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Toyota FT-4X Concept is one functional crossover

Toyota hopes to target a new market with a new crossover concept dubbed as the Toyota FT-4X. The company says that this car is perfect for those who love to be outdoors, but not necessarily hardcore off-roaders.

The FT-4X, at first glance would remind you of the FJ cruiser, with their similar body type and paint job, except this one has more utilitarian touches. This was designed by the people behind Toyota’s Calty Design Research center, with inspirations from Land Cruiser’s FJ40 and pickups - with the aim to appeal to people with a growing urge to escape.

Future Toyota Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is what FT-4X really stands for. The designers think of this concept as a hybrid, considering the fact that it is small enough to fit an urban environment. At the same time, it has the ability to go off-road for an off the pavement drive. During the development phase, the FT-4X was guided by a philosophy of “rugged charm”. Five attributes were in mind: design simplicity, inherent capability, durability, lineage, and charm, which the FT-4X does embody.

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Toyota unveils upgraded 2018 Yaris at 2017 New York Auto Show

A number of customers generally want to drive a simple car, preferably something that is affordable. This is why a lot of drivers want to have the Toyota Yaris. For the 2017 New York Auto Show, the brand revealed that it will be unveiling the 2018 Yaris which has some features on its exterior enhanced.

The biggest change is the front section where the small parts in the grille that connect the headlamps are no longer used. Instead there is now the body color trim that has been placed on the lower portion of the black grille. Further by having a pointed nose and the sweeping assemblies of the headlamp, the Yaris gets a profile that is more aggressive.

The rear section has been enhanced as well and while it has a better look compared to the previous version, it may not be that impressive for some. Both the hatch and the fascia in this section mirror the open-mouth style seen in the front. Having a new style as well are the tail lights which match the layout of this section. While the brand said that the redesign was aimed at giving this model a more athletic look, some customers may not immediately see this.

Read the entire article Toyota unveils upgraded 2018 Yaris at 2017 New York Auto Show

Auto Shanghai 2017: Toyota Fengchao Fun Concept might be the future Camry

Just this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, Toyota unveiled a new concept dubbed the Fengchao Fun. The sedan very much resembles the 2018 Camry. Though the company has not confirmed this, a lot of people are suggesting that this may be the next generation Camry for the Chinese market, or that this might be a preview of how the future Camry might look.

Toyota has not given much information on the Fengchao Fun’s technical specifications. But we do know that this concept is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

TNGA was first introduced in 2015, with a purpose to build cars that are better for the customers, the company, and the environment. To be more specific, fewer resources will be required to build cars with the standardized platform, therefore less manpower will be needed. TNGA-developed cars will have a more improved driving experience, while making use of fuel more efficiently, without sacrificing the design of the car.

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Toyota reveals new LMP1: the 2017 TS050 Hybrid

When it comes to hybrid propulsion, the first name that comes to people’s mind will always be Toyota. That being said, the brand has recently revealed its latest model to have this technology and it is not something that you get to see running beside you on the highway.

Dubbed as 2017 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, this LMP1 is based on last year’s TS050 Hybrid but has been redesigned completely that the only similarity is the basic carbon-monocoque chassis. Powering this endurance racing prototype is the twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 engine, which when coupled to the electric motor, is capable of 8-megajoules (2.2 kWh). While it may initially appear to be the same engine as last year, this one has been redesigned from the ground up.

The engine is not the only one that experienced a modification as the entire vehicle itself has been reshaped in order to comply with the different changes on the regulations. In particular, vehicles are required to be designed to run a bit slower compared to the previous year’s model in order to improve safety. The design delivers low downforce when running at higher speeds on the circuit with the expectation of offering a higher downforce for the more technical tracks.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals new LMP1: the 2017 TS050 Hybrid

Some people really can’t be honest. A few even get worse and commit fraud. A young man from the United Kingdom thought he could get away with an insurance scam involving a fake Ferrari, a rented Audi and an intentional accident.

This young man in question is a certain Adam Islam, of Southwold Drive, Barking, Essex. He owns a fake Ferrari, which is basically a Toyota MR2 dressed up as a Ferrari F430. Islam and his friend Mohammed Abu Khayer – who had an Audi A1 rental car – went for a drive with their respective rides on September 12, 2014. But their enjoyable drive was interrupted by a crash, as both drivers were driving recklessly that day. But instead of honestly reporting the accident, Islam and Khayer connived to implement a plan that would make them earn tens of thousands of pounds by claiming insurance money.

Under their plan, instead of reporting what really happened, Islam claimed that his dressed up Toyota MR2 stalled on a bend and then it was hit by another car. He also claimed not knowing the driver of the supposedly at-fault vehicle. By doing so, Islam managed to collect around £29,000 from his insurer LV. Since the Audi A1 – the vehicle found to be at fault – was insured by the rental company, Abu incurred no personal cost by accepting that he was to be blamed for the accident.

Read the entire article Car insurance fraudster sent to prison for claiming fake crash of his fake Ferrari

Move over Hot wheels! Toyota and Tonka have worked together in creating a full-sized toy truck for grownups. At the very least, the Hilux Tonka Concept is a dream come true for those who grew up playing the rock climber in their own backyards.

The concept was created in celebration of Toyota’s 80th anniversary as well as Tonka’s 70th year in the market. Only last year, the Toyota HiLux has been touted as Australia’s best-selling vehicle. Given there are about 920,000 examples sold since its initial launch gives them another reason to celebrate. In any case, Toyota has reached over 16 million sales around the world with this pickup alone. This breakthrough has nonetheless brought Toyota Australia to do the majority of concept design, assembly and testing for the Tonka Hilux.

In a recent press release, Nicolas Hogios the chief for product design mentions how the HiLux Tonka concept can do more than what the SR5 double-cab pickup truck has been capable of all these years. To that end, the American toy producer and the Japanese brand combined each of their reputable characteristics to build such an amazing concept design.

Read the entire article Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept is the realization of every grownup’s toy truck dream

Has Toyota started the production of a new electric supercharger? Well, a patent that was recently published indicated that they might have. And this electric supercharger looks more durable and more practical to assemble.

The illustrations are very technical that not everyone would understand if it were presented to them. But it basically involves the assembly of the bearing that helps the turbo spin. Instead of the usual plate springs, the company will be using a coil spring, which applies a more consistent pressure. Not only will this making building easier, the coil spring also gives more durability and a better performance especially when revolving at very high speeds.

The newly published patent hints that Toyota, is not just looking into electric superchargers, but is now studying them and learning how these things work. Also, the company’s engineers are considering how they can build parts better, meaning that they must have gone through enough development to make a decision like this.

Read the entire article Toyota files patent for more durable electric supercharger, filing hints at hybrid Supra

Top Gear has revealed that for its “Stars in a Reasonably Fast Car” segment, it will now be using a slightly enhanced Toyota GT86, which in the U.S. market is called simply as the 86.

This segment may be familiar to fans under its previous title of “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car.” In this part of the show, celebrity guests are given the chance to go behind the wheel of a particular model and run the Dunsfold Test Track with the goal of getting the fastest record time. The first vehicle to be part of this segment was the Suzuki Liana with Ellen MacArthur setting the record at 1:46.7. Later this was changed to the Chevrolet Lacetti with the record being achieved and held by Jay Kay with a time of 1:45.83. Then there is also the Kia Cee'd whose record time of 1:42.1 was attained by none other than Friends star and now Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc.

With the GT86, there is some expectation that viewers will get to see more exciting runs. For this version, Toyota turned it into a racing unit by first taking out some of its carpet and even removing the backseat. A racing bucket was then added and a roll cage was even installed. Despite these changes, many are saying that it may not have affected the weight that much.

Read the entire article Toyota GT86 is chosen by Top Gear as its ‘Reasonably Fast Car’ in celebrity segment

Just a few days after Toyota released the 86 860 Special Edition (in the US) that didn’t quite live up to the crowd’s expectations, the company again introduced another “limited edition” car. I hope this one will be more of a crowd pleaser.

Now, let us talk about the GT86 Tiger and see what makes this one special. First off, the company mentioned that they will only be producing 30 cars in total, and will be exclusively sold in Germany. If you’re a serious car collector, you will want to get your hands on this extremely rare model. But first, let us tell you what you will be getting.

The exterior of the car can easily be spotted without a doubt. If being seen is your goal, this is for you. The car represents a fierce Bengal tiger - as it will come in a bold “Tiger Orange” paint with black stripes and some more black accents on the pillars, side mirror caps, and the rear wing, giving it a nice contrast with the bright orange base. Completing the overall look with a set of anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels, with Sachs sports dampers. The wheels are the only upgrade this limited model has over the standard one.

Read the entire article Meet Toyota's super-limited GT86 Tiger

The iconic 86 sports coupe is once again paving the way for another interesting update. This time, Toyota comes out with the new “860 Special Edition”. Appealing to the young and older generation market, the 2017 Toyota 86 860 carries better amenities, tasteful color scheme, new design plus a handful of upgrades.

For its exterior, the revamped 86 sports car received an array of aerodynamic treatment consisting of new underbody panel with slim spoiler at the rear. These, along with its new fender vents, redesigned front and rear fascia, LED fog lights and 17-inch black chrome alloys, make the Toyota 86 seem like it’s totally new.

To achieve exclusivity, the sports car has the limited edition label – both interior and outside. Also, there’s a bright body paint that goes by the name-- Supernova Orange to go with its new look. This orange is actually the exclusive color for the 860. However, you can also have it in Halo White. White as we know is a terrific choice especially for those who want to keep it more elegant. It should be noted that each color variant will be featuring the limited edition black body stripes, new spoiler and black side mirror casings.

Read the entire article Toyota releases 86 860 Special Edition

It would be a thrill to watch how this unfolds in 2030. Toyota rolls out with the new i-Tril Concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker’s futuristic electric three-seater concept envisioned for the next 10 years is designed for women ages 30 to 50 years old. How come?

By taking into consideration the very busy lifestyle of today’s moms, Toyota designers from Nice, France have thought about this i-Tril concept as a perfect mode of transport to complete the usual mommy routines ---especially for moms residing in a small town with two children.

Since major cities in Europe will no longer be the next focus as far as expansion projects go, more medium-sized city dwellers will benefit as they do prefer to move around using smaller alternative vehicles.

Read the entire article Catch Toyota i-Tril Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

When the Crown De Luxe saloon was first released in 1972, it was at that time the most lavish Toyota model available to British customers. Both unusual and exclusive, one unique feature was a compartment in the boot that was refrigerated. Without a doubt, this was a truly rare machine. After a quarter of a century placed in storage, this magnificent specimen is slated to make a comeback.

What makes the story even more interesting is that not only will this rare Crown model make a comeback, but it will be joining the family of its previous and original owner. The full details of this story were shared on Toyota’s official blog in time for the 45th anniversary of this model.

Originally bought by Percy and Ethel Cole, a couple in Surrey, the list price of this unit back then was £2,303, which today would be somewhere around £29,500. The Coles made sure to take good care of it, such as not driving it at speeds of more than 30 mph. When not in use, the coupe would keep it in dry storage. In fact, Mr. Cole did not even remove the “running in” sticker that was placed on the rear window, mainly to support his preference for driving slower.

Read the entire article Rare 1972 Toyota Crown De Luxe Saloon makes a royal comeback

As it turned out, we’ll be seeing Toyota’s new super supermini at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s time we all get to meet the new Toyota Yaris GRMN – a superhot hatch that is twice as powerful as a typical Toyota Yaris.

As early as December 2016, Toyota has released a sketch image teasing a hot Yaris supermini that builds on the carmaker’s experience and expertise gained from its World Rally Championship stint. Considering that Toyota announced in November that a number of performance versions of its vehicles would bear the name of its factory race team – Gazoo Racing – this hot Toyota Yaris would carry the team’s moniker or something similar. It was then thought that the performance version of the Toyota Yaris would be powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine similar to the powerplant found in the 380-hp Yaris WRC.

Seeing as how the WRC version of the Toyota Yaris made its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally – in which Toyota Gazoo driver Jari-Matti Latvala finished second overall – it was widely expected that the carmaker would unveil the performance variant of the supermini at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Toyota had also said that the Gazoo version of the Toyota Yaris would be powered by an engine that develops more than 210 hp.

Read the entire article Toyota’s new Yaris GRMN performance hatch to be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter mill

After Volkswagen snagged Toyota’s crown as the world’s best-selling automaker, there’s no stopping the Japanese manufacturer from dominating the hybrid arena. As of January 31st , Toyota’s increasing global unit sales has already reached the 10 million mark. That's right folks: Toyota managed to sell 10 million hybrid cars around the world!

The historic numbers began in December 1997 after Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first hybrid mass produced passenger car. Now after twenty years and also on its 4th generation entry, the new Prius happens to be the first to be using the brand’s TNGA (or the Toyota New Global Architecture).

Needless to say, the new global vehicle platform has been very significant to Toyota’s latest achievement. Towards the end of April in 2016, the company has sold over 9 million hybrids before eventually reaching the 10 million milestone in less than a year.

Read the entire article Toyota reached the 10-million-unit mark on hybrids

More than two weeks before the 24th season of BBC’s Top Gear starts airing in the United Kingdom (March 5, 2017), it seems viewers are slowly getting interested in the show’s still unknown new format. Moreover, the exit of Chris Evans -- no, not the actor playing Captain America but a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK – seems to be working well to revive Top Gear’s declined popularity.

It can’t be denied that after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from the show – followed by co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May as well as executive producer Andy Wilman – was one of the main factors why fewer people were watching Top Gear. Although BBC downplayed this and attributed the decline in ratings to sporting events that coincided with the airing of Top Gear, the trio’s departure was widely seen as the lead reason for the drop. Then Evans was hired by BBC as a presenter for a revamped Top Gear, along with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan. Only Stig remained as the fixed figure at Top Gear (though he is played by different drivers).

Evans’ presence in the Top Gear TV show had been very controversial. There was even a short video parody in which Adolf Hitler (from 2004 film “Downfall”) reacted furiously to Evans’ appointment as a Top Gear presenter. There were reports that the atmosphere between the presenters had been frosty, with the group divided between Evans and the rest. According to reports citing insiders, it seemed that Evans had become jealous of the attention being paid to the other presenters – especially Reid and Harris – making him become distanced from the group. Although Evans signed for three seasons at Top Gear, his presence wouldn’t be felt for the last two seasons following his exit.

Read the entire article 24th season of Top Gear revives Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment featuring Toyota GT86

Yes, Toyota hasn’t joined the WRC since the first generation of iPod was released. For the first time in many years, Toyota comes back and has won its first race in this year’s World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland took the lead in the driver’s championship at the Rally Sweden against Ott Tanak and Sebastien Ogier on weekend.

Latvala takes the lead in the championship score boards after finishing with the fastest time on 6 stages. Driving behind the wheels of his Toyota Yaris, Latvala only had a 3.8 second advantage over Tanak who was behind the wheels of the Ford Fiesta WRC. Ogier also went with his new Fiesta and had placed third in the final ranking.

Shortly after the race, an obviously thrilled Latvala was left with no words to express his excitement. Nevertheless, he thanked the whole team and said that he’s looking forward to going to Mexico. At the same time, the WRC driver also felt sorry for Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and said that he had been in the same situation before.

Read the entire article Toyota bags first World Rally Championship victory since 1999

Is Toyota bringing back to life its Supra sports car? The Japanese carmaker is thought to be reviving the now dead Toyota Supra sports car, but hasn’t yet made any official statement about it. The biggest indicator could have been a supplement brochure showing off the Toyota Supra, but that really doesn’t mean a thing unless the carmaker confirms it.

Citing a report from a Serbian Web site, our friends at Motor1 initially said the brochure was official material from Toyota. However, Motor1 later posted an update saying that the brochure is actually a supplement to Holiday Auto, a Japanese magazine. The cover features a headline that says “The sports of Toyota, All-new Supra.” The cover also features a close-up image of a headlight, purportedly belonging to the new Toyota Supra.

The second page contains a table in Japanese text. It tells us that the new Supra measures 4,380 mm (172 inches) in length, 1,830 mm (72 inches) in width and 1,280 mm (50 inches) in height. Moreover, the table says that the new Supra has a wheelbase that measures 2,470 mm (97 inches). The brochure went on to say that the new Toyota Supra – depending on the version -- will weigh between 2,976 lbs and 3,152 lbs (1,350 kg and 1,430 kg). In addition, the new Toyota Supra would ride on 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Read the entire article Fake brochure says Toyota Supra sports car is back for the 2018 model year

Both the Toyota Sequoia and the Toyota Tundra may be tough vehicles but they don’t lack style. But how could we make these two vehicles – some of the largest in Toyota’s lineup – become tougher yet more stylish? Let’s ask the guys at Toyota’s in-house tuning shop, Toyota Racing Development or TRD.

However, before we know it, TRD has already developed a new grade for the 2018 models of both Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and the Sequoia large SUV. This grade – called as TRD Sport – makes sure that performance and style go hand-in-hand wherever the Tundra and the Sequoia are driven.

Let’s start off with the Tundra TRD Sport. This grade is available in 4x4 and 4x2 models in CrewMax and Double Cab body variants of the Tundra pickup as powered by a 381-hp 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine. Expect better road performance for this version of the Tundra thanks TRD Sport Tuned Bilstein Shocks as well as TRD front and rear anti-sway bars.

Read the entire article Toyota unveils TRD Sport grade for 2018 Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV

Getting ready for a new adventure with a RAV4 has now been made more exciting. This is thanks to Toyota’s decision to offer an Adventure grade for the 2018 model of its RAV4 compact SUV.

The Japanese carmaker just recently unveiled the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, which should allow young families with an adventurous nature to go on an escapade. As its name indicates, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is provided with a number of features and elements that allow the compact SUV to be as rough as possible. Furthermore, these added features and elements should enable the new RAV4 Adventure to look sportier and more stylish than usual.

If you are interested in this new grade for the 2018 Toyota RAV4, you can choose between two available versions, although both will feature the same upgrades thanks to the package. Customers may still avail of the front-wheel drive version of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, which comes with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential. But if you need traction and grip on all four corners, you may want to avail of the all-wheel-drive variant of the RAV4 Adventure, which is fitted with Dynamic Torque Control.

Read the entire article Toyota preps 2018 RAV4 for a go-anywhere attitude with new Adventure grade

Toyota has recently updated the new Yaris for its European market. The facelifted Toyota hatchback will be introduced as a 2017-year model and is based on the brand’s existing 3rd generation Yaris. Among the new updates are the improved safety features, cooler exterior/interior design and dynamic performance enhancements with up to nine hundred pieces of brand new parts put altogether.

To move along with the transformation, Toyota has added a set of new grade specifications for the new Yaris models. The entry level gets the basic specs of the hatchback while the mid-level variant gets the 4.2-inch infotainment system among its standard features.

Other than the two basic model specifications, the Japanese automaker has also created a Mid+ variant for the younger generation. The Mid+ Toyota Yaris models will have a Bi-tone finish which is basically a choice between black and chrome trim finishes with matching interior trims, side sills and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Read the entire article 2017 Toyota Yaris gets a facelift for European car buyers
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