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Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes

Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota After the mini-people mover’s introduction in 2010, the 2013 Toyota Verso signals a significant mid-cycle refresh for the model. Changes for the 2013 Verso include visual updates to the front and rear – new headlights, LED running lights, taillights etc. – as well as other exterior tweaks. The inside has been refined as well, with more soft-touch materials, satin chrome trim and cool new lighting; just what the small, modern European family needs to motor in happiness. Getting it all right is important, too, if Toyota hopes to meet its own lofty sales goals for the MPV – the company stated that it wants to sell 50,000 Versos in 2013, which would give the vehicle five percent of the European market for its segment. Take a closer look at the freshened 2013 Toyota Verso , live on its stand at the Paris show , in our gallery of images . Full details are available in the press blast posted below. Continue reading Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota All-Electric 2012 RAV4 EV Rolls into California

September 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 13, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) announced today special financing and a customer lease option for the 2012 RAV4 EV. The all-new, all-electric RAV4 EV receives an EPA rated range of 103 miles, 78 city miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), 74 highway MPGe and 76 combined MPGe.

Lexus Revs Up Start-Up Projects with Up to $100,000 in Funding

September 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 24, 2012) – Sometimes, style and technology come together to create a product that is both beautiful and intelligent. Inspired by the all-new 2013 Lexus ES, which blends advanced technology and style, Lexus has curated eight start-up products that are currently seeking funding to move into production. Each product embodies the intersection of high-tech and high-style. The goal is to make four of those ideas a reality.

Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept

Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept

September 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Technology , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric Like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the Toyota COMS electric vehicle is becoming the Smart INSECT. Unrelated to Daimler’s Smart brand, the INSECT (yes, it’s an acronym, one that stands for “Information Network Social Electric City Transporter”) is a one-seat electric vehicle that is designed to be connected to its driver and the world. The gullwinged INSECT uses “motion sensors, voice recognition and behavior prediction” to make the driver feel tied to the wheels, as well as to his or her home via the online Toyota Smart Center. The doors can open based on “the movement of the driver’s hand.” The car can also identify faces and “authenticate a driver registered with the vehicle when he or she approaches.” This thing should have antennae. Toyota will first display the INSECT at CEATEC JAPAN 2012 next week (think: Japan’s version of our Consumer Electronics Show ). Earlier reports hinted that Toyota’s then-unnamed small EV would cost around $12,500, but Toyota did not talk about an MSRP in the teaser release issued today. You can find it below . Continue reading Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept Toyota bugs out, previews Smart INSECT connected EV concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

The Scion Story

September 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video]

2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video]

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota may have given us the full spec-sheet on its revised Auris before the car made its official Parisian debut, but our first live look at the next-generation wagon nevertheless proves compelling. The longer, lower five-door looks the part of a better-handling hatchback – just the role that Toyota hopes the hybrid can play in the European market. The Hybrid seen here is the second-generation gas-electric Auris, and it will be the top-level powertrain option for European buyers. Toyota expects that a full one-third of Auris buyers will select that Hybrid Synergy Drive model – the other two-thirds of buyers are expected to be evenly split between the diesel- and gasoline-powered versions of the car. Have a closer look at the handsome 2013 Toyota Auris in our live gallery and scroll below for the official word from Toyota in both video and press release forms. Continue reading 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota and Lexus Honor The Entertainment Industry’s Environmental Excellence at the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 28, 2012) – Toyota and Lexus are once again celebrating the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts as the presenting sponsors of the Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, Sept. 29. In its 22nd year, the annual event honors film and television productions that communicate environmental messages in creative and influential ways. This year marks Lexus and Toyota’s 11th year as the presenting sponsors.

Toyota developing Asimo rival for the disabled

Toyota developing Asimo rival for the disabled

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Japan , Technology , Toyota Robots are here to stay, and all signs point to there being more “everyday” mechanized friends that will specialize in doing different things for different people. In addition to its work on the Partner Robot , Toyota is developing a Human Support Robot (HSR) to assist the elderly at home. The cylindrical, 70-pound HSR can be controlled by voice, just like children and grandchildren, and will perform the tasks that children and grandchildren are most handy for, such as picking things up, retrieving items from shelves and opening curtains. The HSR can also be guided by tablet computer. It’s not meant for heavy lifting on the double-quick, though, and we mean that literally – maximum speed is 3 km/h – 1.86 mph – and burdens can’t exceed 2.6 pounds. Created in cooperation with the Japan Service Dog Association, the HSC underwent home trials last year and will be introduced to the public in prototype form at the Forefront of the Development of Home Care and Rehabilitation Equipment show in Tokyo this week. More testing is planned in order to enhance its safety and practicality for at-home duties before it joins the mechanized robotic regiments headed our way. A press release below will help you get ready for your domestic laser-eyed killers helpers. Continue reading Toyota developing Asimo rival for the disabled Toyota developing Asimo rival for the disabled originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:00:00 EST.

Toyota GT86 TRD boasts added performance gear, industry-first door stabilizer

Toyota GT86 TRD boasts added performance gear, industry-first door stabilizer

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Scion , Toyota We haven’t stopped swooning over the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ twins and their corner-carving magic. For those overseas who enjoy the rear-drive coupe under the Toyota name as the GT86 , things just got a little corner-carve-ier. This GT86 TRD is everyone’s favorite rear-drive, boxer-engined Toyota, albeit fitted with a full selection of Toyota Racing Development parts. The GT86 TRD gets a more aggressive air dam, side skirts, rear diffuser and a trunk lid spoiler. There are also stainless steel rear diffusers and buyers can choose from two different sets of 18-inch TRD aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the driver is rewarded with a center console-mounted pushbutton start and new leather-wrapped shift knob, but things get more interesting under the skin. The TRD version features added stabilizers and an adjustable shock absorber and spring set. Other TRD kit includes front and rear monoblock brake calipers, upgraded brake lines and a high response muffler. Of particular note is the TRD Door Stabilizer. It employs a spacer that automatically fills the strike gap in the door when closed, which Toyota says improves torsional rigidity.

Scion’s ‘What Moves You’ Campaign Highlights Unique ‘Scion Story’ in New Chapter of Brand’s Evolution

September 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 27, 2012) – Scion today announced the launch of its brand campaign “What Moves You” featuring its own unique “Scion Story.” The campaign launches today at www.scion.com and continues with targeted high-profile broadcast, print, online and out-of-home placements next week.

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