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Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender 12
Jan
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.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Super Sport Concept Packs 986HP Turbo V6 Hybrid 12
Jan
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
Jan
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.

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CES 2018: Toyota e-Palette Concept Is The Future Of Service Vehicles 8
Jan
Posted by Sean Szymkowski in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, MSPF, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 8th, 2018


Toyota provided a glimpse into the future of mobility with the e-Palette concept, which made its debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday.

The study imagines a future where Toyota merely manufactures the hardware and other companies provide the software to operate the vehicle.

The automaker also announced the e-Palette Alliance alongside the physical concept. The Alliance encompasses a host of launch partners, including Pizza Hut, Amazon, Mazda, and Uber, which will all leverage Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF). The goal is to develop the right mobility services for the future alongside the appropriate vehicle.

As mentioned, that vehicle is the e-Palette. Toyota said the concept boasts an open interior ripe for customization. For example, the automaker imagines the concept vehicle as a package delivery van, a ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

The open interior design allows for purpose-built interiors to suit each of the mobility needs specifically. Thus, the e-Palette can shift from one service to the other and companies can ultimately share the platform. Pizza delivery vehicle by day, Uber ride-sharing vehicle by night.

Additionally, the automaker envisions the concept will come in three sizes to meet the needs of all businesses in the budding world of mobility services.

Various companies would take delivery of the e-Palette and provide their own self-driving-car software, while Toyota’s “Guardian” technology works to ensure proper operation. The same MSPF can also provide over-the-air updates for self-driving systems.

The concept isn’t quite a reality yet, however. The automaker’s president and namesake, Akio Toyoda, said the e-Palette concept and Alliance is a stepping stone for a new business model that balances traditional vehicle sales and new mobility services. Toyota hopes to conduct the first vehicle tests in the early 2020s and potentially provide mobility solutions for athletes competing in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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Toyota To Showcase Autonomous Research Prototype 3.0 At CES 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Lexus LS, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 5th, 2018


Toyota Research Institute is bringing its next-generation autonomous research prototype car, simply called Platform 3.0, at CES next week in Las Vegas.

Based upon a previous-gen Lexus LS 600hL, the autonomous research vehicle Platform 3.0 features a long-range LIDAR with a 200-meter (656ft) perception, courtesy of four high-resolution scanning heads, covering the car’s complete perimeter and making it one of the most perceptive autonomous test cars on the road.

Our team has once again rapidly advanced our automated vehicle research capabilities,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow. “To elevate our test platform to a new level, we tapped Toyota’s design and engineering expertise to create an all-new test platform that has the potential to be a benchmark in function and style.”

In addition, shorter-range LIDAR sensors are mounted low on all four sides of the prototype, detecting low-level and smaller objects near the car like children and debris. Toyota’s R&D engineers worked with CALTY Design Research to make the sensors and cameras as compact and concealed as possible at this stage.

Together, they created a new roof panel that’s both weather- and temperature-proofed. It’s also cleverly packaged, using the available space in the sunroof compartment to make it shorter.

“Automotive designers’ roles have been pivoting toward thinking deeper and greater on how to design and apply automated driving technology for drivers and passengers,” said Scott Roller, Senior Lead Designer at CALTY Design Research who worked on the project. “It’s exciting to integrate the components in harmony with the car’s design.”

Toyota will
start producing Platform 3.0 test vehicles this spring at their Prototype Development Center at their North America HQ in Michigan.

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Toyota Gazoo Super Sport Concept Teased Ahead Of Tokyo Debut 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Gazoo, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 12 15th, 2017


While the world is still waiting for the new Supra to finally break cover, Toyota has dropped a teaser for a new Super Sport Concept coming from its performance Gazoo Racing department.

The new supercar concept will debut at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon as a Le Mans-inspired flagship of the GR range.

Toyota says that the concept will exhibit how they can apply the lessons learned from their participation in the WEC racing series to a car for the street, with the single teaser image revealing a pretty hardcore automobile.

So far there’s no official information on whether Toyota is actually thinking of putting a car like the upcoming Super Sport Concept into production, leading us to believe that this is still to be decided.

The new supercar concept will debut on January 12 at the Tokyo Auto Salon, along with Toyota’s new WEC racers and production models such as the Toyota 86 GR and the Vitz GRMN.

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New Toyota FT-AC Concept Is A Macho Sub-Compact SUV For Adventurers 30
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Galleries, LA Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 11 30th, 2017


Toyota has revealed the Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) at the LA Auto Show, a design study aiming at people looking for a proper rugged but small crossover.

Described as a design study for now, the new Toyota FT-AC is imagined as a gasoline-powered SUV with an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, and the company adding that it could switch to a next-generation hybrid system.

“FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation.”

The new concept comes with chunky tires, wide fender extensions and a generous ground clearance, and if that’s not enough, a big roof rack with LED lights on it along with twin recovery hooks and skidplates both front and rear are there to showcase the off-road character of Toyota’s latest creation.

The FT-AC’s all-wheel drive system is controlled via variable terrain-response settings and by locking the torque split for maximum grip. There’s also an integrated bike rack at the rear which can be securely hidden in “only a few seconds” according to Toyota.

Toyota has been showcasing small crossover concepts based on their latest global T-NGA platform to measure the crowd’s response; last April it revealed the FT-4X concept at the NY Auto Show while last October in Tokyo it showed the TJ Cruiser.

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Toyota Teases New FT-AC “Adventure” Concept Ahead Of LA Auto Show 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, LA Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 11 16th, 2017


Toyota has a new concept called FT-AC for the LA Auto Show, with the company releasing a first teaser image.

Judging by the photo, the new Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) appears to be some kind of hardcore offroader, complete with LED roof lights and some weird fender extensions that don’t sit flush with the rest of the bodywork.

We still don’t know if Toyota’s new Adventure concept is either a pickup truck or an SUV. We did compare the photo against the Land Cruiser, the Tacoma and even the HiLux but still couldn’t tell for sure what’s hiding behind the shadows.

What we do know is that Toyota has been working on the updated versions of the 4Runner, Sequoia and Tundra which are probably going to receive a new hybrid powertrain option, and the new concept might preview some of these upcoming design changes.

Toyota will reveal the new FT-AC on November 30 during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show at an event that will be also livestreamed, so stay tuned.

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Toyota Hilux Bruiser Pays Tribute To ’80s Radio-Controlled Model 27
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Videos, video on 10 27th, 2017


Toyota turned to Arctic Trucks once again, the team that built the Polar Hilux, to create this one-off version of the popular pickup truck.
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Toyota ‘Fine-Comfort Ride’ Concept Is Practicality At Its Finest [w/Video] 25
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, fuel cell, Galleries, Hydrogen, Tech, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota FCV on 10 25th, 2017


With the Fine-Comfort Ride Concept, Toyota is looking to redefine the family minivan, turning it into something even more versatile and eco-friendly.
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Toyota GR HV Sports Is A Hybrid 86 With Le Mans Tech And A Weird Face 25
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Hybrids, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota GT 86, Toyota Videos, video on 10 25th, 2017


The GT86-based GR HV Sports concept portrays Toyota’s will to make gasoline-electric cars an interesting proposition to petrolheads with the kind help of its Le Mans racer.
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Toyota Crown Concept Hails Arrival Of 2018 Production Model 25
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Tech, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Crown on 10 25th, 2017


Toyota's Crown Concept has just made its public debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, where visitors can truly get a sense of what to expect from next year's production car.
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Toyota Crown Concept Hails Arrival Of 2018 Production Model 25
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Tech, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Crown on 10 25th, 2017


Toyota's Crown Concept has just made its public debut at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, where visitors can truly get a sense of what to expect from next year's production car.
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Toyota TJ Cruiser Could Come To A Showroom Near You 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Hybrids, Reports, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 10 25th, 2017


Besides its already generous lineup of vehicles, Toyota could soon launch an entirely new product, based on the TJ Cruiser Concept that's displayed in Tokyo until November 5.
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Tokyo, Your Fuel-Cell City Bus Has Arrived In The Toyota Sora 18
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in fuel cell, Hydrogen, Tokyo Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 10 18th, 2017


See this bus? It's a concept that's set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. But that won't be the last that residents and visitors to the Japanese capital will see of it.
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