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HALF PACE

Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp has re­sumed pro­duc­tion at all of its plants in Ja­pan for the first time since the mas­sive March 11 earth­quake and tsunami.

But the world’s No.1 au­tomaker said that the plants would op­er­ate at half ca­pac­ity due to short­age of parts. Toy­ota spokes­woman Shiori Hashimoto said it re­mained un­clear when Toy­ota would re­turn to full pro­duc­tion in Ja­pan. The mag­ni­tude-9.0 earth­quake and en­su­ing tsunami de­stroyed parts fac­to­ries in north­east­ern Ja­pan. Hashimoto said the dis­as­ters had cost Toy­ota pro­duc­tion of 260,000 cars.

WHAT A JUMP

The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well with a masked stuntman at­tempt­ing to break the world record dis­tance jump of 95m in a four-wheeled ve­hi­cle at the 100th an­niver­sary of the In­di­anapo­lis 500 next month. The stuntman will use a 30m ramp, sus­pended on a 10-storey door. The stunt will air in Aus­tralia with the Indy 500 race cov­er­age in June.

ELEC­TRIC DREAMS

Korean car maker SsangY­ong un­veiled an elec­tric pro­to­type ve­hi­cle at the re­cent Seoul Mo­tor Show. The KEV2 is based on the re­cently launched Ko­rando SUV. The move fol­lows the com­pany’s re­cent emer­gence from court-pro­tected bank­ruptcy un­der new In­dian owner Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra.

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