Toyota’s global output plunges in Sept. on supply-chain issues

Toyota Motor Corp.’s global production fell by more than a third in September from a year earlier, hit by disrupted access to semiconductors and other key auto parts that is weighing on Japan’s automakers. The automaker produced 512,765 vehicles in September, down from 841,915 cars a year earlier, Toyota said in a statement Thursday. Global […]

Toyota’s bZ4X EV gets 480-km range, steer-by-wire

The bZ4X’s front fascia gets a mostly smooth look, telegraphing that the vehicle lacks an internal-combustion engine. Toyota calls the wraparound front hood a “hammerhead shark” look. A charging port flap is positioned behind the front wheel. Blacked-out, oversized wheel arch cladding lends a rugged big-footed feel to the stance, and the rear gets wraparound […]

BMW expands 2-series range with fwd coupe-styled sedan

BMW has expanded its 2 series range with the Gran Coupe, a four-door fastback. The 2-series Gran Coupe shares its front-wheel-drive platform with the 1-series hatchback and 2-series Tourer minivan. BMW’s other compact cars, the 2-series coupe and convertible, are underpinned by rear-wheel-drive architecture. The 2-series Gran Coupe is aimed at younger, design-focused buyers. It […]

Magna wins largest transmission technologies contract in company history

Canadian autoparts maker Magna International says BMW has awarded the supplier its largest production order for transmission technologies in the company’s history. Magna will build dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid variants, for the German automaker under a multi-year contract. The supplier did not disclose the length or the financial terms of the contract. A Magna spokesman said the company […]

Share Now, BWW and Daimler’s short-term car rental service, to exit North America

WASHINGTON, — BMW and Daimler said Wednesday they plan to exit the North American short-term car rental market and will halt Share Now operations in Montreal, New York, Seattle, Washington and Vancouver. Share Now, formerly known as Car2Go, is part of a joint venture between the two German automakers and will end operations on Feb. 29 in the […]

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