Hino Truck Engines take top honors

Hino Truck Engines receive J.D. Power Honors for 2011

The 2011 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Customer Satisfaction Study carried out by the US-based J.D. Power and Associates has once again honored Hino Trucks engines with the Number 1 ranking.  Hino Trucks USA has got the highest ranking for four years in a row scoring 794 on a 1000-point scale. The result was based on the responses received from 1,037 people who were primary maintainers of conventional cab medium-duty trucks that were one year old. The survey was carried out between the months of June and August this year. Cummins Inc. with 763 points was ranked second, followed by Paccar which scored 747 points and Navistar which obtained 742 points.

Reliability and Performance of Hino Truck Engines

According to the senior manager of the commercial vehicle practice at J.D. Power, Brent Gruber, the study gauged customer perceptions of 2010 model-year Class 5, 6 and 7 trucks with diesel and gasoline engines. It gave manufacturers a thorough and objective estimation of customer satisfaction regarding products and other related dealer services.

To get an idea of the overall engine satisfaction, eight different factors were considered: engine reliability/dependability; maintaining speed on grades; ease of access for maintenance or service; control module (ECM); acceleration when fully loaded; average fuel economy, vibration at idle; and engine warranty. Read more »

Nissan PIVO EV concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Nissan PIVO EV concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan will be unveiling two concept cars – the PIVO 3 Electric Vehicle and the NV35O light commercial van – and its smart house technology at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, 2011.  Besides these it will also have on display concept cars that were unveiled at previous motor shows.

The Nissan PIVO 3 Electric Vehicle

This concept car is a three-seater electric vehicle designed for urban commuters.  Nissan said the vehicle will be best suited to big city commuters driving on crowded roads.  The other electric vehicles will be the ESFLOW electric sports car which was unveiled in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the TOWNPOD crossover EV which had been unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in September 2010.

The PIVO 3 is the third model of PIVO electric concept cars developed by Nissan, the original PIVO being a star exhibit of the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, while the PIVO 2 had been unveiled in 2007. The fully rotating cabin design that did away with reversing was the unique feature of the first two PIVO vehicles. However, the PIVO 3 does not feature this distinctive design but has a slightly more conventional arrangement. In the PIVO 3 the driver’s seat is located centrally in front of the two passenger seats at the back thus featuring a 1+2 layout. Its body is barely three meters in length partly due to the in-wheel motors used for propelling the car.

Despite not having a rotating cabin, the PIVO 3 will do away with reversing due to its zero turn gap capabilities and its wide steering angle that enables the car to do a U-turn on roads that are only four meters wide.

But this concept car’s most futuristic design feature is the Automated Valet Parking that allows the PIVO 3 to drive automatically, find a parking space and then park without the need for any driver. The vehicle has the ability to charge itself and can be summoned by the driver by smartphone.

The NV350 Light Commercial Van

This concept vehicle which will also be unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is a light commercial van that is going to be launched in the summer of 2012 in Japan followed by other markets, and comes in above the NV200. The van has keyless push button ignition, which according to Nissan is a world first for any commercial vehicle, a dash-mounted shift lever, and a foot-operated parking brake. It also has a multi-function display that is positioned in the center stack. A reversing camera will be made available optionally as an extra.

The NV350 has a cargo area that is up to three meters long. It has 50:50 split fold-forward rear seats as well as embedded mounting nuts in the interior side panels to make it possible for the cargo area to be customized using shelving fixtures and hooks. Nissan claims that the NV350 also has improved fuel economy

Nissan’s third display will be its Smart House “NSH-2012” technology, which through a combination of fuel cells, solar panels, and power stored in a Nissan LEAF’s batteries will be able to provide a home with a steady power supply independent of power outage or weather conditions.

The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from December 3 to December 11.

Suzuki unveils Concepts at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Suzuki Concepts at Tokyo Motor Show 2011

At the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show which will be held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center from 2 to 11 December 2011, the Suzuki booth will feature the company’s new automobile concepts which have been designed with a focus on meeting the needs of contemporary customers and offering them new kinds of value.

In tune with Suzuki’s expertise in small cars, the exhibits at the company’s booth will have “small cars for a big future” as the theme.  Suzuki cars for today and the future will emphasize the user-friendliness, fuel economy, innovation, superior performance, and the exciting styling that will be possible within more compact and smaller dimensions.

suzuki swift 2011 tokyo motor show

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki will be unveiling three exciting new concepts.

The Regina: The first one, the Regina is a compact car and is Suzuki’s idea of a next generation, super efficient global compact car. It is a lightweight car that weighs just 730kg and has a drag coefficient that is at least 10% lower than that of other contemporary models. Its fuel economy will be at least 32km/L and it has CO2 emissions that are as low as 70g/km.

The Regina is 11.6 feet in length, 5.3 feet in width, and has an overall height of only 4.7 feet. It has a normal gasoline engine and can seat four passengers.

The Q Concept: This is an interesting, highly stylized two-seat microcar with an overall length of 2.5 meters and two seats in a tandem configuration, making it perfect for daily driving within a radius of around 10km and short journeys in crowded towns and cities. It is an electric car that is midway between a motorcycle and a small car. In fact, it is the closest a car could get to a motorcycle. The Q Concept has the same maneuverability as a motorcycle, but has a proper cabin and has four wheels. It is best suited for those people for whom schools, offices, hospitals, shopping malls and other facilities are close to their house. And not only is it more maneuverable than most other small cars, it also needs much less parking space. Read more »