A strong earthquake hit the soil
of Northern Japan last Saturday, June 14,
2008. This magnitude 7.2 earthquake was reported to have killed six persons and
injured more than a hundred. Guests from a leveled resort hotel have been
trapped due to fallen debris.
It struck at 8:43 a.m. (12:43
a.m. British time). Its main point was 10 km (6 miles) underground in Iwate and
Miyagi prefectures, north of Tokyo
leaving some big companies including Toyota Motor Corporation to stop their
Miyagi and Iwate is a place where
a lot of of large factories are situated.
Fujitsu Ltd and Sony stop the
progress of production in the said region for their equipments damage tests
while a company for assembling cars for Toyota
suffered some minor damage at a factory. According to a spokesperson, the quake
banged over some equipments and auto bodies at a factory operated by Kanto Auto
Works Ltd in Iwate which is performs the assembling of Corolla models for Toyota.
Due to the minor damages on the
firm, it suspended its operation to perform some equipments tests and still
considers the plan for resuming operation on Monday.
A spokesperson for Toyota also added that
factories operating nearby and the group of companies in Miyagi did not suffer
any damage. Sony has halted operations for safety purposes. Fujitsu also halted
for equipment checks at its semiconductor factory. While a car parts maker
named Keihin Corp also situated on the tremor place could not be reached for
The best selling car in America
for several years has been the Toyota Camry. It is a mid-size car, formerly a compact
car manufactured by Toyota
since 1980. In May 2006 Toyota
has introduced the New Toyota Camry Hybrid; it is a hybrid version of the Camry
According to a June 7 newspaper
report, Toyota Motor Corporation, the world second largest automaker, will
start to produce hybrid cars in Australia
in the course of the big demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. This is Toyota’s method of saving
the consumers from having high expense due to high oil price.
According to the Nikkei Business Daily, the plan is the
make the Toyota Camry Hybrid later this year in Thailand
and in 2010 in Australia.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is currently produced by Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Kentucky, in Georgetown, Kentucky. The company is planning to use the
same production line that the standard Camry sedan has used.
The production upgrade aims to
make 10,000 units of hybrid vehicles within three to four years for every new
This new plant is planning to
produce Toyota Camry Hybrids which will utilize the third generation Hybrid Synergy Drive
which will debut in the 2009 Toyota Prius. It is a hybrid car technology
developed by Toyota
which is described as a drive-by-wire system which sends electrical signals to
a control computer.
With this plan of expanding, Toyota is expected to become the world’s top automaker and
therefore surpass the US
giant General Motors.
Anyone doesn’t have to be a master
technician to do their own auto repairs. We just need to consult our auto
manual or even have few researches online for solution to simple auto problems.
If you do your own auto repair
yourself, you’re going to save a lot of money. You will not have to pay high
labor charges or even get rid of unnecessary changing of parts.
One of the most common auto
problems is the squealing of brakes. This may be created when metal is
contacting metal within the brake assembly. Here’s a few reason why car brakes
Low quality brakes may not have a
very good friction compounds which causes metal to contact another moving piece
Rust may be accumulated on the
brake drums and rotors. When the brakes of a car are not used for a while, rust
forms on the braking surface of both rotors and drums. This can be solved by
applying brakes very lightly during the first step of the brake pedal to remove
any rust build-up. The noise may subside after a few tries. Do not use oil or
lubricants because you must disrupt the main purpose of the brakes. But some
brands include adhesives or lubricants supplied on the products packaged. So as
long as it is prescribed, I guess it would be safe.
The most common cause of brake
squeal is the worn parts. So it is advisable to check and replace any worn
parts such as calipers, sliders, bushings, anti-rattle clips, rotors or drums
to reduce the noise.
This is the most basic steps for
troubleshooting squealing brake problems. Procedures for replacing worn parts
will be shared on later posts.
The Honda CR-Z is a gasoline-electric hybrid automobile developed and
produced by Honda. It stands for 'Compact Renaissance Zero.' It was first
introduced as a concept car by Honda CEO Takeo Fukui on October 23, 2007 at the
2007 Tokyo Auto Show. It was also announced that a variation of the car will
make production by 2009. This compact could be a good way for the return of the
CR-X. According to Automotive News Europe, Honda plans to roll out the
production of CR-Z in 2009 or 2010
This car is powered by a
gasoline-hybrid engine. It achieves
clean performance and a high level of torque with this engine. It also takes
care of the environment at the same time.
It has been named by the company
as “the lightweight sports car". The
perfect word for this concepts interior is 'Hi-tech and Sporty'. In the
cockpit, the meter unit conveys the image of advanced technology in a piece of
glass artwork. The exterior has an over-sized grille with a high-performance
look. It also features tube-shaped rear combination lamps for better visibility.
It has door mirrors that provide high visibility in a stylish form. It also has
a LED headlight.
Oh man! They actually made the concept very sweet! This is what I’ve
been waiting for. I guess that if they share the same drive train with the
Civic HatchBack it will be one mean machine. I would love to see a number of
this go into production. And I also want them to bring back the CRX, they are
The Hummer HX is a concept SUV revealed on the eight of January 2008
at the 2008
Detroit Auto Show. HX is not the final name for the production,
but the automakers are thinking of naming it the "H4"
“Compared to the H3, the HX concept is shorter by approximately 10
inches, but the HX's track is slightly wider than the H3's” Power for the
HX comes from an E85 FlexFuel 3.6L SIDI V6. It is backed up by a six-speed automatic
It features removable doors which
has an easily removable pin that allows the doors to be removed quickly. It is
one of the features of many serious off-roaders. It also has its removable
fender flares which can be quickly removed for additional ground clearance, or
if the flare is damaged during off-road driving. It also includes HID headlamps
with as well as LED tail lamps and turn-signal indicators. Hummer HX Concept
has a 103-inch wheelbase that can be compared to the Jeep Wranglers in size.
The HX interior was designed to
be very stylish but very functional. According to the automakers, the bare
aluminum look was inspired by the aeronautical industry.
This is one awesome concept. It
is simply the best looking Hummer ever. I like the screens on the dash; if it
was toned down a bit I think it could be really nice.
It really does look like
something out of a video game, except it needs missile launchers and a turret
gun. Anyway, this is what Hummer should be all about.