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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


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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Ford F-150 Continues To Dominate The Sales Chart But The Surprise Winner Is The Dodge Grand Caravan 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Camaro, Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda CR-V, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4 on 12 29th, 2017

Mercedes is on track to become the best-selling luxury brand in the United States for the second year in a row but that’s not the only interesting sales competition as there are classic rivalries such as Camaro vs Mustang and F-150 vs Silverado.

USA Today compiled a list of the hottest segments and they found some pretty familiar winners. In the compact sedan category, the Civic is dominating the competition as Honda has sold 345,880 models through November which puts it far ahead of the second place Toyota Corolla and its 290,163 sales.

The mid-size sedan segment is the opposite as the Camry is outselling the Accord by nearly 43,000 units. Next year promises to be even more interesting as the redesigned Camry had an early head start against the all-new Accord.

The muscle car segment is always interesting and this year was surprising as Dodge Challenger sales dramatically increased thanks in part to the halo effect of the Challenger SRT Demon. This helped Dodge to move 60,029 Challengers which wasn’t far behind the 64,138 Camaros that Chevrolet was able to sell. Of course, the real winner is Ford which sold 74,152 Mustangs.

Talking about surprises, the minivan segment was won by the ancient Dodge Grand Caravan. Thanks to fleet and commercial sales, Dodge sold 118,573 Grand Caravans which put it ahead of the newer Chrysler Pacifica which came in second place with 107,130 sales through the first 11 months of the year.

The crossover segment is booming and the Toyota RAV4 was a huge hit with consumers as they bought 375,052 units so far this year. The Honda CR-V is close behind at 340,912 units but the remaining competition isn’t even close.

The mid-size pickup market has seen renewed interest thanks to entries such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. However, the latter model is the winner as Toyota has sold 179,420 Tacomas so far.

Speaking of trucks, the Ford F-150 continues to dominate the competition as it’s outselling the Chevrolet Silverado by nearly 300,000 units. Even when you factor in the GMC Sierra, General Motors still trails Ford by almost 100,000 units.

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Toyota/Mazda Plant To Be In Alabama Or North Carolina 15
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Reports, SUV, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla on 11 15th, 2017

Three-and-a-half months after Toyota and Mazda announced a $1.6 billion joint car factory in the U.S., Bloomberg reports that the plant will be located in either Alabama or North Carolina.

Spokesmen at the two carmakers have refused to comment on the reports but Bloomberg says Alabama and North Carolina have beat out the likes of Tennessee, Texas, and South Carolina for the factory.

When the facility is completed and production commences in 2021, it will build 300,000 cars annually and create roughly 4,000 new jobs. Toyota has confirmed that it will build the Corolla at the facility while Mazda says it will build SUVs at the site. The Japanese firm has yet to specify which models these will be.

Speaking about the plant at an announcement in early August, Mazda president and chief executive Masamichi Kogai said the alliance could energize the industry.

“Nothing would please me more than if, through this alliance, we can help to energize the auto industry and create more car fans by bringing together two competitive spirits to spur each other on, leading to innovations and fostering talent and leaders.”


America’s 10 Best-Selling Sedans Of 2017 11
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford, Ford Fusion, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla on 11 11th, 2017

If you’re willing to ignore trucks and crossovers, which are casting really large shadows over saloons these days, the best selling cars in the U.S. this year are models that have four doors and are either brand new or have been updated.

Recently, Lexus went as far as to say that sedans will go away completely unless they evolve into something more dynamic, something that’s less about family vacations and more performance oriented.

“Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve,” said Toyota branding chief, Tokuo Fukuichi.

In spite of all that, the good old sedan isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and models like the ones you’re about to see are still putting up a fight in the sales charts through October, 2017, as reported by The Motley Fool.

#10 – Chevrolet Malibu

Chevy launched their redesigned Malibu last year, boasting sleek styling, a roomy and well-put together interior and improved fuel economy figures. It’s also a very safe car, with available systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While it did really well at first, the Malibu has been on a decline this year, with sales being down 16.5% compared to how things stood last year. Still, the Malibu remains a good earner for General Motors.

#9 – Hyundai Elantra

Unlike previous iterations, the latest Elantra is a solid overall choice for people looking for a compact companion that offers great value for money. It’s roomy, rides well and has a lot of modern safety tech, like Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Like with the Malibu, Elantra sales have also dipped in 2017, down 8.8% compared to last year.

#8 – Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze has proved extremely popular since its complete redesign in 2016. It’s hard to find a review where somebody isn’t praising it for its efficiency, value and interior features.

We sampled the 2016 Cruze and found that it strikes a good balance between a Honda Civic and a Hyundai Elantra. Actually, the Cruze has been doing so well as of late, sales are up 3.4% this year through October.

#7 – Ford Fusion

The tech-savvy Ford Fusion is a good car and very few have claimed otherwise. This latest iteration even features a dynamic Sport version that boasts continuously controlled damping and a pothole detection system, to go with larger intakes, 19″ wheels, quad pipes, the works.

You can also get it as a hybrid, which is a huge plus nowadays. However, you might be shocked to learn that sales for the Fusion have gone down by 22.6% this year, and that’s a pretty big number.

#6 – Nissan Sentra

Nissan have been aggressive in making sure the Sentra is a success. Despite some reviews finding it somewhat cramped and noisy, the Japanese automaker is offering good discounts in order to move these cars.

Because of that, Sentra sales have gone up 0.2% through October 2017, making this 4-door compact one of the best-selling sedans in the US.

#5 – Nissan Altima

While the Altima comes in at a very respectable 5th place, sales this year are down 17.1% through October as Nissan are having a rough time talking people into buying this model over something else.

It’s still a spacious car with good fuel economy, but it does appear as though it may be losing the “popular vote” in the grand scheme of things.

#4 – Honda Accord

The mid-size saloon sub-segment has shrunk by 15% in the first nine months of 2017, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a car that’s as popular as the Honda Accord.

For 2018, the Accord is sportier than ever, featuring modern connectivity options, solid build quality and plenty of room inside for all passengers. It’s a true family car and people are still finding it to their liking. As for sales, they’re down 2.3% through October, but the new model should help fix that soon.

#3 – Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Corolla is of course one of the world’s best-selling cars and it almost seems like that’s always going to be the case. Yet, despite its top-notch reliability and competitive pricing, sales are down 9% this year.

It’s also not the best looking car in the world, which is something Toyota themselves admit is a problem.

#2 – Toyota Camry

Ah, the Camry. You didn’t actually think it wasn’t going to make the list did you?

With an all-new and critically acclaimed model already out, Toyota can finally start filling the hole dug by the previous-generation Camry, which didn’t register particularly strong sales (for a Camry) towards the end of its term.

By the way, the 2018 Camry is the first sedan launched by Toyota after Akio Toyoda himself stated that there will be “no more boring cars,” as far as his company is concerned. Calling this the best-looking Camry in history would not be an understatement.

#1 – Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic was a sales beast last year and it’s a beast this year as well, posting a 1.5% increase through October.

This is the best-selling car in the U.S. that’s not a pickup or a crossover, and figuring out why is pretty much a no-brainer. The Civic has always been immensely popular, and this latest iteration is roomier, more powerful and much better to look at.

Also, it may be too early to talk long-term value, but the Civic has always been affordable, dependable and relatively fun to drive compared to most of its direct rivals. It has pretty much everything going for it.

All-Electric Toyota AE86 Drift Car Is Actually Pretty Cool 7
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Videos, video on 11 7th, 2017

Many believe that electric propulsion will spell the end of exhilarating performance cars. Let this all-electric Toyota AE86 drift car teach you otherwise.

Built by U.S. engineer Omead Moinee, this AE86-generation Toyota Corolla features a 275-volt battery pack that delivers 330 lb-ft of torque at 200 rpm until roughly 4,000 rpm.

The car then features rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, making it ideal for donuts and drifts.

The Hoonigans channel on YouTube recently featured the car and while it mightn’t get your heart pumping like Ken Block’s Ford Escort drift car, it is still pretty cool.


Toyota Will Build Next Auris In UK If There’s A Transitional Brexit Deal 7
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Auris, Toyota Corolla, UK on 10 7th, 2017

Toyota wants to build the next generation Auris in its British factory on the assumption that the local government will agree on a transitional Brexit deal.
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2018 Toyota Auris Wants To Be More Than Just Another Golf Rival 4
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Auris, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Scoops on 10 4th, 2017

These are the first spy shots of the upcoming replacement of the Toyota Auris or Corolla Hatchback as it’s named in some markets.
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America’s Most Stolen Vehicle Is The Honda Accord 12
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford, Ford F-150, honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Jeep, nissan, Nissan Altima, Police, RAM, Reports, Study, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, USA, video on 07 12th, 2017

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has released its annual Hot Wheels report which reveals the 10 most stolen vehicles in America.
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Cheap Can Be Fun, Too: Here’s KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18k 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Chevy Sonic, Honda Civic, honda-fit, Hyundai Veloster, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mazda3, Scion iM, subaru impreza, Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta on 05 28th, 2017

We know the problem all too well. You want to get a new car, and you want it to be cool, but you're on a budget. So what to do?
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Pick-up A Name For This Toyota: El Caminolla, Corollamino, Tacolla, Crapolla? 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, tuning on 05 27th, 2017

If you thought that transforming regular cars into pickup trucks was just for rendered kicks, then you haven't been spending enough time on Craigslist.
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What Are The Best Cars For A Heist? 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford F-150, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus GX, nissan gt-r, Offbeat News, RAM, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Subaru WRX STI, Toyota Corolla, video, VW Golf R on 05 13th, 2017

Have you set your eyes on that local bank for some Bonnie and Clyde action and your car is slow and cannot carry those gold bars and cash?
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Toyota Recalls Another 2.9 Million Vehicles Globally Over Takata Airbags 30
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Recalls, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4 on 03 30th, 2017

Toyota have announced yet another recall campaign for vehicles fitted with the potentially faulty airbag inflators, supplied by Takata.
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This Crazy Toyota Corolla iM Drifter Has 1,000HP And RWD 28
Posted by Brad Anderson in drifting, Formula Drift, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Videos, video on 03 28th, 2017

The Toyota Corolla is far from the most exciting car on the market. In fact, it’s one of the least exciting.
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Toyota, Scion And Lexus Add 543,000 Cars To Takata Recall, Including LFA 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Leuxs LFA, LEXUS, Lexus ES, Lexus GX, Lexus IS, Recalls, Reports, Scion, Scion xB, TOYOTA, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris on 01 13th, 2017

The Toyota group has become the third automaker to expand the recall of cars fitted with defective Takata front passenger airbag inflators this week, after Honda and Ford.
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