Yaris (Toyota)

Oct 06, 2021

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on October 5, UK passenger car sales decreased 34.4% to 215,312 units in September 2021.
Year-to-date sales increased 5.9% with 1,316,614 cars registered in the first nine months of 2021.
September sales for Toyota decreased 13.9% to 16,940 units (7.9% market share), Kia sales increased 11.8% to 16,661 units (7.7% share), while Volkswagen sales decreased 39.9% to 16,434 units (7.6% share).
BMW sales decreased 25.8% to 15,747 units (7.3% share) and Audi sales decreased 43.7% to 12,325 units (5.7% share).
The best-selling cars in September 2021, were the Tesla Model 3 (6,879 units), Vauxhall Corsa (5,235 units), BMW 3 Series (4,788 units), Toyota Yaris (4,364 units) and Nissan Qashqai (4,118 units).
Compared to last September, gasoline-engine car sales decreased by 46.6% to 94,314 units (43.8% share), diesel-engine car sales decreased 77.3% to 10,658 units (5.0% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 5.6% to 11,0340 units (51.2% share).
In September, private car sales decreased 25.3% to 120,560 units (56.0% share), fleet sales decreased 43.1% to 90,445 units (42.0% share), and sales to businesses decreased 43.3% to 4,307 units (2.0% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons decreased 39.5% this September to 31,535 units.
Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 14.2% to 639 units in September.
Sales of taxis increased 37.0% to 274 units in September.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT, said, "This is a desperately disappointing September and further evidence of the ongoing impact of the Covid pandemic on the sector. Despite strong demand for new vehicles over the summer, three successive months have been hit by stalled supply due to reduced semiconductor availability, especially from Asia. Nevertheless, manufacturers are taking every measure possible to maintain deliveries and customers can expect attractive offers on a range of new vehicles. Despite these challenges, the rocketing uptake of plug-in vehicles, especially battery electric cars, demonstrates the increasing demand for these new technologies. However, to meet our collective decarbonisation ambitions, we need to ensure all drivers can make the switch – not just those with private driveways – requiring a massive investment in public recharging infrastructure. Chargepoint roll-out must keep pace with the acceleration in plug-in vehicle registrations."
(SMMT press releases from October 6, 2021) 1 / 2

Oct 04, 2021

Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) announced that its head-up display has been adopted for the Toyota Aqua. Panasonic's full free-form mirror and high-brightness PGU (Picture Generation Unit) technology, which is based on the company's optical technology cultivated through the development of digital cameras, were used to achieve a compact body and a bright and clear screen with low distortion. This is the third time that Panasonic's head-up display has been adopted in Toyota's compact passenger vehicles, following the Yaris and Yaris Cross. (From a press release dated September 29, 2021)

Oct 01, 2021

On September 29, Toyota announced it is pulling ahead the restart date for the third shift at its Sorocaba plant, where the Yaris, Etios and Corolla Cross models are produced.
According to the company's new schedule, three-shift production will start on November 29, rather than January 2022 as originally planned.
The company will now hire 550 new employees for the third shift that begins at the end of November, 100 more than earlier anticipated.
Toyota revised its annual production volume, which will go from the current 122,000 units to 158,000 units, an increase of 30% over the current volume.
The increased production pace is linked to increasing demand for the Corolla Cross in Brazil and 22 other Latin American countries.
(multiple sources on September 29, 2021)

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