The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe!

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe

Peugeot is off to a good start to the year, with overall sales down compared to 2020.

Peugeot is starting the year on a roll! After the launch of the new Peugeot 308 , the Lion is benefiting from very good sales results in Europe. The Peugeot 208 was the best-selling car in Europe in February 2021, with 18,375 units sold. And it is even the double for Peugeot , since the 2008 finishes second in the standings, with 17,120 sales! Behind, the Volkswagen Golf (3rd, 16.185 ex.) And the Toyota Yaris (4th, 15.467 ex.) Slide. The Renault Clio is sixth in the standings , with 15,349 sales.

Diesel in distress, electrics continue to climb

But overall, February 2021 was not a good month for the auto industry. The sales fell 20% compared to 2021, with 850,000 cars sold in total. Normal, the Covid-19 pandemic had not yet affected the sector at this period in 2020. Diesel continues to decline, and now only represents 27% of new registrations.

Electric and plug-in hybrid side, sales increased by 67% to reach 115,000 copies, or 13.6% of sales. And, unsurprisingly, the market remains dominated by SUVs, which account for 43.6% of sales.

The Top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in February 2021

  1. Peugeot 208 (18.375 ex.)
  2. Peugeot 2008 (17.120 ex.)
  3. Volkswagen Golf (16,185 ex.)
  4. Toyota Yaris (15,467 ex.)
  5. Fiat Panda (15,400 ex.)
  6. Renault Clio (15,349 ex.)
  7. Citroën C3 (15,281 ex.)
  8. Opel / Vauxhall Corsa (14.615 ex.)
  9. Skoda Octavia (14,554 ex.)
  10. Volkswagen T-Roc (13,829 ex.)

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021): the Yaris SUV in “Adventure” version

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021) the Yaris SUV in Adventure version

Toyota presents the Yaris Cross Adventure, a more adventurous version of the Yaris SUV whose reservations will open in a few days …

In April 2020, Toyota presented the Yaris Cross, a small 4.18m SUV based on the all-new Yaris . A year later, while the model has still not arrived in dealerships, the Japanese manufacturer today unveils a new version .

It takes the name of Adventure and reinforces the adventurer side of the Yaris Cross with specific design elements.

A more adventurous model than the “classic” Yaris Cross

Its front face, in particular, has been revised to show more robustness . There is also a skid plate under the rear bumper, silver-colored roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark gray finish.

On board, this renewed personality is underlined by black lacquered trim elements and a black headliner. The wraparound imitation leather seats benefit from a specific design and a golden color line extends from the dashboard to the storm doors to add a touch of refinement and originality.

Always 100% hybrid

Less novelty on the other hand under the hood since like all Yaris Cross, this “Adventure” version will be powered by a hybrid engine combining a three-cylinder 1.5L petrol unit and a 59 kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery for a total power of 116 horsepower . All in two or four-wheel drive (intelligent all-wheel drive AWD-i).

Reservations open in April

Manufactured at the Toyota plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing , in the North of France, the new Toyota Yaris Cross will be available for online reservation at the beginning of April 2021 . First in the “Adventure” version and with the limited launch “Première” series.

Offered during the first twelve months of marketing, the latter will be particularly well equipped since it will receive as standard equipment specific 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a motorized tailgate with hands-free opening, a head-up display, a panoramic roof , an 8-speaker JBL audio system and semi-autonomous parking aid.

It remains to know the prices …

The first deliveries are expected at the time of the official commercial launch in September .

 

Renault Captur E-Tech (2021): the prices of the hybrid SUV!

Renault Captur E-Tech (2021) the prices of the hybrid SUV

After the prices of the plug-in hybrid, Renault presents the prices of the simple hybrid version of the Captur II.

A few weeks after the plug-in hybrid version “E-Tech Plug-In” , the Renault Captur arrives today in a simple hybrid version, called “E-Tech”!

In this configuration, the diamond SUV combines a 1.6 L petrol and two electric motors for a total power of 145 horsepower. Above all, the crossover promises an average consumption of 5 L / 100 km . A type of engine that is still very rare in the segment , since neither the Peugeot 2008 nor the Volkswagen T-Roc are available in hybrids for the moment. You have to look to the Toyota C-HR to find a hybrid on a small urban SUV.

€ 3,500 more than TCe 140 petrol

The Renault Captur E-Tech is displayed from 27,100 € in Zen finish : it is 3,500 € more than the TCe 140 gasoline in manual gearbox (23,600 €), at the same level of range. As standard, it has automatic lighting of the lights, automatic air conditioning and a customizable 7-inch dashboard.

The mid-range Intens climbs to € 29,700 . Orders are already open on the French market.

Renault announces that this E-Tech engine will be available later this year on the RS Line and Initiale Paris finishes .

 

Toyota Aygo X prologue (2021): the concept of the future city car!

Toyota Aygo X prologue (2021) the concept of the future city car

The future Toyota Aygo city car gains a crossover look!

The Toyota Aygo is eagerly awaited: it is one of the stars in the mini-city car segment, a segment which is becoming less and less attractive for manufacturers. Because of increasingly difficult emissions constraints to meet, which impact the profitability of its models, the major brands are gradually abandoning this “segment A” , like Renault with the scheduled shutdown of the Twingo .

But Toyota is not giving up, and is preparing a new generation of its Aygo . And the Japanese giant today prefigures the style of this future city car, with a concept called Toyota Aygo X prologue . And the least we can say is that this concept seems very close to a production version to come, and already has places for license plates!

The Yaris platform

For the occasion, the little Aygo becomes a city crossover . Suddenly, the dimensions are up slightly, and for good reason: the Aygo will rest on the platform of the current Yaris, the TNGA-B . The look, it evolves smoothly. The rear retains the vertical light signature that frames the rear window, but the front abandons the famous “X” style , launched on the last generation.

Toyota has largely worked on the surfaces, and emphasizes its shapes with a two-tone paint. Still, the interior is not yet unveiled : we expect to know a little more this year, before the presentation of the future Aygo expected for 2022 .

 

Toyota: a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

Toyota a new electric SUV presented at the Shanghai Motor Show 2021

At the Shanghai Motor Show, which will be held from April 19 to 28, 2021, the Japanese manufacturer will present its new 100% electric mid-size SUV, based on the new e-TNGA platform.

Last December during its “Kenshiki” event presenting the novelties of Toyota and Lexus , the Japanese firm had already announced this future SUV, which will be the first of a new complete range of 100% electric models , all based on the modular platform e-TNGA.

This new versatile architecture makes it possible to adapt to a wide range of different products, being able to modulate the length, width, height and wheelbase of the car. This e-TNGA platform also makes it possible to adapt to models with front, rear or four-wheel drive, while embedding different types of electric motors , placed on the front and / or rear axle of the car, as well. than batteries , located under the floor.

Future Toyota electric SUV: a compact model equivalent to the RAV4?

No further information has been released regarding this new vehicle, but Toyota has already presented a sketch of the model, a compact SUV which is expected to be of the same segment as the Toyota RAV4 , although its name should be different in order to differentiate the two. models. This will complete an already well-stocked range of SUVs, including the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander and Land Cruiser, not to mention the small Yaris Cross.

Designed primarily to meet the needs of the European market, this new SUV will be produced in Japan , at Toyota’s ZEV plant. With the arrival of this new 100% electric range, the Japanese manufacturer is accelerating the electrification of its range, and plans to sell 5.5 million electrified cars each year by 2025 . This therefore includes 100% electric vehicles, but also hybrids, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells.

 

Toyota GR Supra Jarama Racetrack Edition (2021): limited to only 90 units!

Toyota GR Supra Jarama Racetrack Edition (2021) limited to only 90 units

Toyota is launching in Europe a series limited to only 90 copies of its GR Supra. Here is the “Jarama Racetrack Edition”!

A new model is entering the GR Supra range . Toyota is launching its limited-edition sports car “Jarama Racetrack Edition”, named after the famous Spanish circuit where the coupe was first tested by the international press.

An exclusive look

This new version is distinguished by an exclusive finish with “Horizon Blue” paint , 19-inch matte black rims and red brake calipers.

On board, she is dressed in a black Alcantara and blue stitching . There are also heated seats and a carbon fiber insert on the dashboard, passenger side. This one is numbered, to emphasize the exclusivity of the model, and features the layout of the Jarama circuit.

Complete equipment

The standard equipment includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen with 3D navigation, Android Auto smartphone connectivity and Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker audio system as well as the Safety + pack including a pre-collision device with crash detection. pedestrians and cyclists, lane departure alert with steering assistance, adaptive cruise control, adaptive and directional high beams, and traffic sign reader.

The 6-cylinder 340 hp

Under the hood, the 3.0-liter turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine developing 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque is installed. It is associated with an eight-speed automatic transmission for a 0 to 100 km / h swallowed in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 250 km / h. Adaptive variable suspension (with “Normal” and “Sport settings), active differential, sport steering and Brembo brakes are also part of the game.

90 copies for the whole of Europe!

The GR Supra “Jarama Racetrack Edition” will arrive in the course of March 2021. A nod to the code name of the coupé, A90, only 90 units will be offered in Europe . The price is still unknown.

 

Toyota X prologue (2021): first photo of a future electric SUV?

Toyota X prologue (2021) first photo of a future electric SUV

Toyota unveils a first photo of a new concept called the X prologue. It could be a compact SUV with a 100% electric motor …

New on the way at Toyota ! The Japanese manufacturer has just announced the arrival of a new concept . Its name: the X prologue.

For the moment, the brand does not say more about it. Just publishes a first photo of the machine .

Electric SUV in sight?

In this image, we can see part of the front of the vehicle. This is marked by a unique LED light signature in the shape of a “C” which extends at least to the Toyota logo installed in the center of the grille. We also notice that this grille is full, which suggests that the X prologue will be a 100% electric vehicle .

It could also be an SUV. Perhaps the electric SUV that Toyota announced last December through a first sketch and which will be based on a completely new modular architecture : the e-TNGA, intended to produce a full range of “zero emission” vehicles.

World premiere of the X prologue scheduled for March 17

This model would be of a compact size , like the RAV4 , and would notably compete with the new Volkswagen ID . 4 . Confirmation expected on March 17 at 10 a.m., the day of its official presentation!

 

Suzuki Swace (2021): how much does the Toyota Corolla station wagon clone cost?

Suzuki Swace (2021) how much does the Toyota Corolla station wagon clone cost

In the wake of the Across, an SUV modeled on the Toyota RAV4, Suzuki is launching the Swace in France, a hybrid station wagon, copied and pasted from the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.

At the moment at Suzuki , it is the attack of the clones . Along with the launch of the Across , a cut-and-paste SUV on the Toyota RAV4 , the Japanese brand is marketing the Swace , an almost exact copy of the Toyota Corolla station wagon .

Second Suzuki vehicle supplied by Toyota as part of a commercial collaboration agreement between the two brands, the Swace is invoiced from € 29,550 . It is currently € 3,000 more than the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.

A 4.65 m long hybrid station wagon

At this price, this 4.65 m-long station wagon , whose trunk volume is announced at 596 liters, has a hybrid engine combining a 1.8 L four-cylinder petrol engine of 98 hp and an electric unit of 53 kW. for a total power of 122 hp (e-CVT and 4×2 automatic gearbox).

A well-supplied endowment

On the equipment side, the brand with three diamonds promises among other things 18-inch alloy rims, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging. wire for smartphones, lane departure warning with lane keeping aid, trajectory assistant and fatigue detector as well as reading traffic signs. Not to mention an 8-inch central touchscreen multimedia system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

 

Toyota forced to close 9 factories after earthquake in Japan

Toyota forced to close 9 factories after earthquake in Japan

The Japanese manufacturer will have to interrupt 14 production lines for several days.

Almost ten years to the day after the Fukushima disaster, another violent earthquake hit the same region of Japan on February 13. With a magnitude of 7.4, it caused a lot of damage, and more than a hundred injured, but fortunately no deaths.

Like many local businesses, Toyota was hit by the disaster. The automotive giant, which has 15 factories in the country , will have to close 9 for a few days. A total of 14 production lines will shut down this week, most from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 February.

Several models affected

Many models will therefore no longer be produced for a few days, such as the RAV4 SUV , Land Cruiser, or the Harrier, a compact SUV only sold in Japan. Lexus chains are also affected, with the discontinuation of those producing the RX, NX and LX crossovers, but also the LS sedan.

Toyota hopes to be able to resume normal production at the end of the week . In the United States, some of its production lines will also be closed due to a snowstorm affecting the south of the country, causing power cuts.

But all is not lost for the world n ° 1 in sales : thanks to forward-looking management of its stocks, the manufacturer has not been as affected as its rivals by the shortage of electronic components, which has forced many brands. to slow down their production, while world demand is increasing again.

 

Toyota Mirai (2021): the price of the new hydrogen sedan from 67,900 euros

Toyota Mirai (2021) the price of the new hydrogen sedan from 67,900 euros

Toyota has just opened the order book for its new generation of hydrogen sedan, Mirai.

This Wednesday, February 10, 2021 marks the start of the marketing in France of the new and second generation of Toyota Mirai . The Japanese fuel cell hydrogen sedan is priced at 67,900 euros in the Lounge finish and at 74,900 euros in the top-of-the-range Executive finish. A price still (very) high even if the automotive giant announces a price 15% lower than the first generation launched in 2014.

Bonus of 3,000 euros, arrival in spring

Remember that the Toyota Mirai is eligible for an ecological bonus of 3,000 euros. Toyota explains that the model can already be ordered “in dealerships located near a hydrogen charging station”. The first vehicles will be delivered next spring.

The new Mirai is longer and lower than its predecessor at 4.98 meters long and 1.47 meters high. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 14 cm to reach 2.92 meters. The novelty can accommodate five people on board against four previously.

Technically, the Mirai (174 hp) is now a rear-wheel drive with 50/50 weight distribution between the front and the rear.

Range: 650 kilometers

This new Toyota Mirai (2021) claims a hydrogen storage capacity up 20%, energy recovery increased by 43% and hydrogen consumption down by 10%. The manufacturer announces to have gained 30% of autonomy, or 650 kilometers (WLTP combined cycle) on a full … The latter being carried out in 5 minutes. Remember that currently, the number of infrastructures remains low ( 92 stations open in the territory ).