Technology developed by Nissan for the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf will be used in an electric bus project that starts testing next month in Japan, with the goal of making zero-emission public transit more widespread and affordable.Led by Kumamoto University, the initiative brings together talent and expertise from the automotive industry, government and academia. It is part of the university’s ongoing involvement with a Japanese Ministry of Environment project that aims to reduce or eliminate CO2 and other emissions from larger vehicles such as buses and trucks. Real-world testing is scheduled to begin in February in Kumamoto City in western Japan.A major obstacle in creating large electric vehicles has been the high cost of development and parts, including batteries and electric motors. By using technology already conceived and perfected by Nissan, the cost of manufacturing electric buses can be greatly reduced.The bus, named ‘Yoka ECO Bus’, will … [Read more...] about Nissan Leaf tech to be used in electric bus test in Japan
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Honda has announced that the next generation 2014 Jazz hatchback will go on sale in the Japanese domestic car market during September this year. The 2014 Jazz is based on an all new platform, which will also underpin the likes of the next generation City sedan and the Jazz-based compact SUV. While a September 2013 launch for the 2014 Jazz has now been confirmed, the Indian launch of the hatchback will happen in early 2014. The 2014 Jazz to be sold in India will come a year after the model was discontinued from the Indian car market on account of poor sales and low profitability. To begin with, the previous generation Jazz was priced at a steep premium. Poor sales resulted, prompting Honda to sell the last few thousand units of the car at a heavily discounted price tag. This discounted price tag is said to have hit the profit margins of the Japanese car maker, prompting it to pull the car off the Indian market. Also, the previous generation Jazz's major handicap in India was … [Read more...] about 2014 Honda Jazz to debut in Japan during September 2013
The Honda City is now in its third generation, and has been launched in countries such as Singapore, Thailand and India. In line with the global economic outlook as well as global fuel prices, manufacturers have been downsizing their cars and the new City makes a perfect compact sedan in the Honda line-up slotted in under the Civic for world markets. It is considered to be a world car now, as it has also been recently revealed that the City will also be sold in Europe. Look after the jump for an in-depth look at the new City.Design The first generation Honda City (not including the old little car that also came with a turbocharged engine) was designed as an ASEAN car that came with engines such as the 1.5 litre SOHC VTEC engine. It was quite a popular choice as a budget and “boxier” version of the Civic. The second generation is the City that is currently sold in Malaysia, and while it was a solid offering in terms of drivability, fuel economy and performance, it had one … [Read more...] about 2009 Honda City: in-depth details and specifications!
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, nearly 25 gigatons of CO2 ― over half of the world's greenhouse gas emissions ― come from the use of fossil fuels in electricity and heat generation, industry, and transportation. Realising the importance of taking on this challenge by establishing carbon-neutral supply chains across different sectors (from power generation to vehicle fueling) as soon as possible, major corporate and public sector partners in Japan have decided to work together. On the public sector side, the project is being implemented by the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, Yokohama City, and Kawasaki City. The four private sector participants are Iwatani Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc. In addition, the project will be supported by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. The new initiative, announced today, aims to trial a full-fledged carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by … [Read more...] about Public-private sector collaboration in Japan to test renewable CO2-free hydrogen supply chain
Daimler says its sustainable transportation concepts are meeting with a great response all over the world. On October 30, a forum organized by Mercedes-Benz and FUSO provided information about the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to almost 100 customers as well as Japanese politicians, administrative officials, and media representatives. BRT is a local public transport concept in which regular-service buses travel along dedicated lanes and have separate stops and traffic light settings in order to ensure reliable inner-city mobility. Interest in intelligent mobility services is especially strong in Tokyo as the city will host the Summer Olympics in 2020. “Daimler is not only the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles but also the leading provider of mobility services. An especially good example of that is our extensive expertise with Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT for short,” explains Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses. “We provide big cities with ways … [Read more...] about Daimler demonstrates its expertise with Bus Rapid Transit in Japan
The Honda City for first time drivers gets auxiliary ORVMs and IRVM, height adjustable seats and telescopic and tilt steering wheel. Honda has launched the new Grace (City in India) sedan in its home market Japan, especially for driving schools and instructors. The new special variant has been launched just a month after the Grace made its debut in the country in June this year and is based on the non-hybrid LX version. Compared to the standard model, the driving instructor version gets special additions that helps first time drivers by making the learning process easier. Compared to the standard version, the special Honda Grace gets auxiliary ORVMs, an additional interior rear view mirror, height adjustable front seats as well as telescopic and tilt steering wheel. In addition, power window switches have been shifted to the passenger side and gets passenger foot well with pedals (mandatory for all instructor cars). The touchscreen infotainment system from the standard version … [Read more...] about Honda Grace (City) Driver Training Car Launched In Japan
hybrid minivan is not new, at least in Japan. Toyota sells the Estima - the world's first hybrid minivan, it has been available since 2001 - and the Aphard hybrids there. The US is not immune to the dream - in 2011, Chrysler said it was going to make a hybrid minivan in 2013 (didn't happen) - but there has never been a gas-electric minivan sold from a major automaker in the US. And, despite new rumors of a Honda Odyssey hybrid for Japan, the chances that the US will get one in the near future remain roughly at zero.A new report says Honda is considering a hybrid version of the fifth-generation Odyssey in Japan, and such a gas-electric powertrain could reduce fuel use by up to 50 percent. Honda powertrain assistant large project leader Takashi Shinchi told CarAdvice that the hybrid (not a plug-in version) is "under consideration," given the hybrid minivan competition in Japan.Such consideration is not happening in the US, at least not in any serious way. Sage Marie, senior manager of … [Read more...] about Honda Odyssey hybrid under consideration in Japan, but not US
Honda is launching its City sedan in the home market - Japan christened as ‘Grace’ , dressed in a premium package compared to one we and the neighbouring developing markets are getting. The City is produced in India along with Malaysia and Thailand and is offered with 1.5L i-VTEC petrol along with 1.5 i-DTEc diesel but in ‘land of rising sun’ its getting a Hybrid powertrain. Starting with the changes first, though the overall profile is carbon copy compared to ours but front facade gets elusive changes. Moreover, the major alterations to exteriors are in lighting; headlamps gets twin-LED lamps while rear gets LED tail lamps with clear lens side blinks. Grace also features machined alloys, unlike ours these alloys are also offered in neighbouring markets like Thailand. On the inside, Grace gets similar layout but offers a touch screen infotainment system compared to ours non-touch smaller unit. The instrumentation cluster is updated for the hybrid info along … [Read more...] about More Premium ‘City’ for Home – Honda to Launch Grace Hybrid in Japan!
Toyota is ready to bring nimble, zero-emissions motoring to Europe’s crowded city centres with a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. This is the Japanese car manufacturer’s first set of electric vehicles. The chic and colourful three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be by taking part in a major pilot programme in the French city of Grenoble.Known a Cité lib by Ha:Mo, the programme is also supported by the local authorities in Grenoble, the French power supplier EDF, SODETREL, an EDF subsidiary that installs, manages and maintains electric charging points, and well-established local car-share operator Cité lib.The concept is seen as a way of building a better-integrated public transport service, where people collect an electric vehicle from a location near their home or office to drive to a local transport hub for the next stage of their journey. Likewise, people arriving by bus or train can step … [Read more...] about Toyota electric vehicles will run in French Urban Mobility Project
In the market to buy a condo in Tokyo? If you buy the right one, it will come with a car. Starting in spring 2012, Toyota plans to launch a condominium-based car-sharing program in collaboration with Japanese real estate developers.As a start, a condominium building in Meguro, Tokyo, one in Suginami, also in Tokyo, and one in Aichi will each receive a couple of the Prius Plug-in Hybrids and the iQ EVs. Both cars are scheduled for a 2012 launch. The cars will be managed by nearby Toyota vehicle rental and lease companies. Toyota sees this as a test to “investigate further methods to promote EV-use based on the results of this program.”Says Toyota: “Car sharing has become more popular among people in urban areas who do not own cars, and it is also gaining public attention as a countermeasure against global warming and oil dependency.” Also, owning and especially parking can be a major hassle in Japan’s inner cities.Also according to … [Read more...] about 2 BR, LDR, EIK, Your Choice Of Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Or iQ EV