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2017 Toyota Yaris gets a facelift for European car buyers

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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2012 Toyota Pixis Epoch launched in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has launched the "Pixis Epoch” in Japan. This is only the second passenger minivehicle to be offered under the Toyota brand. It will be available in over 200 Toyota dealerships across the nation. The Pixis Epoch provides the basic appeal of mini-vehicles. It offers day-to-day transportation with high fuel efficiency at a cheap price.

The Pixis Epoch is priced from only 795,000 yen and offers top-level fuel efficiency for a gasoline-fueled vehicle with a fuel economy of 30.0 km/L and outstanding everyday utility. The Pixis Epoch is the fourth vehicle to arise from Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. For TMC under a minivehicle OEM deal reached in September 2010.

All models are equipped with the eco-IDLE system-an idling-stop function that shuts off the engine as the vehicle comes to a stop (approximately 7 km/h or less)-and other fuel-saving features to achieve a fuel efficiency of 30.0 km/L under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) JC08 test cycle and CO2 emissions of 77 g/km.

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Toyota to enter on Japan’s minicar market with its own brand

Toyota said that is planning to enter the growing Japanese minivehicle sector next year, in order to intensify the competition in its domestic market.

Apparently, Toyota will enter the market through a supply deal with unit Daihatsu Motor Co. Under the deal, Daihatsu will supply three minivehicle models to its parent in stages starting in the fall of 2011.

Toyota expects to sell around 60,000 units a year, once the three models will be introduced.

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2011 Toyota iQ receives interior upgrades and Euro 5 engines

Although it is considered the world’s smallest four-seater car, the Toyota iQ is not short on style. The 2011 model year Toyota iQ received some changes in order to raise the quality factor and give customers more choice. A new grey interior color has been introduced, featuring contrasting black upper trims on the doors and toning fabric upholstery.

The new cabin will be available with Eclipse Black, Pearl White, Island Blue and Tyrol Silver exterior finishes, while the plum interior will be available with Deep Amethyst, Chilli Red and Decuma Grey.

According to Toyota, new soft-touch materials have been introduced and the “manta ray” motif panels on the door and centre console adopt a new black finish. Customers can choose as an option, the Kuru black leather upholstery on models with the new grey interior.

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The Japanese carmaker Toyota is extending the range of the mini for the very first time since the iQ was released with a new 1.33-liter gasoline powerplant that we previewed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Coming with a Dual VVT-I control of both intake and exhaust valves, the four-cylinder unit generates 100hp maximum power output attained at 6000rpm and top torque of 125Nm attained at 4,400rpm enough to propel the iQ3 from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 11.8 seconds when equipped with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox.

This is lowered to 11.6 seconds when the car is equipped with the optional Multidrive CVT transmission.

Read the entire article Toyota introduces the new iQ3 (iQ cubed)

Being small certainly isn´t synonymous to being insignificant as proven by the Toyota iQ, which attracted a lot of attention at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Shown were two bold new designs that made everyone conclude that responsible, sub-100g/km motoring can be exciting as well. The iQ, the world's smallest four-seat production car, already gets plenty of attention due to its contemporary and compact styling.

Now that Toyota is displaying how the iQ could be customized with street-cool body kits and vibrant interiors, it is bound to attract even more interest. The Toyota iQ Collection is focused mainly on the cabin. The body's white pearl finish is seen as well on the trim details such as the center console, instrument binnacle and door panels.

A matching white shade is seen on the leather upholstery. Exclusive to the show model is a central seat panel design. Since the roof is fully glazed, it makes for an exceptionally light and bright interior.

Read the entire article Frankfurt Motor Show: Toyota iQ Sports and iQ Collection

In announcement just before the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Toyota disclosed that all-new Toyota Supra will stay faithful to its heritage by featuring an in-line, front-mounted six-cylinder engine as well as a rear-wheel drive system. However, Road & Track has come to acquire a document indicating that the new Supra might be also powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

While the prototype version of the Toyota Supra – wrapped in red, black, gray and white camouflage – impressed visitors at the 2018 Goodwood Festival Speed with its daily runs from July 12 to 15, this isn't the final model yet. This working concept essentially confirmed the arrival of the Supra, providing a glimpse on how the final model would look like. But despite showing the Supra to the public at Goodwood, Toyota didn’t disclose specific details, but only basic features and estimated numbers.

Not satisfied with the current amount of information available for the new Supra, Road & Track squeezed some connections and managed to get hold of a document from ZF, the German transmission maker that will supply the gearboxes for the Toyota’s newest sports car. This document is basically a transmission catalogue for the Toyota Supra, showing the Supra getting multiple entries under both the J29 and GT86 platform designations. According to the document, the power for the Supra will be provided by two engines: a 2.0-liter B48B20 and a 3.0-liter B58B30, both mated to an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic transmission.

Read the entire article Toyota Supra sports car to be powered by four-cylinder and inline-six engines

China is considered as the largest auto market in the world, and Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation isn't letting go of title. Aside from its conventionally powered products, Toyota is accelerating its China-based vehicle electrification efforts by launching 10 new electrified vehicles in the country by the end of the decade.

Leading the charge for Toyota are the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin passenger cars in 2019. To show its commitment, Toyota unveiled the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. According to the carmaker, both the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV expected to achieve an electric driving range of 50 km or farther. Production of these two new PHEV models is seen to commence in China in 2019.

Toyota launched the conventional hybrid variants of the Corolla and Levin in 2017, with production done domestically. The carmaker – through its local partners – intends to do same with the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV, as it aims to achieve locally based vehicle electrification.

Read the entire article Toyota unveils PHEV versions of Corolla and Levin to be sold only in China

Toyota recently surprised many with a restored 1965 Toyota Sports 800 that is regarded as the automaker’s oldest race car in existence. This model finished second in the 1966 Suzuka 500 km.

The standard version of the Toyota 800 was the automaker’s very first sports car. At Suzuka, four race spec cars were entered as they claimed a one-two, and the Toyota 800 was one of them. This particular model, with chassis 10007, made it in second place, with Mitsuo Tamura behind the wheel.

At that time, everyone was amazed how the Toyota 800 did so well in the race not because of its engine, but because of its low weight and efficient aerodynamics. In fact, the Sports 800 only produced 45 bhp from a 790cc engine, whereas its competitors were equipped with 2.0 liter engines.

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Slowly, bits and pieces about the much anticipated 2019 Supra have come out. Gerald Killmann, Vice President of Research & Development recently spoke about the much awaited revival of the sports car during his interview with AutoRAI, covering a number of topics about the Supra. Here, he revealed several interesting details about the said model.

One thing they learned is that the new Toyota Supra has been developed mostly in Japan, and that Toyota’s European R&D team had a minor contribution. Killmann added that there will be a race car version of the Supra, which is not a big surprise for many, considering the fact that we saw the Gazoo Racing branded concept recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

He then said that the Supra will be sharing the same platform as the BMW Z4, though with a different interior and exterior design. But what really caught our attention during his interview was when he said that the model will be powered by a BMW-sourced engine, though he did not get into more details regarding this. He also said that rumours about a hybrid powertrain believed to be reserved for a range topping version isn’t part of their plan just yet.

Read the entire article R&D head talks about 2019 Toyota Supra, its race car version, BMW-sourced engine

The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.

Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.

Read the entire article 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will make its debut with a new look

This isn't the actual Toyota Supra yet, but the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept essentially confirms the commitment of the Japanese carmaker to resurrect the legendary nameplate. Likewise, Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept marks the return of the Supra name, around 16 years after it was last used on a vehicle. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is being displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car with a pure front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. A concept created by Toyota Gazoo Racing – the international umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program -- GR Supra Racing Concept is packaged in a body that measures 4,574 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width, 1,230 mm in height as well as 2,470 mm in wheelbase.

It extensively employs strong yet lightweight composite material for the wide front and rear bumpers as well as front splitter and rear diffuser. The same material is also used for side skirts, door mirror housings and its massive rear wing, as well as the hood featuring louvered air inlets. The windscreen and side windows of the concept are made of plastic.

Read the entire article Unveiling of Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept in Geneva confirms arrival of next-gen Supra

If there’s one Toyota car that has kept everyone guessing, it is the Supra. It is finally coming our way as it makes its return on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. The automaker recently gave us a teaser of this dark silhouette that really shows nothing but the rear of the car with a massive spoiler attached to it.

Now, new images of the Toyota Supra had been published in a Japanese magazine and, this time, the photos show the entire car and not just the rear.

Though we would like to believe that this is the Toyota Supra that we will see next month, we have having some doubts about it as well. These photos have been shared on the Supra MXV forum, but were sourced from Best Car Magazine.

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Toyota recently published a teaser with the title “The Legend Returns.” It’s not a secret as we already know that they are referring to none other than the Toyota Supra. For the longest time, Toyota enthusiasts anticipated the time that they will see the Supra, and finally, the automaker announced on social media, their media website and to email boxes around the world that it will arrive at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, describing it as a “modern racing concept” that they will bring back to the market.

Here is the thing, the automaker did not actually say which car it would be as they did not mention any names. In fact, it could be a new 2000GT. However, no matter how cool this vintage car is, it still is not considered to be as iconic as the Supra, which is why we doubt that it is the one being teased.

Also, another thing we are aware of is Toyota’s new project with BMW, the new sports car they are currently working on, that shares its underpinnings among both brands. We have actually seen this car, the next Z4 (the BMW version), a few times in prototype format, and we have seen both models being tested together. Also, we have already heard rumours from before that Toyota might unveil the new Supra in Geneva - and this is finally it, at least we think it is.

Read the entire article Toyota shows off this sexy silhouette as teaser of Supra’s arrival at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

Toyota’s big plan for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show was to reveal their updated and more powerful 2019 TRD Pro lineup of off road ready models. These models consist of the 4Runner, Tacoma and the Tundra. One of the upgrades here is the 2.5 inch internal bypass shock absorbers from Fox. Customers can get any of the three models in shades like Midnight Black Metallic, Super White or the exclusive Voodoo Blue.

The Fox shocks are initially soft, but they become stiffer as the piston moves through it. The oil increases volume for better damping during hard driving - thanks to the external reservoirs. Dust boots, on the other hand, protect parts from debris.

First up is the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro that got suspension upgrades for when the road gets rough. The front part is raised by an inch, because of the spring, and there’s a larger front sway bar for easier handling. Important mechanical parts are protected by the skid plates that also give the TRD a better style. A set of 16 inch wheels was added and was finished in black. These are then wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.

Read the entire article 2019 Toyota TRD Pro lineup is perfect for your off-road adventures

At the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show this March 6, Toyota plans to take the covers off its all new Supra. But here is one thing you need to know, the car will not come with a Toyota badge, but instead, will be branded under Gazoo. No less than Shigeki Tomoyama, who heads the sub-brand, told AutoExpress that “the Supra will be a Gazoo”.

For those customers who are interested in the Gazoo Supra, note that this will be available in four states of tune. It will have various power levels, suspension tunes, and equipment. First of all, the entry level model will be called just a Supra, while the higher trims, it will have a GR and a GR Sport following its name. Lastly, the range-topping model will be called the Supra GRMN.

The Supra’s half-brother, the BMW Z4, will be different as it will only be sold as a convertible, while the new Supra will be introduced as a fixed-roof coupe, also because it needs to get the attention of classic car fans, says Tomoyama.

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The next-generation Toyota Avalon has been refreshed but it still sticks to its purpose of offering generous space, while being stylish and functional. In fact, the Avalon offers quite a bit more than the Camry. The best part is that the 2019 model year will have more horsepower and improved fuel efficiency.

The 2019 Avalon has changed in terms of size; it is now longer, wider, and lower. The wheelbase has increased by 2.0 inches, while its length grew by 0.7 inch. Height has been lowered by an inch, while width increased by 0.8. This instantly gives the passenger cabin more space. Also, the model is now based on the TNGA platform, similar to the Prius and Camry.

Though the Avalon may remind you of a Camry, it still looks more aggressive, with running LED headlights, and LED taillights with sequential activation design. The XSE and the Touring models get cooler touches like a piano black trim, a trunk spoiler, quad exhaust tips, among other elements. Overall, drag coefficient decreases by 0.1.

Read the entire article 2019 Toyota Avalon is looking more premium than ever

Automakers that have teamed up with Formula 1, like Mercedes-AMG, develop the coolest road-going supercars just like the Project One. Aston Martin and Red Bull, on the other hand, have their own Valkyrie supercar. Well, it seems like Toyota is next in line, as they bank on their expertise in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to develop what they call the GR Super Sport. This may just be a concept for now, however, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s president, expressed his intentions towards developing a production hybrid supercar.

So what can we expect from the GR Super Sport Concept? First of all, it seems like it was inspired by Toyota’s LMP1 models, not just when looking at it from the outside, but also when studying what’s under the hood. The automaker even confirms this by saying that it was built very similarly as the TS050 Hybrid, so we could consider it to be the perfect race car for the road.

Under the hood of this concept is a 2.4 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is paired with a battery considering the fact that it is a hybrid model. Overall, it can produce as much as 986 horsepower (735 kilowatts) when speaking of output, or should I say 1,000 PS. The GR Super Sport Concept sits on a set of 18 inch wheels, wrapped in matching 330/710 R18 tires. It comes with two exhaust tips mounted up in the back where the rear window can usually be found. This concept does not have side mirrors of conventional glass, but instead, gets a pair of cameras for the driver to see what’s behind. Two more cameras that look like they are floating can also be found on the front fenders.

Read the entire article Toyota presents GR Super Sport Concept, a preview of future production hybrid supercar!

A couple of months ago, we talked about the mutually beneficial long term partnership inked by two Japanese giant automakers, Toyota and Mazda. Later on, they revealed that this will involve the construction of a manufacturing facility located in the United States. But it is only now that they revealed where this will be built.

The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing facility will be built in Huntsville, Alabama, which is located 150 miles (241 kilometers) away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the location of Mercedes-Benz’s plant.

To build this, both companies invested as much as $1.6 billion. The factory will employ about 4,000 people (a plan praised by the US president when he was in Tokyo), with a long-term goal of producing up to 300,000 cars annually.

Read the entire article Toyota, Mazda will build $1.6B plant in Alabama that boasts 300,000-unit annual production capacity

During the recent 2018 CES event, automakers like Volkswagen and Toyota revealed some exciting technology that they have in store for the near future. And after seeing Toyota’s idea, we think that its version of the future of automobiles may be effective and within reach but it won’t be the prettiest.

The reason why we think that is because Toyota’s e-Palette Concept, the firm’s future autonomous mobility service, looks like a mobile box. The thing is, a lot of large companies including Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Uber and even Pizza Hut have already committed themselves as partners in this project. So it seems like we will be seeing these on the streets a few years from now.

So what exactly is its purpose? Firstly, let us talk about how it physically looks. The e-Palette Concept measures from 13 feet (4 metres) to 23 feet (7 metres) long and looks like a box on wheels. But there is a reason for its lack of curves. Its shape allows the brand to maximize the space within. The reason why it is designed like that is so that companies like Pizza Hut can easily stack boxes inside, while companies like Uber can fit people inside these. But it really is up to the partners how they want to design the e-Palette Concept.

Read the entire article Toyota presents e-Palette Concept at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show