Toyota has revealed its i-Road, the brand new three-wheeled two-seater electric vehicle.

Toyota says the i-Road is no wider than a conventional two-wheeled scooter. But unlike a normal motorcycle, the i-Road’s occupants are sheltered under a waterproof body and are not required to wear crash helmets.

A lithium-ion battery is used to power two 2kW electric motors, giving a total power output of 5.4bhp. The driving range is claimed to be around 30 miles, and the i-Road can be fully recharged from a domestic 230V socket in around three hours. Read the rest of this entry

An annual survey says Toyota tops the car brands in U.S. consumer perception.

Unchanged from last year, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo rounded out the top six.

The survey comes less than a month after the Detroit auto show, during which the company showed off its latest vehicles and concept cars.

Based on how consumers perceive each brand in seven categories(quality, safety, value, performance, design, technology and green attributes), each of the top 10 saw perception scores rise in the survey.
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Toyota  recalls 907,000 Corolla model vehicles for air bags. The company also recalls 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers.

Naoto Fuse, who is a  spokesman at Toyota Motor Corp., said Wednesday there have been no accidents or injuries related to either of those defects, but the Japanese automaker received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, and one from Japan.

The recalled vehicles are 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar vehicles in Japan, Mexico and Canada, that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004.

About 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers arrived.

According to Toyota, the problem windshield wipers can get stuck in case of a heavy snowfall.


Ford, Mercedes, and Renault-Nissan announced on Jan. 28 they would produce fuel cell vehicles in 2017.

The three companies have been working on the technology, and some have demonstrated prototype vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has been testing multiple generations of their F-Cell fuel cell vehicle.

The Toyota-BMW agreement covers the united development of a fuel cell stack, hydrogen tank, and electric motor for a car. They will also work on new lithium-air battery technology, aiming to increase the energy density of electric vehicle batteries. Read the rest of this entry

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