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

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

Meet Toyota's super-limited GT86 Tiger

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.

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Toyota releases 86 860 Special Edition

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

Catch Toyota i-Tril Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

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

The previous year has brought us a lot of good things to rave about --- even when they’re next to impossible to get a hold of. We’re talking about those custom cars that took a lot of time and effort to create.

Since it’s the start of the year, we’ve gathered the five most amazing custom cars from 2016. Proud owners of these very unique vehicles will surely be glad knowing all their hard work has paid off.

Without further ado, let’s make way for Ferrari SP275 RW, the 458 MM Speciale, the Jeep Wrangler Trailcat, the 1UZ V8-powered Toyota FJ and Ryan Tuerck’s Toyota GT4586. Read on.

Read the entire article Year-end recap: Top five custom cars of 2016

With car shows happening around the world, the Tokyo Motor Show seems to have been left out in the past few years. For us, it would take one spectacular game changer (like the launch of the new generation Toyota Supra for example) to bring it back to the limelight.

We know how Toyota has been very busy developing its new generation Supra for more than two years. Actually, the coupe was already seen being tested recently which signals the fact that something is bound to happen real soon.

It was earlier reported that the new Supra will be introduced as a concept along with the latest generation of the Nissan Z sports car. The news almost confirms that the new generation Toyota Supra will definitely come our way this October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Well, let’s see about that in the next few months.

Read the entire article Toyota Supra Concept expected to be launched at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Here is good news for those planning to purchase a new Toyota Yaris in Europe – a new powerplant is on the way. This new engine will be more powerful – with more output and more torque – than the powerplant that it is replacing.

Soon to be gone from the Toyota Yaris will be the current 1.33-liter 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-i engine that slots above the 1.0-liter entry-level powerplant. With a displacement of 1,329 cc, this engine is able to deliver up to 99 hp of output and up to 125 Nm of torque available at 4,000 rpm. When paired to a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i petrol engine consumes just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined). When mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), this 1.33-liter engine eats up 5.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined). In combined driving, this powerplant only emits 114 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, both when paired to either the manual gearbox or the CVT.

In terms of performance, the 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i engine allows the Toyota Yaris subcompact car to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in around 11.7 seconds for the manual version and 12.6 seconds for the CVT version of the subcompact.

Read the entire article Toyota replaces 1.33-liter engine in Yaris with more efficient 1.5-liter unit

The already efficient hybrid version of the next generation of the Toyota Camry – the most in-demand car in the United States for 15 straight years – just got more economical.

In a bid to further its appeal and continue its reign as the best-selling car in the US, the Toyota Camry entered into a new (eighth) generation of sedans. The most recognizable changes are found on its exterior design, and they are sure appealing enough to entice current and new customers. However, there are also changes underneath the new 2018 Toyota Camry that we think would allow it to widen the gap against its rivals.

When Toyota unveiled the eighth generation of the Toyota Camry at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show just this month, it trumpeted that the car would have a Prius-like efficiency. Since the hybrid versions of the Prius offer fuel efficiency ratings of over 50 mpg, the fuel economy numbers 2018 Camry hybrid should be around this level. However, Toyota didn’t exactly specify how economical the hybrid version of the Camry would be in city, highway and combined driving.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid: most fuel-efficient in its class with 50 mpg city rating?

Ford and Toyota have come together in the hopes of standardizing their vehicles’ smartphone integration system. The open-source platform is said to compete with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which will be made under SDL agreement (or SmartDeviceLink Consortium to be exact). Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and PSA Group have also joined the partnership.

Through this agreement, the automakers wish to create software that will enable them to connect the owner’s smart device to their own infotainment systems. In the meantime, they will be using Ford’s APPLINK software to develop the standardized platform so they can also take advantage of the apps currently in there such as AccuWeather, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Pandora.

APPLINK comes with many other apps and will probably include more ---just like the popular Waze app for navigation. The members strongly believe that this is their answer to Google and Apple integration. All these years, these two tech giants have dominated the scene when it comes to running your infotainment system. Ford’s software on the other hand is currently installed in more than five million vehicles.

Read the entire article Automotive brands unite to develop standard smart device integration by 2018

The race to autonomous driving has been dictated by the need to make the road safer and reduce the incidents of vehicle crashes. Several major carmakers in the world have already entered the race, with tech giants Google and Apple also developing the technology for cars that could drive by themselves. Now, at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017) being held in Las Vegas, Toyota is presenting a one-of-a-kind concept that represents its goals and aspirations for autonomous driving.

With the Toyota Concept-i, the Japanese carmaker is letting the world know that the driver is still very much involved in its vision of autonomous driving. The Toyota Concept-i allows its users to become the driver, or become the passenger-commuter. It imagines a future in which driving technologies have become human-like, transforming the car into a travel companion instead of just a transportation tool. With the new Concept-i, Toyota hopes to create a car that is good enough to be not engaged in any road accident or crash, while still providing an enjoyable driving experience.

Center to this goal is the advanced AI (artificial intelligence) that takes care of a variety of things for the driver. Christened by Toyota as Yui, this AI doesn’t only connect with the driver, but engages with him or her to ensure that the drive to any destination is both safe and enjoyable. For instance, Yui – whether the Concept-i is in manual driving or automated mode – continuously monitors road activity (the driver’s focus and road conditions), providing increased levels of automated driving support as needed to boost driver engagement or to help steer through dangerous road conditions.

Read the entire article Toyota builds new artificial system that eradicates fatal crashes

Toyota designed the GT86 as a well-balanced machine capable of executing even the most aggressive drifts. In fact, the Toyota GT86 – a.k.a. the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S – has been a favorite choice in street drifting and even in drifting championships. Drifting a Toyota GT86 is a lovely sight, but it isn’t that rare nowadays. But how about a GT86 powered by a 570-hp engine derived from the Ferrari 458 Italia? That would be mesmerizing to watch.

Well, we were recently enthralled by the drifting stunts executed using a very special GT86. Yes, this GT86 has a 4.5-liter V8 that also powers the Ferrari 458 Italia. Christened as the GT4586 (458 Italia plus GT86), this wonderfully powered drift machine is a project by professional drifter Ryan Tuerck, who collaborated with Gumout and Donut Media to swap the engine of the Toyota GT86 with that of the Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Toyota GT86 is not a new machine to Tuerck. As a matter of fact, Tuerck drives a Scion FR-S in his drift races. A standard Toyota GT86 is powered a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that is rated to deliver 200 hp (149 kW, 203 PS) of max output at 7,000 rpm and up to 151 lb. ft. (205 Nm) of peak torque available at 6,000 rpm. Now, when compared to the Ferrari 4.5-liter V8 engine, this four-cylinder engine doesn’t quite come up to scratch.

Read the entire article Video: Ryan Tuerck tests 570hp Ferrari-powered Toyota GT4586 at drift show in California
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