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  1. Toyota is reportedly developing a new, entry-level crossover to slot into its line-up beneath the C-HR. New SUV is set to be revealed in the second half of this year. It’ll be the second vehicle to use the Yaris’s TNGA-B architecture, which differs from larger TNGA-C-based cars like the Corolla in using a simpler, torsion-beam rear suspension. The SUV is expected to measure around four meters long, around the same length as a Hyundai Venue. For comparison, the new Yaris measures 3940mm and the C-HR is 4360mm long. Other small SUVs like the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke are just over 4200mm long. Toyota sees a spot in its range for an SUV both smaller and cheaper than the C-HR. “SUV segments in general are all continuing to grow,” Toyota’s European executive vice president Matt Harrison told Auto Express. “C-HR is playing in the very top end of what could almost be a sort of coupe-crossover C-segment SUV. It doesn’t really compete with other products like Qashqai or more practical offerings.” Some of the SUV’s extra length over the Yaris may be in the wheelbase, allowing for a more spacious cabin. The new model will also be around 40mm taller than the Yaris, affording it the coveted higher seating position of an SUV. Expect the SUV to share powertrains with the 2020 Yaris instead of the C-HR. That means a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine mated to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. https://www.caradvice.com.au/818601/toyota-readying-yaris-based-suv/
  2. Pony.ai, a self-driving startup based in Silicon Valley & Guangzhou, China, is deepening its ties to Toyota. The two companies announced a pilot program to test self-driving cars on public roads in two Chinese cities, Beijing and Shanghai. The Japanese auto giant plans to invest $400 million in Pony.ai, valuing the startup at $3 billion. Pony.ai has been working with Toyota since 2019 on public autonomous vehicle testing. With this new investment, their relationship will become even closer, with the automaker and the startup “co-developing” mobility products like “mobility services.” Pony.ai has been testing robot taxis in Beijing and Guangzhou since late 2018 as well as in Fremont and Irvine, California. The startup claims to be the first company to launch an autonomous ride-hailing operation and offer self-driving car rides to the general public in China. Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has largely kept quiet on its self-driving car program. The Japanese company has released some information about its test vehicles and the types of sensors it’s using, but we’ve seen very little of the cars in operation. Toyota plans to offer a limited ride-hailing pilot in downtown Tokyo during the 2020 Summer Olympics. https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/25/21152817/toyota-pony-ai-self-driving-car-investment-valuation-china-silicon-valley
  3. Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Address - No. 34, Sanchi Arachchi Garden, St' Sebastian Hill COLOMBO 12 Telephone: + 94 11 4734325 Link - https://www.bureauveritas.com/worldWideLocationResultsForm?countryName=SRI%20LANKA&url=http://www.bureauveritas.co.in/home/worldwide-locations/south+asia+region/Sri+Lanka/
  4. SKODA to enter Sri Lankan market After 17 years, ŠKODA is returning to Sri Lanka: In May 2020, ŠKODA is going to open a central showroom and sales location in Colombo, the capital of the island state located off the southern point of India. ŠKODA AUTO will be collaborating with IWS Automobiles (Pvt) Ltd as an importer and trading partner. ŠKODA’s initial line-up will include four model series: the small car FABIA, the mid-class SUPERB, the large SUV KODIAQ and the compact SUV KAROQ. The brand’s bestseller, the OCTAVIA, will expand the range of models later this year. By utilising the existing synergies in the INDIA 2.0 project, ŠKODA could also offer models in Sri Lanka that will be developed under the upcoming model campaign in the Indian market. Customers can order the first vehicles from the beginning of March 2020, and the first deliveries will be made when the new showroom opens in May. Consistently internationalizing the company and opening up new markets are central pillars of Strategy 2025, with which ŠKODA AUTO has set the course for sustainable, long-term growth. The strategy also encompasses the central topics of electro-mobility and digitization and creates the prerequisites for transforming ŠKODA AUTO from an automobile manufacturer into a ‘Simply Clever Company for the best mobility solutions’. https://www.automobilsport.com/cars-tuning--37,204109,SKODA-AUTO-soon-to-enter-Sri-Lankan-market,news.htm
  5. Ridiculous pricing will ensure they don’t sell, very disappointed with the launch of this car…
  6. I don't think they'll move half of their sales target, since the vehicle priced at Rs.3,050,000/ onwards.. “Console mounted joystick gear lever for stress free gear change with gear shift alerts” So it’s manual transmission…
  7. Toyota Yaris (Vitz) to replace Prius c (Aqua) The Toyota Yaris hatch will be available with hybrid power for the first time when it arrives and it will consume less fuel than any other Toyota model. Toyota announced the first Yaris hybrid will consume just 3.3L/100km, which is less than the Prius (3.4L/100km) and also less than the Prius c hybrid (3.9L/100km), which will be axed by the time the new Yaris arrives. https://www.motoring.com.au/new-toyota-yaris-to-replace-prius-c-122547/
  8. It will be better if vehicle duty is calculated on the cubic capacity (CC) of the engine, be it petrol, diesel or hybrid, this system will be acceptable to all segments of the industry, including the customer.
  9. The government has been told to rethink the current tax duty structure on vehicle imports and Luxury Tax, as they have effectively put a lid on vehicle imports in excess of 1,600cc engine capacity. According to the latest vehicle registrations data analysed by JB Securities, a Colombo-based equities brokerage and a research house, only one new car and four pre-owned cars have been registered with engine capacity in excess of 1,600cc in December. “Taxes on cars are via an excise duty based on the engine capacity and a Luxury Tax of 60 percent above the value of Rs.4.0 million—an illustration of the need for a rethink of the current policy,” JB Securities Managing Director Murtaza Jafferjee stated in a note. Last October, the then government revised the Luxury Tax formula on vehicles by resorting to calculate the tax based on the manufacturing cost or the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value of a vehicle, instead of the previous used method based on the engine capacity. The new tax move was expected to generate revenue of Rs.48 billion. The revised tax is applied on vehicles registered on or after November 1, 2019. The Luxury Tax on vehicles registered before November 1, 2019, was based on their engine capacity. Accordingly, pre-November 1, the Luxury Tax was applicable on only three categories of vehicles—petrol vehicles with cylinder capacity more than 1,800cc, diesel vehicles with cylinder capacity of more than 2300cc and electric vehicles with more than 200kw power. But after November 1, the Luxury Tax became applicable on all petrol and diesel vehicles with a CIF value exceeding Rs.3.5 million. A tax rate of 120 percent is applicable on the amount exceeding the luxury free threshold i.e. Rs.3.5 million. The Luxury Tax applicable on hybrid petrol vehicles exceeding the CIF value of Rs.4 million is 80 percent and on hybrid diesel vehicles exceeding the CIF value of Rs.4 million is 90 percent. On electric vehicles with a CIF value exceeding Rs.6 million, a 60 percent Luxury Tax is charged. At the time the amendment was brought in, the vehicle importers opposed to the move, saying it would hit their sales dearly. http://www.dailymirror.lk/business__main/Govt-urged-to-rethink-duty-structure-on-vehicle-imports/245-182039
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