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Toyota’s Considering Building An FJ Cruiser Replacement 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota FJ Cruiser on 01 19th, 2018

Toyota disappointed its most hard-core off-roading fans and customers when it pulled the FJ Cruiser in 2014, and ceased production altogether last year. But it could introduce a new model to take its place in the near future.
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Toyota And Lexus Gear Up For Super Bowl LII 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LEXUS, Lexus LS, Reports, Super Bowl, TOYOTA on 01 18th, 2018

After sitting out last year's Super Bowl, Toyota is looking to run two separate ads during this year's game, with Lexus bringing a little Marvel-themed action as well.
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Facelifted 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Yours From £32,795 In UK 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in new cars, prices, TOYOTA, Toyota Land Cruiser, UK on 01 17th, 2018

With the introduction of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, UK customers can now enjoy an expanded range that features a new entry-level Utility grade.
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Facelifted 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Yours From £32,795 In UK 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in new cars, prices, TOYOTA, Toyota Land Cruiser, UK on 01 17th, 2018

With the introduction of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, UK customers can now enjoy an expanded range that features a new entry-level Utility grade.
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2019 Toyota Avalon Arrives In Detroit With Fresh Styling And Tech 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Galleries, Hybrids, new cars, TOYOTA, Toyota Avalon on 01 15th, 2018

Despite most consumers flocking to crossovers and SUVs, Toyota is not ready to put its traditional saloons aside, unveiling the fifth generation Avalon during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Underpinned by the TNGA architecture, the car is now longer, wider, and lower than before, with 196in (4,978mm) in length, 72.8in (1,849mm) in width, 56.5in (1,435mm) in height, and a 113in (2,870mm) long wheelbase.

It features new styling, with a very large grille at the front flanked by slim headlights with incorporated DRLs, a muscular yet sporty profile, and a redesigned rear end, with new taillights connected by a prominent strip.

Toyota’s new Entune 3.0 infotainment system dominates the central console and provides access to connected services, Wi-Fi hotspot, and sound system, among others. Audiophiles can go ahead and get the optional JBL 7.1-channel system, which boasts 1,200-watt. Qi wireless mobile device charger, Toyota Remote Connect with Smartwatch, Amazon Alexa Connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also part of the offerings, along with up to 5 USB ports, and a selection of wood and leather trims.

There’s a new 7-inch display in the instrument cluster as well, which allows users to see the vehicle information, safety settings, navigation, and other functions, while the addition of a 10-inch head-up display, said to be the largest in the segment, should earn extra points for the car.

Powering the 2019 Toyota Avalon are two engines: an upgraded version of the 3.5-liter V6, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid, with a 650-volt electric motor and CVT.

No power figures have been released yet, but these appear to be very similar to the units that power the Camry, and in the latter, the V6 makes 301hp (305PS) and 267lb-ft (362Nm) of torque, whereas the smaller one is rated at 203hp (206PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque.

Other changes made to the new Avalon include the active variable suspension with adaptive damping, shock absorbers at each corner with solenoid control valves for independent wheel control, front and rear G sensors, and a multilink setup at the rear.

Users will get to choose between one of three driving modes on all trim levels – Eco, Normal, and Sport, while those that sit behind the wheel of the Touring grades will get a fourth one, called Sport+. Elsewhere, the 2019 Toyota Avalon benefits from active noise control, engine sound enhancement, a new exhaust system, and intake sound generator.

A suite of safety systems equip the car, including the standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which offers Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams.

Other driving assistance features available are the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Back Guide Monitor, Panoramic View Monitor with Alert, and Intelligence Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking system.

Toyota will start taking orders for the 2019 Avalon in late spring, with pricing to be announced at a later date.


Toyota Adds Over 600,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall In The U.S. 14
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 14th, 2018

Toyota North America is the first automaker to announce the exact models of the expanded Takata airbag recall.

The latest list includes an estimated 601,300 units of various 2009-2013 Lexus, Scion, and Toyota cars, whose defective inflators may rupture when the airbag deploys, thus increasing the risk of injury and even death.

New additions are the 2009, 2010, and 2013 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS 250/350, and IS-F, 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris, and Lexus ES350, 2010 and 2013 Lexus IS 350C/350C, GX460, and Toyota Sienna, and 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4Runner.

Owners of these vehicles will be notified by March via first class mail, and dealers will replace either the front passenger airbag inflator or the entire assembly, depending on each case, free of charge.

Other automakers, such as Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Tesla still have to announce the exact models added to the ever-growing Takata recall recently, but they’re expected to do so by the end of January.

2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Scion xB
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota Corolla Matrix
2009 – 2010 Model Year Toyota Yaris
2010 and 2013 Model Year Toyota 4Runner
2013 Model Year Toyota Sienna
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250/350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS250C/350C
2009 – 2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus IS-F
2009 – 2010 Model Year Lexus ES350
2010 and 2013 Model Year Lexus GX460

Note: 2014 Toyota 4Runner pictured


Japanese Brands Own List Of Cars U.S. Owners Keep For Over 15 Years 13
Posted by Sean Szymkowski in honda, Honda Odyssey, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Prius, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Sienna, used cars on 01 13th, 2018

Toyota owners have quite the attachment to their cars, especially those who have a Highlander, as a new survey conducted by iSeeCars showed the Japanese SUV top the list of vehicles owners keep for 15 years or more.

The research firm looked at 650,000 vehicles between the 1981 and 2002 model years sold in 2017 and Toyota flooded the list. In fact, the top five vehicles kept for 15 years or more are all Toyotas, namely the Highlander, Sienna, Tundra, Prius and RAV4, with the Honda Odyssey following at sixth place.

Each of the cars listed was at least 1.6 times more likely to be kept by the original owner for 15 years or more, but the Highlander outpaced the average even further. Highlander owners were 2.7 times more likely to keep their vehicles, with 18.3 percent of original owners hanging on to them. The Sienna followed closely behind and was 2.5 times more likely to stick around in the driveway for at least 15 years, with 17.1 percent of owners holding onto the minivan for 15 years or more.

The entire list is populated solely by Japanese automakers, save for the Volkswagen Golf at the final, 15th spot, with 10.6 percent of original owners hanging on to their Golfs for at least 15 years.

“While a decade on the road used to be a significant milestone for vehicle life expectancy, the elevated quality of cars being produced has raised this standard to beyond ten years ,” said Phong Ly, CEO of iSeeCars.com. “Japanese automakers are known for setting quality and reliability standards, so it is no surprise that they are the most likely to reach the fifteen-year milestone.”

Toyota’s New Gazoo Supra Reportedly Debuting In Geneva 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Gazoo, Geneva Motor Show, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota have apparently decided to pull the covers off the all-new Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which starts on March 6 for the press days.

The sports car won’t be sold with Toyota badges, though, as it will be Gazoo branded, AutoExpress reports, citing the man in charge of the sub-brand, Shigeki Tomoyama, who made it clear that “the Supra will be Gazoo”.

It appears that the new Gazoo Supra will arrive in four states of tune, with various power levels, suspension tunes, and equipment. The base model will be known simply as Supra, the mid-range versions will add the GR and GR Sport monikers, respectively, while the range-topper will be baptized as Supra GRMN.

Unlike its brother from another father, the new BMW Z4, which will be sold solely as a convertible, the new Supra will arrive as a fixed-roof coupe, and it needs to appeal to fans of the classic car, according to Tomoyama, who may have hinted one of its rumored powertrains, by saying:

“The new car has to appeal to the existing owners first. The old car had a straight-six engine, twin-turbos, and rear-wheel drive; the new car must have the same philosophy.”

Tomoyama probably refers to the six-cylinder unit that’s believed to develop 335 horses, likely aimed at the United States, among other markets, which is said to be joined by a four-cylinder mill with around 250 horses.

Despite its rumored Geneva Show debut, the Gazoo Supra might not arrive in showrooms until the second half of next year, presumably close to the launch date of the new BMW Z4.


Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Mazda, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota has revealed that its e-Palette Concept will use a Mazda-sourced rotary engine as a range extender.

Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the e-Palette Concept imagines a future where Toyota could partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. Brands named as partners in the ‘e-Palette Alliance’ include Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut, and Mazda.

Speaking with Green Car Reports at the Consumer Electronics Show, spokesman for Mazda North America, Jacob Brown, said Mazda’s engineering team will aid in the development of the vehicle’s powertrain, including supplying a rotary range extender.

“Mazda will provide technical information on a (rotary engine) range extender to be used in the vehicle being developed. We will reveal more details at an appropriate time,” Brown revealed.

By using a compact, light, and quiet rotary engine, Toyota could fit a smaller and less-expensive battery into the vehicle. If this happens, it would come on the back of admissions from Mazda that its rotary engine could eventually be used as a range extender in electrified vehicles.

As for the e-Palette itself, Toyota imagines the vehicle as being highly customizable and finding use as a package delivery van, ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

Toyota intends on conducting tests with the vehicle in the early 2020s and could use it as a mobility service for athletes during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


Lexus Suits Up Widebody LC 500 For The 24h Of Nürburgring 12
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Gazoo, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Nurburgring, racing, TOYOTA on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially found the vehicle that it will compete with in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen (the 24 Hours of Nürburgring) – a highly-customized Lexus LC.

This year’s grueling race is set to commence on Saturday, May 12 and marks the 46th time the race has been run at the iconic racetrack. Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the race for the 12th consecutive year, which it’s usually done in some kind of modified Toyota or Lexus.

The motorsport arm also points out that it usually competes in the event with a car that’s built by Toyota employees and races the vehicle with the help of mechanics and engineers from Toyota.

So, going with the LC was a no-brainer, especially as the coupe is an easily-distinguishable halo car for the automaker. Besides saying that the car has been “refined to race specifications” and that it will be powered by a modified version of the Lexus’ 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any specs on the vehicle.

Previously, Gazoo Racing has competed in the SP-PRO, SP8, and SP3. We expect the customized LC to race against other vehicles in the SP8 class. The four drivers that will be piloting the machine include Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, as well as Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

Competing in the race, according to the motorsport arm, will allow Toyota to introduce new technology in future vehicles. Things like body technology development, engine development, suspension technology, and aerodynamics development are things that Gazoo Racing will explore by competing in the 24-hour race.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Super Sport Concept Packs 986HP Turbo V6 Hybrid 12
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, featured, Gazoo, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 12th, 2018

Last December, Gazoo Racing, which is Toyota’s motorsport division, teased a new Super Sport Concept with just the silhouette of the vehicle. One the eve of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Gazoo Racing unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept in all of its funky glory.

The Tokyo Auto Salon is Japan’s version of SEMA, which means that there will be plenty of incredible machines on display. But we have a feeling that Gazoo Racing’s concept will be one of the more absurd vehicles at the show.

The motorsport division has taken a lot of the components found on the TS050 Hybrid that Toyota raced in WEC and packed them into a striking concept. Power comes from a 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, just like in the actual race car, that’s also paired to a Toyota Hybrid System. Combined output for the concept is claimed to be 986 horsepower (1,000 PS).

Besides the information on the powertrain, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any other interesting tidbits on the vehicle, except that it previews how Toyota, according to Gazoo Racing’s President Shigeki Tomoyama, plans to “develop sports cars from active race cars.”

In addition to having a similar powertrain to the TS050 Hybrid, the GSR Super Sport Concept looks like it could compete in the WEC. There are no headlights, there’s nothing that resembles a traditional door, no regular windows, and nothing that gives us the impression that it could be used on the road.

What the concept does have, though, is plenty of aero. Look at those front canards and the strange front-end design. They both look like they come straight off of the real-life race car, just spruced up a little bit. There’s also a fin on the back, like WEC competitors, and what appears to be a sizable rear wing. It really does look like the motorsport arm took Toyota’s racing experience and turned it into a car.

If this is what future sports cars and supercars from Toyota will look like, then we’re definitely on board. The GR Super Sport Concept is the ideal vehicle to lead Toyota’s and Gazoo Racing’s GR lineup of performance vehicles.

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Toyota’s Self-Driving e-Palette Delivery Pod Live From CES 2018 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 12th, 2018

The Toyota e-Palette Concept, which is currently on display at the CES convention, is a flexible, all-electric vehicle with autonomous driving that can take on various roles.

Toyota’s versatile study can be outfitted with purpose-built interiors depending on the user’s needs, and it can fulfill different roles, from pizza delivery to ride sharing.

“The automobile industry is clearly amidst its most dramatic period of change as technologies like electrification, connected and automated driving are making significant progress”, said Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda. “Just as important, we are developing mobility solutions to help everyone enjoy their lives, and we are doing our part to create an ever-better society for the next 100 years and beyond.”

The Japanese automaker’s latest venture into the future of mobility is part of an alliance that includes partners such as Pizza Hut, Uber, Amazon, and Didi, and the manufacturer plans to conduct feasibility testing all over the world, including the United States, in the early 2020s.

This means that, if everything goes as planned, it might make it into production sometime in the next decade.


This Toyota 86 Time Attack Car Has A BMW M5 V10 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, BMW, BMW M5, Film, Motorsport, racing, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018

If you want to transform a Toyota 86 into a time attack machine, you could slap a turbo on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder or simply install an LS crate engine.

However, the Australian owner of this 86 decided against both of those options and has instead paired the Japanese sports car with BMW’s desirable S85 5.0-liter V10 found in the older M5 and M6 models.

Created by Zoom Garage, this 86 recently competed in Sydney’s World Time Attack Challenge and turned on the heat, not only looking good but also performing extremely well at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Rather than use the SMG transmission traditionally mated to the E60 M5’s V10, Zoom Garage opted for the six-speed manual from the E92 M3. Interestingly, the massive V10 slotted into the engine bay with relative ease, it was only the gearbox that caused a few headaches, forcing the tuner to customize the transmission tunnel to make everything fit.

Surprisingly, the V10 isn’t all that much heavier than the car’s standard flat-four. As standard, it weighs roughly 35 kg (77 lbs) more. However, by modifying the engine and installing a lightweight air intake, Zoom has significantly lowered its weight, ensuring that it is now just 10 kg (22 lbs) heavier than the flat-four. The S85 has also been modified with a dry sump setup alongside fuel pump and injector upgrades to allow it to run on E85 fuel.


Toyota Unleashes Updated Yaris On The World Rally Championship 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, Rally Cars, TOYOTA, Toyota Yaris, WRC on 01 11th, 2018

See this? It’s a Toyota Yaris. But not just any old Toyota Yaris.

As you’ve probably figured out from the photos (if not the headline), this is Toyota’s new World Rally Championship contender, unveiled at Autosport International ahead of the upcoming rally season.

The 2018 model is based closely on the version that the Japanese automaker (through its German motorsport base) entered in the championship last year, but benefits from some upgrades learned over the course of that campaign.

That means a revised aerodynamics package, specially tuned to generate more downforce at the front for better steering response. The tweaked bodywork also helps deliver more cooling to the mechanical components underneath, which will come in handy particularly at some of the hotter events on the calendar.

Last year in its debut season, the Toyota team won two rallies – in Sweden and Finland – to land fourth in the drivers’ standings and third in the manufacturers’ championship. The competition will be no less fierce this year, but with the new equipment, Toyota might just improve on its already impressive track record and recapture the crowns it last won in the 1990s with the Celica.

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Sweet Home Alabama, Toyota And Mazda Pick Huntsville For $1.6 Billion Joint Plant 10
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, USA on 01 10th, 2018

Following a report earlier today, Mazda and Toyota have officially announced their new U.S. factory will be located in Huntsville, Alabama.

The plant is slated to cost $1.6 billion and it will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units. Production will be evenly split between the Toyota Corolla and an unconfirmed Mazda crossover.

The plant will open in 2021 and be located approximately 14 miles (22 km) from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant which builds an assortment of different engines for vehicles such as the Camry, Highlander, and Tundra. The new facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and it will become Toyota’s 11th manufacturing facility in the United States.

In a statement, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said “Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of the earth. By making such cars here in Alabama, we hope that over time our plant will come to occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community.”

His sentiments were echoed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda who said “Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama where we produce engines for the North American market.”

The announcement is a major victory for Alabama as several states – reportedly including Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina – were in the running for the plant.

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