The design itself is said to be more “condensed and agile” than its predecessor, with the aim of banishing the MPV-like proportions of that car. Enabled by the new GA-B platform, there’s a significant 40mm reduction in roof height without, Toyota claims, a significant loss in head room. It is also 50mm wider, with a 60mm wider track, while the wheelbase has increased by 50mm to boost passenger space. Despite this, the new car has actually reduced in length by 5mm. It means the Yaris is the only supermini that is less than four metres long, aiding in-town manoeuvrability. A claimed best-in-class turning circle fits with this, too.
Not to be confused with North America’s Mazda2-based 2020 Yaris which is a completely separate model, the new Japanese hatchback is adopting Toyota’s latest and more emotional design language, following the same path of the C-HR and Corolla models. The front end looks smart and aggressive while the rear stands out thanks to its characteristic taillights that are connected via an LED strip.
Toyota announced today that it will extend the battery warranty for its hybrid and electric vehicles to 10 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first), an increase from the current eight years or 100,000 miles. The change will affect 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel-cell vehicles sold by Toyota and can transfer from the original owner to subsequent owners. There are eight eligible cars in the lineup: the Camry , Corolla , Prius , RAV4 , Avalon , and Highlander hybrids, plus the Prius Prime plug-in and the Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Toyota says the longer warranty term is designed to help overcome the hesitation that some buyers feel toward purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle.
The collectible-car market has seen a minor price correction recently, ending a run of crazy money that was paid for such cars as early Porsche 911s, Mercedes-Benz 190SLs, and Toyota 2000s—though all are still quite sought after. It’s understandable that some current or would-be collectors are holding back, waiting to see how values will develop. To help them sort out the present market realities, Penta spoke with experts at three leading classic-car auction houses.
Our street encounters shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since the late ‘80s, New York City has seen a surge of immigration from the former Eastern Bloc. In particular, immigrants from the former USSR (Ukrainians , Russians, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Belarusians, Kyrgyz and so on) form a sizable chunk of New York City’s population, especially in South Brooklyn. And though these groups are culturally and linguistically distinct from one another, being under a single Soviet banner for the better part of a century did have some universalizing effects: like the mayonnaise-laden ‘salads’ and, of course, the cars—Ladas in particular.
Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, who headed the vehicle’s development, said: “The history of Supra development is marked by the pursuit of driving pleasure created by the relationship between driver and car. The all-new GR Supra really reacts the way you want and feels good to drive. I can definitely say that the acceleration delivered by the GR Supra’s straight-six turbocharged engine feels truly exhilarating. The solid torque it provides continuously elevates the acceleration feel to a sublime level. Once people have experienced that feeling, even those who don’t know or who have forgotten about the fun of driving a car will think, ‘That feels amazing!’”
In terms of specifications and features, the BMW G310R and the G310GS remain unchanged. The two are powered by the same engine which is the BMW 313cc, single-cylinder, reverse-inclined, liquid-cooled, four valves, DOHC with cam followers and a wet sump lubrication system. The motor churns out 34 HP of power and 28 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The fuel delivery is through an electronic fuel injection system.
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Twin City Tire is expected to open as an express service station by the end of this month, offering state inspections, alignments, oil changes, along with other repairs.
The auto industry of Pakistan is completely shattered as the situation further worsened with a decline of nearly 50% sales in the month of July 2019. The current circumstances of the local auto sector have matured in the wrong direction and don’t even seem to be coming back on track anytime soon. Under the prevailing policies of the government, the sales figures are expected to drop even further in the coming months which could be disastrous for the industry which is considered as the backbone of the country. The government of PTI has taken several steps in the recent past, which have turned out to be a nightmare for the auto sector itself and other associated small industries. The previous government introduced Auto Development Policy 2016-21 (ADP), offering several tax-based incentives to the new entrants in the country. It contributed immensely towards bringing huge amounts of foreign investment as several European and Korean auto giants made their way into the country by acquiring Greenfield status to assemble its cars at their respective production plants. However, it didn’t take long for the new government to change things dramatically against the existing as well as new players in the market. It imposed several high amounts of taxes and duties on the automobiles that adversely affected the sales. A majority of new entrants have introduced high-end cars to their line-up and as the prices went up for several reasons, selling them became an uphill task.