

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23 U.S. states sue White House administration over fuel efficiency rollback

Lawsuit seeks to restore emissions reductions needed to achieve economic, public health, and climate goals.

David Shepardson / Reuters »

Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”

New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.

Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…

More » CNET, The Verge, Carscoops, Vanity Fair, The Detroit Bureau

The first mass-market hybrid-electric vehicle is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Toyota plans to mark the occasion with a limited-production Special Edition Prius

2020 Toyota Prius Special Edition

2020 Toyota Prius Special Edition

The first Toyota Prius was exclusive to Japanese customers from 1997. The second generation, produced from 2000, was the first Prius exported by Toyota outside of Japan, with sales starting in Asia, Europe, Australia, and America.

Paul A. Eisenstein / The Detroit Bureau »

The Model-T, the Beetle, the 911, the Willys CJ. There aren’t many cars that can claim to have “changed an industry,” but the original Toyota Prius certainly belongs on the list.

More » Carscoops, Car and Driver, The Car Connection, Autoblog, CNET, Green Car Reports, AutoGuide, SlashGear

 

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