Toyota to End Vehicle Manufacturing in Russia

Toyota has decided to end vehicle production at its Saint Petersburg plant in Russia.

On March 4 we had to suspend manufacturing operations at our plant in Saint Petersburg due to the interruption in supply of key materials and parts. Since then, we have been closely monitoring the situation and evaluating the future sustainability of our business in Russia.

During this period we have fully retained our workforce and ensured our facility was ready to re-start production if the circumstances allowed. However, after six months, we have not been able to resume normal activities and see no indication that we can re-start in the future.

The decision to terminate production of Toyota vehicles in Russia is not one that we have taken lightly. Over the last 80 years we have developed our business and our brand with the support of stakeholders around the world. We must now act in a way that allows us to protect the values and principles that our predecessors built up and be confident that we can pass them on to the next generation.

We have also determined that our operations in Moscow need to be optimised and restructured–with the clear objective of retaining an effective organisation to continue supporting the retail network in providing ongoing service to existing Toyota and Lexus customers in Russia.

We would like to thank our employees for their hard work and loyalty. In recognition of their valued contribution, we will be offering them assistance for re-employment, re-skilling and well-being, including financial support above legal requirements.

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Takes Family Vehicle of Texas, Green Vehicle of Texas Awards at TAWA Auto Roundup

Auburn Hills, Mich – WEBWIRE

  • 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid corrals multiple awards, including a sixth consecutive Family Vehicle of Texas honor and the Green Vehicle of Texas award at the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA) Auto Roundup
  • Pacifica also repeats with win in the TAWA Auto Roundup Best Minivan category
  • 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid earns Best Interior and Best Feature awards — Pinnacle model is loaded with premium features, including Nappa leather seats, second-row captain’s chairs with removable comfort pillows and new Amazon Fire TV feature for the Uconnect Theater system
  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and a total range of more than 500 miles
  • Chrysler Pacifica, the most awarded minivan over the last six years, has earned more than 170 honors and industry accolades

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid claimed multiple victories at the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA) Auto Roundup, held April 25-26 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, earning prestigious Family Vehicle of Texas honors for the sixth consecutive year, as well winning the Green Vehicle of Texas award.


Pacifica is the most awarded minivan over the last six years, and has compiled more than 170 honors since its introduction as a minivan, including a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica.


“We are proud to celebrate an amazing sixth consecutive award as Family Vehicle of Texas for the Chrysler Pacifica, as well as honors for the Pacifica Hybrid as the Green Vehicle of Texas,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand CEO – Stellantis. “The Texas Automotive Writers Association is one of the most respected automotive press organizations, which makes the group’s recognition of the Pacifica at the recent TAWA Auto Roundup especially significant.”


“Congratulations to Chrysler brand for earning multiple honors at the 2022 TAWA Auto Roundup,” said Teia Collier, president of TAWA. “Competition was fierce in the minivan segment, with Chrysler Pacifica maintaining its win streak as overall Family Vehicle of Texas, as well collecting awards in a variety of categories, including Best Minivan.”

In addition to the Family Vehicle of Texas honor, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was recognized as the Green Vehicle of Texas. The Pacifica Hybrid, the first and still the only plug-in hybrid in the segment, offers an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and a total range of more than 500 miles. The Pacifica Hybrid also qualifies for an eligible $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as any available state and local tax credits.

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also corralled Best Minivan, Best Interior and Best Feature awards. The Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle model offers the most luxurious interior in its class and is loaded with premium appointments and features, including Caramel Nappa leather seats with quilted seat side bolsters and perforated seat inserts/seat backs on all three rows, second-row captain’s chairs with a unique set of two movable lumbar comfort pillows and a large console area with dual-level storage.

New Pacifica interior features for 2022 include Amazon Fire TV, which allows passengers to stream videos, play games, listen to music, get information and watch downloaded programs on the Uconnect Theater system, as well as a new rear seat reminder feature that recognizes when rear doors are opened and closed prior to ignition start, and alerts the driver with a chime and cluster message after trip completion to check the rear seats.


TAWA is one of the most reputable automotive press organizations in the industry, with a mission to promote quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and disseminate information about the industry through news-related print, online and broadcast media. TAWA produces two driving events each year — the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. Media members enjoy driving and evaluating new vehicles competing for the coveted Family Vehicle of Texas and Truck of Texas.


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The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology since the company was founded in 1925. The Chrysler Pacifica continues to reinvent the minivan, a segment Chrysler invented, with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling and the most advanced available all-wheel-drive system in its class. The available innovative hybrid powertrain takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further. It’s the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. Chrysler Voyager offers fleet owners a budget-friendly minivan that also provides a well-equipped, exceptional driving experience. The Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand’s promise of iconic and elegant design executed with world-class performance, efficiency and quality – all at an attainable value. Chrysler is part of the portfolio of brands offered by leading global automaker and mobility provider Stellantis. For more information regarding Stellantis (NYSE: STLA), please visit

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Canada – Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to Dufferin County

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of over $289,000 to Dufferin County to install 44 electric vehicle (EV) chargers for its vehicle fleet and residents as part of the journey to a net-zero future.

November 30, 2021                                        Orangeville, Ontario                                 Natural Resources Canada

Reducing emissions from the transportation sector is critical to Canada achieving its climate targets. That’s why the Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to purchase and drive electric cars in Ontario and across the country.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of over $289,000 to Dufferin County to install 44 electric vehicle (EV) chargers for its vehicle fleet and residents as part of the journey to a net-zero future.

The County also invested over $338,000, bringing the total project cost to over $627,000. The chargers will be available by the end of 2022.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, the chargers will increase Ontario’s EV infrastructure while supporting the County’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan, which found that its vehicle fleet accounted for almost 40 percent of its total greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2015, Canada has made an historic investment of over $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more accessible. The federal government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to help Canadians buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them. These investments have helped establish a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and charging networks, as well as localized networks in communities where Canadians live, work and play. These investments also support Canada’s mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035. 

Canada – CBSA vehicle examination at Ambassador Bridge leads to seizure of suspected cocaine and RCMP charges

CBSA vehicle examination at Ambassador Bridge leads to seizure of suspected cocaine and RCMP charges

October 13, 2021         Windsor, Ontario      Canada Border Services Agency / Royal Canadian Mounted Police      

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are committed to keeping our communities safe from the threat posed by illicit narcotics.                                                                                                

On August 29, 2021, the CBSA arrested a U.S. traveller at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry in Windsor, Ontario. The individual, who arrived in a passenger vehicle, was referred for secondary inspection and during the search, border services officers found 18 bricks of suspected cocaine weighing approximately 18 kg.

The suspect was arrested by the CBSA – Southern Ontario Region and transferred to the custody of the RCMP – Windsor Border Integrity unit, along with the suspected cocaine.

Federico Jimenez-Martinez, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, United States was charged with:

Importation of a Schedule I substance (cocaine), contrary the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine) for purpose of trafficking, contrary the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Jimenez-Martinez is scheduled to appear at the Windsor Courthouse, today October 13,  2021. The investigation is on-going

“This seizure further demonstrates the commitment of our border services officers to protect our communities. We are incredibly proud of their efforts and the work they do every day and we are thankful to have a strong partnership with the RCMP.”

– Joe McMahon, District Director, Ambassador Bridge Operations, Canada Border Services Agency

“The Canadian law enforcement community remains dedicated to enforcing laws against illicit drugs. Keeping our communities safe is a shared responsibility. The RCMP is always grateful for CBSA’s continuous collaboration and support.”

-Superintendent Shawn Boudreau, Officer in Charge, RCMP Border Integrity Program, O Division

Motor Vehicle Accident

Motor Vehicle Accident

Motor Vehicle Accident

MINEOLA, N.Y.Sept. 8, 2021PRLogGregory S. Gennarelli, LLC is pleased to announce that on the first day of trial, and after 3 days of jury selection, we negotiated a settlement in the amount of $1,525,000.00 for a 44 year old passenger in a minivan that was struck by a motorcycle. As a result of the collision, our client sustained a tear to the meniscus in her knee, as well as a tear to the rotator cuff in her shoulder. Both injuries required arthroscopic surgery.

At the time of the accident, our client was working as a school aide for special education students. The accident happened on a group outing when the minivan, being operated by a school employee, attempted to make a left turn into a shopping mall in front of the motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle and the driver of the van both claimed that they had the right of way and were not at fault for the accident. The school that owned the minivan also attempted to claim that our client was their “special employee,” and could not recover from the school or the driver of the minivan as her remedy was limited to Workers’ Compensation benefits. We were prepared to demonstrate that our client was not the school’s employee, and that both operators were at fault for the collision and both were responsible for our clients’ injuries and damages.

The extent of a car accident victims’ injuries is not always known right away. While some injuries may be present themselves immediately, it is not unusual for it to take several days, weeks or even longer for an injury to become apparent. Sometimes, a person might feel immediate pain, or it may develop overnight, but delay going to the doctor or hospital hoping that the pain will go away or for fear of incurring unnecessary expenses that they cannot afford. Some injuries can also get worse over time. In this case, our client did not go immediately to the hospital, but waited several days to seek treatment. Thereafter, she received extensive conservative medical treatment for several years. When the pain was not going away, and her quality of life continued to deteriorate, she ultimately elected to undergo surgery almost three years after the accident.

While insurance companies typically view these “soft tissue” injuries as being worth substantially less than other injuries, proper preparation goes a long way and can greatly impact the outcome, and value, of a case. Not surprisingly, the insurance companies for both vehicles were prepared to argue that our client’s injuries were minor; not serious; not related to the accident; degenerative; and had fully resolved. We were prepared to prove that the injuries sustained were serious and substantially impacted our clients quality of life and her ability to work in her pre-accident capacity. It took going to trial and the threat of a verdict against their insured to finally convince the insurance companies to fairly and adequately compensate our client.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident,  feel free to contact Gregory S. Gennarelli, LLC at 347-921-1950 to discuss how we may be able to help.—…