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Scion tC Release Series 7.0 has red start button, is Zeus-approved

Scion tC Release Series 7.0 has red start button, is Zeus-approved

June 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Videos , Toyota , Humor 2012 Scion tC Series 7.0 – Click above to watch videos after the jump Nothing says “I wanna go fast” like a big red button with “Engine Start” printed on it. It’s a law of science: if a vehicle features a red start button, it goes like a scalded cat. With that in mind, the 2012 Scion tC Series 7.0, which Scion hopes will attract Monster Energy swillers away from souped-up Honda Civic coupes, features just such a button (but no powertrain upgrades to back it up). It’s also got a bone-obliterating stereo and body-color interior accents. Outside, you get gloss black 17-inch wheels, and a special, Series 7.0-only yellow-orange paint scheme. And how about an endorsement from the ruler of Mount Olympus himself? Hop the jump for the bolt thrower’s take on the new tC. Continue reading Scion tC Release Series 7.0 has red start button, is Zeus-approved Scion tC Release Series 7.0 has red start button, is Zeus-approved originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 26 Jun 2011 20:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Lexus Reveals Unique Full Hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet

June 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A unique Lexus full hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet * featuring a one-piece, transparent polycarbonate roof will serve as the official Royal Wedding car on the occasion of the marriage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2 nd July 2011.

Lexus Earns Four Segment Awards in J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Initial Quality Study

June 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., June 23, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., received a combined four segment awards in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS).

Toyota to reveal GRMN Hybrid concept at Nürburgring 24

Toyota to reveal GRMN Hybrid concept at Nürburgring 24

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Hybrid , Europe , Technology , Toyota Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II – Click above for high-res image Toyota is set to pull the sheets back on a new convertible sports hybrid at this year’s Nurburgring 24-Hour endurance race. Co-developed by Gazoo Racing , the GRMN Hybrid Concept II is a slightly updated version of the concept that Toyota displayed at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon . With its gasoline engine mounted mid-ship and a hybrid all-wheel-drive system, the GRMN should deliver drivers plenty of grip and excellent balance as well. Total combined output sits at 295 horsepower, with 245 ponies coming from the gasoline V6 and another 50 arriving via an electric motor. That motor supplies power to the two front wheels only. The automaker says the machine weighs in at less than 3,300 lbs, though there’s no indication as to what sort of fuel economy to expect from the drop-head. So, when can you buy one? We wouldn’t hold our breath. With its wild looks and pricey all-wheel-drive system, it’ll be a cold day in Toyota City before the GRMN lands on dealer lots. Hit the jump for the press release.

Japan Inc. using deals, incentives to keep hard-fought lease customers from defecting

Japan Inc. using deals, incentives to keep hard-fought lease customers from defecting

June 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Honda , Nissan , Toyota Japanese automakers are turning to new lease programs in an effort to lock down buyers who may stray to other automakers due to a lower-than-average supply of popular models. Toyota , Honda and Nissan are still in the process of restoring production to pre-earthquake levels, and as a result, buyers may not find the exact model they are looking for on dealer lots. Honda has authorized its dealers to extend current lease customers’ arrangements by up to six months. Additionally, the company is offering $500 to drivers who move from an old lease into a new one and promising to honor current incentives if buyers commit to an unavailable model. The automaker calls the effort the Honda Promise Program. But Honda isn’t the only company sweetening its deals. Automotive News reports that Toyota is extending its lease offers by six months and handing out a coupon worth $750 to customers who return to lease another Toyota product. Nissan is offering dirt-cheap lease options for its most popular model – the Altima . Buyers can snap up the sedan for $179 per month for two years. Manufacturers are also pushing for better lease deals due to a dearth of quality used vehicles this season.

Toyota feels Facebook’s wrath over repossessing murdered woman’s Camry

Toyota feels Facebook’s wrath over repossessing murdered woman’s Camry

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Etc. , Toyota Aaron Knudsen’s mother was murdered last month by a former boyfriend, leaving Knudsen, 24, and his 17-year-old sister to pick up the pieces. Knudsen’s mother, Denise Fransua, left behind a mountain of financial and legal paperwork, as well as a financed Toyota Camry . According to Denver’s CBS4, the Camry was impounded by the authorities for evidence collection, then released to Knudsen. When he went to pick the car up, however, the impound lot told him the car had been repossessed. Toyota wanted the $3,300 balance owed on the car up front, as well as the $1,000 impound fee before it would release the sedan. Furious, Knudsen let the Facebook community know how he felt about the situation. Within days, Toyota had backed off, saying it was sorry for being insensitive and offering to waive the impound fee. The automaker also let Knudsen retrieve his mom’s personal effects from the car, but still need the $3,300 left to pay off up front before the car is given back. As for Knudsen, he’s reportedly still upset that it took a viral Facebook post for Toyota to do what he thinks is the right thing.

Toyota to field all-new LMP1 at Le Mans next year?

Toyota to field all-new LMP1 at Le Mans next year?

June 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota 1998 Toyota GT-One – Click above for high-res image gallery This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans packed plenty of action, but there weren’t as many automakers fielding their own entries in the top-tier LMP1 category as you might think. There was Audi , of course, which has dominated the category for years, arch-rival Peugeot , with its diesel-powered challenger, and Aston Martin , which stepped up to the big leagues after dominating just about every GT category for years. Honda Performance Development had a couple of cars in the second-tier LMP2 category, and there were plenty of factory-supported GT cars. The rest of the LMP1 field was filled by privateers running mostly Lola, Zytek, Oreca or Judd chassis, powered by a variety of engines. But the coming years could see an influx of new automakers aiming to take on Audi for the top honors. According to the latest rumors, race organizers ACO are in discussions with a number of car manufacturers interested in entering the LMP1 category. Chief among them is reportedly Toyota , which is said to have been working on its own prototype since last year. The Toyota LMP1 is reportedly being developed with Dome – a Japanese chassis constructor that’s built such racing machinery as the competition-spec Honda NSX , an aborted F1 program and several Le Mans prototypes, as well as a handful of Toyota racers in the 1980s – and incorporates a hybrid powertrain. The last time Toyota competed at Le Mans was with the GT-One (pictured above), which raced there in 1998 and 1999 but held the lap record at La Sarthe until 2006. The new entry, according to reports, could be ready for an assault on next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

TMC Announces Year-End Financial Results

June 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

May 11, 2011—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Prius v Still on Track for Delivery in U.S. this Fall

June 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Following Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) announcement in Japan today that delivery of the Prius alpha will be delayed, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced that the Prius v is still on track for delivery to U.S. customers this fall.

New Prius rap video takes to cruising Whole Foods parking lot

New Prius rap video takes to cruising Whole Foods parking lot

June 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Etc. , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota , Humor Whole Foods Parking Lot – Click above to watch video after the jump Turns out, you can spin the whole ” cashed up greenie ” bit into a few minutes of enjoyable parody rap. Don’t believe us? Check out “Whole Foods Parking Lot,” the first project from the Fog and Smog collaborative, which pokes fun at the entire ecosystem of hybrids, Smart cars and overpriced vegetables. Oh, and those little shopping carts. Fog and Smog is based in both the San Francisco Bay Area (fog) and Los Angeles (smog) and these fun-loving artists (they have day jobs as composers, film editors, producers, designers, deejays, animators and photographers) are either regular customers – or maybe they just date some. Check out the Toyota Prius -driving video (a bit NSFW) after the jump , and if you’re looking for more, check out similar classics *ahem* by Casual Mafia (” In My Prius “), Grynch (” My Volvo “), J Brave (” Dipping In My Tesla “), and of course, Toyota and its own ” Swagger Wagon ” spot. There, you’ll find plenty of proof that comedy rap videos starring unlikely vehicles are nothing new; and that they’re not always a good thing. Continue reading New Prius rap video takes to cruising Whole Foods parking lot New Prius rap video takes to cruising Whole Foods parking lot originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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