The Toyota Corolla is, if you count all the different vehicles sold under that nameplate together, a wildly successful car. The current Corolla is also an excellent commuter, practical and inoffensive, which returns decent economy with simple hardware. That's no backhanded compliment: a great many consumers seek simple, affordable, worry-free transportation and that's the Corolla's jam.
And if you consider the 2020 Toyota Corolla, it should be that sedan's jam too. The big deal is that it'll move to the Toyota New Global Architecture, although we already heard rumors of that and it makes perfect sense. After all, the original Prius' platform underpinned a wide variety of Corolla-sized cars all over the world, up to and including our current one (in revised form). Switching to the TNGA platform already under the Prius, C-HR and 2018 Camry just makes sense.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Battery-powered cars are not ready for mass production yet, the chairman of Japan's Toyota Motor Corp told a German magazine, adding that he did not see U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla as a role model. "Battery-powered cars with a long range are very expensive and it takes a long time to charge them," Takeshi Uchiyamada was quoted as saying by Der Spiegel. "Such cars do not fit in our program." Toyota in September established a venture to develop electric vehicle technology with partner Mazda, seeking to catch up with rivals in an increasingly frenetic race to produce more battery-powered cars. Both automakers are somewhat behind their peers, with neither having a fully electric passenger car on the market yet. This contrasts with Tesla, which late on Thursday unveiled an electric heavy duty truck as well as a new roadster. "Tesla is not our enemy and not our role model," Uchiyamada said. "I think it's the German manufacturers that rather see Tesla as a competitor." BMW and Mercedes are betting they can mass produce new electric cars based on conventional vehicles, defying skeptics who say they will need more radical designs to head off the threat from Tesla and other start-up carmakers. Uchiyamada said that Toyota was working on a new type of solid-state battery that is able to store more power and can be recharged much more quickly than current types. "This technology will be a big development step. But that will still take time. We expect mass production in four to five years." On Friday, Toyota and Suzuki Motor Corp said they had agreed to cooperate in selling electric vehicles in India from around 2020, aiming to give each other a leg up in emerging markets and in low-emission technology. (Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
By Yusuke Tsuruta / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterGlim Spanky have always been strongly influenced by rock music from the 1960s and 1970s. The duo's latest album — a mix of psychedelia with authentic rock'n'roll — is the clearest expression of their stylistic inclinations so far.
With "Bizarre Carnival," released in mid-September on Universal, vocalist Remi Matsuo and guitarist Hiroki Kamemoto have finally produced the kind of music they've long envisioned.
Trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery, Matsuzaka may accept an offer to stay in the club's minor league camp. The 32-year-old Japanese right-hander was trying to win a spot in Cleveland's rotation.
Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev endured a tough day at the office for round two of the World MX1 Championship in Si Racha, Thailand today, as heat exhaustion cost him third place in the opening moto, along with a mistake on the last lap of the second race, which resulted in two finishes outside the top 10.