Also in this episode: BMW opens up the M Performance Parts catalog for the 3-seres and 5-series sedans, Toyota plans to crank up its North American factories and a safety supplier touts the addition of a two-point seatbelt.
— BMW opens up the M parts catalog for 3- and 5-series owners.
— More Toyotas will be built in North America.
— A safety supplier promotes wearing an extra seatbelt.
— And we’ll give you a closer look at the Red Jacket Jeep from the Sons of Guns TV show.
I’m Ken, getting your week off to a fast start with a Monday edition of Autoweek TV. Here’s the news:
BMW has opened up its M Performance Parts catalog to the new 3- and 5-series.
The parts will let owners make upgrades to the chassis, brakes and exhaust for the 2012 3-series and the 2011 and 2012 5-series.
None of the parts will make your BMW go faster. But your car will look the part.
Automotive News reports that Toyota will slash the number of cars it imports from Japan.
The move scales back Toyota’s strategy of “bridge manufacturing,” where it builds cars such as the Camry here and in Japan. It uses imports to help meet sales demand.
But the current yen-dollar exchange rate makes Japan-built cars much less profitable here. So Toyota is gearing up its North American factories to meet demand here, and possibly export vehicles to other markets.
Auto-safety supplier Autoliv says car passengers can be even safer if they wear an extra seatbelt.
Autoliv has developed a two-point belt that is added on with the three-point seatbelt used today.
When you get in the car, you slide your shoulder under the two-point belt, then buckle the three-point belt. This gives you a setup similar to a five-point harness used by race drivers.
The belt is being launched on the two-seat Renault Twizzy electric car.
That’s our news for today.
Before you go, watch West Coast editor Mark Vaughn’s report on the Red Jacket Jeep. It kicks butt!
We’ll be back tomorrow. And remember–enjoy the drive.
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