Novelis announced that it is supplying the 2019 Toyota RAV4 with aluminum for its hood, fenders and lift gate, helping to make the fifth-generation model of the RAV4 approximately 4% lighter than previous models. To meet Toyota's stringent requirements for joining and performance, Novelis supplied Advanz 6HS – s600 and Advanz 6HS – e600, which are heat treatable alloys specifically designed and optimized for high strength requirements, offering good formability which is ideal for down-gauging skin components like hoods, fenders and roofs.In addition, a team of Novelis engineers and metallurgists developed a new thermomechanical manufacturing process at the company's facility in Oswego, New York, where Novelis produces the alloy for Toyota. (From a press release on April 16, 2019)
On April 10, 2019, Toyota Motor Corporation announced the launch of its completely redesigned RAV4 SUV in Japan.
The exterior perfectly blends the characteristic robustness of an SUV with elegant sophistication. Clear forward visibility is secured by the positioning of the lower instrument panel and windshield wipers that are hidden from view within the cabin. In addition, class-leading 580-liter cargo capacity is attained even when the rear seats are in use.
The new RAV4 (gas-powered vehicle) realizes world-first adoption of a newly developed four-wheel drive system, Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD. A torque vectoring mechanism independently distributes torque to the left and right rear wheels according to driving conditions in addition to the front and rear wheels. A disconnect mechanism transmits no driving force to rear wheels when 4WD driving is deemed unnecessary, significantly reducing energy loss and improving fuel efficiency.
The hybrid models are equipped with a new E-Four that inherits cutting-edge hybrid technology.
In addition, the new RAV is equipped with the latest Toyota Safety Sense as well as Connected Services for a safe, secure, comfortable, and convenient drive.
The new RAV is assembled by Toyota's Takaoka Plant and Toyota Industries' Nagakusa Plant, Japan.
(From Toyota press release on April 10, 2019)
On April 2, Toyota announced that it will debut its new product lineups at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.
The automaker will make global debuts of the C-HR EV (Toyota’s first mass produced EV) and the EV version of the Izoa compact crossover SUV.
The RAV4 facelifted compact crossover SUV, HEV version of the Alphard MPV, and Toyota’s all-new MPV will be debuted in China for the first time.
From a Toyota (China) press release