Well, it’s now official; Tesla Motors has just revealed that it has signed a deal with Toyota to develop electric powertrain components of the new RAV4 EV . Tesla will work on developing the battery, power electronics module, electric motor, transmission, and software for the crossover.
Below is Tesla’s filing with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission:
On October 6, 2010, Tesla Motors, Inc. ("Tesla") entered into a Phase 1 Contract Services Agreement (the "Agreement") with Toyota Motor Corporation ("TMC") for the development of a validated powertrain system, including a battery, power electronics module, motor, gearbox and associated software, which will be integrated into an electric vehicle version of the RAV4. Pursuant to the Agreement, based on preliminary specifications, TMC will pay Tesla approximately $60 million for the development services to be provided by Tesla . The parties will mutually agree to the final specifications, deliverables and payment amounts and schedule within 60 days of the execution of the Agreement. This amount will be paid in various installments during the term of the Agreement.
Despite our lack of love for these machines, they are cars that people love to buy, so we felt we had to rank our favorites, despite not really having a favorite. It’s more like a list from the vehicles we can’t stand to the machines we could tolerate.
In order to rank these crossovers we had to look at them in a few ways. The reason for buying one of these is practicality, safety, style, and comfort. That’s what the public is looking at. We, on other hand, will incorporate those with our own interests, such as speed, driving dynamics, and coolness level. All of these machines will cost under $30,000.
There are plenty to choose from, with options from Ford , General Motors, Honda , and Toyota . Not to mention the smaller companies like Hyundai and Kia who are creating better machines on a monthly basis. So, do these new boys have what it takes to take down the old veterans?
Back in May, Toyota and Tesla announced that they would be working together on the development of electric vehicles. Their partnership in the advancement of this technology would come together by the sharing of Toyota’s engineering, manufacturing, and production expertise. As a result of the recent agreement between Tesla and Toyota, the company has announced plans to reveal an electric version of the RAV4 crossover. The new prototypes will be revealed on the US market in 2012 and will combine the Toyota RAV4 model with a Tesla electric powertrain. Tesla plans to produce and deliver a fleet of prototypes to Toyota for evaluation within this year. The first prototype has already been built and is now undergoing testing.
We have to remind you that earlier today we also reported that Toyota is preparing an all-electric supercar so it seems that this agreement between the two companies has already seen a lot of legway and should prove to be rather interesting. We’ll keep you posted to see how they do.
The Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the refreshed RAV4 compact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. The facelift version of the Toyota RAV4 receives not only a new front end, but also a few interior upgrades as well as improved power train options. The exterior gets a new set of headlights on either side of the new front grill, a new hood and a redesigned front bumper complete with integrated fog lights.
The 2011 RAV4 is offered in three distinct grades – Base, Sport and top-of-the-line Limited – and with a choice between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a V6. The four-cylinder engine delivers 179 HP at 6,000 RPM and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM, while the 3.5-liter V6 delivers 269 HP at 6,200 RPM and 246 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 RPM.
For 2011 Toyota is offering a Upgrade Value Package available on Base grade four-cylinder and V6 RAV4 models. It adds a six-CD audio system with XM Radio (subscription required); steering wheel audio controls; 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; color-keyed door handles; Daytime Running Lights (DRL); roof rack; privacy glass; power tilt/slide moonroof; upgraded fabric interior; and, on two-row models, a rear cargo area tonneau cover.
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One of the most successful SUV in Toyota’s line-up is entering the 2010 model year with revised styling and interior upgrades, but also with more standard equipment. For 2010 the RAV4 is offered in three distinct grades – Base, Sport and top-of-the-line Limited, in both 4x2 and 4x4 versions.
Also the 2010 RAV4 can be offered with either 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a V6. The 2.5-liter engine produces 179 hp at 6,000 RPM, along with 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM, while the V6 develops a total of 269 hp at 6,200 RPM and 246 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 RPM. The four-cylinder engine is mated to a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and the V6 to a five-speed automatic transmission.
New for 2010 is the Sport Appearance package for the Sport grade 4x2 and 4x4 models equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The Sport grade models offer a new optional JBL audio system with steering wheel audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth® connectivity.
The Sport Appearance Package gives the RAV4 Sport grade a sleeker look, with an exclusive rear door design featuring chrome accents and no spare tire. (The package equips the RAV4 with run-flat tires.) Other external cues include color-keyed power, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a stainless steel exhaust tip and unique badging. Inside, the Sport Appearance Package adds a chrome accented shift knob with a leather insert, chrome interior door handles, parking brake and vent trim, and unique doorsills. For 2010, the Limited grade also adds a chrome parking brake and vent trim.
Toyota today announced prices for the 2010 line-up, including Avalon, Yaris, Highlander, FJ Cruiser, Rav4 and Tacoma. All cars will go on sale in August, with the exception of Highlander (September).
The 2010 FJ Cruiser will come with dual VVT-i and roller rocker arms on the 4.0-liter V6, which add 19 hp and a one mpg increase. Prices will range from $23,680 for the 2WD automatic to $25,270 for the 4WD automatic.
The RAV4 will go on sale with prices ranging from $21,500 for the base model 2WD four-cylinder to $27,810 for the 4WD Limited V6. The base MSRP for the 2010 Highlander ranges from $25,705 for the base four-cylinder 2WD to $41,020 for the Limited 4WD hybrid model.
For the 2010 Avalon prices will range from $27,945 for the XL to $35,285 for the Limited. Tacoma’s prices will range from $15,170 for the Regular Cab with a five-speed manual transmission to $27,075 for the V6 4x4 Double Cab Long Bed with a five-speed automatic transmission. And finally Yaris’s rpices will range from $12,355 for the three-door model with manual transmission, to $13,915 for the four-door sedan with an automatic transmission.
The RAV4 has been in the Toyota family for about thirteen years, and it has staying power for a reason: adaptability. The first generation was built on the idea of giving people the small size of about a Jeep Wrangler , but with more creature comforts and better on-road handling. This was a fun machine that had dual sunroofs in the two-door model and then eventually a convertible model.
While the RAV4 was selling well, Toyota was discovering that the people who wanted a small SUV with on-road manners also wanted room to carry all their weekend warrior gear. The original RAV4 was about the size of the current Scion xB , and Toyota knew it had to grow to stay competitive. So the second generation appeared with larger engines (including an optional V6) as well as a full back seat. Now that the RAV4 is in its third generation, it gained an optional third row of seating and has closed the size gap with the Highlander . This extra size has made the RAV4 more versatile without losing the small/nimble feeling of the original.
The RAV4 has now become a good option for young professionals and small families. These people are usually looking for plenty of car at a low price, so we equipped our $24,740 test car accordingly. To stay on budget we minimized the options, and maximized value for little money.
The Toyota V6 RAV4 Performance Sport revealed at the SEMA Show features 22-inch Alloy Wheels, hood scoop, and customized designed performance front with flared fender side. It also gets front and rear fascia, LED headlights, panoramic glass roof, billet door handles. Inside the car gets an Alpine Electronics Audio/Visual System.
Toyota announced pricing for the 2009 RAV4 SUV. Set to go on sale in September, pricing will increase by $224 and will range from $21,500 for the Base grade front-wheel-drive with a four-cylinder engine to $27,810 for the Limited grade four-wheel-drive with a V6 engine.
For 2009, RAV4 adds an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and more fuel efficient than the previous 2.4-liter engine. In addition, all RAV4 models feature numerous interior upgrades and a stylish new Sport Appearance Package is available for the 4WD V6 model.
All RAV4 models provide enhanced safety and security with the addition of standard front seat active headrests and an engine immobilizer. Comfort, convenience and user technology are also significantly enhanced in 2009 RAV4 models. The Limited grade adds a new standard Smart Entry system that allows the driver to open the vehicle by simply carrying the key fob and grasping the door handle.
The Sport and Limited grades offer an available integrated backup camera linked to an electrochromic mirror. Integrated XM satellite radio is a new feature for 2009, and the Sport and Limited grades offer a new low-cost navigation system. All RAV4 models have new standard seat fabric, and the Sport grade exclusively offers a new, unique Charcoal leather option.
Toyota added a new special edition on the UK market: the new RAV4 SR180. The car is on sale at a price of £23,045.
The RAV4 SR180 is powered by Toyota’s advanced 175bhp (177 DIN hp) D-4D diesel engine, mated to a slick six-speed manual transmission. With 400Nm of torque on tap, it is a formidable performer and can move from rest to 62mph in 9.3 seconds. Its pulling power is matched by respectable fuel consumption of 40.4mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 185g/km – Band E for Vehicle Excise Duty.
The RAV4 SR180 features 18-inch alloys housed in bold, extended wheelarches, dark-tinted headlamps, Integrated Active Drive, which combines Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Hill Start Assist, Bluetooth connectivity, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, six-speaker sound system with six-CD autochanger, cruise control, electric sunroof and rear parking sensors.