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The top three cars targeted by thieves are the Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Altima, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau .
The NICB released another first-edition vehicle theft report, this one on the large and mid-sized classifications. The report is based on National Crime Information Center vehicle theft records for the period Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012, and is limited to 2010, 2011 and 2012 model-year vehicles.
The large vehicle class contains nine makes and 10 models, while the mid-sized class has 16 makes and 20 models, as defined by Automotive News. This report reviews large/mid-sized thefts and produces a combined class top 10 most stolen list.
In the combined top five list, the most stolen car was the Toyota Camry with 4,619 thefts. It was followed by the Chevrolet Impala (3,608); Nissan Altima (3,103), Chevrolet Malibu (3,035) and Ford Fusion (2,819).
The rest of the top 10 were the Dodge Charger (2,808), Hyundai Sonata (1,847), Honda Accord (1,712), Dodge Avenger (1,321) and Chyrsler 300 (1,045).
During this reporting period, a total of 31,586 large and mid-sized vehicles were reported stolen in the United States. By far, the mid-sized class had the most theft activity with 22,090 thefts, or 70 percent of the combined large and mid-sized total.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association today released a report spotlighting positive economic contributions Japanese-brand auto manufacturers have made in the U.S.
In 2012 alone, JAMA companies – including Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and Mitsubishi – produced 3.3 million vehicles in the U.S., equal to about 32 percent of total U.S. automobile production.
The report notes that JAMA members have invested more than $35 billion in the U.S. since the early 1980s to become an integral part of the U.S. domestic automobile industry. Other key statistics from the report include:
- A record high 70 percent of Japanese-brand vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in North America.
- Japanese-brand automakers contributed to an estimated 1.36 million U.S. jobs in 2012, an increase of more than 125,000 jobs over 2011.
- 85 percent of eco-friendly vehicles driving on American roadways are Japanese brands.
- Purchases of U.S. auto parts by Japanese automakers reached an all-time high, topping $51 billion.
- U.S. exports from Japanese auto plants in the U.S. reached a record high, surpassing 335,000 Read the rest of this entry »
For the first time in a while, most gas prices at stations surveyed across Northeast Mississippi are under $3 today.
“Most” because two notable exceptions are in Oxford and Starkville, which ring up at $3.07 and $3.01, respectively
The statewide average is $3.02; a year ago, it was $3.21
Other prices in the region:
- Amory $2.99
- Belden $2.99
- Booneville $2.97
- Corinth $2.99
- New Albany $2.89
- Pontotoc $2.99
- Ripley $2.97
- Sam’s Club $2.92 (members’ price)
- Sherman $2.89
- Tupelo $2.95
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi, or TBMS, announced this morning a $21 million expansion that adds 180 workers to its facility near Mantachie.
The company, which makes seats, door panels and other interior trim components for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, has quietly added 150 of those jobs already. The remaining 30 jobs – mostly technical and high-skilled positions – will be filled starting in January. The expansion was done in conjunction with the launch of the new Toyota Corolla in August, as well as work for an unnamed automaker.
By the spring of 2015, the company will have invested $70 million in the facility, which opened in 2011 to support TMMMS. Employment should reach about 420, officials said.
The expansion at the TBMS won’t add any production space to the plant; it will be done inside. Work that was done elsewhere also has been moved to the plant. For example, some components that were being shipped from Kentucky are now made in house. And, the polyurethane foam used for the seats had been coming from Canada – that work is now being done at TBMS.
Teruo Suzuki, Toyota Boshoku America’s president and COO, said “we look forward to future growth and our continuous commitment to Itawamba County and the great state of Mississippi.”
Read more in Saturday’s Daily Journal.
Toyota Boshoku America is making an announcement Friday at its Toyota Boshoku Missisippi plant near Dorsey on Friday.
Gov. Phil Bryant will attend, joined by company executives, including Toyota Boshoku America President and COO Teruo Suzuki.
That usually involves some kind of expansion/investment and possibly new jobs. We’ll find out the details Friday.
Toyota Boshoku Mississippi makes doors, seat trim and interior components for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs, which builds the Corolla sedan.
TBA is a subsidiary of Toyota Boshoku group, one of the world’s premium interior systems suppliers and filter manufacturers that develops and produces interior components, filtration and powertrain components. The main office, Toyota Boshoku Corp., is based in Kariya City, Japan. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Toyota Boshoku America, and its affiliates employ more than 6,000 team members in 19 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. TBA group is a premier manufacturer of automotive interior systems, which include seat, door trim, headliner, substrate, and carpet in addition to air and oil filters for a variety of customers such as Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors.
And that’s the case with Toyota, which said today its profit for the July-September quarter jumped 70 percent.
Those results were powered by a 12.2 percent jump in U.S. auto sales during the quarter, offsetting a drop in sales in Asia.
For the full year that ends in March, Toyota projects a profit of $16.95 billion, near its record profit in 2008 before the Great Recession’s impact hammered the auto industry.
And good news for North American production – which includes Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which builds the Corolla: Toyota projects sales to increase to 2.63 million total vehicles, up from an earlier projection of 2.61 million.
Toyota is intruding a concept car later this month, according to various reports. Here’s one from Bloomberg
A chameleon-like vehicle that changes color according to the driver’s mood, suggests destinations based on facial expressions, and warns of cars in blind spots forms part of Toyota Motor Corp.’s vision for the future.
The color-changing car is among the concept models that Toyota plans to display at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show this month. Still a work-in-progress, the vehicle codenamed Toyota FV2 presents applications that engineers envision may come out of the automaker’s research into humanoid robots and their use of facial and voice recognition.“The car will appeal to future consumers of the digital generation, who have been used to smartphones or iPads from a young age,” said Takeo Moriai, a manager in Toyota’s product planning group. “Given that the technology is still at a very early stage of development, it’s challenging for us to figure out the extent to which the car can read emotions.”