MR2 lives on with Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

MR2 lives on with Toyota GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II

December 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Hybrid , Performance , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota , Specialty With everyone predictably swarming over the Toyobaru Twins here at the Tokyo Motor Show , one bit of performance geekery has been largely overlooked. Toyota brought out the second iteration of its MR-S/MR2-based GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept , with an all-new look, more carbon fiber and a reworked hybrid powertrain. The standard 2ZZ four-cylinder (or lesser 1ZZ in the States) has been swapped out for a 3.5-liter V6 mounted amidships and outputting 247 horsepower. While that’s not much juice from a big V6, the addition of an electric motor powering the front wheels brings overall output up to just under 300 hp, allowing the 3,300-pound roadster to run to 60 mph in the mid-five-second range. If you’re wondering about the name, it’s an acronym for “Gazoo Racing tuned by Meister of the N

Toyota Aqua concepts hint at Prius C possibilities

Toyota Aqua concepts hint at Prius C possibilities

December 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Tokyo Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric Toyota unveiled a handful of production and concept Aqua models at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show . As you may recall, the Aqua will serve as the Prius C here in the United States when it lands at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2012. The Yaris -sized hatchback will come equipped with a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, though Toyota hasn’t said what we can expect in terms of total output. We do know that the vehicle’s svelte curb weight and smaller engine will likely translate into Prius-besting fuel economy numbers, so buyers can look forward to over 50 mpg in the city. The brightly-colored Aqua Kiriri Version and Aqua Piriri Version joined the production Aqua under the lights in Tokyo, giving the world a better idea of what the model could offer in terms of dealer modification. The little hatch looks sharp, and the fuel economy figures are enough to make anyone grin. Toyota Aqua concepts hint at Prius C possibilities originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Fun-Vii is rolling, customizable weirdness

Toyota Fun-Vii is rolling, customizable weirdness

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Tokyo Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric The Tokyo Motor Show wackiness has officially begun, and the first far-out concept comes courtesy of Toyota and the Fun-Vii. Forget custom paint jobs and vinyl graphics, the Fun-Vii lets you change the exterior design “with the same ease as downloading an application,” allowing drivers to display everything from custom messages to flashy graphics through some manner of magical exterior display technology. The same goes for the interior, which Toyota claims can be customized to suit the mood of the driver, with a variety of themes and an augmented reality function taking place of the traditional navigation system. Less far-out is the incorporation of a “navigation concierge” that provides up-to-the-second driving and multimedia information through a virtual assistant. And naturally, the Fun-Vii interfaces with both your smartphone and other road users, adding both a safety and social element to the driving experience. We’ll be getting an eye-full of the Fun-Vii on Wednesday, but in the meantime, get the minimal details in the press release below the fold . Continue reading Toyota Fun-Vii is rolling, customizable weirdness Toyota Fun-Vii is rolling, customizable weirdness originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Ku:Rin snags compressed air top speed record with 80.3 mph run

Toyota Ku:Rin snags compressed air top speed record with 80.3 mph run

September 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Motorsports , Toyota Developed by a subsidiary of Toyota Motors called Toyota Industries Corp., the arrow you see above is the three-wheeled Ku:Rin. Powered by compressed air, the Ku:Rin showcases Toyota’s expertise in developing compressors for automotive air conditioning systems. Recently, the Ku:Rin prototype hit the track at Japan Automobile Research Institute’s test facility in search of a speed record for compressed air vehicles. The Ku:Rin’s posted top speed of 80.3 miles per hour should be enough to rocket it into the record books, and Toyota says it will submit the results to Guinness World Records. Power for the Ku:Rin comes from a reversed A/C compressor that generates energy from the expansion of compressed air, while the vehicle’s on-board compressed air tanks serve as “fuel.” Though 80 mph seems reasonable, the Ku:Rin’s two-mile total range is laughable. This thing may be fast, but talk about range anxiety. Toyota Ku:Rin snags compressed air top speed record with 80.3 mph run originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World

Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World

July 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Etc. , Videos , Toyota , Design/Style Everywhere we look we’re surrounded by “smart” technology embedded into everyday items. Refrigerators have built-in televisions and internet connections, while our phones contain more computing power than a NASA control room from the ’70s. Automakers are also ready to ride the tech-train to tomorrow, and Toyota has provided a glimpse of a new way to give passengers a window to the world. A car already has such a window, but what if the glass was able to provide both information of the world outside and an interactive tool to view it. Engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design have begun thinking about the future, and it could feature a rather unique option for the rear windows. Touch-screen glass would allow one to see how far objects lie in the distance, pinch to zoom on an area outside and to generally learn more about what’s going on outside. It’s called the Window to the World concept, and you can experience it by watching the video after the jump . Continue reading Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyobaru spotted on the 405?

Toyobaru spotted on the 405?

May 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Spy Photos , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota 2013 Toyobaru – Click above for high-res image gallery These shots appear to be of the Subaru version of the planned, talked-about, redesigned, and talked-about-some-more 2013 Scion FR-S /Toyota FT-86/ Toyobaru . According to our reader spy, this version was wearing Subaru distributor plates, pretty much giving away its true identity. While the heavy camo does a great job obscuring the a good look at the car, and the shots are taken from a distance, it looks like the Subaru coupe will sport slightly more understated lines than its stablemate at Scion. Toyobaru spotted on the 405? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 21 May 2011 18:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany

Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany

May 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Scion FR-S takes in the German countryside – Click above to watch video after the jump We have the Scion FR-S on the brain, and it’s not going away anytime soon thanks to the onslaught of new spy photos that keep rolling in. This time, however, we’ve got video instead of still photography courtesy of our friends at FT86club.com . It’s always great to see a car in motion, and besides, now we have an idea of what the Scion sports car’s exhaust note might sound like. We’ve been having some fun at Autoblog HQ debating exactly what’s going on under all of that swirly camouflage. Some think we may, in fact, be looking at the Subaru version of the Toyota/Subie joint venture – that wing and those wheels say STI to us. However, others point out that the wing could easily be a shout-out to the Supras of yore. Regardless, we all like what we see and can’t wait until someone pulls the wraps off this thing. Click past the jump to see the prototype in motion. Continue reading Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Video: Scion teases FT-86 concept ahead of New York debut

Video: Scion teases FT-86 concept ahead of New York debut

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , New York Auto Show , Coupe , Videos , Scion , Toyota Scion teases the FT-86 Concept – Click above to watch video after the jump The 2011 New York Auto Show is just a week away and the world’s automakers are gearing up to reveal some eagerly anticipated new models. One such automaker is Scion , and one such vehicle the world’s waiting to see is the FT-86 FT-86 II FT-S. We’re actually not yet sure what Scion will call this concept coupe, as rumors have swirled that it will wear the FT-S badge and not one reading FT-86 . The automaker has decided on one thing, however, and that’s to tease us a bit before we get to see the car in the flesh. A short clip, which you can view after the jump , tells us that Scion will have the car on hand at its stand in New York. If you want to watch the reveal live, just point your browser to Sciondimension.com on April 20 at 1:40 PM EST, and be sure to check back with us for full show coverage. [Source: Toyota] Continue reading Video: Scion teases FT-86 concept ahead of New York debut Video: Scion teases FT-86 concept ahead of New York debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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