Yokohama is supplying Advan Apex V601 tyres as original equipment on the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla, launched in Japan in January. The GR Corolla is fitted with 235/40R18 91W size tyres. Toyota will introduce the model gradually into overseas markets. The Yokohama Advan Apex V601 is a high-performance summer tyre with an asymmetric tread pattern reminiscent of that first used on one the Company’s most historically important tyres, the Yokohama A008, alongside the tyre manufacturer’s latest technologies. The V601 promotes grip, handling and wet performance.
It isn’t coming to the UK – or Australia and New Zealand, for that matter – but many other markets are being introduced to the latest generation Toyota Prius this month. In Europe, the fifth-generation car will be exclusively available as a plug-in hybrid, and Toyota will launch this model in spring. Prius will be available from the factory on Yokohama tyres.
The bZ4X is the first model in Toyota’s beyond Zero range of all-electric vehicles, and the crossover SUV is now being sold in global markets. The UK-spec car is available with 18- or 20-inch rims as standard, and Toyota has selected Bridgestone as original equipment supplier for both. The entry-level Toyota bZ4X Pure and mid-range bZ4X Motion are equipped with Bridgestone Alenza 001 tyres in 235/60 R18 103 H, while the top-of-the-range bZ4X Vision wears 235/50 R20 104 V XL.
The Yaris Cross GR Sport, a tweaked version of Toyota’s small crossover, launched in Japan this month and rides on Falken Azenis FK510 SUV tyres as standard. Sumitomo Rubber Industries is supplying the tyre as original equipment in size 215/50R18 92V.
Nexen Tire has invested in US autonomous driving start-up May Mobility. Conducting the transaction via its Silicon Valley-based initiative Next Century Ventures (NCV), the Korean tyre maker participated in May Mobility’s US$111 million C Series funding.
Recently, Bridgestone Vietnam Tire Trading Co., Ltd and Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing Vietnam Co., Ltd (Bridgestone Vietnam) received the Best Supplier award in 2020 at the Toyota Motor Vietnam (Toyota Vietnam) annual conference.
Camso Japan has received the President’s Award from Toyota Industries Corporation. Presented to the top company among the Supplier Award recipients in each division, the President’s Award follows a recent Supplier Award from Toyota L&F Company, the materials handling equipment division of Toyota Industries. Camso was recognized for its outstanding performance and the very high standards of its materials handling tyres and assembly supply.
Toyota has a new flagship SUV that it will sell in 170 countries and regions around the world – but not in the UK or Western Europe. This 13th generation of the Toyota Landcruiser is called the Landcruiser 300, and the Japanese manufacturer considers it a “complete redesign” of the 2007-launched 200 series. Sumitomo Rubber Group continues as a key supplier and will provide the Landcruiser 300 with two Dunlop tyre models.
Klarius has announced that new exhausts are now available to fit the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.3 crossover, Toyota Auris 1.4 and 2.0 hatchback as well as the Toyota Verso TR MPV. There are also replacements to fit the Vauxhall Zafira 1.4 from 2012 onwards and the Kia Venga 1.4 and 1.6 from 2010 onwards. Furthermore, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) are now in range for Alfa Romeo Mito and Citroen Nemo 1.2.
The Toyota Yaris has gone the way of the Mini and Fiat 500 and bulked out to meet market demand. Toyota has launched the Yaris Cross, a new and larger version of its popular supermini. It designed this B-segment SUV specifically for the European market and has selected Goodyear as an original equipment tyre supplier. The Toyota Yaris Cross will wear the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 in size 215/50R18 with a load/speed rating of 92V.
Falken owner Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd has begun supplying Falken Azenis FK510 tyres to Toyota Motor Corporation for use as factory standard tyres on its new model Mirai, a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which went on sale this December.
Production at several Toyota factories in Europe has been suspended as a result of the coronavirus and its social and economic impact upon the region, and other facilities will be shuttered by the end of this week. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) says it decided to halt production for a number of reasons linked to the safety and security of its employees and stakeholders. In particular, it has needed to respond to short-term uncertainties in sales, logistics and supply chains resulting from lock-down measures implemented by various national and regional authorities.
Following the news that Toyota and BYD are setting up a joint company to develop battery electric vehicles (BEVs) targeted at the Chinese market, David Leggett, automotive editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, says the cooperation makes sense for both parties.