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Gazoo Supra by Toyota will debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

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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2019 Toyota Avalon is looking more premium than ever

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.

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Toyota presents GR Super Sport Concept, a preview of future production hybrid supercar!

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.

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

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.

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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

The 15th generation of the Toyota Crown is definitely on the way after the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Toyota Crown Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. But while customers wait for the next generation of the luxurious sedan for its eventual arrival in the summer of 2018, Toyota’s design arm Modellista is taking the Crown to another event in Tokyo that focuses on performance and custom dress-up parts as well as customized technologies.

While the Toyota Crown already stands for luxury in Japan, Modellista is taking opulence to another level. As an in-house design arm of Toyota, Modellista has favorable access to the carmaker’s vehicles, allowing it to craft aftermarket parts like body kits, custom grilles and other cosmetic effects. Furthermore, this access allows Modellista to offer Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) limited-edition models, just like the new Toyota Crown Modellista. Other offerings of the custom shop include the Toyota Camry Modellista, Toyota 86 Modellista Concept Version and Toyota Prius Modellista.

Toyota’s in-house design arm is set to unveil the Toyota Crown Modellista at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, starting January 12, 2018. The three-day event (January 12-14) will be host to a whole lot of customized cars, most of which are JDMs. For those are wondering, the Toyota Crown Modellista is a JDM model, which means it is only available – as well as legal -- in Japan.

Read the entire article Toyota Crown Modellista Edition to be unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018

In Europe, Toyota’s rear-wheel drive purist sports car is called the Toyota GT86, while in North America, this vehicle is offered as the Toyota 86. Now, here is good news for Toyota’s North America customers wanting to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Toyota 86 – the Japanese carmaker is bringing the GT designation to the latest iteration of its sports car in the guise of a new trim level.

When the Toyota 86 was first offered in North America, it lacked a number of equipment and features, especially those that enhanced comfort. This could be because Toyota created the 86 as a purist sports car that offers simple and affordable motoring fun. The same is true for the identical twin of the 86 that is branded as Subaru with a BRZ badge.

However, the Subaru BRZ is available with a number of features not offered on the Toyota 86. The range-topping Limited trim for the Subaru BRZ offers push-button start, heated leather seats and dual-zone climate control, as well as a number of extra elements. Actually, these elements were already featured in the Toyota 86, but only on the Toyota 86 860 Special Edition.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota 86 GT debuts in the US, price starts at $30,000 for AT

One of the legends of the automotive tuning world will be auctioned off at the upcoming 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. We’re talking about the Top Secret V12 Toyota Supra (TS8012V) that boasts of a power that surpasses most of the vehicles of today. It surpasses even the upcoming Supra. The asking price has not been listed but it is expected that this hotshot icon would be worth a lot.

This Toyota Supra was created in 2006 as the TS8012V project by speed-chasing legend Kazuhiko "Smokey" Nagata, founder of Japanese tuning company Top Secret. Interestingly, the TS8012V came to life simply because Nagata was bored and cannot wait for the next generation of the Nissan GT-R, the R35. This sheer boredom spurred Nagata to take matters into his own hands and started the TS8012V project out of a 1994 Toyota Supra.

Intended to become one of Top Secret’s most extreme cars, the TS8012V is powered by an engine that isn't originally its own. During the time the TS8012V was being conceptualized, the most common way to upgrade the power of a car was to tweak its engine. But Nagata didn’t want to tune the Supra’s 3.0-liter 2JZ-GTE I6 and instead swapped it with the 5.0-liter 1GZ-FE V12 mill of the Toyota Century limousine.

Read the entire article Legendary Top Secret V12 Toyota Supra is up for auction at 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing revealed that it will be participating in the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon with the theme “Meister's Workshop.” The company will showcase models that have been part of different motorsports competitions. It will also include cars that have made because of these events. The goal is not only to promote how truly enjoyable vehicle customization is but to convey as well just how cars will remain to display increasingly exciting presence, especially in the future.

Other models that will be participating in such races will also include, among others, the TS050 Hybrid and the Yaris WRC. This is not all as the company will also exhibit the GR Super Sport Concept. This concept car began from being part of the World Endurance Championship, or WEC, and is but one of the many examples of how such technological feedbacks gained from motorsports events has been integrated. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will also be putting on display production vehicles like the 86 GR. It will even exhibit the Vitz GRMN, this was a 150-unit limited edition model released specifically for Japan.

Those familiar with racing know that the objective of racing is not only to develop race cars but to help people move toward the goal of producing even better cars. Indeed, this is made possible by participating in various motorsports activities like national races and rallies. It helps as well to be part of top category races like the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and even World Rally Championship (WRC), to name a few. Any such knowledge and technologies gained from being part of such events are then utilized to develop new production vehicles. It is through this integrated development process that Toyota developed its “GR” sports car series, which was officially launched last September.

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Toyota has been driving around the 2019 Toyota Avalon in camouflage for quite some time now, but still, none of us have seen it without its cover. However, we will not have to wait much longer as the revamped Toyota full-sizer will make its debut next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will feature an all new design as well as a new platform technology.

Apart from the teaser photo that gives us a detailed look of the new sharper and slimmer headlights, that remind us of the mid-sized Camry, the automaker has not shared any more details about the new car. Based on the spy photos we saw this summer, we could tell that the front fascia will have a much larger air intake too. Overall, the Avalon would look a little more aggressive in style, which will actually help it get more attention.

Just like any other new Toyota vehicle, the Avalon will be based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) for its underpinnings, which will be featured on the new Camry as well. We think that this model will carry quite a lot of power too based on the prototypes we have seen that were designed with quad exhaust tips. However, sources say that two of the exhaust tips from the prototypes are not real as part of a plan to throw off spy photographers. We expect the Avalon to have the same 3.5 liter V6 engine or a four-cylinder hybrid. While they’re nothing new, both will bring power to all four wheels.

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This just in: Japanese automaker Toyota recently announced that their latest Supra sports car will not be making an appearance at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next month as expected by many.

In an interview between Motor Trend and Jack Hollis, vice president and general manager of the Toyota division in North America, the latter mentioned that the Detroit Auto Show is coming up too soon for them to unveil the sports car. This is because Toyota has yet to finalize the vehicle’s specifications. They also said that it is not at production levels just yet.

Just like at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, many Supra fans were excited to see the highly anticipated Supra, but it turned out to be a no show. And even after that, Supra enthusiasts continued to hope that they would see it. And now, its supposed debut has been cancelled again, and we have no idea when to expect it anymore.

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The new Toyota FT-AC Concept (Future Toyota Adventure Concept) did excite and thrill many when it was unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third small SUV concept that Toyota unveiled this year was designed for those with adventurous lifestyles but still have to be connected to the online world. Now, it appears that the FT-AC Concept would soon be developed for production with a market launch seen to happen in the next few years.

Jack Hollis, General Manager for Toyota Motor North America, told Motor Authority that for the next few years, the Japanese carmaker is planning to create and introduce a small SUV as inspired by the FT-AC Concept. Presently, Toyota’s crossover and SUV offerings include the C-HR, RAV4, 4Runner, Highlander and Sequoia, as well as the largest of them all, the Land Cruiser. In terms of size, the FT-AC would belong to the same segment as the C-HR, making it sit below the compact RAV4.

At first glance, offering a production version of the FT-AC and the C-HR would mean that Toyota is having two products in the same segment that might cannibalize each other’s sales. But as Hollis put it, the situation in the near future could be the same or similar to the 1990s, with Toyota offering more than one vehicle in each segment if they are distinct enough. This means that the FT-AC production version would be greatly differentiated from the C-HR.

Read the entire article Production of Toyota FT-AC Concept will start within two years

Prior to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota had promised to unveil an off-road sports utility vehicle concept that has all the ingredients needed to conquer an adventure, and people set their expectations. The Japanese carmaker was referring to its Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC. But when the LA Auto Show came, Toyota unveiled more than what people – especially young ones -- expected.

According to Toyota, the FT-AC is a catalyst that invites and allows people to break their daily routines and embrace the unexpected. To achieve this, Toyota designed the new FT-AC to be versatile enough for those living an active lifestyle as well as for those who are active in their social medial life.

The new FT-AC is wrapped in Prospect Green finish with Fortress Gray accents, emphasizing its go-anywhere attitude. This character is further highlighted by its wide, black front grille flanked with bright LED headlights. Its fog lights are removable from their pods, allowing owners to use them as portable lights or even as lighting units on a mountain bike. The new FT-AC is also given a dynamic look and confident stance, as made possible by its long wheelbase, wide track, generous ground clearance, extra wide fender flares and 20-inch wheels shod in beefier all-terrain tires. It also features skid plates that help protect the short front and rear overhangs.

Read the entire article Toyota FT-AC Concept allows livestreaming of adventures

Expect several of Toyota’s 2018 models to be getting safety assistance features that had previously only been seen in Lexus models. The Japanese automaker has recently launched the second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which will have some of the features from the more advanced Lexus Safety System, carrying it over to more affordable vehicles. This gives more people access to the potentially life-saving system.

One of its main features would be the pre-collision system. Though this already is part of the original version of TSS, the second generation model gets an improved braking response, wherein it can now detect a pedestrian blocking the vehicle’s way during the day or night. Furthermore, the sensors can now respond to a potential accident with a bicycle, but only during the day.

Apart from the pre-collision system, the adaptive cruise control has also been improved as well. To be more specific, it can detect traffic in front of the driver better now. Furthermore, the system now has Lane Tracing Assist that will automatically steer the car with very minimal movements, making sure that the vehicle stays within its lane. This can make cruising on highways much more relaxing, since drivers will not have to keep their hands on the wheel constantly.

Read the entire article More of Lexus’ safety systems and driver assistance tech will appear in Toyota’s 2018 lineup

At the end of this month, Toyota plans to reveal their new off-road SUV concept they call the FT-AC, which stands for Future Toyota Adventure Concept. So far, the company has not given much information on this model, but then they promised that the concept will have all the ingredients needed for your next adventure. If you would like to learn more about this SUV, better check it out at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The FT-AC’s teaser, as you can see, highlights the car’s headlights and LED lights up front. This gives us a slightly better look at the FT-AC. The concept looks more rugged with wider fenders and chiseled styling. The side mirrors also don’t look conventional, giving the car an interesting appearance overall.

The concept SUV now has groups of six LEDs on both sides of the front bumper, apart from the existing headlights, so lighting it up should not be a problem. The roof has also been illuminated.

Read the entire article Toyota releases teaser of FT-AC off-road SUV concept before its official debut

Last April, the new Honda Civic Type R made a new record for the current front wheel drive, by going around the Nurburgring and finishing a lap with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. But today, Toyota thinks that they have what it takes to beat the Honda Civic Type R’s record, even without a true hot hatchback in their lineup. Rather, it is the C-HR that recently made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) which they think could make a new record.

They say that if the head of the tuning company behind Toyota’s R-Tuned C-HR, Dan Gardner were to decide, the C-HR would already be at the track. In fact, the Japanese automaker believes that it is the “world’s quickest SUV”, and we’re not doubting them. True enough, it has been proven to be faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911 GT3 and many other supercars as it only took 1 minute 25.22 seconds to go around the Willow Springs Raceway.

Gardner said to Autocar that this model was actually built for SEMA, and so far, the automaker has announced no plans for it. He also described it to be the real deal, and that it is his dream to take the super-SUV to the Nordschleife. And as mentioned earlier, he is confident that it is capable of setting the front-wheel-drive record.

Read the entire article Toyota thinks that the 600 hp C-HR could beat the Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring record

The Toyota Century’s design may look like it is a little behind our generation, which has caused a rift among customers, but that’s what makes the Century what it is. In fact, there are some people who love this model because of its retro design, as it truly stands out from most full size luxury sedans from the current generation. Too bad for fans outside Japan, the third-generation Century will only be exclusive to the Japanese market, but we are hoping that the next generation makes its way out of its homeland.

Why are we hoping for this all of a sudden? Well, during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Top Gear UK was able to interview a Toyota spokesperson, and it was revealed that the automaker is actually keen on bringing the Japan-exclusive Century to other countries - though they did not specify which ones. It will also depend on the demand it has, of course. That’s definitely good news for those who have always wanted a Century in their garage. But we should not be too excited as this has not been confirmed yet, and is currently just a consideration being made. The automaker’s goal is to sell around 600 units annually in Japan. And with that being said, figures should be significantly lower in other regions where the car is not as well known.

But honestly speaking, we think that the Century may not do as well in Europe and the United States compared to its home country. Who would pay a fortune for a 2018 model year Century, when you are in a country dominated by the German trio, namely the S-Class, 7 Series, and the A8, as well as the Lexus LS?

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As I write this article, the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is currently ongoing. And in the event are a number of interesting concepts and production models. One of them would be the near production prototype of the new Crown, which we might see sometime next year. We first saw the current and the 14th generation Toyota Crown in 2012, following a facelift it went through in 2015. Now, the model is almost five years old and its about time for it to get a successor. The Crown’s legacy began way back in 1955.

What we are most excited about the new Crown Concept is the fact that it will be based on a brand new platform, the TNGA, which all future Toyota models will be switching to as well. The new platform will make driving more enjoyable for the driver while pursuing a future mobility society. The automaker’s statement may sound a bit vague, but we are guessing that the new model would be lighter, and would be easier to handle with its improved driving stability. This model will even be tested at the Green Hell. It all boils down to one thing though, the automaker’s promise that customers will enjoy the Crown’s driving experience.

Based on the photos we have seen, the new Crown looks much longer than the current generation. The new one measures 193 inches (4,190 millimeters), while its predecessor is at 192 inches (4,885 mm). With a longer wheelbase, passengers will have more space and larger trunk capacity too. However, it is 39 millimeters narrower compared to its predecessor.

Read the entire article Toyota Crown Concept shows up at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

When Toyota showed the highly futuristic Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Japanese carmaker captured the attention of many by imagining a future vehicle that isn't just friendly but is also focused on the people that use it. Not a few looked forward to Toyota making true of this promise in the possibly near future. But it turns out that the Concept-i was actually the first of three of futuristic vehicle series from the Japanese brand.

Toyota has disclosed that it would be unveiling two more additions to the Concept-i at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan – the new Toyota Concept-i Ride and the new Toyota Concept-i Walk. Just like the Concept-i introduced at the 2017 CES, the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk are electrically powered vehicles mainly supported by artificial intelligence.

This AI interface -- dubbed as AI Agent by Toyota – could provide responses or even implement actions according to the driver's commands, requests or even questions. Since AI Agent could recognize emotions and learn the driver’s preferences, it could anticipate his or his needs, initiate communication or even act on its own when necessary, like when the driver is in a high-stress situation.

Read the entire article Toyota Concept-i Ride prepared for 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Have you been stuck on the decision whether to get an SUV or a van, but can’t fit both in your garage? Well, worry no more because Toyota has come up with a solution to your problem. The concept is called the Tj Cruiser, and it is a hybrid of a van and an SUV. The “T” stands for “toolbox”, while “J” stands for Joy. And of course, there is no need to explain where “Cruiser” comes from as it has been used for years. Toyota plans to unveil this concept at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

First of all, Toyota gave the Tj Cruiser a special finish on the hood, roof, and the fenders to keep it scratch and dirt resistant - especially when objects unexpectedly come in contact with them. Like all other upcoming Toyota cars, the boxy half-van half-SUV will be engineered on the TNGA platform, while it gets a hybridized 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The concept will be able to accommodate both a front- and all-wheel drive setup. It will sit on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing Bridgestone tires, and has a beefy suspension setup. Physically, it still looks like a minivan, especially with the flat roof and the seamless window line.

With the huge sliding doors, passengers will not have to worry about getting in and out of the vehicle. But it is not just the passengers who will benefit from this but also will be convenient to those who will have to load or unload large bags and sports equipment. Having said that, the Tj Cruiser concept can actually fit items up to three meters (118 inches) long, when both the front and rear seats are folded. What makes this SUV even more practical is that it comes with a number of tie-down points behind the seats as well as deck boards for anchoring things. As mentioned earlier, it has so much space that it can fit equipment like bikes, surfboards, and other bulky objects through the back door.

Read the entire article Toyota solves your SUV-or-van dilemma with the TJ Cruiser Concept
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