Filed under: Classics , Convertible , SUV , Truck , Toyota , Police/Emergency , Military , UK , Off-Road , Read This One of the longest-produced, most widely distributed vehicles in all of automotive history is also one of its most rugged: the Toyota Land Cruiser . With 60 years of continuous production, 14 different model lines and thousands of variations of the Jeep-like sports utility vehicle, the Land Cruiser became a success worldwide and developed a cult following among enthusiasts here in the US. We’ll be the first to admit that tracing the vehicle’s lineage from its humble beginnings as a prototype for Japan’s National Police Reserve in 1951 to what it is today isn’t an easy task, especially when one considers that the types of Land Cruisers produced traditionally have varied from market to market. For example, the Land Cruiser sold in the US is very different from the US-only 40 series Land Cruiser-inspired FJ Cruiser , which is itself different from the Land Cruiser Prado sold in other world markets. To cover the Land Cruiser’s sixty-plus year history from start to present, someone over at Toyota UK was thoughtful enough to devote a plus-size blog post to it. It’s worth a read if you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes – and even if you don’t, you can check out our historical gallery above. Enjoy! Toyota delves into the history of its Land Cruiser originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Lexus , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury , Off-Road The Lexus GX and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which isn’t sold in the US, have gone without visual updates since the current generation was launched in 2009. But what appear to be patent filing sketches and pictures of the sibling sports utility vehicles’ mid-cycle updates have been leaked on a Russian Land Cruiser Club forum. Major changes to the GX’s front end will be made to incorporate Lexus’ signature grille. Gone are the awkwardly shaped headlamps and the soft-looking triple-slat grille. The sketch shows the Lexus with a new bumper, lower-profile headlights and a more aggressive, angular grille with one more slat and a gaping lower air-intake opening. The vehicle’s profile looks unchanged, but the rear bumper will be reshaped slightly to fit new, better-integrated horizontal reflectors. The Toyota gets a handful of styling updates as well, including a new front bumper with higher-profile headlamps that look a bit out of place to us. The Prado’s profile also looks unchanged, but the rear end gets restyled taillights and a reshaped license-plate enclosure. Take a look at the galleries we’ve included of the restyled GX and Land Cruiser Prado and the current GX for comparison. Lexus GX, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelifts leaked originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:40:00 EST.
Filed under: SUV , Etc. , Videos , Toyota What would you do if a wild animal jumped into your vehicle through an open window during an African safari? What if said animal was an impala being chased by cheetahs? Though the scenario seems unbelievable, that’s just what happened to a group of tourists in Kruger National Park in South Africa, and it was all caught on video . With the tour groups stopped, a motorist with a video camera handy happens to catch the unlikely sight of a herd of impalas (not that kind of Impala ) jumping over the tarmac while being followed, quickly of course, by two cheetahs. The feline predators thought they had cornered one impala and were closing in for the kill when it jumped through the open window of a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – South Africa’s version of the Lexus GX . Fortunately for the occupants of said vehicle, the cheetahs did not follow. A short while later, one of the occupants in the Toyota fearlessly opens a door to let the poor animal out. It must have been its lucky day, because the cheetahs didn’t take pursuit. Check out the circle life get interrupted by this traffic jam in the video below .