Category Archives: Toyota

Fourth-gen Toyota RAV4 hits Chinese showrooms

toyota rav4 released in china

The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562). For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the […]

Chery’s Coaster-like Minibus Exposed

chery rappan minibus

Toyota’s Coaster is perhaps the most copied vehicle in China. In the past thirty years, it is estimated that the popular minibus has been cloned by well over a hundred local manufacturers. The copycats include not only little-known brands but mainstream players like JAC, King Long, and Higer. Realizing lawsuits could not stop the rampant […]

Toyota to Make EV Batteries in Changshu

Toyota and its battery supplier/subsidiary, Primearth EV Energy, plan to establish a joint venture with two Chinese companies in the city of Changshu, reveals Hunan Corun New Energy, one of the partners. The new venture, to be approved by the Chinese government, is named CORUN PEVE (CHINA) AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY CO., LTD and devoted to developing, […]

GAC-Toyota Unveiled New Logo and EV Concept

new logo, brand from gac toyota

Following other joint ventures GAC-Toyota plans to launch a new auto brand focusing on the Chinese market. At the 2013 Shanghai auto show, the logo of that brand was revealed without, oddly enough, being named. The logo, said to represent the letter "I," was exposed on an EV concept. GAC-Toyota provided no details about either […]

Photos: Lexus LFA in Million-Dollar Crash

lexus lfa crash

Among the 500 Lexus LFAs produced, only two were reportedly owned by Chinese (although the Japanese automaker originally planned to sell 20 in the world’s largest auto market). And one of them was crashed in Beijing. The front and right side of the supercar, which had a price tag of 5.988 million Yuan (US$965,810), were […]

FAW-Toyota Launched “Ranz,” a China-only Car Brand

ranz from faw-toyota

The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Toyota unveiled today "Ranz," a new brand for low-cost as well as alternative-fuel vehicles targeting specifically the local market. At next month’s Shanghai auto show, the first Ranz model, a pure electric, will be launched. Responding to the government’s call to strengthen local R&D and productive […]

Toyota China Sales Slumped 35% in May

Toyota Motor said on Wednesday that it sold 38,500 new vehicles in China last month, 35% less than a year earlier, as parts shortage crippled local assembly lines. In the first five months, sales fell 2.1% on year to 294,900 units. Toyota’s vehicle factories in China began to make cutbacks about one month after the […]

Toyota China to Cut Production, Prices of Lexus Raised by over $3,000

Some dealers in Beijing say they have received notice from Toyota China on upcoming production cut and potential supply shortage. As shipments of assembly parts have been affected by the March 11 earthquake, Toyota’s vehicle output in China is likely to drop by 20-30% starting next month. Toyota has two Chinese ventures, GAC (Guangzhou Auto) […]

Toyota’s China Sales Rose 19% to 846,000 Units in 2010

Toyota Motor reports today a 19% increase in its 2010 new vehicle sales in China, with total deliveries reaching 846,000 units. The company set a conservative goal of selling 800,000 units for the year. FAW-Toyota, one of Toyota’s two main Chinese joint ventures, said its sales topped 500,000 units, helped by a 50% surge in […]

Toyota to Invest $700 Million in R&D Center in Changshu

The Japanese automaker announced on 17 Nov. that Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co. Ltd. (TMEC) will be built in Changshu, a city 80km from Shanghai, with $698 million total investment. TMEC will be Toyota’s sixth R&D center, the other five in Japan, the US, Thailand, Australia, and Belgium. Fully owned by Toyota, it […]

Toyota Partners with CATARC on Prius PHEV Trials in China


Toyota signed an agreement with China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) on October 28 on jointly carrying out field trials of the Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in China. To prepare for the 2012 release of the plug-in Prius, Toyota has been testing pre-production models in its major markets including Japan, the US, […]