Trend: Powertrain shift: 85% of all worlds’ automotive patents are issued in alternative powertrains with Hybrids having the biggest share
Trend Leader: Toyota with 26% of the world’s patents
A recent study conducted by the Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM) at the University of Applied Scienses FHDW, has spotted a persisting trend in the automotive industry’s patents issued by carmakers: conventional internal combustion engines research has stagnated over the years, whereas research on the alternative (or shall we say the “new mainstream”) Hybrid and EV powertrains has moved to the leading position in the research volume.
Less than 2 years after Toyota first revealed its i-ROAD concept vehicle. Now we are showing much improved 2-seater version of the Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV). And it`s a European debut for the little one at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
An innovative new mobility project was launched today in Grenoble (France) that could pave the way for cleaner, less congested cities of tomorrow.
Not just another car-sharing scheme, Cité Lib by Ha:mo offers a new type of urban mobility service based on ultra-compact electric vehicles. By complementing Grenoble’s existing public transport network, it offers people a solution for the short trips planned as part of their city journey, while reducing traffic congestion and emissions and improving air quality in the city.
Taking the honour of honours amongst a full house of legendary drivers, South African Giniel de Villiers and his Dakar Racing Toyota Hilux was honoured with the Driver’s Award at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Read more after the break. (more…)
Last year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed marked the UK launch of the Toyota GT86. This year, the popular sports coupé is back having won countless awards around the world since its debut. Motorsport fans will also have a rare chance to see Toyota’s Le Mans heritage in action on the world-famous hill climb, not to mention an impressive gathering of rally cars from past and present. Read more after the break. (more…)
Introducing the all-new, all-electric TOYOTA i-ROAD. Making its World Premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the i-ROAD Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) is a new form of transportation offering greater flexibility in an urban environment. Read more after the break. (more…)