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Toyota spices up 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show display with new Hilux Invincible 50 special model

A pickup truck that is soon celebrating its 50th birthday has the right to be invincible, especially if it has conquered various terrains and weather conditions not only in one part of the globe, but around the world – including the North Pole and the slopes of Icelandic volcanoes. Building on this, the Toyota Hilux celebrates its half-a-century of existence in the global pickup truck market with the unveiling of a special edition model at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Dubbed as the Toyota Hilux Invincible 50, this special edition show car marks 50 years of the pickup truck’s dominance in the global market. Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 marks the iconic status of the pickup truck around the world.

Toyota first released the Hilux in 1968, and commenced its sales in Europe a year after in 1969. After eight generations and nearly 50 years, more than 18 million units have found their way into customers’ hands, not just in a few markets, but in more than 180 countries and regions around the world. This is why the Toyota Hilux can be seen on the roads and even the off-roads of Europe, North and South Americas, Africa and Asia. In fact, the iconic pickup truck has already conquered a number of challenging places and events, like in Antarctica, the Dakar Rally and the Top Gear program of TV channel BBC.

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2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser Final Edition: A bitter sweet farewell

While the FJ Cruiser was no longer sold in the US since 2014 with the Trails Teams Edition being its final model, Toyota has now decided to terminate its production altogether. But before the FJ Cruiser takes its final bow, Toyota will first produce the stylish SUV’s Final Edition which is to be offered exclusively in Japan. If you still don’t have it, now is your last chance.

A little over ten years since the FJ Cruiser first came to the US, the SUV will be exclusively sold to its home market as the Final Edition. In other words, you won’t find a single copy of this in the US or anywhere else which makes it even more special. The FJ was available in America from 2007 up to 2014 only. While the Japan-spec has been around for as long as we can remember, the last batch for production will be featuring a special set of 20- inch alloy wheels, a model-exclusive side steps, a redesigned rear bumper with flog lights and a fender mounted left view mirror.

The FJ Cruiser Final Edition, which will only come in all- beige color both at the exterior and the interior will have some few black accents to spice things up a bit. At the same time, the retro-inspired SUV has been enhanced inside and out for a distinctively modern touch. However, some things stayed the same. Like for example, under the hood comes the 4.0-liter V6 gas engine mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to both the SUV’s front and rear wheels. Everything about the exterior still feels very retro, judging by the color and the shape of the vehicle. We could go on by saying there’s nothing quite so modern about its interior too. But changing it entirely will take away the whole essence of the FJ Cruiser.

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Toyota seeks to widen appeal of Auris compact with new Touring Sports Freestyle special edition

It has been five years since the second generation of the Toyota Auris was launched in Europe, and the compact vehicle managed to steadily receive the attention of C-segment customers in this part of the world. Now, Toyota intends to ignite anew the interest for the Auris in the 2018 model year by launching a limited edition model based on its Touring Sports wagon version.

The new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle Edition is simply a reinterpreted version of the Auris Touring Sports wagon. The Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition features a number of smart urban styling cues that help set it apart from a typical Auris Touring Sports wagon. For instance, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition is provided with a black front grille, rear privacy glass as well as door mirror covers in bright silver. Its wheel arch covers and side skirts are also finished in black while its front and rear underbody protections are wrapped in an aluminum finish. Further distinguishing styling cues include a set of five double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels with a black and machined silver finish.

Interestingly, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition won’t be offered in a single specific powertrain package. Instead, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition will be made available in various powertrain options, including the conventional petrol and diesel engines as well as a hybrid drive. In terms of utility, the new Auris Touring Sports Freestyle edition offers up to 1,685 liters of cargo capacity when the rear seats are folded down.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser makes its official debut at Frankfurt

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is not just about new concepts and supercars that we have never seen before. The most common brands like Toyota, Ford and Honda also have interesting things to showcase during the event.

In this case, Toyota has finally unveiled the facelifted 2018 Land Cruiser at the IAA show, after months of bombarding us with online images. The off-roader went through a couple of obvious changes on the exterior like the redesigned front fascia. It now has a new grille with an intricate design and larger openings upfront, that makes it more effective in cooling the engine.

Naturally, it will boast the latest Toyota Safety Sense that features a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and many more.

Read the entire article 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser makes its official debut at Frankfurt

It is already September and we are all excited about the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, more so because automakers have been revealing previews and teasers (online) of models and concepts that will make their debut at the auto show. Today, it is Toyota that teases us with two new crossovers: the Hybrid C-HR Concept and the new Land Cruiser.

The C-HR Hy-Power Concept is a representation of possible additions for its compact crossover’s engine range. Toyota is being a tease, only providing few details about the vehicle, and that is the crossover’s license plate and lower fascia. Having said that, it makes us think that the model has been given a change in terms of design. And during a press release, the company’s spokesperson did say that the people behind Toyota’s European Design Center will give the C-HR a little bit of facelift to emphasize its emotional and powerful look, while hinting that they will be expanding the company’s hybrid powertrain line. That is all we got from the Hybrid C-HR Concept, and that’s sad because there’s still so much we want to know.

As mentioned earlier, the Japanese automaker also gave us a preview of the new Land Cruiser before it makes its debut in Frankfurt. Though they still kept their mouths sealed, they couldn’t help but share some details regarding the range-topping SUV. One thing we are certain about is that it will still be riding on a body-on-frame chassis.

Read the entire article Toyota gives hints of hybrid C-HR, new Land Cruiser ahead of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Toyota has been silently preparing for the eventual comeback of the Toyota Supra sports car for some time now. Because of this silence, it has been left to discerning fans and enthusiasts as well as potential customers to dig further into the details about the next generation of the Supra. Just recently, some juicy details sprouted in a certain online forum about the upcoming Supra.

These details were divulged to forum member Canyonero by a certain Toyota representative who goes by the name of Dave. It turned out that Canyonero had dinner with Dave, and that was when the Toyota rep started spilling the beans.

The information about the next generation Supra was rather short, but it already tells a lot. According to Canyonero, Dave said that Toyota will commence sales of the new Supra sports car in early 2019. Power would be sourced from an engine jointly developed by Toyota and BMW.

Read the entire article Next-generation Toyota Supra offers 400+hp V6 turbo engine and a manual transmission

Earlier this week, some internal documents from BMW have been leaked. And naturally, car enthusiasts would be curious to know what juicy details they would find in these files. So what has been revealed are some info on the models that will replace the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra’s future successor.

The 177-page long document suggest it to be a list of the German automaker’s designation for cars and motorcycles. This also includes details of BMW’s partners including Rolls Royce, Land Rover, and Toyota. We do not know whether the document is original or a fraud, but a spokesperson of BMW Australia refused to comment when asked regarding its authenticity.

The documents confirm that the Supra will only be available in automatic transmission. This is not fresh news regarding the Japanese sports coupe, but what’s new is the fact that the company will not be giving it a manual transmission at all. United States customers will only be getting two engine options for the Supra which are: the four-cylinder unit with 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and the 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) six-cylinder unit. Luckily, European customers will get another option that is the four-cylinder unit. The automatic gearbox will give power to the rear wheels only.

Read the entire article BMW documents suggest that there will not be a manual Toyota Supra

A little over two years ago, Toyota and Mazda signed a long-term partnership that they suggested was “mutually beneficial” for both firms. This partnership focuses on shared technology through joint manufacturing. To this day, Toyota and Mazda had agreed that that they would build a new factory in the United States where they can develop and produce electric vehicles, according to Nikkei.

Both companies invested a total of $1.6 billion to build the factory. This will provide 4,000 jobs to US residents, who will be able to produce 300,000 units annually. Each company will be focusing on their own needs - Mazda will be producing crossovers while Toyota will be building Corollas for North America. The plant will not be operational until sometime in 2021.

That is not all that’s planned for the Japanese automakers. They will also begin developing technologies that are needed for the growing EV market, including advanced safety systems and such. Other than that, Toyota and Mazda plan to share more models, and the former will begin supplying a commercial two-box van to the latter in Japan.

Read the entire article A new US facility will be built by Toyota and Mazda’s joint venture

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
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