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Toyota did it again: keeps title as world’s largest automaker with 10.15 million vehicles sold in 2015
For the fourth year in a row, Toyota reigns as the top automaker in the world, edging out its closest rival the Volkswagen Group. It is also the only company that earned the distinction of delivering more than 10 million vehicles in 2015.
Toyota Group, which includes Hino Motors and Daihatsu Motor, sold a total of 10.15 million vehicles which represents a 0.8 % drop compared with the year-ago figure. On second place is Volkswagen having reported 9.9 million units in sales, which include its MAN and Scania brands, and is a 2% drop from previous year level.
General Motors placed third in the round up, having delivered 9.8 million vehicles representing a 0.2 % increase. The Volkswagen group led the race in the first half of 2015 but was overtaken in the second half by Toyota after sales fell due to its emissions scandal.Read the entire article Toyota did it again: keeps title as world’s largest automaker with 10.15 million vehicles sold in 2015
Nearly two-thirds of Toyota Motor Corp.’s local output in March was cut, making it highly likely that it will fall to No. 3 in the world automaker sales rankings behind General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami has disrupted Japan's auto sector supply chain and power supplies have been reduced due to damage at a major nuclear plant.
Last Monday, investors that expected overseas competitors to benefit from an economic crisis in Japan had pushed up shares in South Korea's Hyundai Motors and associate Kia Motors to record highs.Read the entire article Toyota may fall to No. 3 in the world automaker sales rankings, behind GM and VW
China is considered as the largest auto market in the world, and Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation isn't letting go of title. Aside from its conventionally powered products, Toyota is accelerating its China-based vehicle electrification efforts by launching 10 new electrified vehicles in the country by the end of the decade.
Leading the charge for Toyota are the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin passenger cars in 2019. To show its commitment, Toyota unveiled the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. According to the carmaker, both the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV expected to achieve an electric driving range of 50 km or farther. Production of these two new PHEV models is seen to commence in China in 2019.
Toyota launched the conventional hybrid variants of the Corolla and Levin in 2017, with production done domestically. The carmaker – through its local partners – intends to do same with the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV, as it aims to achieve locally based vehicle electrification.Read the entire article Toyota unveils PHEV versions of Corolla and Levin to be sold only in China
Toyota recently surprised many with a restored 1965 Toyota Sports 800 that is regarded as the automaker’s oldest race car in existence. This model finished second in the 1966 Suzuka 500 km.
The standard version of the Toyota 800 was the automaker’s very first sports car. At Suzuka, four race spec cars were entered as they claimed a one-two, and the Toyota 800 was one of them. This particular model, with chassis 10007, made it in second place, with Mitsuo Tamura behind the wheel.
At that time, everyone was amazed how the Toyota 800 did so well in the race not because of its engine, but because of its low weight and efficient aerodynamics. In fact, the Sports 800 only produced 45 bhp from a 790cc engine, whereas its competitors were equipped with 2.0 liter engines.Read the entire article Toyota restores 1965 Sports 800, its oldest surviving race car
Slowly, bits and pieces about the much anticipated 2019 Supra have come out. Gerald Killmann, Vice President of Research & Development recently spoke about the much awaited revival of the sports car during his interview with AutoRAI, covering a number of topics about the Supra. Here, he revealed several interesting details about the said model.
One thing they learned is that the new Toyota Supra has been developed mostly in Japan, and that Toyota’s European R&D team had a minor contribution. Killmann added that there will be a race car version of the Supra, which is not a big surprise for many, considering the fact that we saw the Gazoo Racing branded concept recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
He then said that the Supra will be sharing the same platform as the BMW Z4, though with a different interior and exterior design. But what really caught our attention during his interview was when he said that the model will be powered by a BMW-sourced engine, though he did not get into more details regarding this. He also said that rumours about a hybrid powertrain believed to be reserved for a range topping version isn’t part of their plan just yet.Read the entire article R&D head talks about 2019 Toyota Supra, its race car version, BMW-sourced engine
The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.
Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.Read the entire article 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will make its debut with a new look
This isn't the actual Toyota Supra yet, but the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept essentially confirms the commitment of the Japanese carmaker to resurrect the legendary nameplate. Likewise, Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept marks the return of the Supra name, around 16 years after it was last used on a vehicle. The Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept is being displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car with a pure front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. A concept created by Toyota Gazoo Racing – the international umbrella organization for Toyota's global sporting program -- GR Supra Racing Concept is packaged in a body that measures 4,574 mm in length, 2,048 mm in width, 1,230 mm in height as well as 2,470 mm in wheelbase.
It extensively employs strong yet lightweight composite material for the wide front and rear bumpers as well as front splitter and rear diffuser. The same material is also used for side skirts, door mirror housings and its massive rear wing, as well as the hood featuring louvered air inlets. The windscreen and side windows of the concept are made of plastic.Read the entire article Unveiling of Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept in Geneva confirms arrival of next-gen Supra
If there’s one Toyota car that has kept everyone guessing, it is the Supra. It is finally coming our way as it makes its return on March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show. The automaker recently gave us a teaser of this dark silhouette that really shows nothing but the rear of the car with a massive spoiler attached to it.
Now, new images of the Toyota Supra had been published in a Japanese magazine and, this time, the photos show the entire car and not just the rear.
Though we would like to believe that this is the Toyota Supra that we will see next month, we have having some doubts about it as well. These photos have been shared on the Supra MXV forum, but were sourced from Best Car Magazine.Read the entire article Japanese magazine leaks undisguised images of the Toyota Supra
Toyota recently published a teaser with the title “The Legend Returns.” It’s not a secret as we already know that they are referring to none other than the Toyota Supra. For the longest time, Toyota enthusiasts anticipated the time that they will see the Supra, and finally, the automaker announced on social media, their media website and to email boxes around the world that it will arrive at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, describing it as a “modern racing concept” that they will bring back to the market.
Here is the thing, the automaker did not actually say which car it would be as they did not mention any names. In fact, it could be a new 2000GT. However, no matter how cool this vintage car is, it still is not considered to be as iconic as the Supra, which is why we doubt that it is the one being teased.
Also, another thing we are aware of is Toyota’s new project with BMW, the new sports car they are currently working on, that shares its underpinnings among both brands. We have actually seen this car, the next Z4 (the BMW version), a few times in prototype format, and we have seen both models being tested together. Also, we have already heard rumours from before that Toyota might unveil the new Supra in Geneva - and this is finally it, at least we think it is.Read the entire article Toyota shows off this sexy silhouette as teaser of Supra’s arrival at 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota’s big plan for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show was to reveal their updated and more powerful 2019 TRD Pro lineup of off road ready models. These models consist of the 4Runner, Tacoma and the Tundra. One of the upgrades here is the 2.5 inch internal bypass shock absorbers from Fox. Customers can get any of the three models in shades like Midnight Black Metallic, Super White or the exclusive Voodoo Blue.
The Fox shocks are initially soft, but they become stiffer as the piston moves through it. The oil increases volume for better damping during hard driving - thanks to the external reservoirs. Dust boots, on the other hand, protect parts from debris.
First up is the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro that got suspension upgrades for when the road gets rough. The front part is raised by an inch, because of the spring, and there’s a larger front sway bar for easier handling. Important mechanical parts are protected by the skid plates that also give the TRD a better style. A set of 16 inch wheels was added and was finished in black. These are then wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.Read the entire article 2019 Toyota TRD Pro lineup is perfect for your off-road adventures
At the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show this March 6, Toyota plans to take the covers off its all new Supra. But here is one thing you need to know, the car will not come with a Toyota badge, but instead, will be branded under Gazoo. No less than Shigeki Tomoyama, who heads the sub-brand, told AutoExpress that “the Supra will be a Gazoo”.
For those customers who are interested in the Gazoo Supra, note that this will be available in four states of tune. It will have various power levels, suspension tunes, and equipment. First of all, the entry level model will be called just a Supra, while the higher trims, it will have a GR and a GR Sport following its name. Lastly, the range-topping model will be called the Supra GRMN.
The Supra’s half-brother, the BMW Z4, will be different as it will only be sold as a convertible, while the new Supra will be introduced as a fixed-roof coupe, also because it needs to get the attention of classic car fans, says Tomoyama.Read the entire article Gazoo Supra by Toyota will debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show
The next-generation Toyota Avalon has been refreshed but it still sticks to its purpose of offering generous space, while being stylish and functional. In fact, the Avalon offers quite a bit more than the Camry. The best part is that the 2019 model year will have more horsepower and improved fuel efficiency.
The 2019 Avalon has changed in terms of size; it is now longer, wider, and lower. The wheelbase has increased by 2.0 inches, while its length grew by 0.7 inch. Height has been lowered by an inch, while width increased by 0.8. This instantly gives the passenger cabin more space. Also, the model is now based on the TNGA platform, similar to the Prius and Camry.
Though the Avalon may remind you of a Camry, it still looks more aggressive, with running LED headlights, and LED taillights with sequential activation design. The XSE and the Touring models get cooler touches like a piano black trim, a trunk spoiler, quad exhaust tips, among other elements. Overall, drag coefficient decreases by 0.1.Read the entire article 2019 Toyota Avalon is looking more premium than ever
Automakers that have teamed up with Formula 1, like Mercedes-AMG, develop the coolest road-going supercars just like the Project One. Aston Martin and Red Bull, on the other hand, have their own Valkyrie supercar. Well, it seems like Toyota is next in line, as they bank on their expertise in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to develop what they call the GR Super Sport. This may just be a concept for now, however, Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s president, expressed his intentions towards developing a production hybrid supercar.
So what can we expect from the GR Super Sport Concept? First of all, it seems like it was inspired by Toyota’s LMP1 models, not just when looking at it from the outside, but also when studying what’s under the hood. The automaker even confirms this by saying that it was built very similarly as the TS050 Hybrid, so we could consider it to be the perfect race car for the road.
Under the hood of this concept is a 2.4 liter biturbo V6 engine, which is paired with a battery considering the fact that it is a hybrid model. Overall, it can produce as much as 986 horsepower (735 kilowatts) when speaking of output, or should I say 1,000 PS. The GR Super Sport Concept sits on a set of 18 inch wheels, wrapped in matching 330/710 R18 tires. It comes with two exhaust tips mounted up in the back where the rear window can usually be found. This concept does not have side mirrors of conventional glass, but instead, gets a pair of cameras for the driver to see what’s behind. Two more cameras that look like they are floating can also be found on the front fenders.Read the entire article Toyota presents GR Super Sport Concept, a preview of future production hybrid supercar!
A couple of months ago, we talked about the mutually beneficial long term partnership inked by two Japanese giant automakers, Toyota and Mazda. Later on, they revealed that this will involve the construction of a manufacturing facility located in the United States. But it is only now that they revealed where this will be built.
The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing facility will be built in Huntsville, Alabama, which is located 150 miles (241 kilometers) away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the location of Mercedes-Benz’s plant.
To build this, both companies invested as much as $1.6 billion. The factory will employ about 4,000 people (a plan praised by the US president when he was in Tokyo), with a long-term goal of producing up to 300,000 cars annually.Read the entire article Toyota, Mazda will build $1.6B plant in Alabama that boasts 300,000-unit annual production capacity
During the recent 2018 CES event, automakers like Volkswagen and Toyota revealed some exciting technology that they have in store for the near future. And after seeing Toyota’s idea, we think that its version of the future of automobiles may be effective and within reach but it won’t be the prettiest.
The reason why we think that is because Toyota’s e-Palette Concept, the firm’s future autonomous mobility service, looks like a mobile box. The thing is, a lot of large companies including Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Uber and even Pizza Hut have already committed themselves as partners in this project. So it seems like we will be seeing these on the streets a few years from now.
So what exactly is its purpose? Firstly, let us talk about how it physically looks. The e-Palette Concept measures from 13 feet (4 metres) to 23 feet (7 metres) long and looks like a box on wheels. But there is a reason for its lack of curves. Its shape allows the brand to maximize the space within. The reason why it is designed like that is so that companies like Pizza Hut can easily stack boxes inside, while companies like Uber can fit people inside these. But it really is up to the partners how they want to design the e-Palette Concept.Read the entire article Toyota presents e-Palette Concept at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
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.Read the entire article TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to display 2018 GR Super Sport Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon
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.Read the entire article 2019 Toyota Avalon teased ahead of 2018 Detroit Auto Show
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