Toyota And Mazda Will Jointly Build A A$2 Billion US Plant

Toyota and Mazda announced plans on Friday to build a A$2 billion assembly plant in the United States and work together to develop electric cars and advanced safety technologies.

The plant is expected to produce up to 300,000 cars a year and create jobs for 4000 workers. It is expected to begin operations in 2021, but a location for the plant has not yet been decided.

Friday’s announcement builds on an existing partnership. Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, already provides hybrid technology to Mazda, which makes compact cars for Toyota at its Mexico plant.

Toyota will produce the Corolla model for the North American market at the new factory, while Mazda will make cross-over models there.

Toyota will acquire a five per cent stake in Mazda, valued at 50 billion yen (A$570 million). In turn, Mazda will acquire 50 billion yen worth of Toyota shares, the equivalent of a 0.25 per cent stake.

“The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda. This is a partnership in which those who are passionate about cars will work together to make ever-better cars. It is also the realisation of our desire to never let cars become commodities.”

“Nothing would please me more than if, through this alliance, we can help to energise the auto industry and create more car fans by bringing together two competitive spirits to spur each other on, leading to innovations and fostering talent and leaders,” said Mazda President and CEO Masamichi Kogai.

The alliance grew out of a May 2015 agreement between Mazda and Toyota to “mutually benefit the companies in such forms as leveraging the resources of both companies and complementing each other’s products and technologies toward the goal of making more appealing cars,” Toyota said in a statement.

Volvo Will Drop The Internal Combustion Engine From 2019

Volvo Cars is making the shift away from the internal combustion engine. The car manufacturer has announced that from 2019 onwards all new cars launched will feature an electric motor.

Its a bold step and represents one of the most significant moves by any car manufacturer to embrace electrification. “This is about the customer,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

The company explains that it will introduce a new portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars. The first part of the plan will see it launch five new fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance brand.

After that it will unveil a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid (48 volt) derivatives in all model ranges, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car manufacturer.

Pure ICE cars will therefore gradually be phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified drivetrains. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” continues Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of one million electrified cars by 2025. When we said it, we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

Body Repairers Guide To Workplace Safety

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that their workers return home the same way they left it, without injury. There are many potential hazards within the Body Repair industry that must be addressed, and necessary steps to be taken to ensure workers are safeguarded from risks. Pro-Visual Publishing, in partnership with the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers (IAME) and the Australian Association of Progressive Repairers (AAPR), has released the 2017/18 edition of the Body Repairers Guide to Workplace Safety.

This year’s safety guide provides information on the following key areas:

• Spray painting in spray booths.
• Common spray painting and powder coating hazards.
• Planning and establishing a Safety Management System (SMS).
• Safety signs in the workplace.
• 10 commandments of workplace safety.

Additionally, the Augmented Reality (AR) content creates a space for interaction and a window for more information and resources relevant for body repairers, which is accessible via the free Pro-Vis AR App.

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Body Repairers Guide to Workplace Safety 2017/18. Their support has made it possible for the Guide to be distributed free of charge” – John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

Pro-Visual Publishing is a group of dedicated professionals providing wall-mounted health, wellbeing and safety guides to over 40 different industries. For more than 20 years, we have been the leading specialists in this market. We aim to continually engage and educate via up-to-date information and interactive resources, with the overall motivation being to ensure greater health and safety outcomes.

For further information, or to obtain additional copies of the Guide, please call (02) 8272 2611, email marketing@provisual.com.au or visit www.provisual.com.au

Get Your Ezi Methods From Car Craft

Ezi Methods parent company, Auto Industry Consulting Ltd (AIC) has signed an agreement with the Car Craft Group to exclusively distribute Ezi Methods to the auto body repair industry in Australia and New Zealand.

Ezi-Methods provides OEM based smash repair methods and information via a user friendly and cost effective on-line solution.

Based on a “three clicks to method” operation, the Ezi-Methods system ensures that vital technical information required to undertake safe and cost-effective repairs is readily available to Estimators, Assessors, and Technicians. Ezi-Methods is also available via mobile applications to eradicate additional print costs and down time. Ezi-Methods is also supported by an additional methods request service, a 24-hour service providing additional data where required.

Car Craft Group General Manager, Peter McMahon, said: “The opportunity to distribute the Ezi Methods system to the industry is an exciting move for the group. The relationship is an excellent fit with the groups philosophy on repair quality and correct method. The Ezi Methods program also has the added benefit of assisting repairers meet the AMBRA National Shop Grading requirements and complying with the MVIRI Code of Conduct.”

McMahon went on to say: “The need to confirm the method before you write a quote is a no-brainer for me. Access to a quality repair information platform is critical to the efficiency of a repairs and key to key times”.

AIC Commercial Director Ben Cardy said: “Teaming up with a major industry player like Car Craft will further enhance Ezi-Methods in Australia and New Zealand, this is a great opportunity for all repairers in the Australian market to get the benefits of accessing methods of repair which, in today’s environment, is vital in ensuring the vehicles are returned to pre-accident condition”.

Call (08) 6253 7207 or email ezimethods@methods.net.au

Peter McMahon

Subaru Recommends Pre- And Post-Repair Scanning For Damaged Vehicles

Subaru of America is the latest vehicle manufacturer to provide guidance on diagnostic scanning in collision repair.

The company said its models incorporate sensors, cameras and other high-tech components that are critical to the vehicles’ operation and safety. If damaged in an accident, these components might trigger diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) that aren’t displayed on the vehicle’s instrument cluster.

Pre-scanning will reveal DTCs for items that are not functioning properly in the vehicle. It allows a shop to identify any issues early in the estimate process, allowing a more complete estimate and encompassing repair process.

Post scanning is critical in ensuring the malfunctioning items have been repaired and there are no remaining DTCs, according to Subaru. This may also assist in assuring the appropriate calibrations and reinitialisations have been performed.

Upon contacting Subaru Australia, the local arm provided the following statement:

“Subaru-approved repairers in Australia are required to apply rigorous testing and calibration in line with factory settings for all models. In addition, in more recent years since the introduction of our EyeSight Driver Assist system, any repairs related to this technology additionally undergo very strict testing to ensure system accuracy.”