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

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.

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Toyota bags first World Rally Championship victory since 1999

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.

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

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.

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Toyota unveils TRD Sport grade for 2018 Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

You can’t accuse Toyota of being boring. This is particularly true when it unveiled its new Toyota C-HR at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Its design was both innovative and stunning, and was a definitive cross between a coupe and a SUV. Well, that is what its name really means, as C-HR stands for Coupe-High Rider.

Barely a month after commencing sales of the new Toyota C-HR in Japan, the carmaker is showcasing a pair of new C-HR compact crossovers at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, both dressed by Toyota’s in-house performance and racing tuner, Toyota Racing Development or simply known as TRD. To note, this was not the first time that an in-house tuner at Toyota gave the C-HR a new perspective. If you could remember, Modellista, Toyota’s design division also unveiled new body kits for the new Toyota C-HR crossover -- the “Elegant Ice Style” and “Boost Impulse Style” packages. These packages bring out the elegant and chic character of the new Toyota C-HR.

Of course, TRD won’t be silent regarding Toyota’s latest creation. Just like Modellista, TRD is also offering two styling kits for the C-HR, both aimed at making the crossover look more aggressive and dynamic on the road. These two distinct styling kits -- the “Extreme Style” and “Aggressive Style” design packages – don’t touch the power setup for the new Toyota C-HR. What all these body kits accomplished was to make the new C-HR look more menacing, although the compact crossover already sports an aggressive appearance.

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For those who love driving, future autonomous cars should be like the Toyota Concept-i that is drawing in a multitude of visitors at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is an autonomous car, and yet it has been designed for the driver.

We are not just referring about the appearance of the Toyota Concept-i, but the vehicle as a whole. However, the Concept-i boasts of an appearance that is outrageously futuristic but it is still something you would want to parade on the streets.

You shouldn’t be surprised at the revolutionary design of the Toyota Concept-i. After, the man behind its design is the Ian Cartabiano, studio chief designer at Toyota’s Calty design facility in California. If you could remember, Cartabiano is the same man that penned the design of the stunning Lexus LF-LC concept coupe. This concept coupe eventually became the LC500, which means the Concept-i could also become an actual car, pending the full development of related and pertinent technologies.

Read the entire article Toyota Concept-i is a futuristic driver-friendly autonomous car-companion

In addition to unveiling the 2018 Camry, Toyota also revealed that the 2018 NASCAR Camry race car that will be making its debut in February 2017 at the Daytona Speedweeks. For those not familiar, the Daytona Speedweeks is a series of races that culminates in the Daytona 500.

To make this possible, Chief Designer of the Camry Masato Katsumata headed the project which was composed of engineers coming from Toyota Racing Development and the brand’s very own design studio in North America, the Calty Design Research, Inc. The team worked with NASCAR to make sure that the character lines seen by customers on the show room version would still be present on the race car.

This is not the first time the TRD has worked with Calty as the two were responsible for coming out with the Camry for the NASCAR Gen6 program in 2013. They were also the partnership that released the Toyota Tundra for the Camping World Truck Series in 2014 and were responsible for redesigning the XFINITY Series for the 2015 Cup.

Read the entire article NAIAS: 2018 Toyota Nascar Camry race car unveiled

Toyota has officially unveiled its newest offering, the 2018 Camry. Long considered as the best-selling car in the U.S. for 15 years now, this eighth-generation version of the Camry was shown to the public during this year’s 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, Michigan.

Camry has been a safe and dependable model and the latest iteration continues to have those same qualities but due to the new style and more athletic performance, it is able to offer a more emotional feel.

A highlight of the new Camry is that it makes use of the Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA. This is a new strategy being implemented by the brand in terms of how it designs, engineers, and finally packages their products. The core principle under the TNGA is that the vehicle should continue to have the safety and quality Toyota is known for and add in a fun-to-drive experience. In the 2018 Camry, this is best exemplified with the new engine and transmission and the GA-K platform.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals sportier 2018 Camry at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

Each time a new auto company enters the fray to produce the right cars for the right market, many are usually left wondering what kind of venture it is, what vehicles it will design and create , and where it plans to sell those products.

Now, Toyota Motor Corp. and its fully owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. are now announcing the creation of a new internal company that would design and build compact vehicles that will be sold in emerging markets. How do we know that? Well, that new car company established by Toyota and Daihatsu is named 'Emerging-market Compact Car Company'? So, it is pretty obvious what kind of venture this company will be when it formally and officially becomes one on the start of the new year – on January 1, 2017.

Top management will be led by Masanori Mitsui – currently Daihatsu president – as chairman and Shinya Kotera – now Toyota Managing Officer – as president. According to the companies, the new Emerging-market Compact Car Company is aiming to set up work processes not bound by conventional practices and rules. The new Emerging-market Compact Car Company is also aiming to introduce better cars using Daihatsu's approach in building affordable yet high-quality vehicles.

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Shortly after launching the latest Toyota crossover, the brand’s in house tuners have also come out with a range of custom upgrades. One of them is Modellista, Toyota’s design division, which offers new body kits for the new C-HR. The distinctively shaped body comes with its “Elegant Ice Style” and “Boost Impulse Style” packages.

All things considered, Modellista has kept the new Toyota C-HR’s drivetrain as with its usual design protocol. In that case, the C-HR is packed with the same 85kW over 185 Nm, 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

In line with this, Toyota TRD has also released its own tuning package. The TRD offers two distinct styling kits, which includes the “Extreme Style” and “Aggressive Style” design upgrades. The new C-HR styling kits are currently available in Japan.

Read the entire article Toyota C-HR sizzles with Modellista body kit

Within the next four years, Toyota plans to bring its latest drivetrains in about 60% of all its vehicles sold in China, Europe, US and of course in Japan. The new hybrid technology is said to boost the car’s acceleration that will help reduce fuel consumption.

From what was reported earlier, Toyota will be introducing its latest 10-speed gearbox along with the new engine that saves on fuel by at least 20%. Beginning next year, Toyota will be using its brand new engine technology, which will come with the latest hybrid system. Among its new innovations are 2 new transmissions and a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine.

Joining the new line of power plant (otherwise known as Toyota’s “Dynamic Force Engines”) is none other than its 2.5 litre four cylinder with direct injection. This by far is the most energy efficient of all engines bringing at least 41% energy efficiency for hybrids and about 40% for gasoline fueled models. In other words, when less energy is consumed due to internal friction, the engine is more capable of sending more HPs to the wheels.

Read the entire article Toyota to launch new 2.5 L petrol engine, hybrid system and 10-speed gearbox
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