Toyota Motor has announced a new paint stripping technology that will enable the Japanese automaker to offer its customers a new value-added service by next year.
The paint stripping technology allows you to easily repaint old Toyota vehicles in one of more than 100 colors offered. The automaker claims that the new coat of paint can be removed without harming the original finish. This service is initially available only in Japan.
This new technology is based on statistics that show people are keeping their cars longer. With the introduction of this new technology, Toyota hopes to help people own cars for even longer. In addition, this technology will give enthusiasts the freedom to choose a new color.
A report from Nikkei Asia claims that Nagoya-based Kinto, owned by Toyota, will offer this new service to owners of vehicles covered by a Toyota subscription. The company has not yet announced prices for this service. The report states that pricing details are being finalized as well as possible service center locations.
In terms of technology, Kinto is said to use a high-speed jet of water to remove existing paint from a vehicle. This will avoid possible damage to the original paintwork. Other paint stripping jobs use special paint stripping chemicals. The source also claims that with a new coat of paint, the car will have better protection from rain and wind.
How the issue will be resolved with local authorities when changing the color of the car, the source did not specify.
The Most Reliable Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023: Latest Consumer Reports Rankings
The Most Reliable New Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023 The Most Reliable New Cars, SUVs, and Brands You Can Buy in 2023 Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that has been protecting consumers since 1936, has released its annual Auto Reliability Index. for 2023.
This ranking lists the most reliable new cars, SUVs, and brands you can buy today. Toyota and Lexus dominate Consumer Reports’ list of the most reliable cars and brands of 2023, with Mini a surprise third. This may come as a surprise since the brand has outpaced several Japanese automakers, including Acura, Honda and Subaru.
|Model||Reliability rating (out of 100 possible points)|
|#2||Toyota Camry Hybrid||87|
|#4||Toyota RAV4 Prime||84|
|#10||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||75|
“Buying a reliable car is a good way to avoid the inconvenience of repairs while the car is under warranty, and it’s also a smart way to save on the cost of car ownership over time,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “That’s why consumers consistently tell us that reliability is one of the most important factors when buying a car.”
|Brand||Reliability rating (out of 100 possible points)|
This year, Consumer Reports collected data on more than 330,000 vehicles through surveys distributed to its members. Most of these vehicles ranged from the 2000 to the 2023 model year, including a few early 2024 model year examples. The study covers 20 problem areas, including electric motors, batteries and charging aspects of electrified vehicles (EV, PHEV, HEV).
Why do you need HDMI in a car? New Mitsubishi Outlander presented
The mid-size Mitsubishi Outlander crossover has been improved in terms of equipment for the Japanese market in the new model year.
In addition to the existing USB-C and USB-A connectors, the car now has HDMI, which allows for easy transfer of images from a mobile device to the display of a multimedia system. Owners can play video games, high-definition movies or navigation map data.
All Outlander models now come with headlight washers and rear fog lights. The color range of the crossover has been replenished with two new options: gray metallic in a graphite shade and a combined color with a silver metallic roof and black metallic body.
The Black Edition, which features gloss black trim, now comes standard with a third row of seats, a panoramic sunroof, head-up instrumentation and a Bose audio system.
The fourth generation Mitsubishi Outlander, based on the Renault-Nissan CMF-CD platform, is equipped with petrol engines, including hybrid variants, with power ranging from 161 to 252 hp.
The car is produced in Japan and China.
Mitsubishi will release two models based on Renault cars
Mitsubishi will add two more models from the Renault Group to expand its range in Europe, starting with a compact all-electric crossover from Renault’s Ampere EV division in 2025.
The Japanese automaker, following the compact crossover, will release another model, called “a derivative of Renault,” as stated by top managers of the Renault-Nissan alliance, without going into details. The car will be manufactured by Renault rather than Ampere and is expected to be powered by an internal combustion engine.
In Europe, Mitsubishi, which is majority owned by Nissan, now sells the Colt small car, based on the Renault Clio, and the ASX, a small crossover based on the Renault Captur. The Mitsubishi Colt and ASX models are manufactured by Renault.
The new electric crossover “will be a key element of our lineup,” Alex Thomas, head of marketing at Mitsubishi Europe, told Automotive News Europe. “Our strategy is to focus on core segments in Europe,” he added.
Mitsubishi has published a teaser of an electric crossover, which in profile resembles the Renault Scenic E-Tech. Mitsubishi did not specify which Renault model it would be based on, but said it would be built on Scenic’s Alliance CMF-EV platform, which has been renamed AmpR Medium.
Next year, Mitsubishi will launch a new version of its Outlander plug-in hybrid midsize SUV, which was discontinued in Europe in 2021.
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