Suzuki launches new Solio & Solio Bandit hybrid cars in Japan

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Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched new versions of Solio and Solio Bandit compact cars equipped with newly-developed hybrid system in Japan on 29 November, 2016.

Equipped with Suzuki’s unique hybrid system, the hybrid versions of the Solio and Solio Bandit become the most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2. The system also realizes strong driving performance with acceleration feel, all while keeping the original features of the Solio series that realizes compact body and roomy cabin.

The newly-developed hybrid system adopts Suzuki’s unique parallel hybrid system, which combines a Motor Generator Unit (MGU) to an Auto Gear Shift (AGS). MGU is a compact driving motor that instantly boasts a big amount of energy, while AGS is a lightweight, compact, and efficient transmission. Together, they realize smooth acceleration by supplementing with MGU’s driving force while changing shifts.

With the synergy effect of MGU and AGS, they combine “further improvement of fuel efficiency” to “strong driving performance with acceleration feel”. The system offers two driving modes of “Normal mode” and “Eco mode” to let the driver select between brisk driving in start and acceleration, and driving with priority on fuel efficiency by increasing the frequency of EV driving. The hybrid versions also offer special blue-based exterior and interior that give the image of eco. Plus, all variants qualify for eco-car tax breaks in Japan.

Through introducing hybrid versions that combine fuel efficiency to strong driving, in addition to the conventional mild hybrid versions to the Solio and Solio Bandit, they will offer first-of-its-kind compact height wagons that let the customers select the versions depending on their lifestyles and usages.

<Main features of hybrid versions of Solio and Solio Bandit>

  • 1. Suzuki’s unique hybrid system that realized EV driving
    The most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1at 32.0km/L*2
  • 2. Two driving modes that realize both brisk driving and driving with priority on fuel efficiency
  • 3. Special exterior and interior colour that give the image of eco
  • *1 Based on Suzuki research in November 2016 on compact height wagon (two-row, five-seater with engine displacement of 1.5L or less and overall heights of 1,600mm or more). Measured in JC08 test cycle and verified by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
  • *2 Measured in JC08 test cycle and verified by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

<Features of hybrid versions of Solio and Solio Bandit>

1. Suzuki’s unique hybrid system that realized EV driving
The most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2

  • – K12C type DUALJET engine is equipped with Suzuki’s unique lightweight, compact, and high-efficiency parallel hybrid system which combines MGU (driving motor that can also generate electricity) to AGS (transmission with high efficiency).
  • – Original feature of the Solio series of roomy cabin is kept while adopting a hybrid system that enables EV driving, such as by storing a 100V high-voltage lithium-ion battery under the luggage space floor.
  • – Electricity is generated during driving and stored to a 100V high-voltage lithium-ion battery, and that electricity is supplied to the MGU. The MGU not only assists driving with its motor function, but also enables EV driving. The system automatically stops the engine and switches to EV driving when the vehicle is running at a constant speed, such as during creeping and when the vehicle speed is 60km/h or slower.
  • – By combining AGS to MGU, they realize brisk driving with acceleration feel, and smooth shift change.
  • – All variants achieved vehicle weight of less than 1,000kg by thoroughly pursuing weight saving and downsizing.
  • – All variants qualify for eco-car tax breaks in Japan by making them the most fuel-efficient models in the compact height wagon class in Japan*1 at 32.0km/L*2

2. Two driving modes that realize both brisk driving and driving with priority on fuel efficiency

  • – Offer of two driving modes: “Normal mode” with strong and brisk driving, and “Eco mode” that supports eco driving by increasing the frequency of EV driving.
  • – Both modes enable EV driving when the vehicle is running at a constant speed in 60km/h or slower.

[Normal mode]

  • – In this mode, the engine is responsive and has more driving force, hence lets the driver enjoy brisk driving with acceleration feel.

[Eco mode]

  • – In this mode, driving force by engine is controlled to support eco driving without changing the usual driving manner by making the acceleration milder and increasing the frequency of EV driving.
  • – Plus, the Eco mode enables creeping with the motor in stop-and-go situation. It lets the vehicle suppress fuel consumption by moving in silent EV driving in traffic congestion and parking, where there are frequent stop-and-go.

3. Special exterior and interior colour that give the image of eco

Exterior design
  • – Blue metallic-look parts on the skeleton part of the front grille.
  • – Clear blue lens are adopted on the rear combination lamps and reversing lamps.
  • – Special emblems on the left and right fenders and on the back door.
Interior design
  • – Metallic blue-coloured upper garnish of the instrument panel.
  • – The meter has a special blue-based design, and adopts a motor power meter that displays activating situation of the MGU.

*Note: All the features mentioned in the following press release are of Solio and Solio Bandit that are exclusively distributed in the Japanese domestic market. All the the details mentioned are as mentioned in Suzuki Global Website.

 

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Toyota Motor Corporation announces Sales & Production plans for CY2017

Toyota City, Japan, December 15, 2016―Toyota Motor Corporation announces today its 2017 sales and production plans, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd., as shown below.

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CY2017 Sales and Production Plans
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Japanese
sales*1
Approx.
1,600,000
(2%)
Approx.
570,000
(0%)
Approx.
64,000
(0%)
Approx.
2,234,000
(1%)
Sales
outside Japan
Approx.
7,670,000
(1%)
Approx.
200,000
(5%)
Approx.
109,000
(1%)
Approx.
7,979,000
(1%)
Worldwide
sales
Approx.
9,260,000
(1%)
Approx.
770,000
(1%)
Approx.
172,000
(1%)
Approx.
10,202,000
(1%)
Japanese
production*2
Approx.
3,210,000
(2%)
Approx.
810,000
(11%)
Approx.
149,000
(2%)
Approx.
4,169,000
(3%)
Production
outside Japan*3
Approx.
5,770,000
(-1%)
Approx.
390,000
(15%)
Approx.
37,000
(16%)
Approx.
6,197,000
(0%)
Worldwide
production
Approx.
8,980,000
(0%)
Approx.
1,200,000
(12%)
Approx.
186,000
(4%)
Approx.
10,366,000
(1%)
*1Includes production outside Japan; *2Includes kits for assembly outside Japan; *3Excludes kits from Japan; All figures rounded; ( ) change from previous year’s result
ReferenceCY2016 Results Forecast
Toyota Daihatsu Hino Total
Japanese
sales*1
Approx.
1,570,000
(5%)
Approx.
570,000
(-7%)
Approx.
64,000
(4%)
Approx.
2,204,000
(2%)
Sales
outside Japan
Approx.
7,590,000
(-1%)
Approx.
190,000
(4%)
Approx.
107,000
(-0.2%)
Approx.
7,887,000
(-1%)
Worldwide
sales
Approx.
9,160,000
(-0.3%)
Approx.
760,000
(-4%)
Approx.
171,000
(1%)
Approx.
10,091,000
(-1%)
Japanese
production*2
Approx.
3,160,000
(-1%)
Approx.
730,000
(4%)
Approx.
146,000
(-2%)
Approx.
4,036,000
(0%)
Production
outside Japan*3
Approx.
5,820,000
(1%)
Approx.
340,000
(21%)
Approx.
32,000
(26%)
Approx.
6,192,000
(2%)
Worldwide
production
Approx.
8,980,000
(1%)
Approx.
1,070,000
(9%)
Approx.
178,000
(2%)
Approx.
10,228,000
(1%)
*1Includes production outside Japan; *2Includes kits for assembly outside Japan; *3Excludes kits from Japan; All figures rounded; ( ) change from previous year’s result

The figures stated above are based on judgments and assumptions using currently available information and other factors. There is no guarantee that actual results will be as projected in view of the uncertainties involved in the judgments and assumptions, as well as possible fluctuations resulting from changes in conditions worldwide.

Hexa Kicks off the Transformation Journey at Tata Motors; Hexa to Tata is lot more than just a new launch

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Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek

It epitomizes the Impact Design. Some have called it sensational; some described it as powerful and confident, while some labeled it as rugged and versatile.

Ever since the Tata Hexa was unveiled, it has invoked feelings of acclaim and disbelief because of its first-in-segment features, the ‘Impact Design’ philosophy and category-redefining techno wizardry.

For Tata Motors, Hexa is a lot more than a new launch. It’s a true reflection of the company’s legacy of creating innovative mobility solutions. It also stands for the company’s hard work, rigor and resolve to make a spirited comeback in the passenger vehicle segment.

Guenter Butschek – MD & CEO, Tata Motors, talks about the role of #TataHexa in the transformation journey of TataMotors:

With the passenger vehicle segment showing some interesting changes recently, the timing is perfect for Tata Motors to enter the UV category. Growth in passenger vehicles has been secular in the last quarter, with the hatchback segment growing at 14%, sedans declining by 13% and UVs growing by a whopping 40%! These figures indicate a clear shift in consumer preferences for lifestyle UVs. Tata Motors not only takes a leap into the UV club with its flagship SUV, Hexa, but also reinvents the category, setting new benchmarks in design, drivability and experience.

Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicles, speaks about the journey of creation of the dynamic Tata Hexa:

Further, Hexa marks the beginning of Tata Motors’ transformation journey, where the company is looking to renew its focus on setting global benchmarks in technology, design and quality. The flagship SUV sets a true example of bringing the finest global technologies and best practices, and manufacturing a vehicle of international stature in India. Here’s how:

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Tata Motors global supplier partners for Tata Hexa

Hexa is also the result of the coming together of global and local Tata Motors teams to create a product that has international standards and an Indian soul.

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Tata Motors design teams at Italy, UK and India came together to create Hexa

In October 2016, key media and influencers indulged in the #HexaExperience and went back impressed and stunned with the vehicle’s on-road and off-road capabilities, the first-in-segment features, and its international standards.

Now, you too can pump up your adrenaline with this power-packed and feature-loaded vehicle at the exclusive #HexaExperience Centres in your city. The three-day extravaganza is an unforgettable and indulgent experience for you and your family offered by Tata Motors and other Tata brands. You can choose to take the Hexa for a challenging, off-roading course, or simply indulge in the luxuries of the customer lounge, or treat some exotic coffee at the specially designed cafe. What’s more, a bagful of surprises awaits your children at the kids’ zone and there’s even a pet-adoption zone for the animal lovers in your family. And of course, you also get the privilege to book the Hexa at the venue, ahead of its launch in January 2017.

You can request a test drive here.

Via: Tata Motors