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New major vehicle recall by Toyota

Toyota is to recall 1.67 million vehicles worldwide.

The voluntary move is to fix three separate defects – a faulty brake master cylinder that could make stopping more difficult, and potential problems with fuel delivery systems

The Japanese carmaker said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths resulting from the defects.

Just over one million vehicles will be recalled in Japan and the rest overseas.

Models covered include the Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah, Voxy, Corolla Rum…

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Aston Martin Vanquish V12 @ Caffeine & Octane

In June of 1965 we went to Florida for what would become a yearly migration for me until 1971. That first year we spent some time with dad’s ex partner in their race shop in Havana Cuba. Martin was an engineer, architect and a collector of clocks and watches, lots of clocks. The house in Miami Beach he designed was a work of art as it was cantilevered and it seemed to just float in the air over a support in a way to seemed impossible. The double entrance doors were massive, 18 feet high 12 feet wide. The doors were supported by piano style hinges that ran the complete height of the doors but were not visible. If I recall each hinge was comprised of 1000 ball bearings. These doors that weighed tons were abled to be pushed open and closed with one finger. Even the locking mechanism were made with ball bearings.. So what happens when you get a Physicist/Mathematician and a Architect/Engineer together to find a special car for the oldest son to take to college? You end up looking at many rare and special cars. Ferrari Testarossa from the early 1950’s to nearly new Jaguars.After a dozen or so cars that just did not meet all the criteria there was a lead that a Pan Am pilot wanted to sell his right had drive Aston Martin DB2 MK3 Vantage ex works race car. The pilot said he needed to sell it as the pilots were on strike and he needed the money to live. He also informed us he had done some modifications for autocrossing. The major change was a limited slip Ford rear running 4:11 and a overdrive unit. The work done was first rate and the end result was a car that performed better than it did when it was a factory race car. The engine was the original factory race engine but instead of the small twin SU carburetors or the 35 Webers this car car was fitted with the special DBC competition engine with a reputed 214 b.h.p., this was fitted with racing camshafts, special connecting rods, very high compression pistons (possibly 9.5:1) & three twin-choke Weber 45 DCO 3 carburettors. Where a normal Aston reached 60 mph from a stop in 9 seconds. We clocked this car to 60 in six seconds flat. From what I heard he still has the car so if you are cruising in South Florida and a grey haired guy in a grey Aston Martin embarases you late model super car, stop and say hi for me.
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Elon Musk CNBC Interview – Model S/E/X discussion – January 14, 2014

Model S Q4 sales &
Model S “recall” confusion &
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Model E outlook &
Model S in China

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Insight into Auto Supply Chain Management

UK-based luxury automaker Aston Martin’s recent recall debacle in which it falsely accused a Chinese supplier (not even associated with the company) raises questions about auto supply chain management. To investigate the issues, anchor Anand Naidoo is joined by Liu Baocheng, Dean of the Center for International Business Ethics at the University of International Business and Economics.

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Manufacturers face ‘bloodbath’ in Russia, says Renault Nissan boss

The chief executive of Renault Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, has said that manufacturers in Russia are facing a “bloodbath” because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

The currency has been dropping steadily for several months, but suffered very sharp falls earlier this week.

The two firms have stopped taking orders for some new models and raised prices on others.

Several rival manufacturers have taken similar steps.

However, Mr Ghosn said he was confident the situation would stabilise, eventually.

When the rouble sinks it’s a bloodbath for everybody. It’s red ink, people are losing money, all car manufacturers are losing money”

Carlos Ghosn
Renault Nissan
“We didn’t do it [suspend orders] overall, just on some models we said, ‘Sorry, until we see where this situation is going we don’t take orders,'” he told reporters in Tokyo.

“When the rouble sinks it’s a bloodbath for everybody. It’s red ink, people are losing money, all car manufacturers are losing money,” he added.

The French-Japanese Renault-Nissan alliance is a major player in Russia’s car industry.

Not only does it sell vehicles under its own brands, it also controls the domestic manufacturer Avtovaz, better known as the maker of Lada cars.

Mr Ghosn said the group had suspended taking orders for some models, this included cars made in Russia, but also those which used large quantities of imported parts. Orders already placed would be honoured, he said.

Other manufacturers have been taking similar steps in response to the decline of the rouble, which has halved in value against the dollar this year.

General Motors, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover also suspended deliveries to Russian dealers earlier this week.

UK operations
If car sales in Russia do continue to decline, it could affect British manufacturing. Nissan says about 10% of the cars made at its Sunderland plant are exported to the region.

“I certainly think there could be a potential impact on Nissan’s operations in the UK,” said David Bailey, professor of industry at Aston Business School.

“It sells for example the Qashqai model in large numbers in Russia.”

He said it could also have an impact on the premium end of Jaguar Land Rover, “albeit far less than in the case of Nissan”
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WARNING: Honda Recall Possible Fire

Fire Risk Prompts Honda Odyssey Minivan Recall

DETROIT — Honda Motor Co is recalling nearly 900,000 Odyssey minivans that could catch fire, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a recall notice.

In a March 13 filing with the NHTSA, Honda said 2005-2010 Odysseys built in Alabama have a fuel-pump part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire. The company said it has no reports of fires or injuries related to the problem.

Because the recall involves 886,815 Odyssey vans, Honda said the proper repair parts won’t be available until summer. In the meantime, it will provide “interim” parts to customers, who will be notified beginning in April.

Honda said it had investigated several potential causes of cracks in the fuel-pump strainer cover, including acid from chemicals found in car washes and low-PH materials used in fertilizer and dust control agents.

The fuel pump modules were made in the United States by Japanese supplier Denso, according to Honda.

Honda said the recalled vans were built at its Lincoln, Alabama, plant from June 23, 2004, through September 4, 2010.

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Silver Spring, Maryland – 21 October 2010
1. Wide of Toyota sign outside dealership, zoom in
2. Close of sign, reading: “Toyota”
3. Close of new model Toyota Avalon parked in dealership lot (the Avalon models shown here are not the models involved in this recall)
4. Close of Avalon sign on trunk
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rose Bayat, Vice President, Customer Relations, Darcars Automotive Group:
“If a customer has a light on the dash, certainly bring it to your local Toyota dealership so we can inspect the vehicle. Vehicles that are affected, starting in November, customers will be notified by Toyota and by dealerships that their vehicle is affected, and they should bring it in for repair.”
6. Bayat walking through dealership to front desk
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rose Bayat, Vice President, Customer Relations, Darcars Automotive Group:
“When the vehicles were made at the factory, the fluid that was put in the brake master cylinder had a certain amount of polymers in it, and if that fluid has been replaced with non-factory, non-Toyota brake fluid, it could have less polymers. What happens with the polymers lubricate the seal around the master cylinder. So, if the fluid in there doesn’t have the correct amount of polymers, it’s gonna crimp the seal on the master cylinder, which is gonna cause the fluid to leak slightly out of the master cylinder. So, what potentially could happen if, over a long period of time, if the fluid is leaking out of the master cylinder, it’s gonna become low, and it could affect the breaking.”
8. Close of Toyota hood ornament
9. Close of Avalon trunk
New York, New York – 21 October 2010
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Editor, online automotives, Consumer Reports:
“The reality is, as with most recalls, very few people actually experience the problem, and in the case of this latest one, there are some true warning signs, including a potential light that illuminates in the instrument panel, as well as the driver can feel the difference in the pedal feel well before there is a problem. So, while it impacts a lot of vehicles, a lot of owners, the people who really experience the problems are relatively few and far between.”
Silver Spring, Maryland – 21 October 2010
11. Line of Toyota Avalon cars on dealership lot
12. Close of Toyota car
New York, New York – 21 October 2010
13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Editor, online automotives, Consumer Reports:
“A recall can be a good thing. It shows the company is proactive, so long as the process is clearly communicated and works efficiently, it can be somewhat positive. However, this is certainly the umpteenth one that Toyota has issued within the past twelve months, and there is a risk that some customers may feel enough is enough, especially those that have been involved in multiple recalls.”
Silver Spring, Maryland – 21 October 2010
14. Pan down of Toyota vehicle
Less than a year after it was tarnished by reports of runaway cars, car giant Toyota recalled 1.5 (m) million vehicles on Thursday to address brake-fluid and fuel-pump troubles, drawing new attention to safety issues that have festered inside the company for years.
The world’s No. 1 carmaker said there were no accidents or injuries connected to the latest recall, which covers some Lexus and Toyota models from the 2004 to 2006 model years, mostly in the US and Japan.
Safety experts said it was an example of a new Toyota scrambling to clean up messes from its past.
“A recall can be a good thing. It shows the company is proactive, so long as the process is clearly communicated and works efficiently, it can be somewhat positive,” said Jeff Bartlett, Deputy Editor of Consumer Reports.
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Mazda shares shake off recall

Mazda shares shake off recall

Shares of Mazda Motor rose on the euro’s gains against the Japanese yen, shaking off a recall of 52,000 cars over concerns about a build up of spider webs.

toyota, worlds largest car-maker

toyota has bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the year to retake its crown as the worlds top automaker from general motors co. toyota has forecast that it will sell about nine and a half million vehicles in 2012, up twenty one percent from last year. at a news conference in tokyo on friday, august 3, toyotas senior managing officer however denied that the company had a specific sales target for 2012. the japanese company sold about three hundred thousand more cars and trucks than gm did in the first half of the year, a lead large enough that it will be difficult for gm to catch toyota in the final six months of 2012. gm said it sold more than four and a half million vehicles during the first half. both companies released their numbers wednesday.The announcement of Toyota Etios Liva is made with great anxiousness from Toyota as this is the first time that Toyota Motors has announced a low ranged model named Etios Liva which has created benchmark for affordability by the Worlds largest car company. Like a perfectionist, the cost of this hatchback is trimmed down without leaving a single dent on the companys formidable reputation. To abate its cost, the skillful car maker has used its knife at places where the users just cant make out. This is the first time that Toyota will be dealing with customers at lower end and the savvy player is all set to face the big challenge.On this episode of CBT News, Proton introduces the brand new Exora Bold, Mitsubishi updates their flagship Pajero, BMW to sign deal with GM on Fuel Cells, Car sales in China to drop, Japanese cabinet to help auto industry and Toyota may lose biggest car manufacturer title.

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Toyota Motor Corporation (トヨタ自動車株式会社 Toyota Jidōsha KK?, IPA: [toꜜjota]) /tɔɪˈoʊtə/, abbreviated TMC, is a Japanese multinational automaker headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In 2010, Toyota employed 300,734 people worldwide,[2] and was the third largest automobile manufacturer in 2011 by production behind General Motors and Volkswagen AG.[3] Toyota is the eleventh largest company in the world by revenue. In July 2012 the company reported that it had manufactured its 200 millionth vehicle.[4]

The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his fathers company Toyota Industries to create automobiles. Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA. Toyota Motor Corporation group companies are Toyota (including the Scion brand), Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino Motors,[5] along with several non-automotive companies.[6] TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.
Toyota is one of the largest companies to push hybrid electric vehicles in the market and the first to commercially mass-produce and sell such vehicles, with the introduction of the Toyota Prius in 1997. The company eventually began providing this option on the main smaller cars such as Camry and later with the Lexus divisions, producing some hybrid luxury vehicles. It labeled such technology in Toyota cars as Hybrid Synergy Drive and in Lexus versions as Lexus Hybrid Drive.
As of 2009, Toyota officially lists approximately 70 different models sold under its namesake brand, including sedans, coupes, vans, trucks, hybrids, and crossovers.[124] Many of these models are produced as passenger sedans, which range from the subcompact Toyota Yaris, to compact Corolla, to mid-size Camry, and full-size Avalon.[124] Vans include the Previa/Estima, Sienna, and others.[124] Several small cars, such as the xB and tC, are sold under the Scion brand.
Toyota crossovers range from the compact Matrix and RAV4, to midsize Venza and Kluger/Highlander.[124] Toyota SUVs range from the midsize 4Runner to full-size Land Cruiser.[124] Other SUVs include the Land Cruiser Prado, FJ Cruiser and Fortuner.
Lexus (レクサス?) is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in 1989 in the United States,[1] Lexus is now sold globally and has become Japans largest-selling make of premium cars. Lexus originated from a clandestine flagship sedan project, code-named F1, which began in 1983 and culminated in the launch of the original Lexus LS in 1989. Subsequently, the division added sedan, coup, convertible, and SUV models. In 2005, a hybrid version of the RX crossover debuted, and additional hybrid models later joined the divisions lineup. In 2007, Lexus launched its own F marque performance division with the debut of the IS F sport sedan, followed by the LFA supercar in 2009.
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Feds: Non-Jeep car radios aren’t vulnerable to hacking

Feds: Non-Jeep car radios aren’t vulnerable to hacking
Feds: Non-Jeep car radios aren’t vulnerable to hacking
By Tom KrisherAssociated Press
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators have determined that only Fiat Chrysler radios have a security flaw that allowed friendly hackers to take control of a Jeep last year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted online Saturday that it’s ending a five-month investigation into the vulnerabilities of automotive radios.

The agency also said last summer’s recall of 1.4 million Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles closed the opening that allowed hackers to remotely take over a Jeep Cherokee.

The hack by security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek touched off the investigation in July and raised fears that millions of cars and trucks could be vulnerable. They were able to change the Cherokee’s speed and control the brakes, radio, windshield wipers and transmission through the Uconnect infotainment system.

The hackers informed Fiat Chrysler of their findings and detailed them at a cyber conference, triggering the investigation.

But the fear of widespread vulnerability to hackers appears to be unfounded. NHTSA investigators said in documents that similar radios made by Harman International went to Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley, but that those vehicles have safety systems that would stop hackers.

“Based on a thorough review of technical information supplied during the course of this investigation, there does not appear to be a reason to suspect that the infotainment head units Harman supplied to other vehicle manufacturers contain the vulnerabilities identified by FCA,” NHTSA said in the documents.
In addition, the agency said Sprint, Fiat Chrysler’s wireless provider, blocked access to a radio communications port that was unintentionally left open. The FCA recall also included software changes that thwarted hackers, the agency said.

“Third party security evaluation and regression testing identified vulnerabilities that were either remedied by Sprint or through updates to the FCA Uconnect software,” the agency said.

NHTSA also checked 30 consumer complaints to the company and the agency but could not confirm that hackers caused any of the reported problems.
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