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Next Lexus RX previewed with JDM Toyota Harrier?

Next Lexus RX previewed with JDM Toyota Harrier?

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Crossover , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Japanese site CarWatch has revealed images of the next-generation Toyota Harrier , known to US and European buyers as the Lexus RX . The new model features a considerably more aggressive fascia in keeping with some of the latest Lexus design trends, while the back features a pair of wide, wraparound taillights. The profile features a revised greenhouse, with a rather complex rear window treatment, while a subtle character line connects the front and rear taillights. According to the badging, the model shown features a hybrid powertrain, although there’s little information on which engine is being used. We’d wager it’s an evolution of the same 3.5-liter V6 hybrid found in the current RX450h . This early look doesn’t have a great deal of other info, and there are no images of the interior. We’re not yet clear on how closely the North American RX will adhere to the Harrier seen here, but historically the two models have been quite close. That said, we’d expect a more prominent ‘spindle’ grille on the Lexus version than the baleen strainer on the vehicle shown here. A page on Toyota’s Japanese website says the new Harrier/RX will receive a winter 2013 debut. That makes for a difficult determination of what auto show the new CUV will arrive at.

Toyota ‘Trekker’ Starts Public Testing

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It won’t beam you up, but Toyota Motor Corporation’s personal transport unit will get you from point A to B. And now the Winglet is headed to the “streets” – actually public sidewalks – in a real-world test of functionality, convenience and safety. Overall, the trials should help determine how the Winglet supports public mobility, improves the environment and invigorates local communities…in other words how it helps us live long and prosper.

Toyota Celebrates Latino Business Success at 2013 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference

July 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW ORLEANS (July 24, 2013) – Toyota built on its long-term commitment to the U.S. Hispanic community at the 2013 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference in New Orleans this past weekend by celebrating Latina entrepreneurs and giving away a 2014 RAV4 to a deserving attendee.

Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal

Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Videos , Toyota Toyota Prius owners aren’t bad folks. With a few exceptions , they’re just normal people who appreciate the comfortable, high-mileage hybrid. Someone in Arlington, Virginia doesn’t see it that way, though, as 14 examples (and one Smart ) had at least one tire slashed last Sunday night. The serial tire-slasher didn’t swipe any items from the vehicles, but he or she has left owners with substantial bills and sour dispositions. According to a report from ABC affiliate WJLA , some citizens are considering the matter a hate crime. Despite the targeting of Toyota hybrids and the acquisition of one fingerprint, police have been unable to make any arrests, as the slasher has targeted vehicles across the county. Take a look at the local news report from WJLA below . Continue reading Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

More Than A Quarter of Houston Teens Read a Text or Email Every Time They Drive, According to Study by University of Michigan Transportation Research…

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., July 24, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced Houston findings from a major, national study of teen drivers (ages 16 to 18) and parents of teen drivers conducted jointly with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts

Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , SUV , Truck , Ford , Toyota Not all so-called Memorandum of Understanding pacts end in actual collaborations. For instance, after a two-year “feasibility study,” Toyota and Ford have just announced that they will not be developing hybrid systems for use in light trucks and SUVs as previously planned, and the two automakers will instead continue to develop their own hybrid technology independently. The would-be collaboration was first announced in August of 2011, and would have seen a rear-wheel-drive hybrid platform that would “improve the efficiency of trucks and SUVs while still allowing them to be driven in the way customers expect,” according to our initial post on the topic. Keep in mind that this announcement isn’t to say we shouldn’t expect hybrid pickups and SUVs from the two automakers, but that they probably aren’t coming very soon – Ford says it will have a system “before the end of this decade” and we haven’t heard much from Toyota on the hybrid truck front since the 2008 A-BAT Concept (pictured above) – and that they will not share any components between them (and they never have , for what it’s worth). In any case, Ford and Toyota are continuing to work together on “next-generation standards for telematics and will consider other areas for future collaboration as well.” Feel free to read announcements from both automakers below . Continue reading Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts Toyota, Ford decide to end hybrid collaboration before it starts originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Issues Statement regarding Ongoing Collaboration with Ford and Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hybrids

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota and Ford have completed their feasibility study for collaboration on the development of a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, which was first announced in August of 2011.

First Toyota unintended acceleration case headed for trial

First Toyota unintended acceleration case headed for trial

July 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota is going to be back in the spotlight, as the first of its unintended acceleration lawsuits is headed for trial. This case covers a Los Angeles sushi shop owner, Noriko Uno. According to the what the family told The Detroit News , Uno only put about 10,000 miles on her 2006 Toyota Camry in four years. Uno was apparently afraid of high speeds, avoiding the freeway and taking a route home along LA’s surface streets to avoid them. On August 28, 2009, Uno’s Camry suddenly accelerated to 100 miles per hour, eventually striking a telephone poll and a tree and killing her. The family contends that Uno attempted to step on the brakes and pull the emergency brake, neither of which brought her speed under control, while Toyota maintains that improperly installed floormats and driver error have been behind the majority of the 80 cases expected to be heard in court. In Uno’s case, The Detroit News is expecting the trial to focus on the lack of an override if the gas and brake pedals were pressed at the same time. Brake overrides were installed on Toyota’s European fleet. The Uno family attorney will need to prove to the jury that it wasn’t driver error that killed Noriko Uno. Uno’s case will be a bellwether case, which other state courts will use to predict potential outcomes for similar lawsuits.

2013 National Council of La Raza Conference – Bob Carter

July 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Motor Sales Senior Vice President Bob Carter speaks at the NCLR Conference about Latina contributions to the economy and the community on July 21, 2013.

Toyota’s $1.6B unintended acceleration settlement approved

Toyota’s $1.6B unintended acceleration settlement approved

July 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Safety , Toyota , Earnings/Financials Toyota is now one step closer to putting its unintended acceleration woes behind it as it has received approval from the US District Court for the Central District of California to settle loss-of-value claims to vehicles associated with the 2009-2010 recalls. As we reported back in May , the Toyota settlement is worth $1.63 billion, which, according to Bloomberg , includes a payout of $757 million to affected owners, $227 million to attorneys and an additional $875 million for vehicle upgrades. (We did the math, too, and that totals $1.859 billion, but there is no justification for the discrepancy. Fuzzy math, eh?) Based on the estimated 22.6 million vehicles said to be included in this suit, that would make the average payment about $33.49 per vehicle, but the article says that owners, lessees and even renters will receive varying amounts ranging from $9.74 up to as much as $10,000. This settlement does not affect suits filed for personal injury or wrongful death. Toyota’s $1.6B unintended acceleration settlement approved originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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