Toyota Will Build New Suv At Alabama Plant It's Building With Mazda - Autoblog

Toyota will build new SUV at Alabama plant it's building with Mazda - Autoblog

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it will build a new sport utility vehicle at its $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant in Alabama rather than produce Corolla cars. The largest Japanese automaker announced in January 2018 it would build the factory in Alabama in a joint venture with Mazda. Toyota said the shift is due to "a growing consumer appetite for light trucks and SUVs." Mazda announced in February 2019 that it would build a new SUV at the plant. Toyota said it still expects the plan to start production in 2021. Construction remains on schedule, and hiring has begun. The plant could create up to 4,000 new jobs and build 300,000 vehicles annually. Corolla production will remain at Toyota's plant in Blue Springs, Miss.  

Asanoyama To Use Tourney Win To Build Confidence

Asanoyama to use tourney win to build confidence

Sumo wrestler Asanoyama says he will try to use his first tournament win to build his confidence.

Asanoyama spoke to reporters at the Takasago stable in Tokyo on Monday, one day after winning the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The rank-and-file wrestler clinched the title with 12 wins and three losses.

Toyota, Panasonic Form Joint Venture — To Build Houses

Toyota, Panasonic form joint venture — to build houses

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things. Toyota, which offers housing as well as vehicles in Japan, said the new company will offer homes showcasing those technologies. Panasonic said its housing subsidiary will become part of the joint venture. The companies said Thursday the deal should concluded by January 2020. Both sides said communities will increasingly want connected cars, autonomous driving, car-sharing and ecological vehicles, and homes offering sustainable energy and gadgetry. Earlier this year, Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. The companies have been studying working together on batteries since 2017. The housing joint venture brings together all the two companies' housing brands, including Misawa Homes, Toyota Housing and Panasonic Homes. Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said the automaker was eager to collaborate with various companies as the industry develops. He said he wanted to bring "together the strengths of Toyota, with its vehicle business and connected business, and Panasonic, with its home appliance business, battery business and IoT business, and enhancing our competitiveness," in the housing venture. Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the companies want to move ahead on "town development." "We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life," he said. Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, has been bullish on partnerships with other automakers and with technology outfits such as ride-sharing giant Uber and Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. Toyoda has repeatedly said that to survive Toyota must do more than just sell cars, and have various net, ecological and robotics technology under its wings.

Nissan Will Build New Replacement Parts For Previous-gen Gt-rs

Nissan Will Build New Replacement Parts For Previous-Gen GT-Rs

One of the problems with owning a classic car is finding parts not sold in stores. The internet has helped significantly with this problem, but engines and body panels are particularly hard to find, especially for vehicles that were sold in relatively small numbers. As a result, owners usually search in forums, Craiglists and eBay.

Gm To Invest $300 Million In Orion Plant To Build Evs And Avs

GM to invest $300 million in Orion plant to build EVs and AVs

General Motors will announce on Friday plans to invest $300 million in a suburban Detroit plant that builds electric and self-driving vehicles for Chevrolet and the automaker's self-driving Cruise unit, two people familiar with the plans said on Thursday. The largest U.S. automaker is expected to announce it plans to build a new electric compact vehicle for Chevy, said the people, who asked not to be identified. GM executives also will formally endorse a revised North American free trade deal known as USMCA, the sources said. GM declined to comment. Company executives are expected to make the case that the new EV — originally considered for one of GM's Chinese plants — is being built in the United States because of the new trade deal that is still awaiting approval by the U.S. Congress. GM has come under harsh attacks from President Donald Trump over its decision to end production at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant. On Thursday, the company said its executives would be joined at the Orion plant by United Auto Workers union Vice President Terry Dittes and government officials to announce "a major new investment focused on the development of GM future technologies." GM Chief Executive Mary Barra is expected to make the formal announcement, which could add hundreds of jobs. The new Chevy vehicle is based on the same compact architecture as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Cruise AV that are assembled in Orion. The Orion Township plant is slated to begin building a new generation of electric and self-driving vehicles, using GM's dedicated BEV3 architecture, but not until 2023, a third source said. GM said a year ago it would invest $100 million to upgrade the Orion Township plant ahead of commercial production of the Cruise AV in late 2019. Rival Ford this week said it planned to expand its Flat Rock plant outside Detroit to add production of electric vehicles, an investment of more than $850 million expected to add 900 jobs. Ford's first self-driving vehicles will be assembled nearby at an as-yet-undisclosed location.