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

Today is Friday

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

Call toll-free 755-9999 for immediate delivery - of the Model S

Call toll-free 755-9999 for immediate delivery – of the Model S – Picture by Carnewschina

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 locals go as gaga as the governors of U.S. states. Musk arrived in China to speak at the Boao Forum, China’s answer to Davos. Localization would be possible in three years, Musk said. He wisely did not say it will happen in three years. It won’t. [Continue Reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, March 26, 2015

Today is Thursday

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

Welcome to Toyota City - Picture courtesy Bertel Schmitt

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]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, March 25, 2015


An outlandish electric car success - FT: Mitsubishi hybrid SUV has stealthily crept up on the competition EV Battery Costs Dropping Faster than Predicted - Detroit Bureau: Don't look now but the price of batteries packs are coming down. Battery … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, March 24, 2015

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FCA trial over child's fiery death expected to renew recall push - Automotive News: A trial set to begin today in a south Georgia town is renewing demand for a massive recall of older Jeep models whose fuel tanks lawyers argue are prone to catch fire … [Continue reading]

Auto Industry 101.5: Takeover prices. (Prepare to be disappointed.)

Geely paid $1.5 billion for all of Volvo

In this 5th installment of Auto Industry 101, we talk about the price for your toils and troubles of starting a car company. This short course is written due to the recent interest in disrupting the auto industry. The course is kept extremely simple, … [Continue reading]