Toyota Readies RAV4 EV for Production
Electric crossover is the automaker's second production EV in 9 years.
The white, capped-grill example you see here is a prototype based on a 2010 RAV4. Toyota said it would not release any specifics about the production version until Monday, when it will show the vehicle at the International Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles.
As Ford is doing with the Focus Electric, Toyota will build the RAV4 EV on the same production line as the gasoline-powered RAV4, which will allow the automaker more flexibility to respond to demand -- or, as in the case of the Chevrolet Volt, lack thereof. As part of a $100 million contract, Tesla will build the entire powertrain -- battery, motor, gearbox and other electronics -- and ship it from California to Toyota's Ontario plant for final assembly.
While the electric iQ will be sold only to fleets and car-sharing services, the RAV4 EV will be available to the public. Toyota sold and leased almost 1,500 electric RAV4s to Californians from 1997 to 2003, and about 800 are still on the road. Given the price and range of the Focus Electric, we expect the RAV4 to offer no fewer than 100 miles of range and cost just under $40,000. A redesigned 2013 RAV4 is expected to debut as early as this fall.
especially since they have had recalls at a six to one ratio to any Japanese manufacturer!
Of course they've been around alot longer and produced many more vehicles than any of the Asians, so it's all relative.
Imagine the money that both Ford and GM could have saved over the last thirty years if they had hand delivered their recall notices, especially since they have had recalls at a six to one ratio to any Japanese manufacturer!
And that's the point, isn't it? You'd have to go back 30 years to make that claim about Ford and GM. Instead of ancient history, let's talk about something more relevant to today, like the tens of millions of cars Toyota has had to recall in recent years....and the pace hasn't slowed much.....and Honda seems to be catching up with it's flurry of recalls over the last couple of years. The truth hurts, huh?
GM announced that to save money on production they will no longer be installing brake pads on their new vehicles.
What's the matter, can't come up with any original thought of your own so you have to steal somebody else's? What kind of person does that?
In Japan, because of unfair regulations intended to stifle foreign competition, where we cannot build and sell our cars and trucks, imagine for a minute the following:
That Japan had no such unfair regulations, and practiced free and fair trade like we do here in America. Can you picture for a minute a Japanese survey, like Yahoo´s, rating a foreign country´s cars as being the best quality and better than their own products?
No way!!!!! Those people know which side their bread is buttered on, as proved by the fact they won´t even let us build cars there.
They´re not dupes like we are to let them sell 3 to 4 million cars a year here and drain billions from our suffering economy and take these billions back to Japan.
And they wouldn´t be dumb enough to buy that jobs pitch like we do: Oh, they build their cars here, give us jobs.
Forget that for ever job we get assembling their cars, with domino effect we lose 6 to 7 jobs in Michigan, Ohio, PA, MO, et cetera.
Forget that the majority of Japanese cars sold here are not assembled here. Many like the Prius, Lexus, Highlander, are 100% built in Japan, parts and labor.
Forget that no matter where a Japanese car or truck is assembled, when you buy one, you are sending profits, dollars back to Japan for the benefit of that country. And this is taking away your own country´s economy, which is in the toughest shape it´s even been since the 1930s.
So, all you supporters of Japan´s economy out there, just give thought to all those people in impoverished states like Michigan, that you are helping to keep out of work.
Finally, keep in mind, you live in America, not Japan! And when you help keep people out of work in MI, Ohio, PA, MO, Wisc, this is going to trickle down everyone in this country, including YOU.
SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
.......Tesla will build the entire powertrain -- battery, motor, gearbox, and other electronics -- and ship them from its California facility to Toyota's Ontario plant for final assembly.
At least until Tesla goes out of business....then Toyota will be sourcing those components from Mattel and Hasbro.
we expect the RAV4 to offer no fewer than 100 miles of range and cost just under $40,000.
It was overpriced when you said it was just under $40K. Now that Toyota has announced the base price is going to be OVER $50K it makes this whole vehicle even more laughable. I can understand why they're limiting sales to California because demand elsewhere will be pretty much non-existent.
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