Looking Forward

For those interested in what’s coming down the Pike in Autoland, we’re sharing some news:

*2022-Toyota RAV4 facelift; all new 2022 Sequoia; all-new Tundra (Dec. 2021), on the TNGA-F platform (a.k.a. F1); 2022 Lexus LC-F with the twin turbo V-8 engine; Toyota GR 86 in 2022, Toyota GT 86, 2022; Toyota 86 Sports car with boxer engine, 2022, introduced in 2021, in collaboration with Subaru.

*2024: all-new Toyota Fortuner; all new 2024 Tacoma and 2024 Hilux.

*Nissan launches subscription service: Starting at $699. A new alternate ownership for certain models. Two-tier service in Houston, TX, called “Nissan Switch”, includes all-electric Nissan Leaf Plus, Titan pickup, GT-R Sports car. Nissan Switch has two tiers: $699/month. The “Select Plan” includes Altima, Rogue, Pathfinder, Frontier and for $899/month, the Premium” plan which includes Leaf Plus, Maxima, Murano, Armada, Titan, 370Z coupe. The GT-R sports car will be available to either Select or Premium customers, but includes an additional $100 a day fee, and can only be taken out for a maximum of 7 days.

When signing up for the Subscription service, customers will have to pay a 495 “membership activation fee.” In addition to the first month’s subscription cost for whichever plan they choose. For that they get unlimited vehicle switches (as often as a new vehicle each day), as well as delivery, cleaning, insurance, roadside assistance, and regular maintenance.

All dealers are not on board, as to be expected. Some see the new subscription service as undercutting their business model. Other automakers trialing subscriptions include Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi,Volvo, Cadillac, Jaguar and even Hertz and Enterprise.

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