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Toyota releases teaser of FT-AC off-road SUV concept before its official debut

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.

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

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

Will the Toyota Century ever leave Japanese soil?

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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Toyota Crown Concept shows up at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

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.

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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

Recently, Toyota developed its newest sports car range, the GR nameplate, which will make its way to Tokyo as production models. This will hopefully include the brand new Supra that Toyota has been developing with BMW. But together with these models will be the GR HV Sports Concept, which will make its very first appearance in public. It is a two-seater performance vehicle with a Targa roof similar to that of Toyota’s Le Mans prototype, the TS050 Hybrid race car.

The engine can be found up front, but it brings power to the rear wheels. There are some things about the GR HV Sports concept that will remind you of the TS050 Hybrid. For instance, the unique headlights upfront come with stacks of LED clusters where there are two horizontal units floating on top of three vertical headlights.

And that is not all, the design of the concept’s alloy wheels, as well as the spoiler, is also similar to that of the TS050 Hybrid. However, once you move on to the side profile of the car, it looks more like the existing 86. But then, it looks different up front and at the rear, also because it comes with a Targa configuration and not a regular fixed metal roof. It is also a little wider than the 86, and is 5mm taller. Speaking of the 86, Toyota once came out with a concept, which they called the FT-86. It was a convertible 86 that unfortunately never reached production stage.

Read the entire article Toyota finally unwraps the GR HV Sports Concept with Targa top

To some, the Toyota Century may appear like a vintage model. Incidentally, the Century had been Toyota’s flagship luxury sedan for 30 years beginning in 1967. It was only in 1997 that Toyota followed up the first generation with the second-generation model. Now on its third generation or twenty years after since its second iteration was launched, Toyota Japan’s regal four-door limousine is preparing to grace 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

What can we confirm so far? The 2018 Toyota Century will take the same classic shape of its predecessors, but this time, it gets a longer wheel base and wider body. The boxy shape and minimalistic design only adds up to the vehicle’s very unique and stately charm.

Sitting on a larger wheelbase of 121 inches (3,090mm), the new Century measures 210 inches (5,335mm) long, 76 inches (1,930mm) wide, and 59 inches (1,505mm) tall. Getting in and out of the vehicle will be so much easier thanks to the additional length and height of the door opening. It may look every inch a classic but the car already features Toyota’s wide range of safety systems and the latest technologies including a hybrid powertrain and adaptive LED headlights.

Read the entire article Third-generation Toyota Century is revealed ahead of 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

At the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, expect automakers like Toyota to recall some of its performance vehicles from two to three decades ago. According to Car and Driver who cited this rumour from Best Car, expect also to see new concepts for the new Supra, as well as future Corolla GTI and a new evolution of the S-FR.

Sources say that the Corolla GTI will come with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder with an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts). Furthermore, this also gives us an idea of how the next generation model would look. The Japanese automaker has not revealed many details regarding the new vehicle, but as mentioned earlier this week, Toyota will be moving all their future models to the TNGA platform. Not only does that include this Corolla, but also covers the latest Camry, C-HR, and Prius. In the United States, these models will be assembled at the newest factory that they built with Mazda, after a $1.6 billion investment.

That is not all from Toyota, rumours say that a new version of the S-FR concept is also on the way, though we have no idea how this would differ from the earlier model. As for the design, it has a rounded styling that seems to have been borrowed from the Toyota Sports 800 from the ‘60s. This model was a tiny rear-wheel drive sports coupe with a front-mounted engine.

Read the entire article Expect to see the Toyota Corolla GTI Concept at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

According to Japanese website Car Sensor, Mazda recently claimed that they might borrow a platform from Toyota, which they will use for the next generation Mazda6, so this can be given a rear-wheel drive option. But to make things even better, the chassis might underpin the production version of the RX-Vision concept as well.

As part of the move up market, the Japanese automaker will give the Mazda6 the rear wheel drive they are planning. But they will also change the design so it features a long nose and shorter front overhang, giving the sedan a more upscale look. As for the engine, the fourth generation Mazda6 will probably share the company’s Skyactiv X spark controlled compression engine, including the mild-hybrid system believed to be of the 48-volt flavour.

What’s very important for Mazda’s plan is to make sure that they continue to have a good relationship with Toyota. Currently, both automakers have entered a collaboration and they are developing a factory in the United States. They have also been sharing some commercial vehicles in Japan. Furthermore, both companies admit that sharing future platforms would be possible. The future Mazda6’s rear drive chassis will likely be the same as the future generation Lexus IS and GS, says Car Sensor.

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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.

Read the entire article Toyota spices up 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show display with new Hilux Invincible 50 special model

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser Final Edition: A bitter sweet farewell

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.

Read the entire article Toyota seeks to widen appeal of Auris compact with new Touring Sports Freestyle special edition

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
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