Tuesday morning car news roundup, March 31, 2015

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Toyota delivers Tesla-like tech package, with software, for 1/10 of the price, and nobody blinks an eye

Toyota's superstar Satoshi Ogiso arrived by subway

Toyota’s superstar Satoshi Ogiso arrived by subway

Toyota launched a refresh of the JDM version of its bread and butter car, the Corolla, today in Tokyo. Refreshs usually would go by unmentioned at the DailyKanban, would Toyota’s low-end car not come with gadgetry similar to what caused a media storm a few months ago when it was announced for the Tesla Model S electric luxury car. [Continue Reading]

Monday morning car news roundup, March 30, 2015

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Toyota’s TNGA is TPS 2.0

Perplexed press: So, that's TNGA?

Perplexed press: So, that’s TNGA?

Yesterday, Toyota trucked a few busloads of journalists to Toyota City to unveil the Toyota New Global Architecture. Those who didn’t go, and who used the press release to write about common parts, missed the story. Those who expected a Japanese version of MQB, went home disappointed, or confused. Those who followed prior hints that production engineering plays an essential part in TNGA, with the aim of increasing a plant’s output and flexibility, while keeping CAPEX in check, were not surprised. In a full day of presentations, we saw very little hard evidence of modular systems. What we heard, saw, and could touch was living, working, grinding and stamping proof of TPS 2.0, a new-millennium-ready version of Toyota’s vaunted production system. [Continue Reading]

Friday morning car news roundup, March 27, 2015

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Tesla Motors (TSLA) Stock Stalls Today on February Registrations, Import Data - The Street: Marchionne Defends Jeep Safety in Court - Detroit Bureau: Sergio Marchionne is defending the safety of Jeep products in a high-profile Georgia lawsuit, … [Continue reading]

Tesla’s China problems continue – at least until there is China production

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Tesla plans to localize production and engineering in China, CEO Elon Musk told China’s state-owned news agency Xinhua today. When Tesla’s Elon Musk visits a foreign country, he usually drops a hint of building a plant there, probably hoping that the … [Continue reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, March 26, 2015

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Premiere for Audi Autonomous Driving Cup - Volkswagenag: A model car that reacts independently to an obstacle that suddenly appears and brakes... Uber Offers Supercar Rides in Singapore Through May 21 - Autoworldnews: Taxi-hailing app Uber is … [Continue reading]

As the global car market plateaus, Toyota will unveil a new system to cope with it

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The world’s largest automaker Toyota has handed in February numbers. February is down 5.1 percent to 806,855 units. Jan/Feb is down 4.1 percent to 1,634,912 units. Peers Honda and Nissan are down more. Volkswagen is uncharacteristically late in … [Continue reading]