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The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring, the GRMN variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will likewise arrive in the UK with not more than 100 units to be sold. It also seems that the Japanese brand has no plans of introducing the sports hatch in the US but is said to be eyeing the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST as the Yaris’ closest competitors.
Fresh from its debut earlier this year in Switzerland, the hatch boasts a powerful 205hp (153kW) 1.8 liter supercharged engine. The car should be capable of 6.3 second acceleration from zero to 100km/h based on the prototype review conducted by TopGear.
Aside from the uprated power, this new Yaris with racing DNA comes with the new 17” BBS multi spoke wheels, a new set Bridgestone high performance tyres and a larger diameter front anti roll bar with additional bracing between the front and rear suspension.Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is limited to only 400 units for Europe, including 100 for the UK
If you are a fan of matte-finished cars, you are going to love these new Toyotas. For years now, tuning companies have offered the matte look to their clients - and you would see the most common cars, to the rarest ones with this finish. This trend began when BMW offered the Frozen Black M3 to its customers back in 2013. Many other automakers then followed, and now, Toyota is on it too.
As you could see in the photos, the new C-HR and GT86 sports car both got their own matte finishes. Toyota Europe now offers the “Style Selection” option for the C-HR where customers could choose from four exclusive shades including: Metalstream Gray Metallic, Titanium Blue Metallic, Nova White Metallic, and Marlingrau Metallic. For an extra $2,122 (€1,850), customers can get these shades with two unique matte finishes.
Another option customers could add on top of the package would be contrasting onyx black lacquered A and C pillars, side mirrors, roof, and rear spoiler. All these for an extra $160 (€140).Read the entire article European customers can now get their Toyota C-HR and GT86 in matte finishes
Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi snagged the lead position ahead of this year's 24 Hours Le Mans by setting an impressive lap record. His number seven car is seen as the heavy favorite to win in one of the world's most grueling races. But in a series of unfortunate events, a clutch failure sent the #7 car to a shocking retirement, just shy of the 10-hour mark after breaking down on the track and failing to maneuver the race car to the pits. It seems that the clutch failure was the outcome of a truly unusual occurrence on the pit lane.
The unexpected clutch failure that doomed Toyota's leading Le Mans 24 Hours challenger was an indirect effect caused by Kobayashi mixing up an LMP2 driver in the pitlane for a race marshal. Kobayashi, who took over the #7 TS050 Hybrid he shared with both Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway to pole position with a record-setting lap in qualifying rounds around Thursday, had a snug lead when the race car was struck with a clutch problem in the 10th hour of the race. The clutch unfortunately overheated during a safety car period where Kobayashi took over Conway and was positioned at the end of the pitlane in front of a red light awaiting the train of cars assembled at the back of the safety car to pass.
Then what Kobayashi perceived as the marshal giving a thumbs up for him to leave the pits, he then started to speed off when he was told over the radio to immediately stop, in the process the constant stopping and starting the car caused the clutch to overheat, ultimately damning the #7's race. The "assumed" marshal is in fact the LMP2 driver Vincent Capillaire, who was donning an orange and black fire suit and helmet, an outfit that looks nearly identical to the orange safety coveralls and helmets worn by the track marshals.Read the entire article Bizarre pitlane incident broke Toyota’s winning streak at 2017 24 Hours Le Mans
The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first vehicle to be produced in the United States with the use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). And June 28 marks the day of the 2018 luxury sedan’s production at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky facility, where it has always been produced since the late 1980s.
The Japanese company has spent over $1 billion in the past few months so that the Kentucky facility could accommodate the Toyota New Global Architecture. Over 700 employees have been added, so that number now totals to about 8,000 employees - the most they’ve ever had in that facility.
With that huge of a facility, it’s not just the Camrys that will be built there, but also the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Lexus ES350. In the past, thousands of Sienna, Solara, and Venza crossovers were also built there. Since it first began producing cars 31 years ago, the facility has delivered over 8 million Camrys, and more than 11 million vehicles all in all.Read the entire article Toyota starts production of the 2018 Camry
Driving continuously for a hundred miles may seem relatively easy for some. However, doing so might prove to be a challenge to quite a number of drivers. But when it comes to drifting, doing so continuously for even a mile could be tough. But this doesn’t worry Jesse Adams and his Toyota GT86, as this duo just recently managed to do an almost improbable drift.
Being a South African motoring journalist scribing for The Star Motoring, Adams is familiar with the capabilities of the Toyota GT86. He could be familiar with the fact that the current record for the longest drift in the world belongs to a Toyota GT86 as piloted by German driver Harald Muller. This record was set in 2014, when Muller managed to continuously drift his GT86 for 89.55 miles (144 km) in Samsun, Turkey. This record attempt was achieved in two hours, 25 minutes and 18 seconds and was certified as a Guinness world record for the longest drift.
Adams knew that to set a new record, he has to continuously drift without stopping at any time. His record attempt was indulged by Toyota South Africa, which was intrigued enough with Adams’ ambition and decided to provide him with a recently refreshed Toyota GT86. The latest installation of the Toyota GT86 isn’t less able than its very first iteration, especially when it comes to drifting. This was proven when Adams and his GT86 didn’t just beat the current official record by a mile. In fact, Adams was able to drift his Toyota GT86 continuously for 102.5 miles (165 km). Guinness has yet to certify this record-breaking attempt as a new world record, but this feat is surely amazing.Read the entire article Jesse Adams and Toyota GT86 drift 102.5 miles to set new world record
It looks like no one is allowed to use the name TJ Cruiser except for Japanese automobile magnate, Toyota. Yes, you read it right. The name TJ Cruiser is already trademarked by Toyota and will soon be used in the production version of the FT-4X Concept.
The trademark, which was filed under the United States Patent Trademark Office, covers the “automobiles and structural parts thereof” – meaning, like all other patents, everything in the TJ Cruiser belongs to Toyota. The TJ Cruiser is actually a cheaper version of the FJ Cruiser which has been recently phased out.
While the Toyota FJ Cruiser gained fans quickly after going into production (aside from being the successor of the also popular J40 Land Cruiser), after ten years, sales started to decline and a redesign wasn’t the most practical way to go. Of course, fans were bummed but nothing’s forever in this world, and so Toyota had to move on from the success that was the FJ Cruiser. Now, the Japanese automaker is bent on diverging from the “boring” cars and creating a more interesting vehicle such as the FT-4X.Read the entire article Toyota files trademark for TJ Cruiser but it remains a concept for now
Toyota Camry is many things but exciting isn’t one of its frequent descriptions. That’s why throughout the years, Toyota has been stepping up its game for the said model in terms of design. We’re pleasantly surprised that the 2018 Camry that we first had a glimpse of at the Detroit Auto Show is offering a stronger, sexier appeal. Not only did it impress us, now people are excited for it to be out in showrooms. But that’s not all, Toyota also revealed Camry’s two new variants - the Modellista and the TRD.
We can make guesses but we can’t guarantee that the packages are more than skin deep. Performance figures have not been announced yet but one thing we know is that the 2018 Camry’s range topping model will come with a 3.5 liter V6 that can yield up to 295 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. The new generation will provide a more comfortable and dynamic driving experience.
Here’s the thing, both the Modellista and the TRD variants may never be shipped out of Japan since the model is based on the Japanese version of the Camry. But don’t lose hope. The fact that Toyota came up with the 850-horsepower sleeper Camry, suggests that the manufacturer is serious about revamping their cars’ performance.Read the entire article 2018 Japan-spec Toyota Camry receives TRD and Modellista versions
The aftermath of the Takata airbag recall still largely resounds in the automotive industry, as big automotive companies like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota were extensively hit with what is considered as the largest single automotive recall of all time. The said 4 companies have had to make a settlement worth whopping $553 million with the United States government. Now that hurt a lot.
Current owners of around 16 million affected vehicles equipped with the faulty Takata air bags are candidates for financial aid in getting their vehicles checked out and fixed, with up to $500 in compensation as part of new consumer settlements that involve various automakers. BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have provided a collective statement on this unfortunate situation, explaining that the said settlement would allow a series of programs to raise recall remedy completion rates for Takata airbag inflators, including other customer benefits.
Included in this plan is an outreach program that will aid the speed of the recall and repair process, supervised through traditional and non-traditional means. For example, a rental car will serve as loaner vehicles to afflicted customers when requested, or during instances when parts for the recall are not available within 30 days. In addition, afflicted customers will be able to demand reimbursement for "appropriate out of pocket expenses that is due directly to the Takata airbag inflator recalls under out of pocket claims and the remaining distribution program.Read the entire article BMW, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota offer $553 million settlement following Takata's airbag recall
If you’ve been hoping to acquire a new Toyota RAV4, then this announcement will probably make your day. The Japanese automaker has revealed that certain models of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 will have price cuts in the hopes of keeping the crossover's value quotient high. Also, this will give the SUV the edge compared to its rivals in its category. The models that will have a discounted price are the LE, XLE, SE and Limited. However, the RAV4 Platinum and RAV4 Hybrid will be excluded from the said discounts. But all in all, this is good news for the Toyota patrons.
The Toyota RAV4 is considered as a bestseller in its small SUV range. Despite that, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is only halfway through its model year. Toyota shocked us with the recent announcement of price drops which apply to both front wheel and all-wheel drive versions. They cover every trim except the Platinum and Hybrids. The standard 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE will now cost $24,410 for the FWD and $25,810 for the AWD, which means savings of $500. However, if you are more interested in a more standard layout, then you can obtain the largest discount of any model you desire, the price after the discount will be at $25,500 ($26,900 or AWD) -- an awesome $1,330 price slash.
Moving upwards to the top of the tier, the RAV4 SE costs $28,790 for FWD and $30,190 for AWD, an impressive $1,195 discount overall. With the Limited trim, you can benefit from a $925 price decrease, with the AWD only costing $32,305 while the FWD can be yours for $30,905. But take note that the price slash that was mentioned above doesn't include yet the $960 destination and handling fee, so you need to prepare more than the discounted price still.Read the entire article Toyota offers game-changing price cuts for the 2017 RAV4
Toyota's legendary four-wheel sport utility vehicle has been regarded as an iconic vehicle and has snatched up approval left and right over the 60 years that it has been released by the Japanese automaker. And now, Toyota Land Cruiser has added another achievement under its belt, the label of the "World's Fastest SUV". My oh my, we have a speed devil out here.
Previously at SEMA, Toyota gifted us the iconic Land Cruiser that is claiming to reach speeds of up 220 miles per hour. And the interesting part is that the we are talking about a vehicle that has an old-school body on frame model that has nearly 3 tons of 3 row seat leather seating that caters to 8 passengers. It is fitted with a 5.7 L V8 engine that can produce a whopping 381hp and has full four-wheel drive, and an $85,000 price tag. Considering its overall weight and built, we were doubtful that this SUV can go very fast, not to mention breaking speed records.
However, we were proved wrong by the Mega Land Cruiser, as it didn't only break the 220mph record. It also annihilated the 211 mph record held by a Brabus-modified Mercedes GLK V12 by completely speeding off to an impressive 230 mph. By now we are asking on how on earth did the Japanese automaker convert the normal Land Cruiser into a speeding maniac? All of these awesomeness starts with the boost. A pair of Garrett turbochargers were installed by scientists up at Toyota's Motorsports Technical Center, adding up to 55 lbs of pure boost.Read the entire article Toyota Land Speed Cruiser breaks speed record for SUVs
Just days after unveiling the refreshed 2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback to the North American public at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Japanese company is now disclosing how much an interested buyer should shell out to purchase a unit in the United States. It will be available in the US starting summer in three trim levels – L, LE and SE.
For customers having the tightest budget but still want to drive Toyota’s hatchback, they could opt for the three-door Yaris in L trim and manual gearbox. This version of the Yaris has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $15,635, which is around $385 more than the tag of its predecessor ($15,250). When the destination charge of $885 is factored in, the base version of the Yaris carries a price of $16,520 in the US. The same Yaris with the automatic transmission has an MSRP of $16,385 -- also reflecting a $385 increase over its previous equivalent ($16,000). Price with the destination charge is $17,720.
Meanwhile, a Yaris of the same L trim but with five doors and an automatic gearbox has an MSRP of $16,760 (plus $385 over its $16,375 predecessor), or $17,645 with the destination charge.Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Yaris to arrive in the US this summer at starting price of $16,520
Toyota Motor Corporation disclosed that it will be bringing two of its Mirai fuel cell vehicles to China by October of this year. Tests will then be conducted on these FCVs in order to determine how they perform under China’s environment. The brand will also study the quality of hydrogen in China and conduct other durability and quality tests.
While this may be the first in China, the Mirai has been tested in different countries like Australia, U.K., the U.S., and even Scandinavia. The testing to be done is China is under the project titled “Accelerating the Development and Commercialization of Fuel Cell Vehicles in China” and will begin on 2017 and end by 2020.
In addition to the tests being conducted, the brand will also conduct promotional activities in order to determine how customers in this country react to the Mirai. An example of such an activity includes, but not limited to, putting the Mirai up for exhibit during domestic events. Toyota says that the main objective of these events is to make consumers know more about FCVs.Read the entire article Toyota to start 3-year test for Mirai FCV in China by October 2017
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.Read the entire article Toyota FT-4X Concept is one functional crossover
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
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.Read the entire article Auto Shanghai 2017: Toyota Fengchao Fun Concept might be the future Camry
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
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