Camry (Toyota)

Feb 24, 2024

On February 21, Toyota announced three product recalls.

Toyota is recalling about 280,000 pickups and SUVs in the U.S. because the engine may not disengage entirely when in neutral.

“Certain parts of the transmission may not immediately disengage when the vehicle is shifted to the neutral position,” Toyota said in a statement, which can allow some engine power to continue passing through to the wheels.

As a result, Toyota said the vehicle could “inadvertently creep forward at a low speed when it is on a flat surface and no brakes are applied, leading to an increased risk of a crash”. 

The recall includes certain Toyota Tundra, Sequoia and Lexus LX 600 vehicles manufactured between 2022 and 2024. 

Toyota said it was recalling another 19,000 vehicles over a software problem that means “the rearview image may not display within the period of time required by certain U.S. safety regulations after the driver shifts the vehicle into reverse, increasing the risk of a crash while backing the vehicle.”

This safety recall involves certain Mirai and Lexus LS, LC, ES models in North America, made between 2023 and 2024.

Approximately 4,000 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid vehicles are also being recalled over safety issues with the head restraints on rear fold-down seats that “increase the risk of injury during certain collisions.”

(multiple sources on February 22, 2024)

Feb 10, 2024

On February 8, J.D. Power released its 2024 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), based on responses from 30,595 original owners of 2021 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership, which shows increased levels of problems reported for nearly two-thirds of brands studied.

Lexus ranked highest overall in vehicle dependability for a second consecutive year, with a score of 135 problems per 100 vehicles. Among premium brands, Porsche (175 PP100) ranked second and BMW (190 PP100) ranked third.

Toyota ranked highest in the mass market segment, with a score of 147 PP100. Buick (149 PP100) ranked second, while Chevrolet (174 PP100) and MINI (174 PP100) each ranked third in a tie.

Parent corporation with most model-level awards is Toyota Motor Corporation with nine: Lexus ES, Lexus IS, Lexus NX, Lexus RX, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra. 

General Motors received four segment awards for Buick Encore, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Tahoe, while BMW AG received two segment awards for BMW X1 and BMW X6.

The most problematic vehicle category was infotainment (49.1 PP100), first among those being issues with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity (6.3 PP100), followed by built-in voice recognition (6.1 PP100).

Increased problem levels experienced across multiple ADAS features include lane departure warning/lane keeping assistance and forward collision warning/automatic emergency braking.

Owners of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles experience more problems than gas-powered and hybrid vehicles, with BEVs the most troublesome (256 PP100), followed by PHEVs (216 PP100), hybrids (191 PP100) and gasoline vehicles (187 PP100).

At three years of ownership, 39% of BEV owners saying they replaced tires in the past 12 months, compared to 20% of ICE vehicle owners.

(J.D. Power release on February 8, 2024)

Feb 02, 2024

Note: Some figures were updated on Feb. 7.

U.S. new vehicle sales of 1,082,620 units for the month of January represented a decrease of 25.6% from December 2023, and an increase of 2.2% from one year ago in January 2023.

There were 25 selling days in January 2024, one more than the 24 days in January 2023.

January’s passenger car sales increased 1.4% to 221,594 units, resulting in a 20.6% market share, while SUV and truck sales increased 2.4% to 861,026 units, resulting in a 79.4% market share.

Light vehicle seasonally adjusted annualized sales (SAAR) for January 2024 was 15.06 million units versus 15.26 million units one year ago.

General Motors monthly sales decreased 10.7%, Ford sales increased 4.7%, and Stellantis sales were down 10.9%.

Tesla sales increased 8.6% from last January to 53,850 estimated units, giving it a U.S. market share of 5.0%.

EV startup Rivian sales were up 103.4% to 5,027 vehicles, Karma sales were even at 4 units, Polestar sales were up 19.8% from the same month last year to 842 vehicles, Lucid Motors sales were up 11.7% to 439 units, and Fisker sold 535 vehicles, while Ineos sold 760 SUVs.

Among Japanese companies, Toyota sales were up 21.6%, Nissan sales were down 1.9%, Honda sales were up 10.3%, Subaru sales were up 0.3%, Mitsubishi sales were up 23.6%, and Mazda sales were up 31.8 %.

Hyundai sales were down 7.3%, and Kia sales were down 1.7%.

Among German companies, VW sales were up 4.8%, BMW sales were down 1.9%, and Mercedes-Benz sales were up 11.6%

Jaguar Land Rover sales decreased 9.4% from last January, and Volvo Car sales increased 0.3%.

The best-selling models in January 2024 were:

  1. Ford F-Series (down 11.5% from January 2023)
  2. Toyota RAV4 (up 46.4%)
  3. Tesla Model Y (up 19.7%)
  4. Chevrolet Silverado (down 4.3%)
  5. Ram Ram pickup (down 12.6%)
  6. Honda CR-V (up 31.6%)
  7. Toyota Camry (up 32.3%)
  8. Ford Explorer (up 20.6%)
  9. GMC Sierra (down 17.7%)
 10. Honda Civic (up 23.6%)

(from Autodata results posted February 1, 2024)

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