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‘Toyota U Trust’ set to expand across India

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) announced the expansion of ‘Toyota U Trust’ today. Set to facilitate sales, purchase and exchange of Toyota and non-Toyota cars, ‘Toyota U Trust’ aims to offer potential customers an opportunity to exchange their old cars of any make for a brand new Toyota, allowing them an opportunity to upgrade. It will also cater to customers who want to exchange their cars for competitively priced used Toyota cars. Customers will also be provided with a wide range of value added services, including finance options at the ‘Toyota U Trust’ outlets.

‘Toyota U Trust’ launched in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai, as a pilot project in 2007-08,has received an encouraging response.

Customers are eligible to obtain certification for the Toyota vehicles they purchase through ‘Toyota U Trust’, which are eligible for warranty as well. The special warranty booklet for certified Toyota cars will come with a warranty up to 1 year/15,000 km. In addition to this, the cars can get up to three labour free services at Toyota dealerships. Warranty is provided on the engine and gearbox/driveline of all certified Toyota cars, across the country at all Toyota dealerships.

Speaking at the launch of ‘Toyota U Trust’, Mr. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “The used car market in India is almost as big and important as the new car market. Toyota U Trust aims at encouraging the sales of our new compact car – Etios, enhancing dealer profitability, and increasing the residual value of Toyota vehicles, which will in turn help increase the new car sales. We wish to heighten the customer experience and ensure transparency while all customers are treated at par with new car customer. We will cover 20 outlets in 15 cities by the end of 2010″.

The U Trust website has been launched to facilitate registration, test drive booking, vehicle booking and easy access to information on vehicle history and stock availability etc.

Source: http://www.toyotabharat.com/inen/news/toyota_utrust.asp

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Buick Unveils Regal GS Show Car

Monday, January 11th, 2010

DETROIT – With an estimated 255 turbocharged horsepower (190 kW), a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced, adaptive all-wheel-drive system, the Buick Regal GS show car is a high-tech, high-performance version of the brand’s newest sport sedan. It was introduced at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.

The mechanical elements were developed with the aim of delivering a driving experience that is sporting, confidence-inspiring and refined. It has a performance-oriented drivetrain, a lowered body and lower center of gravity. Exterior and interior cues include two additional vertical front air intakes; large, forged aluminum 20-inch wheels and performance tires; a racing-inspired sport steering wheel and metal pedals. Recaro high-performance front seats feature four-way lumbar support and cushion extensions.

“We designed the Regal GS to explore the appeal of a high-performance variant of the Regal,” said Craig Bierley, product marketing director for Buick. “Like the Regal, the Regal GS is based on the award-winning Opel Insignia, and we believe it will reinvigorate Buick’s storied Gran Sport legacy.”

The Regal GS exterior is distinguished by vertical air inlets in the front fascia, as well as unique rocker panels, an integrated rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, Olympic White paint and satin metallic accents.

“The idea behind the Regal GS was taking the production model in a more aggressive direction to appeal to performance enthusiasts,” said John Cafaro, Buick design director. “But along with its aggressive stance, there’s sophisticated style in the design that complements the driving experience.”

Inside, the Regal GS varies from the standard Regal by featuring a completely jet black interior, including the pillars and headliner, sport shifter for the six-speed manual transmission and a suede-covered, flat-bottom steering wheel reminiscent of those used in international racing series. The instrument panel glows ice blue when the driver engages the sport mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Turbocharged AWD performance
Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged engine with direct-injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be offered on Regal CXL models later this summer, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).

The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that directs torque to an adaptive all-wheel-drive system calibrated for performance driving. An electronic, limited-slip rear differential helps ensure the engine’s power is distributed effectively during cornering.

The high-performance drivetrain is expected to enable the Regal GS to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. That performance is complemented by a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) design in front. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering. This improves ultimate grip levels in dry and wet conditions, as well as improves the direct feel of the road, while isolating undesirable feedback. Behind the wheel the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.

The Regal GS features a high-performance Brembo brake system with 14 x 1.2-inch (355 x 32 mm) cross-drilled rotors; four-piston, high-strength aluminum calipers, and high-performance pads.

The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on Regal CXL models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety, while also adapting the driving characteristics of the car to the driver’s preferences. The driver selects among three operating modes – normal, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, throttle response and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.

About Buick
Buick is in the midst of a transformation that started with the Enclave luxury crossover and continues with the completely redesigned LaCrosse luxury sedan and Regal sport sedan. Buick is emerging as a modern, premium brand with vehicles characterized by sculpted designs, personal technologies, luxurious interiors and responsive performance. Future new sedans and crossovers are planned and will continue to expand Buick’s portfolio both in North America and China.

Source: http://publish.media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/news/news_detail.brand_gm.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/Jan/NAIAS/Buick/0107_regal_gs

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Daihatsu to Dissolve its Joint Business for Body Parts Manufacturer in Jilin City, China

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (Daihatsu) has decided to dissolve the joint business formed with FAW Jilin Automobile Co., Ltd. (FAW Jilin Auto) to establishthe body parts manufacturing company FAW Daihatsu (Jilin) Body Parts Co., Ltd. (FDJB). Daihatsu’s decision to transfer its 50-percent stake in FDJB to FAW Jilin Auto, effective from January 4, 2010, was based on the change in the framework of Daihatsu’s business in Jilin City, China*.

The decision to transfer all management rights of FDJB to FAW Jilin Auto was reached after talks between Daihatsu and FAW Jilin Auto, with the aim being to have FAW Jilin Auto display the comprehensive strengths of the FAW Group and for Daihatsu to improve management efficiency by consolidating its management resources. FDJB will continue to manufacture body parts after the dissolution of the joint venture, in its new role as a subsidiary of FAW Jilin Auto.

In addition, in order to continue the technology licensing agreement, no changes will be made in the partnership between Daihatsu and FAW Jilin Auto with regard to the provision of parts and other activities.

Source: http://www.daihatsu.com/news/n2010/10010701/index.html

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Maruti Suzuki launches Eeco

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

All-new spacious family car to sport new 1,200 cc engine, transmission system

  • Focus on ‘A Big Car’ with space and comfort for family : BS-IV compliant
  • Superior functionality and drivability : Superior, in-house developed 1200 cc petrol engine with 73 bhp power
  • Flexi-seating with 5 and 7 seater options : First-time ever DSA transmission
  • Roomy interiors : Petrol Fuel efficiency 15.1 kmpl
  • Sliding doors add to ease entry and exit : Beige and grey dual-tone interiors
  • Air-conditioning : High ground clearance, ELV compliant

Maruti Suzuki, the country ’s number one automobile manufacturer, has launched Eeco, an all-new spacious family car.

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco is a five-door, C segment vehicle, which has been specifically designed for India by the auto-major.

Eeco comes with a new, powerful and highly fuel efficient 1200 cc engine. This new engine delivers 73 bhp of raw power @6000rpm, a high torque of 101Nm @3000rpm specifically designed to meet the Indian driving conditions.

Source: http://www.marutisuzuki.com/Maruti-Suzuki-launches-Eeco.aspx

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Toyota Launches the Prius in India

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) today launched the latest generation of the Prius in India at the Auto Expo 2010 that is underway in New Delhi. To further emphasise Toyota’s commitment to the environment, the Altis CNG was also launched, and the Innova CNG and Camry Hybrid were on display.

Speaking about the Prius launch in India, Mr. Sandeep Singh, DMD-Marketing, TKM said: “Through the launch of the Prius, Toyota is keen to demonstrate its commitment to offer the latest eco-friendly automotive technology to its customers in India. Since becoming the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in 1997, the Prius has received worldwide acclaim, and we will continue to popularize hybrid vehicles worldwide to further our efforts to help save the environment.”

Staying true to the meaning of its name, i.e. ‘to go before,’ in Latin, the Prius today is the most successful hybrid in the world with cumulative sales of nearly 1.5 million.

Equipped with the latest of its pioneering technology – the Toyota Hybrid System II (also called Hybrid Synergy Drive), and with one of the best aerodynamic performances, the Prius has achieved world-leading fuel efficiency. The Third-generation Prius comes with three driving modes – Power Mode, Eco Mode and EV (Electric Vehicle) Mode, as well as a host of dynamic features that combine to give improved driving pleasure with superior environmental performance.

The Prius will be available in limited numbers in two variants, priced at xxx and xxx, ex showroom, New Delhi. Toyota dealers will start taking bookings from the beginning of March 2010.

The Third-generation Prius:

  • A 1.8L, 2ZR FXE engine and 136PS Horsepower
  • Hybrid Synergy Drive
  • Electrically controlled CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)
  • Electronically Controlled Shift Lever
  • Regenerative braking
  • Aerodynamic design of 0.25Cd (amongst the lowest in the world)
  • Head Up Display
  • Push start system and smart entry
  • Audio and Bluetooth controls with touch sensor on steering wheel
  • ABS, BA, EBD, VSC, Traction Control and 7 airbags

Altis CNG and Innova CNG
The use of CNG significantly reduces exhaust emissions, and delivers high performance at low costs with an increase in mileage. The Innova CNG was launched in March 2009, and the Altis CNG was launched today at the Auto Expo. Booking of the Altis CNG will begin soon after the Auto Expo with a price tag of xxxx.ex showroom, New Delhi and will be available only in select markets.

The Altis CNG conforms to high quality and safety standards as approved by government authorized agencies and its features include a Sequential Type Gas Injection Technology, integrated mounting with engine cylinder head and ECU with Spark Timing Advance Processor for better fuel efficiency & lower emissions.

Camry Hybrid
Although there are no plans of launching the Camry Hybrid in India, the car was showcased to highlight its environmental performance. The Camry Hybrid uses the Toyota Hybrid System (Hybrid Synergy Drive) – same as Prius – for outstanding fuel efficiency.

Source: http://www.toyotabharat.com/inen/news/prius_launch.asp

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