Toyota debuts Furia concept, heralds next Corolla design

Toyota debuts Furia concept, heralds next Corolla design

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Sedan , Toyota After playing it safe over the last several generations of the Toyota Corolla , it appears Toyota might finally be ready to make a big leap forward. Toyota has finally unveiled the 2013 Corolla Furia Concept at the Detroit Auto Show , which hints at the future design for this automaker’s popular compact (the Corolla is actually the best-selling car of all time). The Furia Concept has a striking face with narrow headlights, vertical marker lights and a massive eight-sided grill, while its short hood and raked windshield give it a more modern look like the Civic and Mazda3 . The front is overly stylized, similar to what we see on the new Camry and Avalon . Based on the most recent teaser we saw for this concept, the rear of the car will be equally sporty and modern with arrow-shaped LED taillights. Comparing the specs of the concept to the current Corolla, the Furia is only about two inches longer and wider, but it also sits lower and has a wheelbase that is almost four inches longer. Scroll down for Toyota’s official press release. Continue reading Toyota debuts Furia concept, heralds next Corolla design Toyota debuts Furia concept, heralds next Corolla design originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2013 Toyota Corolla Adds New Premium Packages

November 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 – The Toyota Corolla, already one of the best-equipped cars in the compact class, offers new comfort amenities with a choice of Premium Packages for both the LE and S grades for 2013. All Corolla models feature a revised chrome-accented grille for 2013, and the LE and S grades include a standard Display Audio system with 6.1-inch touch screen.

Toyota recalling 670k Prius models in US, 2.77 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]

Toyota recalling 670k Prius models in US, 2.77 million vehicles worldwide [UPDATE]

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Hatchback , Toyota Automotive News reports Toyota is recalling a total of 2.77 million vehicles worldwide for faulty water pumps and steering system issues. A total of 670,000 of those are 2004-2009 Prius hybrids sold in the US. Those vehicles are headed back to the dealer, where technicians will inspect the intermediate shaft in the steering column for deformed splines and replace the shaft if necessary. Around 350,000 of those same models will also be inspected for a faulty electric water pump. In some cases, the motor driving the pump could stop, causing the electric motor to overheat and stop functioning while being driven. Toyota has not received any reports of accidents as a result of either problem, and says the inspections and replacement work should be completed in around one hour. The recalls also affect 496,000 vehicles in Europe and a further 1.5 million in Japan. All told, the steering shaft recall covers 10 models worldwide, including the Corolla and Wish models manufactured in Japan between 2000 and 2009. Five models are affected by the water pump recall, though we’re still waiting for confirmation from Toyota as to which they are. You can read the full Toyota press release below , covering the US-spec Prius issues, for more information.

Is Ford’s Focus really the world’s best-selling car this year?

Is Ford’s Focus really the world’s best-selling car this year?

September 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Ford , Toyota Last week, Ford boasted that the Ford Focus was the best-selling car in the world through the first half of 2012, but Toyota fired right back claiming its compact sits in the top spot. Which automaker is correct? Well, both. Kind of. Ford says that the Ford Focus has sold 489,616 units through June compared to 462,817 for the Toyota Corolla , and it even hired an independent firm, IHS Automotive , to calculate the sales figures. And this is where things get confusing. See, Ford sells the Focus globally under one name, but the Toyota Corolla is also sold with different body styles that carry different names… and IHS Automotive’s sales figure for Toyota does not include these models. As a counterpoint to the Focus hatchback, the Corolla is also available in a five-door form carrying the Toyota Matrix and Toyota Auris names, while the Corolla Fielder is Toyota’s station wagon alternative to the Ford Focus Estate. The Scion xB is sold in Australia as the Corolla Rumion.

Toyota says next Corolla to get even bigger transformation than Avalon

Toyota says next Corolla to get even bigger transformation than Avalon

August 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , New York Auto Show , Budget , Sedan , Toyota One of America’s blandest, yet best-selling cars will be less boring when its next generation arrives next year, Toyota officials promise. Bill Fay, general manager for Toyota and Scion brands in the U.S., tells Ward’s Auto that the Corolla will undergo an even more dramatic makeover than the Toyota Avalon recently underwent, which shocked us with its much svelter appearance at the New York Auto Show in April. Fay declines to get specific, but the move away from a conservative blueprint would be a marked change for Toyota’s segment stalwart. The Corolla received a modest redesign in 2007, but has been outpaced in style and feature points by most of its competition, including cars like the Honda Civic , Ford Focus , Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra , all of which are newer and richer in feature count and refinement. Even though the Corolla has never been known as car worthy of Fifth Avenue cruises, it has remained a nearly bulletproof competitor with legendary reliability. Perhaps not coincidentally, it is still one of the top-selling vehicles in America and was the best-selling compact last year. Toyota says next Corolla to get even bigger transformation than Avalon originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota builds 200 million vehicles after 77 years in business

Toyota builds 200 million vehicles after 77 years in business

July 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota Two hundred million of anything is a lot, and the point here is that Toyota has built a lot of cars. The automaker announced this week that sometime in June its 200,000,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. Toyota’s feat took the company 76 years and 11 months. It has been in the car business since August 1935, but it wasn’t until 1972 that Toyota managed to produce its first 10 million vehicles – some 36 years that were, of course, interrupted by World War II. In the past four decades, however, Toyota has grown at a tremendous rate, with its next 190 million vehicles taking just 40 years and five months. Toyota’s Corolla has been its top seller, accounting for over 39 million units worldwide. By comparison, when General Motors celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1983, it had already built over 235 million vehicles, according to General Motors: The First 75 Years of Transportation Products by the Editors of Automobile Quarterly Magazine . Continue reading Toyota builds 200 million vehicles after 77 years in business Toyota builds 200 million vehicles after 77 years in business originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Mississippi Begins Second Shift

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (February 6, 2012) –Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc., (TMMMS), added today a second shift for production of the Corolla, the world’s best-selling car of all time. Approximately 2,000 people are employed at the plant site.

Toyota Motor Sales Announces 2012 Prices for Corolla and Matrix Compact Sedans, Tundra Regular Cab Pickup Truck and Venza Crossover

November 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 28, 2011 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the 2012 Corolla and Matrix compact sedans, Tundra Regular Cab full-size pickup truck and the Venza crossover.

Toyota Announces ‘MikuScape,’ a Tribute to the Partnership Between the Corolla and 3-D Pop Diva Hatsune Miku and the Launch of the Hatsune Miku…

September 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Toyota shows next Avalon to dealers, rumors suggest it looks like A7, XJ

Toyota shows next Avalon to dealers, rumors suggest it looks like A7, XJ

August 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Hatchback , Toyota , Motorcycle When we think Toyota Avalon , phrases like ‘social security’, ‘medicare’ and ‘Denny’s Grand Slam’ come to mind. The reason? The majority of Avalons out on the road are driven by old folks and curtain rod salesman, but a report from Automotive News suggests that this could all change in the very near future. In its report, AN claims that the next Avalon was shown to Toyota dealers in June, and the employees loved what they saw. The large sedan will reportedly undergo a massive redesign that will morph the Avalon from a granny-glider to a curvy stud, with design comparisons already being made to the Audi A7 and the Jaguar XJ . Sure, Toyota dealers typically spend their work days looking at the Yaris and Corolla , so their design eye could be muddied a bit. But at the very least, the next Avalon should be very different from the model we know and ignore today, and that should be a welcomed change of pace. Speaking of the Yaris and Corolla, AN states that both models are slated for redesign. The new Yaris will arrive this fall with more aggressive styling and a bit more interior room. The Corolla will also get a heavy refresh for the 2012 model year, though the more thorough overhaul will likely come in the spring of 2014.

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