Toyota Sold Record 1.52 Million Hybrids In 2017

Toyota sold record 1.52 million hybrids in 2017

Toyota has been selling electrified cars for more than two decades now, launching the Prius hybrid in Japan in 1997. Back in the fall of 2015, the automaker announced a number of goals as part of its "Environmental Challenge 2050." One of those was to sell 1.5 million hybrids (including its Lexus brand) annually by 2020. Toyota has announced that is has already achieved that goal, selling 1.52 electrified vehicles in 2017.

That's an 8 percent increase of Toyota's 2016 hybrid sales, and means the company has sold more than 11.47 million electrified vehicles since it began. Toyota says that represents a reduction of more than 90 million tons of CO2. Last year's achievement "is a testament from our customers to the quality, durability and reliability of our electrified powertrains," says Toyota Executive VP Shigeki Terashi, "and, thanks to them, has led us to establish a solid and sustainable foundation for mass producing a more diverse portfolio of electrified vehicles across our range moving forward."

Sony Manufacturing Process Of A Cmos Image Sensor Detailed At Iedm 2017

Sony manufacturing process of a CMOS image sensor detailed at IEDM 2017

The Sony group (Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp and Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp) made an announcement about the manufacturing process of a CMOS image sensor that is made by stacking layers including a DRAM layer and making them into a chip at IEDM 2017.

The image sensor was first announced at ISSCC 2017 and has already been employed for smartphones (See related article). But this is the first time that the group has unveiled the manufacturing process.

Nikon Is The No.1 Full-frame Camera Market In December 2017

Nikon is the No.1 full-frame camera market in December 2017

Nikon made a major sales announcement today, revealing that the company achieved the #1 spot in the full-frame camera market for December 2017. More specifically, the company "attained the #1 position for both market share and revenue for December 2017, in the full-frame digital camera with interchangeable lens (DCIL) category in the U.S." That DCIL term is what we refer to as just ILC here at DPReview, and yes, that includes full-frame mirrorless.

The numbers come from the US retail tracking group The NPD Group Inc., and the result is due largely to what Nikon calls "exceptional demand" for the Nikon D850 DSLR, which launched in August of last year and went on to be one of the most highly demanded cameras of the 2017 holiday season.

Foreign Tourist Spending In Japan Hits Record In 2017

Foreign tourist spending in Japan hits record in 2017

Spending by foreign tourists to Japan increased 17.8 percent in 2017 from a year earlier to a record 4.42 trillion yen ($39.9 billion), as the number of travelers rose to an all-time high, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday.

The surge in spending was boosted by robust increases in the number of visitors from Asia and their purchases, the agency said.

Foreign Tourists To Japan Reach Record High 28.7 Mil. In 2017

Foreign tourists to Japan reach record high 28.7 mil. in 2017

The number of foreign tourists to Japan reached a record high 28,690,000 in 2017, up 19.3 percent from the previous year and rising for the sixth straight year, the transport minister said Friday.

Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii attributed the growth to an increase in low-cost carrier flights from South Korea and other Asian countries and cruise ship services between China and Japan as well as relaxed visa requirements for Chinese and Russian travelers.

Game Of The Year 2017: The Winners, As Voted By You

Game of the Year 2017: The Winners, As Voted By You

We asked you to vote, and you showed up! 2017’s Game of the Year polls saw an astounding 1.6 million votes across all categories, with over 150k votes in the “Best PS4 Game” category alone. Thank you!

There is definitely a clear winner this year — Guerrilla’s Horizon Zero Dawn stole the show, securing the Platinum Trophy in nine of our 18 categories. We’ll make sure Aloy hears about it!

Isuzu Ute Marked Ninth Straight Year Of Growth In 2017

Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017

Isuzu Ute sales jumped by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017, making it the brand’s ninth successive year of double-digit growth.

The company sold a total of 25,804 cars in 2017, up from 23,379 in 2016. The growth was largely driven by the MU-X, with 8087 examples finding a home last year, while the D-Max ute overtook the Nissan Navara in fifth place on the one-tonne sales charts.

Lexus Sales In China Increase By 22% In 2017

Lexus Sales in China Increase by 22% in 2017

Lexus sales in China are up 22% year-over-year with 132,900 vehicles sold in 2017. Leading sales for the lineup was the ES sedan, followed by the NX & RX crossovers.

Despite this strong sales growth, Lexus still lags behind other luxury manufacturers in the country. Based on CarSalesBase data, Audi remains the top selling luxury brand in China with a projected 565,000 units sold in 2017. Mercedes should finish second with approximately 440,000 sales, with BMW in third with a projected 380,000 units sold.

Mazda North American Sales See A Small Drop In 2017

Mazda North American Sales See a Small Drop in 2017

Mazda North American Operations has announced its sales figures for 2017, totaling 289,470 units.

That marks a 2.8 percent decrease compared to 2016, although there were 306 selling days this year compared to 305 last year. Taking that into consideration, the full-year Daily Selling Rate (DSR) saw a 3.1-percent drop. But the total sales figure includes fleet and retail and Mazda has continued to significantly reduce fleet sales as part of its brand value management strategy. This year, the Japanese automaker sold 11,346 fleet vehicles, marking a significant decrease of 44.3 percent year-over-year. Removing fleet sales from the equation and looking at strictly retail sales, Mazda North America actually posts a 0.2-percent increase with 278,124 vehicles sold.

Best. Year. Ever. Subaru Breaks Yearly And Monthly Sales Records In 2017

Best. Year. Ever. Subaru breaks yearly and monthly sales records in 2017

After a generally good sales year for most car manufacturers, one company had a spectacular year: Subaru. The company reported with its end-of-year sales that 2017 was it's best sales year of all time. The total was 647,956 vehicles sold over the 12 months. Not only that, but December was also the best month of sales the company has ever seen with 63,342 cars sold. That's nearly 10 percent of the annual sales in one month.

As far as individual models go, the Impreza and Crosstrek each had their best month in December and 2017 was each model's best year. The Impreza's year was especially impressive with sales jumping more than 55 percent compared with 2016. It was also the best year for Outback.

2018 Lexus Rx450h Is Way Cheaper Than The 2017 Model

2018 Lexus RX450h is way cheaper than the 2017 model

The dawn of a car model's new model year often means a slight increase in price across the board. Sometimes, though, a company goes the opposite direction, and in the case of Lexus, goes way in the opposite direction. For 2018, Lexus slashed the base price of the RX450h hybrid by $7,340 versus the 2017 model for a total of $46,690. The price reduction isn't only for the normal RX450h, the F Sport version sees a major decrease of $4,090 for a new starting price of $53,400.

The purely gasoline-powered Lexus RX350 line doesn't get the same deep discounts for 2018. They actually increased in price, but only slightly. Normal RX350s, both front- and all-wheel-drive, are $50 more this year. The same goes for the F Sport versions of the RX350.