Category: Automotive News Data Center

Toyota To Build Hybrid Parts Plant In Japan

The Toyota Motor Corp. said last Friday that it plans to build a new factory in Fukuoka in southwestern Japan to produce components for gas-electric hybrid vehicles. Toyota, which leads the market in hybrid sales, said it plans to acquire about 340,000 square meters of land there and put production lines for hybrid parts together from other plants.

Toyota spokeswoman Yurika Motoyoshi said details, including the size of the investment and timing, are still unknown. The Nikkei, Japanese daily, earlier reported that the automaker would likely invest tens of billions of yen.

The Japanese auto giant targets to sell 430,000 units of hybrid vehicles worldwide this year. The figure is up by 37 percent from that of last year. The automaker also has said that it aims to boost domestic production of the popular Prius hybrid cars by 40 percent to 280,000 units this year.

The Toyota Prius, the first … Read More

The World's Most Innovative MP3 Player

One of the greatest inventions of the 21st century is the iPod, made by apple. An iPod is a small portable, walkman-like mp3 player with a hard disk inside. Hard disk sizes vary but come up to 60 gigabyte. A 60 GB hard disk easily fits thousands of high quality full music albums. Image having all your music at hand, no matter where you go!

Now let’s take a 60GB iPod photo, which has a lovely colour screen. It also allows you to store thousands of photos. It’s easy to use interface allows you to browse through your pictures at an impressive speed. You can connect the iPod photo to your television and use the slideshow. .Imagine what it’s like to always have say a months worth of non-stop music playing in your back pocket. Being able to play this music on your home or car stereo .Or through your … Read More

Parent Taught Drivers Ed Replaced by Professionals

Maybe Father doesn’t know best

Parent taught driver education is not usually what is best for the young teenager looking to earn their driver license, or more importantly than the license, learn how to drive. Natural complications inherent in the parent-teen relationship coupled with a lack of professional driver training education and preparation make this relationship precarious before either person ever gets in the car.

Parents focus on convenience

When it comes to their child’s well-being, parents may know best, but are rarely the best teachers of driver education. Historically, many parents have elected this cumbersome route to drivers ed because of the convenience it provided. They simply did not want to take junior to a driver education school for 32 trips, 16 separate classes, that ate into the family schedule.

But behind the wheel results show this is not what is best for teenagers embarking upon their first experience … Read More

2006 Buick Lucerne: Return Of The V8

The venerable Buick Park Avenue is no more, having been replaced by the all new Buick Lucerne, a down market version of the Cadillac DTS. With a 275-hp Northstar V8 engine, the Lucerne becomes the first Buick car in nearly ten years to arrive equipped with a V8. The entire Buick line up is in the process of being overhauled, so let?s take a look at this make?s newest flagship and see how it plays a part in GM?s overall strategy.

If you are a fan of the Buick brand you have witnessed your fair share of changes over the past five years. Gone are the Park Avenue, LeSabre, Century, and Regal, and in its place are the Rendezvous, the Rainier, LaCrosse, Terrazza, and the Lucerne. All the changes are the result of General Motors? broad realignment strategy in the wake of retiring the Oldsmobile brand, lifting Saturn into the … Read More