Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd is supplying Geolandar X-CV tyres as original equipment (OE) for Toyota Motor Corporation’s first-ever Grand Highlander SUV, which was launched in North America in June 2023. The Grand Highlander is being fitted with 255/65R18 111H and 255/55R20 107V size tyres.
Yokohama has continued its support for entrants in the 2023 Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR), Asia’s largest cross-country rally. In addition to renewing its successful supply deal with Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, Yokohama will supply the tyre to Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia on the 13-19 August rally.
Yokohama began delivering its BluEarth-GT AE51 tyres in February as original equipment for the new bZ3 electric vehicle (EV) sedan sold in China by FAW Toyota Motor Co Ltd (FAW Toyota). The manufacturer is supplying the tyre in sizes 215/65R16 98H and 225/50R18 95V. The bZ3 was jointly developed by BYD Toyota EV Technology Co, Ltd, a joint venture established by Toyota Motor Corporation and BYD Company Ltd, and FAW Toyota.
Hankook Tire reports that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Leapmotor. It begins this arrangement with tyre supply to the Leapmotor C11, an all-electric SUV that will wear Hankook Ventus S1 evo3 ev tyres as an original equipment fitment in a 20-inch size. Moving forwards, Hankook Tire and Leapmotor intend to embark on further joint projects.
When it goes on sale in Europe in spring, the plug-in hybrid version of the latest generation Toyota Prius will be available with Bridgestone Ecopia EP510 and Ecopia EP150 tyres as original equipment. These tyres will also be a factory fitment on the new Prius in Japan and Asia, while cars destined for North America may be fitted with the Ecopia EP422 Plus.
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.